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#1003872 - 01/18/18 04:44 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: Daddoz777]  
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I have the BMW valve cover guards and also the BMW side case bumper guards on my '16 and I think they're perfectly adequate, but haven't drop tested them, and plan not to! Actually they were offered by the dealer as part of an incentive package and they installed the valve cover guards for me. The bumpers for these cases simply stick on and look like they are part of the case design, in fact they should have been!

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#1003877 - 01/18/18 06:13 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: NoelCP]  
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Knowing how my side case looked, and where the scrape was...I don't think that protector will prevent damage if you tip over.


I keep thinking about it, but I keep forgetting what I was thinking about!
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#1003878 - 01/18/18 06:32 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: BigTup]  
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It would all depend on the specifics of the drop. Did you take a photo of the damage? If if were a straight tip over onto flat pavement these bumpers stick out well past the fattest parts of the case and so should take the initial brunt of a static drop. If I lay the side case down fully on the outside the case the area between the bumpers is protected, i.e. don't contact the ground. It also looks to me like it will likely only be the lower bumper that hits the ground as the cylinder heads restrict how far down the bike can go, and the lower bumper is quite fat. If the surface dropped onto is very irregular, or you drop against a curb for example, then all bets are off. For me even these bumpers are bordering on overkill as I only use my side cases when touring which is only about 2-3x/year, so for this little exposure it's a bit moot.

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#1003879 - 01/18/18 06:48 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: Daddoz777]  
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I'd not heard of them before but those BMW case guards look pretty good and unobtrusive. I have the BMW VC guards basically for gentle tipovers which knock on wood has never happened in 20 years' riding, and those case guards should give similar protection without the whole bars look (but not as effective as bars of course). Real laydown damage is what insurance is for IMO.


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#1003902 - 01/19/18 06:44 AM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: NoelCP]  
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Originally Posted by NoelCP
I have the BMW valve cover guards and also the BMW side case bumper guards on my '16 and I think they're perfectly adequate, but haven't drop tested them, and plan not to! Actually they were offered by the dealer as part of an incentive package and they installed the valve cover guards for me. The bumpers for these cases simply stick on and look like they are part of the case design, in fact they should have been!

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I didn't know about these case bumpers and they seem like a great option. All I've been able to find are all the rear bar offerings that look like honking antlers or something. As for the front half, I'm liking the BMW valve guard setup because they have replaceable impact pads. I see many like the MachineArt Moto setup but I'm thinking they're a $200 one-drop proposition. They don't come as singles and don't have replaceable pads. FWIW.


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#1003905 - 01/19/18 09:43 AM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: Daddoz777]  
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I think the side case bumpers are for preventing scuffs when going through tight gaps. A good idea.
However, will not help one jot in a 'tip-over' scenario.
If anyone digs up the part number for these side case bumpers, please post it on here.

#1003919 - 01/19/18 02:34 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: AndyS]  
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Originally Posted by AndyS
I think the side case bumpers are for preventing scuffs when going through tight gaps. A good idea.
However, will not help one jot in a 'tip-over' scenario.
If anyone digs up the part number for these side case bumpers, please post it on here.

Here you go, Andy:

Impact protection, Touring case, left 1 77427700461 $131.00
Impact protection, Touring case, right 1 77427700462 $131.00
Set, protective film, Tour cases 1 77428528355 $183.00


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#1003930 - 01/19/18 04:38 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: AndyS]  
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Originally Posted by AndyS
I think the side case bumpers are for preventing scuffs when going through tight gaps. A good idea.
However, will not help one jot in a 'tip-over' scenario.
If anyone digs up the part number for these side case bumpers, please post it on here.


I wouldn't want to have to test it but it looks like the lower case bumper is located at the case's contact point if the bike were to be tipped over so it actually might protect one jot but not more.

Then again, pricing four 18" strips of rubberized plastic at $262 is typical BMW.

Thanks PadG for the part numbers.

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#1003968 - 01/20/18 11:10 PM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: AndyS]  
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Originally Posted by AndyS
I think the side case bumpers are for preventing scuffs when going through tight gaps. A good idea.
However, will not help one jot in a 'tip-over' scenario.


Nope, they're impact protectors and the lower bumper becomes the first contact point on a tip over. And even if the drop had enough momentum to cause the outside of the side case to become direct flat on the pavement there is relief between the bumpers where the side case won't make contact unless the surface isn't entirely flat. Now what I really have no idea about is how much physical force the entire side case can sustain before structural damage to the side case occurs. If they are vulnerable in a tip over to structural damage then I would have to agree w/ your opinion. The F800GT I had suffered a static drop, no boxer heads to break the fall, and directly onto the side case it dropped and it dropped pretty hard. It did zero structural damage to the side cases--just scuffs which I was able to refinish and restore, but the bike only weighs 470lb.

#1004021 - 01/22/18 09:47 AM Re: Valve Cover Guards [Re: PadG]  
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Thanks Pad.

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