MachineartMoto X-Head v3
Great Protection, does not detract from the looks of the bike
I wanted to find cylinder head protectors for my BMW R1200R that didn't look like a roll cage around the engine, but that would offer full coverage in case of a tip-over. I have the Machineartmoto Mud Sling on my bike and like the quality and practicality, so I tried these cylinder covers.
They are made of a heavy-gauge plastic material that feels heavy and substantial. The outside finish has a lot of texture that looks like it would hide minor abrasions to themselves in the case of a simple tip-over. They also feature rubber pads on the inside surface to stand-off from the cylinder head cover without rubbing the finish. Before buying them, I queried some people on a BMW message board who had installed them, and they said that when they removed them thousands of miles later to do maintenance, that the rubber pads hadn't hurt the paint finish of the head covers either - I don't want the part that's supposed to protect the cylinder head to damage it in the process!
Simple installation with provided screws, and they compliment the looks of the bike. Took about ten minutes.
I can say that I did some "durability testing." Unfortunately, I had a tip-over while stopped when I was jumped by a large runaway dog. I lost my footing, and wasn't able to keep the bike from going over on the right side. While it was a slow, stopped tip-over, the Machineartmoto guards did their job and kept any part of the actual bike from touching the ground. Picking the bike back up, the abrasion damage to the covers was so minimal that it's too hard to notice to want to replace them.
November 18, 2013
Great product. Much better than the BMW OEM cylinder covers because they offer a lot more protection coverage and they have a nicer finish.
August 26, 2013
Thick material, good coverage
My BMW OEM guard snapped to bits and my cylinder head got all scratched up on a 2mph slide on a muddy road. If I had had these, I wouldn't have had any scratching. These guards might not have snapped, either. The machinemotoart guards have way more coverage and are nice enough to cover the rash that I incurred.
Revzilla shipped fast!
March 4, 2013
Recently involved in a traffic accident which unfortunately totaled my GS...the bike went airborne -flipped side to side and cartwheeled...the X Heads stayed intact-no fractures or breaks in these covers....will install them on my new GS when it arrives
August 3, 2012
Looks like good, well-built guards for the money.
The install went pretty much without drama. Took maybe half-an-hour, much of which was spent double checking.
I did figure out on the clutch-side cylinder, it's easier to disconnect the TPS clip to give a straight shot at the back bolt.
Haven't had `em long enough to evaluate durability. Haven't dropped the bike (yet) so I can't really rate their performance.
All-in-all, I'm quite satisfied with these guards.
July 23, 2012
Great looking engine protectors
Looks to be a very durable product for protecting BMW engine valve covers. They really look good on the bike, but too bad they cannot come in a silver color to match the engine color. The install is not easy. Both sides of the plastic have to come off on a R1200RT to get these covers on. So, plan your time accordingly.
April 16, 2012
Easy install. Haven't tested it yet with the misfortune of dropping the bike but it looks like it could absorb a slow drop without damage to the head cover.
March 28, 2012
Great protection for R1200GS.
Very well made product. I gave it a "Good" on installation because they fit so snug. You really need to exert force to get the hole from the engine guard to line up with the corresponding hole on the engine that the screws go into. There are 3 screws, and putting the last screw in takes quite a bit of effort. From what I've read, you cannot use "crash bars" if you have these engine guards on.
March 26, 2012