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MachineartMoto X-Head for BMW R1200/R1200R

X-Head Cylinder Guards provide wide coverage in a tough, 5mm thick stylish shape that protects the vulnerable magnesium valve covers of R1200 hexhead engines.  When a bike is dropped, even at a standstill, a cylinder first hits the ground at its front corner, then rolls onto its face before settling back down on the lower edge. The wide coverage X-Head design protects both the valve and spark plug covers. Openings in the face are designed-in to provide air flow over the valve cover, while the molded-in texture at the bottom will help hide minor abrasion.

X-Heads are molded in a high temperature resistant nylon and installation takes five minutes - slightly longer on RT’s - with included stainless steel bolts. The bolt threads are coated with Nyloc thread locking patch to keep the bolts from loosening.

If your crash bars have had an impact, check that there is still a minimum of 15mm clearance between the crash bars and the X-Heads.

Sold in pairs.


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Fitment Notes & Exceptions

X-Heads fit with BMW OEM, Touratech, SW Motech, Adventure Designs crash bar extensions and Hepco Becker crash bars. They do not fit with Z-Tecknik bars. If your bars fit BMW's OEM cylinder guards, they will fit with the X-Heads.

This Product Fits:
R1200GS 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
R1200GS Adventure 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
R1200GS HP2 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
R1200R 20052010
R1200RT 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
R1200S 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
R1200ST 2005, 2006, 2007
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Great product Easy to fit and provides better protection to the cylinder head than other comparable products on the market. Hope it never has to be used but nice to know it's there just in case! May 12, 2014
Best head guard out there I got these for my 1200gs when I did a make over to make it more dirt worthy ..put the bike in a ditch not long after sliding on the crash bars ..the crash bars flexed so much they came up to the head, but with the Machinear tMoto X-Head guards No damage!! I would not do any real dirt with out them!! what rocks? Eric in nor cal January 20, 2014
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. Great product! November 18, 2013
Great product! 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
Great protection 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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Lew S: I need it to protect my bike from potential damage to cylinder, cover existing touch up from previous owners damage. I like its greater topside coverage area encase of lay-down were the bike continues to roll before settling at rest. the cover is attractive and textured which will hide any scuffing. Product has gotten good reviews. Post purchase: I regret I had the occasion to use it. It worked. And Well. Very glad I bought it! Feb 17, 2015
Curt L: I picked this item because I ripped the OEM BMW aluminum Valve cover guard off over the weekend and researching lead me to this product. combined with pending hepco and becker crash guard should resolve any problems. (and I also read there could be clearance issues using factory cover guards with the crash bars while these should fit. Mar 26, 2014
David M: I tipped my bike over and the BMW OEM cylinder guards snapped off and my heads got scratched up. I bought these as replacements. If I had had them, they probably wouldn't have broke off, and even if they had, these guards would have protected the heads much better. These are many times better than the BMW OEM guards. Feb 26, 2014
Catharine H: I saw my buddies go down because of black ice and it scared me so I thought I better protect my RT just in case. Dec 24, 2013
Trevor D: Recently purchased a 2010 r1200r. Owner before me laid it down and broke the left side OEM guard and scratched the cylinder head cover - this should hide the aesthetic damage to the cover Aug 30, 2013
Ricardo C asked: Does it fit with the BMW NineT engine? May 14, 2014
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Robert D: Doesn't look like it to me. Altogether different cam cover. May 15, 2014
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Yorke M: The model you need is the X-Head DOHC May 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: It fit with BMW r9t? Mar 28, 2015
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Joe P: The Machineart covers that I bought for my 2005 will not fit, but Machineart covers for the double overhead cam motors 2012-2015 will fit. The covers have DOHC molded in the plastic. Mar 28, 2015
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Jason H: Think that might be the X-Head DOHC, but might be best to confirm first. I have the v3 on my R12GS and love them. Mar 28, 2015
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A shopper asked: on 2008 R1200RT with a Wunderlich Engine Protection Bar.
(see picture link below)
Jan 13, 2012
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AliB: In speaking directly with MachineartMoto, they recommend a minimum clearance of 15mm between your head cover and the protection bar. Jan 13, 2012
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graham s: Will fit with Touratech guards but not sure about Wunderlich...plenty of room with Touratech guards Aug 3, 2012
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A shopper asked: Hello,
Will theese fit on my 2014 r1200r?
May 17, 2014
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Yorke M: No. The model you are after is the X-Head DOHC May 21, 2014
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