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MachineartMoto X-Head BMW R1200GS / RT / RS / R

Item: P265821

X-Head Cylinder Guards provide wide coverage in a tough, 5mm thick stylish shape that protects the vulnerable magnesium valve covers of R1200 hexhead … Read More

$195.00

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MachineartMoto X-Head for Water Cooled BMW R1200GS / R1200GSA / R1200RT / R1200R / R1200RS

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.

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  • For installation on R1200GS Adventure models, the lower crash bars must be removed temporarily. After re-installation of the crash bars they will make contact with the X-Heads.
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R1200GS 2013-2018
R1200GS Adventure 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
R1200R 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
R1200RS 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
R1200RT 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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Reviews & Questions

4.8 / 5.0
31 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
4.4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.7 / 5
Features
4.9 / 5
Comfort
3.0 / 5
Style
4.6 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.8 / 5
Fit & Finish
5.0 / 5
Durability
4.7 / 5
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
A must have for all airheads
I added these wonderful covers to my 2015 R1200RTWC, with the hope I never have to use them. However, Murphy and his laws witll at some point appear to prove that "it will happen, just a mater of time".

The install took honestly 10 mins to complete both sides. two hex bolts off, cover on, replace one hex and tighten the other (keep your factory hex bolt JIC).

Perfect fit! Great protection (BTW new head BMW covers are $1,500), and beats all other options on the market.

Now would install these on my dirt GS? no. They might work (not testing them) to protect a large rock hit, but then again I use steal bars to protect everything else on the GS, these belong on a street bike, that might get knocked over in the garage or a slow speed drop in a parking lot, these are not sliders people!

Great Product MachineartMoto!!!!
August 31, 2015
Ride:
2015 BMW R1200RT
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Attractive alternative to BMW and other head guards
Bought these for my 2014 R1200RT. The instructions are easy to follow, and the install is very simple. I didn't like that look of crash bars on an RT, so opted for the head cover/guard idea, and I think the X heads are the best looking of the bunch.
August 3, 2015
Ride:
2014 BMW R1200RT
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Perfect for the applicaton!
Wanted something to protect the valve covers if the bike was dropped. The guards are not meant for crash protection but all I was looking for was drop protection and these fit the bill perfectly and look good too.
February 9, 2016
Ride:
1984 Honda VF1100C V65 Magna
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Fit & Finish
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Simple & Good Looking
Installed on 2016 Triple Black GS. Simple install and great looking. Complements the bike nicely. Based on the online videos reviewed prior to purchase where a GS was intentionally tipped over, they appear to be effective at preventing damage to the valve covers. Durability seems to be good as well. Simply follow the instructions for the install including torque of 7 ft lbs for the long T50 bolts. Take care installing the T25 screws supplied with the covers for the bottom as they are easily cross-threaded. Note the female threaded hole for the bottom screw goes in at a slight angle. The instructions caution about this.
November 4, 2016
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Great product
Looks good, great protection (rubber pad inside) easy to install
August 30, 2016
Ride:
2016 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Fit & Finish
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
MachineartMoto X-Head BMW R1200GS
I started using it when I ride off road and dropped the bike 3 times already.

Its very durable, it covers 3/4 of the engine head which is a big feature.
The only problem is you need to scrap the left side cover if you have SW-Motech crash bar for less than an inch. Otherwise it doesn't fit to install.

If you have no crash bar, no problem, installation is very easy.

Thanks.
August 9, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Great product easy install
After struggling to install some lights on my bike, this was a breeze. Looks great on the bike and watching the youtube video for the install made it very easy. Took about 15 minutes. Gives me a bit of piece of mind until I get my engine crash bars.
September 14, 2015
Ride:
2015 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
For those who do not want crash bars (or do)
I found this to be the right fit for my needs. 80% tarmac/20% gravel mountain roads. Easy install, fit nice and look good. Sure protection is minimal but it's better than nothing. If you have a slow low side fall, tip the bike over or hit a branch here and there, this is where these help. Oh, did I mention they good too(I did).
August 30, 2015
Ride:
2015 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Solid and looks great!
Very easy installation while following along with video. Looks great and feels very durable.
September 15, 2015
Ride:
2015 BMW R1200RT
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Best Cylinder Head Guards out there
Buy these quick, before you lose your balance while adjusting your mirror with the wrong hand and you drop your bike in your driveway, marring your new bike's cylinder head.

I installed the hexhead version of these on my 2007 bike and didn't buy them soon enough for my 2014. They are far superior to the OEM cylinder head guards from BMW. I had the OEM guards on my 2007, and those break off in a flash and contribute to damaging your cylinder heads.

The machineartmoto guards are very substantial, are less likely to break off and will do a much better job protecting your cylinder heads from damage than OEM guards or expensive 3rd party metal ones. That said, I would not consider these a replacement for crash bars. Get both.

The only downside of the machineartmoto guards is that you need to use one of the cylinder head bolts to attach them, and as a result, you will need a torque wrench to properly re-tighten the cylinder head bolt as part of your install. There's an excellent video on YouTube of someone at machineartmoto installing these on a bike.

** Double check by searching the web that these guards will fit with your engine protection bars. Some engine protection bars fit more snugly than others.
September 29, 2014
Ride:
2007 BMW R1200GS
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Why did you choose this?
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Wanted additional protection with bars protection against rocks.
Damian Martin R on Oct 27, 2017
My Rawhyde mechanic recommended it.
Jonathan C on Jul 17, 2017
Wanted additional protection with bars protection against rocks.
Damian Martin R on Oct 27, 2017
Going off road more and more, these have good reviews and need something for an upcoming rally.
JOHN T on Sep 2, 2017
My Rawhyde mechanic recommended it.
Jonathan C on Jul 17, 2017
Great quality product and exact fit
Thomas R on Jun 27, 2017
Own a 2015 R1200R. Have a couple of scuffs on the cylinder heads. Rather than painting them, bought these. Looks great.
GreyGuy on Jun 24, 2017
Want to have extra protection for my engine!
Arnoud v on Jun 10, 2017
Best protection for the $ - will review after install.
Scott M on Jun 1, 2017
Great Product, fits seamlessly. Easy install and covers 85% of the cylinder head.
John H on May 26, 2017
Seem fine easy install look ok. Won't know if they are really good until I drop the bike.
lee s on May 26, 2017
I take my 1200 Adventure off road and I need more protection than just the crash-bars. I am hoping these covers will provide more protection for my cylinder heads.
Eric F on May 19, 2017
Additional protection for exposed boxer heads.
Todd M on May 15, 2017
Looks cool,
Bret A on Apr 22, 2017
I chose this item to protect my BMW boxer engine to not have some large metal looking rods hanging from my bike.
P R on Apr 17, 2017
Based on the tip-over demo I was sold. Needed cylinder head protection and these are the best in terms of function and price.
WayneInHouston on Apr 17, 2017
Price and coming off a bike that leans a bit more than a 2016 r1200rt and want to protect heads when I touch down
Les P on Apr 14, 2017
this will guard the engine in the event of a tip over - when the crash bars do not stop small to medium rocks from coming through and hitting the cylinder head.
Brett G on Apr 10, 2017
Protection for my bike
Humberto K on Mar 10, 2017
great value, looks great
Stefano R on Feb 16, 2017
Friends swear by these and I've seen them work!
Charles L on Jan 30, 2017
Looks great on my R1200GS Adv.... Besides, non of my friends or partners has it..... It´s unique
juan p on Jan 24, 2017
Great looking. Integrated protection. Peace of mind.
John F on Jan 9, 2017
Love it. Great looks, great protection. My BMW dealer saw them and was very impressed. He looked them up on Revzilla right away. Highly recommend!
Anthony J on Dec 15, 2016
Had this on my previous ride (2016 R1200RS), great head protection for the price.
Chester S on Nov 29, 2016
Awwww. Perfect for my bmw 1200 gs
jorge p on Sep 7, 2016
Company reputation
MICHAIL G on Sep 1, 2016
AGAIN GO FOR THE GOOD LOOK AND PEACE OF MIND
John L on Aug 31, 2016
Sweet protection!
Take a look at the Machineart product video.
Philip L on Aug 20, 2016
Good reviews. Impressed with the bike drop video and seem easy to fit after watching the video. Great price, look like they are good quality and stylish.
E S on Jun 17, 2016
beats crash bars on a gentleman's sport bike
Gary S on Jun 15, 2016
Reviews, will not fir if Touratech crash bar supports are installed.
George T on Feb 22, 2016
Was recommended by several other off -road riders
Stephen D on Feb 15, 2016
I chose this because I have already marked up both valve covers in get-offs while off-roading. Even with lower crash bars on they will not protect the valve covers since we don't ride on flat surfaces. These are a must.
Mark M on Jan 29, 2016
A little peace of mind in case of a sloppy drop.
goatboy on Dec 25, 2015
I'm a victim of the drops. it's a new bike and wish I did this months ago. Good way of covering up the scratches.
JAMES E on Oct 26, 2015
good reviews
Joe J on Oct 3, 2015
It can be used combined with the OEM crash bar.
Renato F on Sep 18, 2015
I love how it looks, I am starting to customize my R1200RT and I wanted to do with this X-Head that makes a big difference. Thanks
M C on Aug 9, 2015
price and looks and revews
wesley p on Aug 8, 2015
reviews and cost
Michael P on Jul 21, 2015
Demo videos on machineartmoto web site are compelling!
DAVID O on Jul 21, 2015
MAM.... the 'gold" standard of stylish protection!
John L on Jun 16, 2015
New bike needs classy looking guards. Not a fan of crash bars though so cylinder head guards are the only way to go.
Ioan I on Apr 30, 2015
Awesome protection and individual look.
Charles H on Apr 25, 2015
Protect rocker cover damage in tip over
Julian S on Feb 15, 2015
Recommended by a friend.
Daniel P on Jan 20, 2015
Had a slow speed fall while on a trail so outside of future protection it also covered up some scratches on the valve cover. I also purchased the AltRider Crash Bars and these fit very well with them. They even look better in person - smart part!
Darius D on Dec 4, 2014
MachineartMoto valve cover protectors worked well on my last BMW boxer Hexhead, so I'm installing a pair on my new R1200GSW.
John W on Aug 24, 2014
For a better protection the crash bars always leave a space in between were a rock can come trought and damage the cylinder head.
Jose R M on Jul 29, 2014
ease of installation
Joseph K on Jun 27, 2014
Going off road more and more, these have good reviews and need something for an upcoming rally.
JOHN T on Sep 2, 2017
Great quality product and exact fit
Thomas R on Jun 27, 2017
Has anyone tried these with OEM water cooled R1200GS Adv. crash bars?
I know Machineart Moto has info on it, I just would like to know if anyone has tried it in real life yet.

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William A on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Easy to install and good fit.
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Will these fit the R nine T?
Xavier L on Jun 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No it won't fit your R nine T. You need the one that fits the oil cooled BMW. Any 2010-2013 hex head style will fit your R nine T. Check the machine art web site to make sure you will order the correct one.
Will these fit with Hepco and Becker lower crash bars installed?
Jason G on Sep 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They fit very close to cylinder head I don't see why they would not fit with h&b or BMW guards,
Have you installed the Machineart cylinder head covers under a set of Touratech engine crash bars? Please comment if you know whether or not these covers interfere with the installation of crash bars other than those offered by BMW.
R12RIDER on Jul 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't have crash bars, so I can't answer that question. I do know that I love the covers and they already saved me tons of money following a stupid parking lot drop a couple of months ago! I also like their appearance, as well. Good luck!
I have a 2016 r1200gs with SW-Motech Crash bars . If i remove the crash bars and fit the X-Heads will i be able to fir the crash bars over the X-Heads ? Please give as much detail as possible . Thanks
tony f on Jan 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: X-Heads have been successfully fitted with crash bars made by BMW, Touratech, SW Motech and Alt Rider. X-Heads do not fit with Hepco & Becker crash bars. This info is from the MachineArt website. You are good to go, so buy the X-heads.
Will this fit GSA1200 2018 model?
A C on Nov 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It should. Fits my 2015 fine.
I have an R1200GSA LC and the fitment notes say that after installing this on the bike and reinstall the OEM crash bars they will "touch" these guards. I'm thinking that this may be an issue since there is NO leeway for the crash bars to flex or bend in a hard get off or a rock knock. Does anyone have any input or will this be an issue?
Jerry M on Apr 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's a no fit, period
Will these fit my water cooled rt?
A shopper on Apr 11, 2017
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