xheadBMW has introduced two completely new bikes featuring the first liquid-cooled opposed twin motorcycle engine in the company’s 90 year history – the R1200GS Dual Sport and R1200RT.  Machineart, for its MachineartMoto brand of aftermarket products, has designed  highly protective and stylish cylinder head guards that protect 80% of the surface of its crash vulnerable cast magnesium heads.

We selected Dupont’s super tough nylon for injection molding the X-Heads, with its blend of high impact strength, temperature and UV stabilization. The molded shell is designed to be slightly ductile in impact to prevent breakage, while in between the shell and engine is a thick thermoplastic rubber liner that aids in dissipating impact force while preventing penetration and hard contact with the ground.

The new R1200GS_LC is styled more aggressively than its predecessors so the X-Head’s appearance reflects that visual character. There is lots of implied forward movement in the bike’s bodywork which we took as a cue to give the guards a similar character while assuring that they do their job protecting engine castings in the event of a drop.

List price – $189.00