Touratech Makes the R1200GS Adventure Even TougherThe factory BMW crash bars for the Water-Cooled R1200GS Adventure lack critical rear bracing. This design leaves the motorcycle’s magnesium valve cover vulnerable to damage from contact with the ground.
In a recent test done by Cycleworld the stock crash bar on the R1200GS Adventure flexed into the cylinder head and punched a hole in the valve cover, when the rider took a hard fall. (See Cycleworld, January 2015).Touratech has addressed this problem by engineering the Factory Crash Bar Reinforcement Kit for the Water-Cooled R1200GS Adventure. This is a simple fix that can eliminate a critical failure.These reinforcement bars brace the BMW factory crash bars directly to the water-boxer’s frame and they instantly increase the protection of the bike and give the rider peace of mind wherever their adventure takes them.The Touratech Crash Bar Reinforcement Brace is made of strong, 25mm, electro-polished stainless steel tubing and is a perfect match for the stock bars. Touratech has produced a video that shows how quick and easy installation is!For additional information, visit Touratech-USA.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Thom Beers, the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent. Thom’s astonishing resume as a Producer, Director, and actor, includes narrating many, many of the shows he’s created.
His fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows, and of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story behind his Jesse James show, ‘Monster Garage’, as well as the ‘Biker Build Off’ and ‘Zombie Choppers’ TV shows. Teejay’s chat with Thom gives us some amazing insight into other areas of Thom’s career, including ‘Deadliest Catch’ and others.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening. I for one, was fascinated; I hope you are too.