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Cross posted in UK Rider section.

If anyone has no need for their pillion armrests, please contact me with your offer for sale.


Or, are there any good alternatives to bmw armrests?


Thanks in advance.
 

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You may well have read this thread already? .................

https://www.k1600forum.com/forum/bmw-k1600-accessories/175114-installing-gtl-passenger-armrests.html

The bikes fitted with passenger armrests have had cut-outs made to the plastics each side, so the armrest supporting frame could be fitted. They are not QD, at least in OE form, so I can't honestly see many riders wanting to discard them, unless you can find a breaker. I have seen after market rests attached to the rear box on an RT, but clearly these would not take any significant load.

BMW quote the kit at £430 + carriage on-line today, which seemed surprisingly reasonable, but perhaps I am missing something.

Good luck with the search.
 

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Thanks.

Not sure £430 is right but will check as my calculation of the various parts added to over £800 plus vat when I last asked a BMW retailer.
 

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Many thanks guys. Most helpful, as always.

I will call them on 2/1/19, as photo shows K1600 armrest, but their on-line shop is not currently showing any armrests for sale ?
 

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I don't even collect my bike until this weekend, and the Mrs is asking me why it doesn't have arm rests like the LT did :(

1stExec - did you find any?

Is finding these on the second hand market like hunting rocking horse poo?
 

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1stExec - did you find any?

Is finding these on the second hand market like hunting rocking horse poo?
You are right - they are equivalent to gold dust - very rare and impossible to get hold of. In the end, I opted to improvise and got a set from ebay of the armrests which fit GS model ...

Yes, not a perfect fit, but they look smart and should do the job at a rock bottom price. Still need to fit them on the bike...might take a few weeks but will post some picks once installed ...

One Pair Black Drilling Required Motorcycles Rear Box Armrest For R1200GS F800GS https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/163321607461
 

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You are right - they are equivalent to gold dust - very rare and impossible to get hold of. In the end, I opted to improvise and got a set from ebay of the armrests which fit GS model ...

Yes, not a perfect fit, but they look smart and should do the job at a rock bottom price. Still need to fit them on the bike...might take a few weeks but will post some picks once installed ...

One Pair Black Drilling Required Motorcycles Rear Box Armrest For R1200GS F800GS https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F163321607461

I mentioned these in my post 2, as I had seen them on an RT.

They may look the part on say a GS, but they rely on the top box/mount for strength. Whilst they will take the rested arm, when it comes to shuffling around or dismounts, it seems unlikely that they are capable of taking the load of a pillion rider leaning on them - it could wreck either the top box or its mount which has a surprisingly low load rating. That's why OE has that expensive framework, so do make sure your pillion takes great care.

Post 6 on this link shows the OE sub-frame, including the cutouts in the adjacent tupperware - it's quite a beefy set-up & post 21 shows a pdf of the installation............ https://www.k1600forum.com/forum/bmw-k1600-accessories/175114-installing-gtl-passenger-armrests.html
 

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cheers for the info. The BMW solution does indeed seems a substantial bit of scaffolding.

I look for to 1stExec pictures of the alternative solution.
 

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.... That's why OE has that expensive framework, so do make sure your pillion takes great care.
That’s why I’m looking to add some extra metal large washers/bracing inside the top box to provide extra strength. Needs thought, that’s why I’m not rushing to fix in winter weather.
 

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i have a set, that i do not ride with, I can send pics tonight if anyone is still interested.
thanks,
david in NJ
some pics, i will add a price today
 

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some pics, i will add a price today
Looks good, but the brown will not work with my bike’s blue/black/chrome trim. I would still be interested in price (plus delivery etc) and perhaps look to source black leather/plastic bits from BMW (only if cost effective) as uk import tax may bite.
 

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Looks good, but the brown will not work with my bike’s blue/black/chrome trim. I would still be interested in price (plus delivery etc) and perhaps look to source black leather/plastic bits from BMW (only if cost effective) as uk import tax may bite.
It should be a very easy job for any upholstery shop to recover the armrests.
 

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