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: Handguard


actar911
03-17-2008, 12:25 PM
Any of you have added handguards to your V. If so, what make and how was the installation.

I have read that the KTM or the Suzuki V-Strom hand guard work well!

invader
03-30-2008, 10:04 PM
I ordered a set of Zeta (Japan) Armor handguards in the bend type with X1 protectors from Kimpex (Canadian motorcycle dealers); http://www.zeta-racing.com/controls/armor/index.html

Here's a Versys with Zeta straight type Armor handguards with larger XC protectors with optional LED flashers; http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/zeta-hand-guards/

actar911
03-31-2008, 06:32 AM
Hey Invader,

They look really sharp, but kind of on the high end of the dollar scale. I finally ordered the KLR08 hand guard. Got some tips on the web that they fit.

Will post as soon as I receive them and get the bike from the dealer. Which should be in about 2 weeks.

throw_a_leg
04-25-2008, 09:56 PM
Has anyone fitted a pair of the KTM handguards on their bike yet? I just bought a pair, but the angle where they mount towards the center of the bars seem to be way off. Does anyone have any tips to offer? Any pics of a set installed?

dstarman
05-02-2008, 12:57 AM
I think these are reasonably priced:

https://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/3870/652/

xcbikeman
05-03-2008, 04:54 PM
Have a pair of Polisport Sharp about to install. Part numbers here:

http://www.importationsthibault.com/2007/moto07_page.php?langue=en&page=B-20

If you haven't already found this thread they can be seen here:

http://www.versys.co.uk/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=510cd17ff614fba2665015481447b2 d2&topic=1782.90

I've coated them with Krylon plastic outdoor spec paint to cover the logo. Have any luck with the KTM's? The above UK link also has tips on that install.

hunting1
05-04-2008, 10:38 PM
V-strom guards work alright, but require some fitting. I had to remove them though after putting on the Givi screen.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b343/hunting1/Bikes/100_2035.jpg
I think I will try the Zitas next.

2xadv
05-16-2008, 05:18 PM
Attached see pics of the KTM handguards installed. For rain or cold we put some simple PP plastic shields on and secured them with 4mm stainless screws and nylock nuts. They were simple pieces of plastic from the bottom of a cheap toolkit box, but they are flexible enough to match the KTM curve but still strong enough for the windblast. The cutout shape was just to fit the KTM guards and I made a template with cardboard and flipped it for the opposite side handguard.

Wordguy
05-17-2008, 08:12 PM
I saw a set of Cycra Stealth guards on a bike today. Anybody tried them on the V?

http://store.cycraracing.com/noname.html

-Alan

nvoelsch
05-21-2008, 12:47 AM
I think these are reasonably priced:

https://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/3870/652/

I ordered these last week and they're on backorder until June 27th. Well, that should be about the time my OEM saddle bags come in too... patiently waiting...:mad:

Twohoots
05-21-2008, 06:43 AM
Hi from UK
Fitted KTM handguards to my V some time ago,very straightforward and no prob fitting.Work well in keeping the elements at bay.Mind you, do not refit stock bar-ends ,they can fall off!! especially if overtightened as easy to do because introduction of guard into bar-end/handlebar interface is changed and no metal to metal contact exists.I did this and only just found out b4 my bar end went for a ride on its own!

So fitted simple (no rubber insert) stainless steel bar end.
See pics at www.picasaweb.google.co.uk/stuartbull1

MackDaddy
08-25-2008, 05:23 AM
BarkBusters from Twisted Throttle. I've got an interference fit issue when the Givi screen is mounted, but plan to rectify somehow for the upcoming colder weather.

Jim

http://images41.fotki.com/v1299/photos/1/17642/6620279/IMG_1136-vi.jpg

http://images39.fotki.com/v1285/photos/1/17642/6620279/IMG_1128-vi.jpg

http://images41.fotki.com/v1299/photos/1/17642/6620279/IMG_1120-vi.jpg

dallasdon
08-25-2008, 07:48 AM
I put the Acerbis on mine along with the Givi Windshield. I had a slight problem with the GIVI windshield and clearance with the Handgards, but after some twiddling, I made it all work. I bought the large "touring" Acebis and they really block the wind.

StinkyCheese
10-19-2008, 09:56 PM
BarkBusters from Twisted Throttle. I've got an interference fit issue when the Givi screen is mounted, but plan to rectify somehow for the upcoming colder weather.

Jim

http://images41.fotki.com/v1299/photos/1/17642/6620279/IMG_1136-vi.jpg

http://images39.fotki.com/v1285/photos/1/17642/6620279/IMG_1128-vi.jpg

http://images41.fotki.com/v1299/photos/1/17642/6620279/IMG_1120-vi.jpg


Nice looking setup! :thumb:

Wordguy
10-20-2008, 07:21 AM
Nice setup Jim. Great bike pics too!

-Alan

MackDaddy
10-20-2008, 08:05 AM
Thanks guys. I've since changed over to Zeta's.

White:

http://images42.fotki.com/v1318/photos/1/17642/6759944/IMG_1431-vi.jpg

And Black:

http://images38.fotki.com/v1277/photos/1/17642/6640253/IMG_1263-vi.jpg

I like to mix things up a bit from time to time.

Right now I'm not running anything, as I put my Givi windscreen on and there's interference. I'll figure something out because these hand guards do make a difference in the cold weather!

Take care,
Jim

Wordguy
10-20-2008, 12:42 PM
Jim, which were the easiest to install? Which do you like best?

-Alan

MackDaddy
10-20-2008, 02:46 PM
Jim, which were the easiest to install? Which do you like best?

-Alan

Really neither here nor there Alan. They're both easy to install & quite functional. I happen to fair the aesthetics of the Zeta's better. :D

DragonBreath
10-20-2008, 05:13 PM
Those Zeta's look really nice with the lines of the Vario screen.

StinkyCheese
10-20-2008, 05:48 PM
I like the looks of the Zeta's better also.

elijahl2
10-22-2008, 11:52 AM
Anyone ever thought of the Ducati Hypermotard mirrors? Not only would you get an alternative to the loose and cheep V's mirrors, but you get additional bark-busters and turn signal indicators too. I just looked at them at the Ducati parts store online, and they look pretty easy to bolt on then run the wiring and presto Italiano! Sorry, I'm stationed here in Sicily and it gets to my head sometimes...Another perk is they fold in, so squeezing through traffic shouldn't be a problem.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Photos...r_bar_deta.jpg

http://www.motorcycle.com/galleries/...ax_295x221.jpg

StinkyCheese
10-22-2008, 12:21 PM
Might be an interesting option. There's a 'tard at the local Ducati dealer. I may have to go have a look.

Thanks!

:goodidea:

elijahl2
10-22-2008, 02:39 PM
Please let me know if it would work out. I'm buying my 09 V in June when I return to the states. I think it would be a great solution to the V's floppy mirror issues. Plus I think it would look pretty wicked too.

sillycar
10-22-2008, 05:33 PM
I may be in the minority here, but I like the looks of the Barkbusters better.

Jim, How close does the red match the Passion Red? (Hard to tell for sure in photos. Looks real close)
Also, Are the Barkbusters easy to remove when you don't want to use them?

Thanks for your time.
-Joel.

MackDaddy
10-22-2008, 06:11 PM
Joel,

The red was not a good match for the Versys passion red. They didn't look bad, but not a good color match to the bike. Easy enough to remove when necessary. I've since sold them (actually traded for some other goodies.)

Take care,
Jim

Motodevil
10-31-2008, 05:24 PM
Sweet mirrors, are those by any chance from a Ninja? Look similar to the Ninja 250 mirrors...

MackDaddy
10-31-2008, 06:07 PM
Sweet mirrors, are those by any chance from a Ninja? Look similar to the Ninja 250 mirrors...

Me? They're Z1000 mirrors. Now using CRG knockoff's with them as well. :D

http://images42.fotki.com/v1318/photos/1/17642/6759944/IMG_1566-vi.jpg

lhwahl
11-01-2008, 10:35 AM
The Vstrom guards are easy to work with, but soft plastic is easily scarred. If you care about that sort of thing. They can be adjusted to avoid hitting the fairing on full turn lock. If wind and rain are only issues, these are a good choice.

Steve08
11-01-2008, 11:51 AM
Hey what's that aluminum ring bolted to your gas tank filler collar? And you have a black bar spanning your handlebars. Wuzzat for?

DeepVoid
11-01-2008, 04:57 PM
I'd like to bring these new handguards to your attention:

Acerbis Dual Road (http://www.acerbis.it/moto/index.php?module=catalog&type=detail&id=1432&cat=16)

They're designed for naked bikes, and when mounted on the Versys really rock:

Image 1 (http://freefilehosting.net/show/41e00)
Image 2 (http://freefilehosting.net/show/41e55)

As you can see, these new handguards sport a particular design, with a single locking point (on the grip's tip), semi-transparent shields, and can be fitted with blue-glowing led strips.

They're quite expensive (about 80 euro here in Italy), perhaps waiting a little we'll see ebay sellers with more reasonable prices.

I'm planning to attend EICMA 2008 in Milan next week; maybe I'll be able to see the new handguards and take a detailed photo reportage. Stay tuned :D

Arnott_exZX7
11-01-2008, 05:05 PM
They look GREAT!, mounting looks more stable than the Ascerbis Flags that are on my V. Did you have to change the end weights or bolts?

StinkyCheese
11-01-2008, 05:11 PM
I agree. They do look great! Installation looks pretty easy without a lot of modification being necessary!

DeepVoid
11-01-2008, 05:30 PM
They look GREAT!, mounting looks more stable than the Ascerbis Flags that are on my V. Did you have to change the end weights or bolts?
These handguard are not mine. As far as I know, to install the handguards you need to replace both the end weights (with the new provided in the kit) and the bolts (provided with the kit too). To my knowledge, replacement weights are lighter than the original ones, and maybe this can affect driving stability.

kevinw9
11-06-2008, 02:27 PM
MackDaddy, What kind model/manufacturer saddlebags do you have?? Do you need a key to open them? Do you have any pics from the rear of the bike? Trying to decide to get the GIVI v35's or what you have. I've heard that the V35's can only be opened with a key. Sounds like a pain. What's the overall width of your bike with the saddlebags??

Sorry for all the questions but your setup looks great!

MackDaddy
11-06-2008, 05:51 PM
Bags are Givi E21's, and yes they key lock. Exactly what I wanted. Locking, waterproof, and quick release. Not a pain by any means, trust me.

Width with bags mounted on the bike is approx ~ 32 inches.

Loads of pics on my website.

No problem with questions, and thanks for the comps! :D

http://images44.fotki.com/v1357/photos/1/17642/6759944/IMG_4137-vi.jpg

http://images38.fotki.com/v1211/photos/1/17642/6640253/IMG_1250-vi.jpg

kevinw9
11-07-2008, 09:24 AM
Mack,
Could you measure the overall width of your bike with the saddlebags on? I have a shed that I park the bike in, and want to see if it will fit...

Can you open the bags without the key as well?
Who's brackets did you use?



Thanks for your help

MackDaddy
11-07-2008, 10:44 AM
Mack,
Could you measure the overall width of your bike with the saddlebags on? I have a shed that I park the bike in, and want to see if it will fit...

Can you open the bags without the key as well?
Who's brackets did you use?

Thanks for your help

As stated above, the width of the bike with the bags on is approx ~ 32 inches. You can't open the bags without the key, that's just the way they're made. I see no reason why this would be a problem for you, but to each his-her own.

Mounting brackets for all my Givi luggage are Givi as well. PL447 for the side cases, and FZ447 for the top case.

Jim

alvis
11-18-2008, 06:14 PM
I went with the Zetas, they work great, very easy to install:

http://www.langstonracing.com/eshopprod_cat_3652-34968_product_554146_keyword_zeta.Zeta_Armor__Stra ight_Handguard.htm

Also, you have to order the hand protectors separately, these are the small ones I'm using...

http://www.langstonracing.com/eshopprod_cat_3652-34968_product_554149_keyword_zeta.Zeta_Armor_Handg uard_X1_Protec.htm

alvis

MackDaddy
11-18-2008, 08:54 PM
Hey what's that aluminum ring bolted to your gas tank filler collar? And you have a black bar spanning your handlebars. Wuzzat for?

1. http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/1859/451/

2. http://www.protaper.com/contents/products/handlebars/se.html

northeast
11-18-2008, 08:57 PM
MackDaddy,

Did you end up having any luck getting the Zeta XCs to work with the Givi screen?

MackDaddy
11-18-2008, 09:04 PM
Not yet. I've mounted CRG (knock off) bar end mirrors for now. Handguards are on hold for the moment..

Gatorman
11-19-2008, 10:30 AM
Kevin:

Take a look at the SM Motech racks with the Givi bags. Same overall width, but the SWM racks have four quick release screws so you can remove them in seconds, no really, seconds. The bags come of the racks in 30 seconds and the racks off the bike in another 60 seconds. In under two minutes you can have your naked Versys back.

For what it's worth, I attached Motoray handguards ($70 at local dealer). They are flexible and do not attach to the bar end. They provide excellent wind protection but limited crash defense. They barely touch the Givi large windshield and the front end will lock easily.

Gatorman
11-19-2008, 10:33 AM
Mack:

Can you please provide your assessment after riding with the bar end mirrors? Never had them on a bike, but like the look. What make, cost, vendor, visual coverage, ease of mounting, etc. Thanks.

DeepVoid
12-04-2008, 03:35 AM
Acerbis Dual Road handguards are the definitive choice for the Versys, check them out:

http://www.acerbis.it/moto/PS09/Paramano%20Strada.html

Tested in EICMA 2008 convention (Milan, Italy) on the Versys, astounding look, aggressive and stylish. Now on my wish list, in a very high ranking position :-)

hikewithmike
12-05-2008, 03:16 AM
Anyone ever thought of the Ducati Hypermotard mirrors? Not only would you get an alternative to the loose and cheep V's mirrors, but you get additional bark-busters and turn signal indicators too. I just looked at them at the Ducati parts store online, and they look pretty easy to bolt on then run the wiring and presto Italiano! Sorry, I'm stationed here in Sicily and it gets to my head sometimes...Another perk is they fold in, so squeezing through traffic shouldn't be a problem.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Photos...r_bar_deta.jpg

http://www.motorcycle.com/galleries/...ax_295x221.jpg

these would be ideal, they're just expensive. a guy parting a hypermotard on ebay has the starting bid at $300. I imagine dropping in at the local ducati dealership/parts counter will be much the same story if not more. I can see them being worth the price, esp. with the mirrors, but would that messup the end weith of the handlebars? curious am if these will fit as well. forgive my lack of experience with motorcycles. I bought my V in august, and am suffering the winds barrage on my hands, so I am tyring to find an amiable sollution that fits a college students limited budget, and is easy to install.

mweaver
12-05-2008, 10:29 PM
I have the Cycra handguards on my Versys. They were easy to install , pretty good fit.

Cost $129. They do a good job keeping the cold air at bay and don't get into the Givi

windshield.

Mike

piranha
12-09-2008, 04:40 PM
Attached see pics of the KTM handguards installed. For rain or cold we put some simple PP plastic shields on and secured them with 4mm stainless screws and nylock nuts. They were simple pieces of plastic from the bottom of a cheap toolkit box, but they are flexible enough to match the KTM curve but still strong enough for the windblast. The cutout shape was just to fit the KTM guards and I made a template with cardboard and flipped it for the opposite side handguard.

Hello
I tried it but if you have touring HIGHER WINDSCREEN they are hitting when you turn left or right.

Take care

Gustavo
12-09-2008, 08:13 PM
Hello
I tried it but if you have touring HIGHER WINDSCREEN they are hitting when you turn left or right.

What windscreen do you have? I have a Powerbronze and the KTM handguards are not even close to hitting at full lock.

Gustavo

piranha
12-10-2008, 07:13 AM
What windscreen do you have? I have a Powerbronze and the KTM handguards are not even close to hitting at full lock.

Gustavo

I have givi.d450st below link. Evrything is touching there.
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/imagecatalogue/imageview/8671/?RefererURL=/trade/productview/3831/652/

TAC650
12-11-2008, 09:27 PM
I have the Cycra handguards on my Versys. They were easy to install , pretty good fit.

Cost $129. They do a good job keeping the cold air at bay and don't get into the Givi

windshield.

Mike

I also used the Cycra see this link for photos.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1739

dhesselink
12-24-2008, 04:34 PM
Hi,

I've just received the Aerbis Dual Road Handguards. I have the large Givi screen on the Versys, and the factory bar-ends.

1. I removed the bar ends: I can now see the rounded tips of the steering wheel, including the thread for the screw that's fitting the weight.
Question: Should I somehow remove this fitting? Cuz with the thread that's there i'm unable to fit the kit (http://website.acerbis.it/moto/PS09/disegno%20misure.jpg) into the bar. Or should I just screw the handguard on top of the rounded fitting?

2. FYI: I have a the large Givi screen mounted, but planned to remove it anyway. If you want the Givi, don't by the Dual Road handguards. It won't fit properly in tight corners (and neither in the steer-lock position).

3. Does anyone have info on mounting the Dual Road Handguards on the Versys, or if the standard fittings can/should be removed when mounting a custom handguard set?

Cheers,
Dan

ST2002AA
12-26-2008, 11:30 AM
Hello, You can adjust mirrors to aft..
Try, I'm using Givi too..

charly
01-09-2009, 12:25 PM
Hi,

I've just received the Aerbis Dual Road Handguards. I have the large Givi screen on the Versys, and the factory bar-ends.

1. I removed the bar ends: I can now see the rounded tips of the steering wheel, including the thread for the screw that's fitting the weight.
Question: Should I somehow remove this fitting? Cuz with the thread that's there i'm unable to fit the kit (http://website.acerbis.it/moto/PS09/disegno%20misure.jpg) into the bar. Or should I just screw the handguard on top of the rounded fitting?

2. FYI: I have a the large Givi screen mounted, but planned to remove it anyway. If you want the Givi, don't by the Dual Road handguards. It won't fit properly in tight corners (and neither in the steer-lock position).

3. Does anyone have info on mounting the Dual Road Handguards on the Versys, or if the standard fittings can/should be removed when mounting a custom handguard set?

Cheers,
Dan

I am interested in how much the Dual Road handguards interfere with the Givi screen. Can the problem be solved by shaving a little off the screen or the guards or both?

dhesselink
01-09-2009, 05:01 PM
Hi m8,

the interference:
I have the Givi on highest setting (shouldn't make a large difference i think).
After having taken the standard bar ends off, I mounted the the Acerbis ends. I have not used any parts from the kit, as i don't have any longer screws than the original ones. For vibration, i hardly feel a difference by the way.

Now, when i want to activate the steer-lock, the Acerbis slightly push onto the Givi screen. No big deal for parking or so, but when you make a tight corner you'll want to use even more. Therefore, the combination is not good for use in areas where you want to make tight turns. On the highway: No problem.

It's icecold winter here now (NL), and my bike is in storage so I cannot test if using the kit wil make a huge difference: By the looks I don't think it will make a difference. Probably I will use the original screen again on my Versys due to this issue.

Must say the Acerbis guards look really good on this bike.
Cheers,
Dan

charly
01-09-2009, 05:15 PM
Thanks Dan

I'm going to order them in and try them out. I like the look of these handguards. It's worth it to try and make them work. If I figure out any magic, I'll report back.

tomla
01-09-2009, 08:16 PM
the thing I don't like about the 1 pt. mount handguards is that I don't know how easy they are going to bend in...I know the 2 pt. guards can take a beating. they look very nice, though, even better than the zeta w/signals

Arnott_exZX7
01-09-2009, 11:10 PM
Hey dhesselink, how about posting some pics of your bike with the "steering wheel" LOL! I realize it was probably just a typo, but it gave me a good laugh! I have the Ascerbis Flags on my V, single mount point that works fine if you just want wind protection.

vetteblues10
01-11-2009, 09:50 PM
I picked up some powermadd's from www.jrgraham.com. I've used powermadd on my quads before. Note though, the mounting kit doesn't work with speedy's mirror extenders on the left side.

Hipshot
01-11-2009, 11:49 PM
So how do the powermadds mount? Other than the mirror extenders any problems? Good weather protection?

Steve08
01-12-2009, 12:56 PM
Speaking of mounts - I couldn't find the handguard mounts on that website. I think it may just be down for today as I kept getting a "can't find" error.

vetteblues10
01-12-2009, 05:45 PM
Here is the link to the mounts. I will try and get some pictures up tomorrow to show you guys what I am talking about.

http://www.jrgraham.com/jrgc/hsrun.exe/webapps/jrg/StateId/DFcFmo8YfzqvKnpPb9CiZT-tZYx4_-Ue_W/HAHTpage/CatalogItemInfo?ITNO=PD14252&RECTYPE=IS

hikewithmike
01-13-2009, 12:46 AM
Thanks guys. I've since changed over to Zeta's.

White:

http://images42.fotki.com/v1318/photos/1/17642/6759944/IMG_1431-vi.jpg

And Black:

http://images38.fotki.com/v1277/photos/1/17642/6640253/IMG_1263-vi.jpg

I like to mix things up a bit from time to time.

Right now I'm not running anything, as I put my Givi windscreen on and there's interference. I'll figure something out because these hand guards do make a difference in the cold weather!

Take care,
Jim

I just ordered a pair of Zeta's for my Versys, which if UPS is caught up on things, will arrive in a couple days. What pushed me off the fence more or less was the review webbikeworld (http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/zeta-hand-guards/) gave them, however they used what appears to be aftermarket bar ends. When you installed yours, did you use the OEM bar ends or result to aftermarket as well? I am vaslty inexpienced with farkling, so forgive me if I have restated a question.

Thanks.

vetteblues10
01-13-2009, 06:52 PM
Ok here are some pics of the powermadd star series (black/silver)

http://i383.photobucket.com/albums/oo278/vetteblues10/DSCF4001.jpg

The mounts are designed to go under the bars, however there are bolts under the versys brake lever that interfere. So I routed the mounts atop, which is fine except the mount interferes with speedy's mirror extenders. The left side needs to be raised up like a quarter inch or so. The right side worked fine.

http://i383.photobucket.com/albums/oo278/vetteblues10/DSCF4010.jpg

I like having the a the additional handguard extenders, they block a little more wind on these cold morning rides to work. The look is good, function is good, flexibility is good, price was fine with me as well.

http://i383.photobucket.com/albums/oo278/vetteblues10/DSCF4007.jpg

Hipshot
01-13-2009, 08:59 PM
Can you give us part numbers for what you purchased? I'm having trouble navigating their site. Thanks. They look great.

siyeh
01-13-2009, 09:11 PM
I have the same ones on my bike. I need to get those larger black inserts.

The package said Star Series. Part No. 14252

vetteblues10
01-13-2009, 09:44 PM
powermadd star handguard system - black/silver PD14230
handguard mount atv PD14252
handguard extensions black PD14240

Hipshot
01-13-2009, 10:10 PM
Thanks for the part numbers. I ordered all 3 parts. That's about the last thing I'm going to buy for the V for a while. Except for a radiator guard - still looking for the right material to make my own.

Steve08
01-15-2009, 08:02 AM
Thanks for the part numbers. I ordered all 3 parts. That's about the last thing I'm going to buy for the V for a while. Except for a radiator guard - still looking for the right material to make my own.

Home Depot has a small section with thin metal sheets in various "punched out" configurations. I've been looking at these to fabricate a radiator grill. Also, the local Tractor Supply Company (a national chain BTW) has several different sheets also. My plan was to cut it to shape - leaving "tangs" to mount it to the existing radiator bolts. After the shape is correct and test fitted, my plan is to have the metal powder coated, then mount it.

tebbert
01-16-2009, 08:23 PM
V-strom guards work alright, but require some fitting. I had to remove them though after putting on the Givi screen.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b343/hunting1/Bikes/100_2035.jpg
I think I will try the Zitas next.

I just bought the v-strom handguards. The right side looks like it will fit without mods but the left will need some "fitting". Can you or anyone else tell me or better yet show me some pics of what you had to do? I still have the OEM windshield.

tebbert
01-19-2009, 12:50 PM
I installed the v-strom handguards over the weekend. Several mods are needed but nothing that can't be done with a rasp bit on my drill and some hardware from Lowes. I'll post some pics if anyone is interested.

andyhewitt3
01-19-2009, 09:08 PM
powermadd star handguard system - black/silver PD14230
handguard mount atv PD14252
handguard extensions black PD14240

I have these on and the Givi windshield is gonna have to come off. Do these interfere with the stock windshield any?

jerryv
01-19-2009, 11:11 PM
v-strom handguards.

yes i would like to see pics and exactly what mods made and hardware you used.. thanks

Steve08
01-20-2009, 12:31 AM
All you guys who are putting these handguards on and then taking off the GIVI large - why don't you just cut the windscreen? Put some blue painters tape on the plexi, and cut it out with a little scroll saw. A little filing off the rough edges, then a vigorous polishing of the new edge with toothpaste on a chamois to match existing edges. I have opted to not put on handguards for now because of budget constraints, but I have heated gloves. When (if) I get called back to work, I'll be installing KLR guards and trimming the windscreen to accommodate.

Laid off and snowed in - in Michigan

charly
01-21-2009, 04:15 PM
I installed some Cycra Stealth DX handguards today.

The upside:

Ridiculously easy to install. Loosen the lever, install the guard, push the lever back so it's snug against the handguard mount. Tighten. Done. Took a mechanically inclined idiot like me about half an hour.

They're cheap - sixty bucks for everything.

The downside:

They're small. I don't know how much wind they will block.

My Givi shield is still on backorder so I don't know if there are issues.

They have a single attachment point, no bar end attachment. Here are the (lousy..sorry) photos.

vetteblues10
01-21-2009, 07:03 PM
I have these on and the Givi windshield is gonna have to come off. Do these interfere with the stock windshield any?

There is no interference for me with the stock windshield.

darcym
01-21-2009, 07:21 PM
Just curious for those who have handguards ...

It seems to me that there are two good reasons for handguards. One is to protect your hands from the wind, the other is to protect the levers (clutch and brake) from breaking in a tip over. Of course if you ride off-road they're supposed to protect against brush along the trail, but I doubt too many folks are riding the Versys off road on single track.

So, although the Cycra guards look good, they probably won't help in a tip-over, on account of that single attachment point.

Weather protection -- probably bigger is better but then you run into interference if you get a bigger, wider windshield.

So has anyone had any experience with tip-overs and did the guard help or hinder?

I'm hesitant to ADD stuff to the Versys. I'm much more likely to take stuff off, but I recognize some add-ons may be really useful. I'm on the fence regarding hand guards at the moment.

charly
01-21-2009, 07:59 PM
Hey darcym, you're right about the single point handguards. They're not designed to protect the levers. In the instructions they say not to overtighten the screws. That way, in a crash, the handguards can rotate and YOU DON'T BREAK THE HANDGUARDS!!:rolleyes:

tebbert
01-23-2009, 07:35 PM
I've attached pics of my v-strom handguards. Unforunately I didn't take pics before I modified the handguards so you only see the end result. I had to buy a few bolts and washer but luckily I found them all at Lowes.
New parts:


Bar End bolts - 2 ( M8-1.25 X 40 )
3/4" washers - to fit between the end of the handlebar and handguard. The 3/4" washer fits perfectly against the bevel edge of the handlebar and the handguard.
M6-1.00 x 50mm bolt replaces the clutch lever bolt. The one that comes with the handguards does not fit our bike.


The only thing I'm not thrilled about is the underside of the clutch side handguard does not attach to the bottom of the clutch lever bolt. I had to remove this part because of the sensor on the clutch. It works for now and I've only ridden with it once. I seems sturdy enough with no vibration. Time will tell.

No interference with the original windshield.

Tim

jerryv
01-23-2009, 08:58 PM
thanks for the pics. i m having trouble deciding between the v strom and the klr650. i have not seen a step by step on the klr and wonder how well they fit and what mods and hardware they require.

charly
01-26-2009, 05:25 PM
My Givi screen came in today. It's a nice piece of sculpture but it makes major contact with the Cycra Stealth handguards. Looking at this screen I can't imagine ANY handguard that doesn't have at least some issues. As much as I hate to think about it, has anybody lopped the wings off the Givi screen?

sharrison56
02-03-2009, 07:52 PM
Hi m8,

the interference:
I have the Givi on highest setting (shouldn't make a large difference i think).
After having taken the standard bar ends off, I mounted the the Acerbis ends. I have not used any parts from the kit, as i don't have any longer screws than the original ones. For vibration, i hardly feel a difference by the way.

Now, when i want to activate the steer-lock, the Acerbis slightly push onto the Givi screen. No big deal for parking or so, but when you make a tight corner you'll want to use even more. Therefore, the combination is not good for use in areas where you want to make tight turns. On the highway: No problem.

It's icecold winter here now (NL), and my bike is in storage so I cannot test if using the kit wil make a huge difference: By the looks I don't think it will make a difference. Probably I will use the original screen again on my Versys due to this issue.

Must say the Acerbis guards look really good on this bike.
Cheers,
Dan

Do you have the light kit? I ordered a set yesterday with the light kit, but I am curious how you run the wires since they only connect to the bar end.

essexben
02-04-2009, 08:10 AM
Here are pictures of my Acerbis Dual Road handguards. Took about 5 minutes to fit and seem made for the V!

contractor
02-04-2009, 10:29 AM
Nice guards Essex...Where'd ya order them from? And your windscreen? Tkx

essexben
02-04-2009, 01:07 PM
Stock screen on highest setting. Guards bought off Fleabay - UK but I expect you can get them in the States too, and probably cheaper.

sharrison56
02-04-2009, 01:23 PM
I ordered some from http://www.motostrano.com/acduroha.html ...I haven't received them yet, but should be here soon.

essexben
02-04-2009, 02:03 PM
Jeepers! :eek:Not everything in America is cheap then. My guards convert to $95 including p and p. Still, they only have to come from Italy which is a bit nearer.

sharrison56
02-04-2009, 02:07 PM
That and the good old dollar isn't trading very well these days, but we have to feed the beast!!!

Hammer
02-09-2009, 01:01 AM
A hearty hello from South Africa,Have any of you gents had any experience with the polisport baja handgaurds.They seem reasonably priced but are they any good.I am also looking at the cycra gaurds any info will be appreciated thanks.

Reaper
02-09-2009, 02:14 AM
A hearty hello from South Africa,Have any of you gents had any experience with the polisport baja handgaurds.They seem reasonably priced but are they any good.I am also looking at the cycra gaurds any info will be appreciated thanks.

I've got Polisport guards (don't know what model they are).
They work fine for me.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p185/Alan666_photo/DSCN1578.jpg
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p185/Alan666_photo/DSCN1577.jpg
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p185/Alan666_photo/DSCN1722.jpg

Hammer
02-09-2009, 04:17 AM
I've got Polisport guards (don't know what model they are).
They work fine for me.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p185/Alan666_photo/DSCN1578.jpg
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p185/Alan666_photo/DSCN1577.jpg
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p185/Alan666_photo/DSCN1722.jpg

Thanks Reaper The pics help alot too. much appreciated.

sharrison56
02-14-2009, 09:30 AM
I got my Acerbis Dual Road handguards...took 5 minutes to install. I was able to use the bolt that was already there, but I might get one a little bit longer. The ones that come with the handguards are much longer so I didn't even try them. The LED Light Kit was shipped yesterday so I should be able to see how they work next week.

charly
02-14-2009, 10:10 AM
Hey Steve, if you want to fill in that little gap at the bar end, buy some cheap dirt bike or ATV grips and cut the end off, the end with the hole in the center. Put the bolt through it and you have a little boot that fills in the gap.

I like the look of those handguards.

contractor
02-14-2009, 10:39 AM
Really like those guards Steve...No wiggle or wobble from just the end mount?

sharrison56
02-14-2009, 11:16 AM
I will let you know about the vibrations and such tonight or tomorrow, since I just put them on last night. Thanks for the info about the gap...I was trying to figure out how to fill that in. They do hit the Givi screen but the have plenty of flex and I can't think of too many times I have the bars at a full lock. They hit when you lock them but then the bars move enough to relieve the pressure.

charly
02-14-2009, 11:31 AM
Here's the photo of how I filled the gap with my handguards. On the throttle side you have to leave a slight gap to let the throttle operate freely.

Deano
02-15-2009, 12:02 PM
Steve, Like the idea of the simple one bolt set up. Are those mirror extenders on also i see. From Speedy. I have the lower kit of his and love it but like a dummy i had second thoughts on needing the extenders for the mirrors. Now i can see i should have bought them at the same time. Handguards look great. Let us know how the wind does with them whether they vibrate at all. thanks

sharrison56
02-15-2009, 12:11 PM
Yes, those are the Speedy mirror extenders and the are great. Easy to install and do the job. As far as I can tell the handguards improve the vibrations in the bars some...they seem to act like dampers and the mirrors don't seem to shake as much. They do a good job of blocking the wind.

Deano
02-15-2009, 12:37 PM
Thanks, I wasn't concerned with the vibration of the bars but whether the handguards vibrated or flopped any from the wind. Didn't know how solid they would be just mounted at one end. Going to have to bite the bullet and order the extenders and pay the shipping again. Oh Well

sharrison56
02-15-2009, 04:32 PM
They don't flap around at all...even at 85. If you touch the end you can feel the vibration, but I suspect it is pretty much the opposite of the vibration in the bars. I also noticed that they help with the vibration in the mirrors ... they are almost useful now. I can pretty much tell what is behind me now. So far so good! I am very happy with them. They could maybe have a little larger wind guards.

Dom
02-15-2009, 05:16 PM
Steve - based on your opinion, think I'm picking those up after riding in the rain today in Florida!! Thanks! Dom

sharrison56
02-15-2009, 05:50 PM
They were about the only ones I could find that I thought looked right on the V. When I saw them on another post I knew that those were the ones I wanted...just had to find them in the states.

The LED kit is supposed to be in this week, so I can report on that soon.

I was really impressed with the customer support at motostrano.com...they don't ship super fast (a couple of days to process the order), but if you email them they get back to you very promptly. They didn't notify me that the LED kit was backordered, but when I emailed them they got back to me the same day.

You will want to find something to fill in the gap between the grip and the guard, but there is already a post about that.

I hope you like them as much as I do! :thumb::thumb::thumb:

Dom
02-16-2009, 04:45 PM
This is off topic I know... sorry. But how do you get that map in your replies Steve? Seen several with it and I looked around but couldn't find it.

sharrison56
02-16-2009, 04:59 PM
After you create the map (http://www.epgsoft.com/VisitedStatesMap/) go to your profile and Edit your Profile. Upload the signature picture and then click the Insert Signature Picture link. I messed with it for quite a while before I noticed the Insert Signature Picture link, which just added the html code to you signature to insert the picture.

derickveliz
02-27-2009, 01:17 PM
The LED Light Kit was shipped yesterday so I should be able to see how they work next week.


Any update on the LEDs?

Do you have a picture of your bike (from tire to tire) where we can see the new handguards?

Thanks,
looks nice!

sharrison56
02-27-2009, 09:58 PM
I am going to install them tomorrow...they came in and I got busy, but tomorrow is the day. The LEDs are white, so I am not sure if I should connect them to the headlight or turn signals.

sharrison56
02-28-2009, 07:31 PM
I got them installed, but didn't get a chance to get a video. They weren't too bad to install except that the coiled wiring in a bit of a pain to get thru the holes in the handguards. They are connected to the turn signals...hopefully that won't get me in any trouble. The LEDs are white, would have been nice if they were amber.

I did have to trim them a little bit, but after getting that done it looks like the real problem is that the circuit board on the back of the LED insert hits the groove that they slip into. I think I should have enlarged groove a little bit, but it wasn't too bad.

Should be able to get some video tomorrow.

amir_zwara
02-28-2009, 09:48 PM
I've got a quetion for yoru guys...
Whats the best position to mount the hand gaurds at?
I have the Acerbis rally guards witht he deflectors, and have them mounted basically straight ahead of the grips...
however I've seen some pics of bikes and a lot of time the guards are at somewhat of a downward angle, does this help with wid defelction?
Just wondering, as mine seem to block the wind well enough, but I could always go for more protection.

sharrison56
03-01-2009, 06:39 AM
I am still trying to figure that out. The wind guards on the Acerbis Dual Road guards are very big and I am mainly concerned with wind protection in the cold.

sharrison56
03-02-2009, 09:19 PM
Ok, I finally have the video of the handguard LEDs. http://www.flickr.com/photos/35955367@N07/3324015193/

Hammer
03-02-2009, 09:50 PM
Good work Mr Harrison they look awesome and seem to do a darn good job

sharrison56
03-02-2009, 10:28 PM
Thanks! I like having as many lights as possible to make sure I am seen.

splitmind
03-03-2009, 01:02 AM
Looks awesome! I just did my first road test with the new guards today. Very pleased.

AvaChava
03-03-2009, 09:24 PM
Yeah, that would be even cooler with amber
L.E.D.'s but pretty eye catching as is. Too
late to add a four-way flasher demo? Ha ha,
good job, Steve.

sharrison56
03-03-2009, 09:30 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by a four-way flasher demo.

AvaChava
03-04-2009, 11:56 AM
I'm not sure what you mean by a four-way flasher demo.Doesn't your bike have 4-way flashers? Red button
on the left grip...

sharrison56
03-04-2009, 12:44 PM
Emergency flashers! I can do that. I tested it after I installed the LEDs.

Here you go. http://www.flickr.com/photos/35955367@N07/3329830006/

Here is one from the back of the AdMoreLighting LEDs for my E52 and V35s. http://www.flickr.com/photos/35955367@N07/3329834816/

ST2002AA
03-10-2009, 10:59 AM
..thats it..???

Deano
03-10-2009, 11:24 AM
St2002AA, Look good. What kind and where did you get them and how much. How much trouble mounting? Look like they would really protect and block the wind. Is that a cover that pops off on top to give it more air.

derickveliz
03-10-2009, 03:28 PM
..thats it..???

Looks nice, could you post a picture showing all the V like 3/4s angle. to get a sense of how it looks.

Thanks

AvaChava
03-10-2009, 07:54 PM
Steve; Thanks for the four-way video.
Those really look great!

ST: And looks like you were able to keep
the stock bar end weights! Nice.

ST2002AA
03-11-2009, 07:35 AM
Hello, just for quick rpl abt handguards..
For my use on min 3 to 5 deg celsius they work fine, for next winter aim is to put heaters (saito..).

These handguards are adjustable, more-less wind, easy to mount with original weights.
You can buy them in various colours and price in Croatia is around 35 euros.

Thats it..:)

eugenek
04-08-2009, 08:46 AM
V-strom guards work alright, but require some fitting. I had to remove them though after putting on the Givi screen.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b343/hunting1/Bikes/100_2035.jpg
I think I will try the Zitas next.

Hey, I was wondering how much fitting you had to do for the VStrom guards?

tenover
04-10-2009, 11:54 PM
I would like to put these on my new (stock windshield) '09 Versys....Does anyone know if I need to order any extra parts or bar end weights along with them or am I safe just ordering these straight off the site as-is? Thanks in advance.
https://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/3870/652/

medimike
04-11-2009, 02:56 AM
I think these are reasonably priced:

https://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/3870/652/

Thanks for the tip! Will these fit on the 2009?

Taffy
04-15-2009, 07:53 AM
Hammer

What did you end up going for re Handguards for SA conditions and considering what's available down here?

I have also been looking at various options owing to the highveld early morning temperatures starting to drop.

Would appreciate your help,
Taffy

Jared
04-17-2009, 04:36 PM
Here are some pics of my new UFO Plast hand guards. Install was pretty easy, only thing is that I have to have the levers set to the smallest reach, where I was used to having them all the way out. And I had to loose the bar end mirrors temporarily. However they work great and look better. They have a full aluminium bar and attach solidly, will definitely protect if needed. I de-badged these as well.

TAC650
04-17-2009, 05:15 PM
Here are some pics of my new UFO Plast hand guards. Install was pretty easy, only thing is that I have to have the levers set to the smallest reach, where I was used to having them all the way out. And I had to loose the bar end mirrors temporarily. However they work great and look better. They have a full aluminium bar and attach solidly, will definitely protect if needed. I de-badged these as well.


How do you like thoes tires. Are they MT-60s?

Jared
04-17-2009, 05:22 PM
They are mt 60s. I put them on near the end of last season, not sure exactly the kms on them but the only bad thing I have to say about them is how long they last. I have probably 5000kms on them and I need a rear tire. I do allot of pavement driving though. I live on a dirt road and I have total confidence with these tires, especially the front one. I might mix and match, get a rear tire that will last longer but the mt 60 on the front.

AvaChava
04-18-2009, 06:27 AM
Jared; Have you noticed any difference in handlebar
vibration since removing the bar end weights? I was
hoping to retain those weights...

Where did you get them and how much did they cost?

That blue really looks electric, debadged. Nice work.

Jared
04-18-2009, 06:37 AM
Well the stock mirrors pissed me off from day one, so it wasn't long till I got some bar end mirrors, didn't really notice a difference in vibration then, maybe a little bit, and now that I got rid of those (until modified slightly to use again) I didn't really notice too much more vibration, however it might be noticed without the extra step in between.
I ordered them through a local shop, they ordered them from parts canada, heres a link;
http://www.partscanada.com/app/webroot/catalogue/2009/mcv2/en/
I can't find my receipt, but I think they were in the $60-70 range, way cheaper then the moose racing ones I went in to buy.

AvaChava
04-18-2009, 06:56 AM
Thanks much. I'll check them out.

jeffs900s
06-15-2009, 05:30 PM
Thanks for the tip! Will these fit on the 2009?

I just put the Barkbusters VPS handguards on my '09. While they're actually a bit pricey once you buy all the parts to install them (guards, mounting kit, bar-ends), they are really nice and super easy to install. It took me about 15minutes to get them on there. Super fast service from Twisted Throttle too. Highly recommended overall.

spiderman
06-15-2009, 10:39 PM
That's exactly what I ended up with too. I really didn't like spending that much but I think it's pretty good quality stuff and I expect to own this bike a long time.

hdatontodo
10-06-2009, 09:24 PM
Here are some pics on clearance issues with PowerMadd Handguards and my CalSci Windscreen.

By moving the handlebar down and adjusting the lever mounts, I was almost able to get full lock movement. I think I'll have to Dremel the handguards or make other mods so they don't tap the windscreen or tank.

Tony

johnmichael
10-09-2009, 12:42 PM
I would like to put these on my new (stock windshield) '09 Versys....Does anyone know if I need to order any extra parts or bar end weights along with them or am I safe just ordering these straight off the site as-is? Thanks in advance.
https://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/3870/652/

Could someone respond to this post? I have the same question...I want to add some Barkbusters but keep my bar-end mirrors. Could I use the bar-end mirrors as a spacer instead of using the Barkbuster Bar End Weights they say you have to purchase on the TwistedThrottle site?

Thanks!

johnmichael
10-26-2009, 08:52 PM
nvmd...figured it out on my own. :)

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y167/johnrend/Car%20Exterior/Barkbusters7.jpg

dwr302
11-01-2009, 08:45 PM
Installed Barkbuster Storms from Twisted Throttle. Easy to install and they dont contact the Calsci windshield at full lock. Compatible with the Vistacruise
throttle lock.

hdatontodo
11-16-2009, 07:30 PM
Thanks so much to you who suggested the Hand Guard Extension for the PowerMadd Star series handguard.

When I had 2 free mins away from the toddler, I went to the garage, popped out the stock inserts and popped in the larger extension.

I can't wait to try it out, with the mornings heading back into the 30's.

http://www.powermadd.com/products/starserieshandguard.html

Tony

dai5
11-17-2009, 04:47 AM
KTM guards with r&g bar ends.

StarLight
11-17-2009, 08:17 AM
I have the barkbusters BHG1 on order, expect them this week (the bar end weights were not in stock); quite looking forward to installing them, as they look excellent :D

carter
11-17-2009, 10:22 PM
KTM guards with r&g bar ends.

are those heated grips?

ISLANDER1089
12-27-2009, 06:50 PM
I just got a pair of KTM handguards from Santa and purchased a new Pro-Taper (flat black atv high) handlebar because I want to install a pair of round bar end mirrors as well. The bars have open ends so I can now use the expansion device for the mirrors and handguards. I like the look and funtionality of the KTM guards but I can already see that it's not just a simple bolt on job. I plan to eliminate the stock mirrors entirely. Has anyone done this kind of setup and has some time saving tips before I waist countless hours messing with it? I'm very mechanically adept so I'll figure it out eventually but I'm looking for photos and/or a step by step installation just to learn from someone else's experience. I don't really care if I keep the bar end weights. It sounds as though they don't really help much anyway and if it makes for a better install then who needs them. Any help would be appreciated.

Andreas
01-03-2010, 11:02 AM
I have a set of V-strom Handgaurds that I heard fit the V. Well the bolt holding the Balance end weight is very short and will not go thru the Bar end extension that came with my handgaurds. I can onlu guess that I need to fasten the gaurd at the end of my oem end weights.
Does someone have a picture of the finished mounting on their bike? :thanx:

I will in the ,meantime continue to look and see what I van come up with.

VeeWNC
01-03-2010, 07:40 PM
I have a set of V-strom Handgaurds that I heard fit the V. Well the bolt holding the Balance end weight is very short and will not go thru the Bar end extension that came with my handgaurds. I can onlu guess that I need to fasten the gaurd at the end of my oem end weights.
Does someone have a picture of the finished mounting on their bike? :thanx:

I will in the ,meantime continue to look and see what I van come up with.

http://fototime.com/04CF50F562D146E/orig.jpg
They went on easy, but we had to get a slightly longer bolt for the bar end weights. We also used a Dremel tool to grind away a bit of clearance around the clutch sensor. All that is needed to fit the guard around the sensor is to grind away about 3/4 inch of plastic so that there will be room. It's best to take off a little at a time until you have enough - it will look neater that way.
On the throttle side, it was an easy fit, other than adding the longer bolt for the bar end weight. Just pop out the existing bolt and then take it to the hardware store to get two that are longer, but the same diameter. I wish that I could remember the exact size, but it's been a few weeks and I've forgotten. You'll love 'em once they're mounted - they really make a big difference.
Look at the photo above and note the black O-ring that we added between the grip and the bar end weight. It's not necessary, but it makes the installation look a bit neater by hiding the gap.

http://fototime.com/945F1DD480E9AF5/orig.jpg

http://fototime.com/ED20CF2D4548C6C/orig.jpg

http://fototime.com/6818F505586F486/orig.jpg

Hope this helps you out...

Andreas
01-03-2010, 08:06 PM
They went on easy, but we had to get a slightly longer bolt for the bar end weights. We also used a Dremel tool to grind away a bit of clearance around the clutch sensor. All that is needed to fit the guard around the sensor is to grind away about 3/4 inch of plastic so that there will be room. It's best to take off a little at a time until you have enough - it will look neater that way.
On the throttle side, it was an easy fit, other than adding the longer bolt for the bar end weight. Just pop out the existing bolt and then take it to the hardware store to get two that are longer, but the same diameter. I wish that I could remember the exact size, but it's been a few weeks and I've forgotten. You'll love 'em once they're mounted - they really make a big difference.
Look at the photo above and note the black O-ring that we added between the grip and the bar end weight. It's not necessary, but it makes the installation look a bit neater by hiding the gap.

hope this helps you out...

:thanx:The pictures really help me out. IMy main concern was the spacer that came with the gaurd set I ordered.
I'll have to assume that you had to drill the spacer hole a little larger for the Kawasaki Bolt to fit thru it. There's an Ace Hardware around the corner, massive bolt collection there. Just love looking for a single bolt ( Yeah I'm odd )
Thanks for the advice, I'll try to document as I do this and post with pictures and a bolt size. :thanx:

VeeWNC
01-04-2010, 12:18 AM
:thanx:The pictures really help me out. IMy main concern was the spacer that came with the gaurd set I ordered.
I'll have to assume that you had to drill the spacer hole a little larger for the Kawasaki Bolt to fit thru it. There's an Ace Hardware around the corner, massive bolt collection there. Just love looking for a single bolt ( Yeah I'm odd )
Thanks for the advice, I'll try to document as I do this and post with pictures and a bolt size. :thanx:

As I recall, we didn't have to do any drilling. We just got a longer bolt to replace the original, but in the original diameter. It can actually be a bit longer than needed, since there is extra room in the bars. Ace is where we got our stuff too - it's my favorite hardware store and it's just down the road.

Andreas
01-04-2010, 07:29 AM
As I recall, we didn't have to do any drilling. We just got a longer bolt to replace the original, but in the original diameter. It can actually be a bit longer than needed, since there is extra room in the bars. Ace is where we got our stuff too - it's my favorite hardware store and it's just down the road.

I'll look and test again. The first time I did anything I was cold and immediatly frusterated when I compared the OEM bolt and the new bolt. With your advice I am mentally prepared , so no frusteration. And I'll have the long Undies on this time :yeahsmile:

VeeWNC
01-04-2010, 10:58 AM
I'll look and test again. The first time I did anything I was cold and immediatly frusterated when I compared the OEM bolt and the new bolt. With your advice I am mentally prepared , so no frusteration. And I'll have the long Undies on this time :yeahsmile:

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/showthread.php?t=59&page=4

That's the link that told me what hardware I needed to put the Strom guards on. Scroll down to Tebbert's post - he mentions that you'll need to replace the bar end bolts with 2 ( M8-1.25 X 40 ) bolts. That's the part that I couldn't remember.
I know what you mean about the temps - we're getting single digits here and it doesn't look like we'll warm up anytime in the next week. I'm riding just enough to keep the battery charged. This is an unusually long spell of cold temps - we usually have weather warm enough for riding just about every week of the year.

Andreas
01-08-2010, 08:52 AM
I call it the ' Birth of a Ver-Strom ' :yeahsmile:

2 hours at 27 F in the garage, two trips to Ace-hardware, forgot the list the first time. :badidea:
Used a hand saw, razor blade and dremmel.

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv111/UtahAlps/Misc/Farkle%20Process/VERSYS%20farkles/DSCF2792-1.jpg?t=1262961619

The clutch lever was the tricky one. I didn't like how the adjuster was ribbing on the gaurd, using the dremmel I carved a nice sloppy hole for more movement.

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv111/UtahAlps/Misc/Farkle%20Process/VERSYS%20farkles/DSCF2790.jpg?t=1262961872

As for the Vstrom weights, I had no choice but to drill the hole bigger, there was no way it was going to work
http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv111/UtahAlps/Misc/Farkle%20Process/VERSYS%20farkles/th_DSCF2769.jpg http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv111/UtahAlps/Misc/Farkle%20Process/VERSYS%20farkles/th_DSCF2771.jpg

This is waht I used to put the bar-end back together. I think I'll exchange a few of the O-rings later when it get's warmer, or if the wife isn't happy. which ever comes first. I used one less 3/4 inch O-ring on the right, didn't want to have a throttle lock, but I also didn't want to see the ugly metal.

http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv111/UtahAlps/Misc/Farkle%20Process/VERSYS%20farkles/DSCF2776.jpg?t=1262962137

I'll need to get a list of specifics together later this week and I'll add it to this posting. If my memory serves me well. :p

razinell
01-08-2010, 12:04 PM
Seems like you guys are going to a lot of extra trouble getting those V-strom handguards on your Versys. I have the KTM guards which went on in minutes with no modifications and no extra hardware. They are curved instead of angular like those for the V-strom, and look more 'stock', IMO. I left the bar-end weights off, and it works just fine. I love my KTM guards, and they were only $55 :loveeyes:

ISLANDER1089
01-08-2010, 12:19 PM
I'm with you Razinell but it's down to ones taste, whether you like smooth or angular, matt or shiny finish, keep or lose bar end weights etc. There's been more interest in this topic than most so it's pretty controversial. I have purchased bar end mirrors to go with my KTM handguards. I plan to eliminate the stock mirrors all together and the bar end mirrors will act as spacers between the end of the bar and the KTM handguard. I won't be using the weights since they apparently don't do much except protect the bar ends if you go down. I also bought new black Pro Taper bars (atv-hi) so it will be a very trick but very sano install. Pictures to follow.

Andreas
01-08-2010, 05:06 PM
I did look around for handgaurds other than the Vstrom style. Couldn't find any similar to cover the wifes hand like mine do. And the price was ok for me, I've seen others go for 60 - 150.00 , then there's a kit that's needed for an extra 30 - 60 . No way am I forking that much over, besides, it got me out of the house and my wife could watch Oprah or whatever.
I'd like to see some pictures of other handgaurds like the ones I put on, the wifes bike has had some up-right issues last year. I might have to replace them. :D

phdmam
01-08-2010, 06:57 PM
Maybe i am naive, but why do you need handguars?

Andreas
01-08-2010, 08:12 PM
Maybe i am naive, but why do you need handguars?

At 20 F in the winter, wind chill factor is an issue at times. It does not matter how thick your gloves are.

Or - ( and I know the wife won't) should you want to actually take the bike off road you could whip thru tall brush, protect you knuckles and levers.

and ---- it looks cool.. :thumb:

But that's just me.........:type:

siyeh
01-10-2010, 12:41 PM
Maybe i am naive, but why do you need handguars?

They keep a lot of cold, rain, wind, bugs, and tree branches off the hands.

I have a Kaoko throttle lock so I found some cheap PowerMadds at a local ATV dealer that worked. They only have one attachment point but again, they were cheap.

Ivan V
01-16-2010, 06:11 AM
Hello fellas,

I've installed Zeta armor hand guards and XC protectors (http://www.zeta-racing.com/controls/index.html) yesterday. (Bought it here, great place: Wheeling Cycle Supply (http://www.wheelingcyclesupply.com/shop?action=category&cat_id=76))

There was a slight issue while installing because the supplied bolts that screw into the end of the handle bars are not threaded all the way to the head. Instead, I've used the bolts from the bar-end wights and everything fit easily.
(For now, I don't see the solution for mounting stock weights on top of the hand guards)

Many who have installed these guards and removed bar-end weights reported that there wasn't any difference in the feel or any vibes.
Upon installation I went for a 100km ride to test them and there definitely was more vibration in the handlebars. Nothing concerning but still more vibe then with (300g each) wights. Especially in the right, throttle hand.
These are stock handle bars witch I intend to replace soon with ProTaper's so perhaps that will solve the vibration.
Main reason for getting these guards was wind protection in winter months. Unfortunately, for me, there is very little of that. Almost no difference then without the guards.
XC plastic covers have quite a few big holes in them witch I hadn't noticed in the pictures.

This was quite costly farkle (100euro with shipping) for the benefits. I'm not giving up yet and I'll try to improve wind protection and reduce vibe with different mounting angle and bolts and ultimately, new bars. In the mean time they will be of use while lane-spliting and off-roading.


It seems that hand guards are popular topic so, hopefully, someone can benefit from this.
Oh, and there is no clearance issues with MRA Vario wind screen if anyone is wondering.


Cheers

OutsmartBullet
01-17-2010, 09:35 AM
A couple days ago I installed the combination of BarkBuster handguard and MotoDeluxe mirrors bought off e-bay. I paired them with the BarkBuster Storm windguards.

The installation only requred a couple of allen wrenches, and aside from me losing a F*@$ing hex nut inside the bike for 30 minutes (Go GO Gadget Magnetic Wand!), it went incredibly smoothly. There were no problems with clearance, and I'm going to adjust the handguards down about half an inch or so today just to better cover my fingertips.

I am doing without bar-end weights, and I see no problems so far. After everything is finalized today I'll use a little locktite.

Also pictured are Oxford HotHands. They work great, but I look forward to weather when I don't need them.

If anybody has any questions or needs additional pictures, just ask and I'll do my best. I ordered my BarkBusters from Twisted Throttle and they showed up in three days; I ordered the mirrors from the MotoDeluxe store on eBay and they showed up in two. Make sure you pick an auction with both the lower price and free shipping if you buy them off the eBay store.

jman
01-17-2010, 04:13 PM
On the Barkbusters (with a Givi Screen)...You have to cutout a semi-circle on each side to allow a full turning radius. Not too hard with a couple of dremel attachments including one to polish the edges. It's a nice setup, along with Oxford heated grips I installed over the holiday. Really good quality hardware--although the bar weights they sell are way overpriced.

bfilk
01-17-2010, 10:28 PM
I purchased a pair of KTM handguards a while back and managed to loose the adapters for the 7/8" bars. Does anyone know where I might find another set?

any help?

WArhammer
01-18-2010, 10:36 PM
It's wild to see how many other bikes are using the V-Strom handguards. I guess Zuke did a good job on them! Apparently they're a favorite of the FJR crowd, too. How much clearance is there between the handguards and the tank at full lock? I made some bad weather extensions for my handguards to block off the open bottoms and prevent "numb thumb." They also extend the tops and close off the sides.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/rlkeely/IMGP2945.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/rlkeely/IMGP2932.jpg
I wonder if they would fit V-Strom guards mounted on a Versys. Anyone local to DFW who already has V-Strom handguards on their Versys who might want to get together to do a test fitting?

belkasys
02-09-2010, 03:22 PM
Recently I assembled Zeta handguards. It protects my hands a little bit against the cold.
After installations there was a problem.
When I draw in the clutch lever it touched the passing button because the mirror block moved up a little.
So I moved the clutch lever a bit higher. And on the other site also the front brake lever.
Itís a different feeling but I get used to it.


http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/5418/handkapl.jpg (http://img651.imageshack.us/i/handkapl.jpg/)

http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/5489/handkappen.jpg (http://img691.imageshack.us/i/handkappen.jpg/)

Andreas
02-09-2010, 08:25 PM
Verey nice llooking !! How is the protection ?? is there a site you got thesefrom?


Recently I assembled Zeta handguards. It protects my hands a little bit against the cold.
After installations there was a problem.
When I draw in the clutch lever it touched the passing button because the mirror block moved up a little.
So I moved the clutch lever a bit higher. And on the other site also the front brake lever.
Itís a different feeling but I get used to it.


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belkasys
02-12-2010, 01:51 PM
I saw it on another forum. The same brand but a different type. Then I went to an off-road shop and I have chosen from a catalog. I was not sure if they would fit, but it's ok.
It helps for a short time against the cold, but after a while the fingertips get cold anyway. (if the temperature is almost freezing)

shikataganai
02-15-2010, 10:57 AM
For future reference, here are the stock sizes:

Bar end weight bolt:
M8 x 1.25 x 30 mm

Mirror (and mirror extension) mounting bolt:
M10 x 1.25 x 25 mm

I'm in the process of trying to install/installing Wee-Strom (DL650 V-Strom) handguards. Both bar end mounts are problematic: as previously noted one must either drill out the hole in the Suzuki-provided bar end weights or one must find longer bolts for use with the stock Versys bar end weights.

The right medial mounting point through the (replaced) pivot bolt of the clutch lever isn't a problem--things bolt right on. The left medial mounting site is more of a pain, as the Kawasaki lever layout and thickness does not match the Suzuki layout. Instead of using the Suzuki-provided hardware I'm planning on clamping the top-medial portion of the left handguard under my mirror extension.

I went out and bought some longer M8 x 1.25 and M10 x 1.25 bolts at my local Lowe's hardware store--much better selection than Home Depot, by the way--and will give things a try.

shikataganai
02-15-2010, 12:17 PM
I hacked up an installation of Wee-Strom handguards on my Versys. Some of the longer bolts that I needed were available at the local Lowe's hardware store such as the socket head M8 x 1.25 x 40 mm that now secures the handlebar end weights. Some of the other hardware isn't available locally, in particular a socket head M8 x 1.25 x 30-35 mm bolt that I'd use to secure both the mirror and the medial portion of the left handguard.

Bolts that I ended up using in this installation, all found at my local Lowe's hardware store:

M8 x 1.25 x 40 mm socket head for the bar end weights
M10 x 1.25 x 60 mm hex head with washers as spacers to clamp the medial part of the lefthand handguard between the mirror extender and the clutch lever/mirror mount assembly

I didn't let lack of the exact hardware stop me, however, and hacked up a "solution" involving a much longer hex head bolt, some washers, and much ugliness: the top of the mirror extenders is angled so the force directed through the washers is also unfortunately at an angle. It's a compromise but I think it'll hold for the time being.

http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/versys%20handguard%20installation%20-%20february%2015,%202010/Images/IMG_0228.jpg
Final product as viewed from the front

http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/versys%20handguard%20installation%20-%20february%2015,%202010/Images/IMG_0229.jpg
http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/versys%20handguard%20installation%20-%20february%2015,%202010/Images/IMG_0232.jpg
Comparatively clean right sided mount, on the medial side using a longer, special bolt provided with the handguards replacing the clutch lever pivot bolt. The gap between the grip and the weight is a bit messy but I don't have anything that'd fit there off hand.

http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/versys%20handguard%20installation%20-%20february%2015,%202010/Images/IMG_0230.jpg
http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/versys%20handguard%20installation%20-%20february%2015,%202010/Images/IMG_0231.jpg
Ugly left sided mounting setup with hex head bolt outside its intended recess and a bunch of washers. The left mirror stem fouls the windshield on full lock now since the mirror extender is pointed forward, but I don't think this should cause much of a problem. I also moved the clutch lever towards the middle by a few mm to prevent the end of its lever from hitting the outer end of the handguard at full actuation.

shikataganai
02-15-2010, 12:23 PM
McMaster-Carr does have a bolt that should work for the mirror mount +/- a few spacers underneath, $5.77 for 10:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#96144a265/=5tx1ce

Drive Style
Hex Socket
Metric Thread Size
M10
Metric Thread Pitch
1.25 mm
Length
40 mm

shikataganai
02-16-2010, 06:16 PM
First off, photo-geekery: ISO 6400, f/5.6, 1/15 to 1/80 or so, pushed 0 to 2/3rds of a stop. Cropping on the pseudo-macro shots and lots of noise reduction in Lightroom…

http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/low%20light%20bolt%20action%20-%20february%2016,%202010/Images/IMG_6597.jpg
http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/low%20light%20bolt%20action%20-%20february%2016,%202010/Images/IMG_6596.jpg
Old bolt included with mirror extenders on left, new bolt from McMaster-Carr on right

http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/low%20light%20bolt%20action%20-%20february%2016,%202010/Images/IMG_6599.jpg
http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/low%20light%20bolt%20action%20-%20february%2016,%202010/Images/IMG_6598.jpg
Previous setup with hex bolts, washers on top. Note the angled top surface of the mirror extender forcing everything askew.

http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/low%20light%20bolt%20action%20-%20february%2016,%202010/Images/IMG_6600.jpg
http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/low%20light%20bolt%20action%20-%20february%2016,%202010/Images/IMG_6601.jpg
New setup with lovely recessed socket head bolt. Washers live below because the bolt is a bit too long (and McMaster-Carr didn't have it in 5 mm length increments, only 10 mm so I had to shoot long rather than short). Also note that the mirror extender has been rotated 90 degrees, so that the mirror now clears the windscreen even at full lock!

Completed product:
http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/low%20light%20bolt%20action%20-%20february%2016,%202010/Images/IMG_6602.jpg
http://toshiclark.com/images/daily/low%20light%20bolt%20action%20-%20february%2016,%202010/Images/IMG_6603.jpg

jman
02-17-2010, 09:55 PM
I've got the same setup on my bike. If you have a dremel, you will need to cut out a half circle on each side. Ended up working quite well. I can upload pics if anyone is interested.

shikataganai
02-20-2010, 12:23 PM
I've got the same setup on my bike. If you have a dremel, you will need to cut out a half circle on each side. Ended up working quite well. I can upload pics if anyone is interested.

Please do post some photos of this. I'm not entirely sure of the area to which you're referring.

wampuspacker
02-21-2010, 06:06 PM
I installed the Acerbis Pro guards on my bike. I had to trim about 1-1/2" off both sides of my Givi windshield. I also had to flip over the brake hose connection to miss the bracket for the guards. They look good, but don't really give much wind protection.

dakotav899
03-25-2010, 02:31 PM
I just installed the wee-strom hand guards on mine....worked like a champ...did get longer bar end bolts as previously stated, and the spacers that came with the guards did have to be drilled out....RT one went on with no additional mods...LT one needed a little dremmel work, and the bolt shank that came with the kit needed a little downsizing...all in all took me about 40 mins and one trip to the hardware store! Wow, they really keep the wind off the hands!:thumb:

onewizard
03-26-2010, 11:16 PM
Well after reading 9 pages of posts, I went to my Kawasaki dealer and got a set of these in black, only difference is there is no writing, they are all black. Fit directly over the bar end weights. ALL the hardware is included and that includes the spacer inside the end weight.It seems to have stiffened up the bars a bit, will need to test drive it tomorrow, calling for a high of 8C.
http://www.magicracing.com/Universal-Extreme-Handguards_p_312-3458.html#

Also ordered a set of TM 416 Muffs, that can be added over the guards in about 1 minute.Goes with my Givi luggage.

http://www.motorcycleheaven.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1268_1980&products_id=11429&zenid=ufa71fqtkprj6iudf6aa3pjh92

gouldsguy
03-27-2010, 06:05 AM
I went with the Acerbis Dual Road hand guards. They are great for wind protection and bolt on with absolutely no modifications whatsoever. IMHO they are the most street looking hand guards, they only attach on the bar ends so they are not what you want if you are looking for serious off road hand protection. But if your looking for something to stop the cold wind then I have yet to see a better looking solution.

There is a good video of them on youtube

KsMason71
11-20-2010, 04:51 PM
Anyone using the Acerbis Uniko Handguards
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/9/192/7269/ITEM/Acerbis-Uniko-Handguards.aspx?WT.ac=SLIsearch

or the Cycra Stealth?
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/9/192/17943/ITEM/Cycra-Stealth-DX-Racer-Pack.aspx?WT.ac=SLIsearch

Steve08
11-20-2010, 07:01 PM
Top secret custom handguard project coming soon to a VerSys near ME!

rcskier
11-20-2010, 10:11 PM
Do any of these units work with a throttle lock??

tomatocity
11-20-2010, 10:53 PM
When I was at the IMS San Mateo today I saw a 2011 Versys with Kawasaki handguards. They looked good and fit well.

cmoreride
11-20-2010, 11:22 PM
You got rid of your DL1000?
looking at Versys?
It's a small world afterall

When I was at the IMS San Mateo today I saw a 2011 Versys with Kawasaki handguards. They looked good and fit well.

tomatocity
11-21-2010, 10:43 AM
You got rid of your DL1000?
looking at Versys?
It's a small world afterall



I have always been a fan of the Versys. Followed the Versys when it was in Europe only and wrote many emails to Kawasaki to bring it to America. Being a Californian did not get the benefit of the first year Red Versys.

Broke my 2005 KLR engine in Februarywhile headed to Florida. Bought a 2003 KLR in late February to be used as a temporary KLR ride. I sold my DL1000 in April; just never updated the signature. Rode the 2003 KLR to San Diego via PCH earlier this month; dropped it off to sell to a friend. Picked up the newly rebuilt 2005 685; rode it to NorCal via the Eastern Sierra.

Still looking at the Versys and Concours 14 (new CHP motorcycle for 2011). Would need a new house with a larger garage to house the motorcycle and nine bicycle habit. The Versys is higher on the list than the Concours 14.

layne1663
01-17-2011, 01:18 PM
Hi, I'm new to this forum; about 3500 miles into my blue '09 V. I too really like the Acerbis Dual Roads, but they aren't compatible with the domed, threaded handlebar ends--what can be done?

ISLANDER1089
01-17-2011, 01:32 PM
Although I'm not certain exactly what the incompatibility issues are with the Acerbis handguards, I'm guessing it's the threaded end on the stock handlebar. You have two options: either cut the last half inch or so off the end of the stock bar to get rid of the threaded section OR buy a new handlebar, which is what I did (Pro Taper ATV - HI).

T71
01-21-2011, 04:59 PM
Hi everyone
Yesterday finally reached the hand protectors for my Versys, are some of Polisport SM Line, I have already assembled and it was simply spectacular, take a look at the photos I took.

ISLANDER1089
01-21-2011, 05:44 PM
Wow! Those look very nice. Good clean installation too.

T71
01-21-2011, 06:12 PM
Hi ISLANDE 1089
Thanks, I'm very satisfied, because these hand protectors were not specific for the Versys, but were very good and they match perfectly with the style of bike. It is a Portuguese company that manufactures plastics for the MXs, you can see the catalog if you want in this link: http://www.polisport.com/img_upload/PDFs/Catalogue_file_11.pdf

Ranti
01-23-2011, 03:07 AM
Wow T71, if these are available where I live it will sure be my first choice of handguards. Somehow I found Portuguese motorcycle products truly impressive, am currently a hardcore fan of NEXX helmet.

jamboa
01-23-2011, 08:35 PM
I have the powerMadd guards but do not reccomend them. Am I looking out for you Versys riders R What? I liked the look of them but after getting caught in the rain once and then noticed later that the parts were already showing surface rust. I had to repent and repaint to get them back acceptable for my KLE. I did not notice where they were made. i hope not the USA:o

T71
02-04-2011, 04:43 AM
Wow T71, if these are available where I live it will sure be my first choice of handguards. Somehow I found Portuguese motorcycle products truly impressive, am currently a hardcore fan of NEXX helmet.

Hi!
Is true, the portuguese products have a good looking and good materials.
The offers we have in our country are good and have great brands with good reputation and trust, for example in clothing and accessories: http://www.drenaline.net/.
There are others, as already mentioned the NEXX.

Complements e and good rides.

Tiago

ATYC
02-12-2011, 07:56 PM
I ordered the Powermadd handguards today. They look good and I like the price, though I've read a few negatives. They were $63 for guards and mounts.

Anybody else with Powermadds experience the surface rust Jamboa had?? Glowcat?

orthod0ks
02-15-2011, 08:08 PM
I really like those Polisport SMs, but I can't find them anywhere online for purchase (I'm in the US). Has anyone else had any luck?

Rokis
02-15-2011, 08:36 PM
WEstern Power sports carries them thru dealers.

http://www.wps-inc.com/wps/WICATALOG1.pgm?PRVCID=DT&CICID=DT&PRVTID=DT0155++++&TITID=DT0155&PRVSID=A250++++++&SISID=A275&PRVPAGE=372&PAGEGO=Page%23

Tex Vs
02-15-2011, 08:37 PM
I really like those Polisport SMs, but I can't find them anywhere online for purchase (I'm in the US). Has anyone else had any luck?

I got this off the polisport.com website. I have not done biz w/ them personally. FWIW

Western Power Sports Inc.
Address:601 East Gowen Road
Boise, Idaho 83716- U.S.A.

Phone:+1 2083 768 400
Fax:+1 2083 767 409E-
mail:dealer@wps-inc.comWebsite:http://www.wps-inc.com/

Lungboy
02-21-2011, 06:54 PM
Do those Polisport SM guards fit with the various screens that are available?

weljo2001
02-21-2011, 09:28 PM
Hi, I'm new to this forum; about 3500 miles into my blue '09 V. I too really like the Acerbis Dual Roads, but they aren't compatible with the domed, threaded handlebar ends--what can be done?

Yes They Are Just Slap Them On...Run the bolt through the handguard and the spacers of your choice and into the bar end. Easy as pie "Coconut Cream" would be my first choice.:D

Rock Soild
02-23-2011, 08:44 PM
Picked these up locally today for $49 , they have the aluminium bar for extra protection. Had to modify with a spacer and a longer bolt but they fit well (at least the clutch side did, all I had time for) and seem solid.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/9/192/4881/ITEM/Western-Power-Sports-Off-Road-Handguards.aspx

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/1360/wps1.jpg

http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/6611/wps2.jpg

versysbill
03-17-2011, 05:12 PM
I am awaiting arrival of the following hand guard products from Zeta utilizing a carbon fiber guard

The metal bar in black http://zeta-racing.com/handguard/armor_bent/index.html

The carbon fiber hand guard http://zeta-racing.com/zcarbon/xc_handguard/index.html

Could integrate a flasher as well - but not too sure of that decision yet...

lonerockz
03-17-2011, 08:25 PM
I have the Barkbusters Storm hand guards. Not bad, not big enough to keep the wind off in a Minnesota late October rainy ride. But just fine most of the year. Install was easy.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2475/3602582126_4f803c960e_z_d.jpg

Keeps the bugs off though:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2470/3753163410_3d2c279a72_z_d.jpg

Foraek
03-18-2011, 03:22 PM
Hi everyone
Yesterday finally reached the hand protectors for my Versys, are some of Polisport SM Line, I have already assembled and it was simply spectacular, take a look at the photos I took.


Those look great! Seems impossible to find them in Sweden though. And the sites I found them on outside of Sweden have all looked a bit suspicious or doesn't have payment methods I want to use :(

I'll keep looking though!

sambamboo
03-18-2011, 08:35 PM
I just mentioned this in another post, but if it hasn't been noticed before, 'Bark Busters' have released a new End Weight for their Hand Guards.

http://www.barkbusters.net/media/new-product.html

Randy49
03-18-2011, 10:24 PM
After reading thru all 10 pages I am still undecided on which to get. I can't believe with all the add ons/after market companys that no one seems to make a Versys specific handguard including Kawasaki. What gives?

Capn Kirk
03-19-2011, 06:42 AM
I can't believe with all the add ons/after market companys that no one seems to make a Versys specific handguard including Kawasaki. What gives?

Kawasaki does make them special for the Versys... Check out these two threads. I just searched for Kawasaki Handguards...

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/showpost.php?p=119035&postcount=1

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/showpost.php?p=142463&postcount=1

DaveC
03-19-2011, 12:13 PM
I don't understand why they don't offer the handguards and high gel seat in North America. I have to believe there's a market for them.

Dave C

Pismocycleguy
03-19-2011, 02:04 PM
What about a source and supply number for ordering within the USA?:confused:

Ranti
03-19-2011, 03:44 PM
No idea about source since I'm in Thailand but the part numbers are 217HGS008 for hand guard shells and 217HGS007 for hand guard bracket.

DaveC
03-19-2011, 03:50 PM
What about a source and supply number for ordering within the USA?:confused:

To my knowledge, these are not available for sale by Kawasaki USA or Kawasaki Canada. You have to import them from a European Kawasaki dealer. If I'm wrong, I'd love to be corrected.

Dave

Randy49
03-19-2011, 07:19 PM
Thats what I seemed to read pointed out to me by Capn Kirk and provided links to stagehand38's research.. Thanks Capn!! Too bad they arn't available in the states. Would much rather prefer bolt on, than modify and bolt on!

Lungboy
03-19-2011, 09:03 PM
I think there are a couple of other options that can be fit without modifications. The Polisport on the previous page don't require any as far as i know, and nor do the KTM SMT guards.

fasteddiecopeman
03-20-2011, 01:40 PM
... or the "Zetas". Just remove the bar-end weights and tighten everything.

Foraek
03-23-2011, 06:31 PM
Polisport handguards ordered from a german online store I found. Can't wait till I can try them out - My hands are freezing at the moment. I hate my brother and his R1200GS with his nice handguards and handle heat :)

adurbin
10-23-2014, 03:16 PM
Those of you that are mounting the handguards on the outside of the bar ends, are you using some kind of spacer to fill the gap between where the stock bolt head sat inside of the bar end, to where it is now with the handguard on? I really llike the look of the guards being mounted outside of the bar end, but not sure that bar end wouldn't move around without something inside the end to take up space.

BLACK DOG
10-23-2014, 03:37 PM
My Storm guards came with a spacer that replaced the bar end weights

fasteddiecopeman
10-23-2014, 05:24 PM
I just removed the bar-end weights and attached my Zeta ZC guards to the end of the bar.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/fasteddiecopeman/DSC06369copy.jpg~original (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/fasteddiecopeman/media/DSC06369copy.jpg.html)

Did it to both my Vs, and I don't particularly notice any "vibes"....

MaverickAus
10-24-2014, 05:09 AM
http://www.barkbusters.net/products/211.html