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Old 12-11-2012, 11:06 AM
crazyrob crazyrob is offline
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Default Handguards help!

Hi all, new member here - sorry to kick off with a question, will also be trawling through other boards to see if I can find an answer!

I'm looking some sturdy handguards that will keep the wind off my hands in the winter, and are sturdy enough to protect my hands and levers if I go down - but I have no idea what's compatible with the 650 Versys 2010. I bought some Barkbusters, they didn't fit. I bought some Acerbis, which my garage recommended, and they didn't fit.

Can anybody tell me what the Kawasaki guards are like - in terms of wind protection/sturdiness.
Are there any other brands people can recommend that are maybe better value for money than the Kawasaki own make?

Thanks for any help, every person/garage I ask gives me a different/wrong answer, and it's driving me mad!!!
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:18 AM
peta8368 peta8368 is offline
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Location: Norwalk, CA
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Welcome to the forum.

Here is a thread discussing TrackSide handguards sold by cyclegear. I also have some pictures of it on my 2011. The mounting mechanism is highly adjustable, so you can tweak it to your liking.

The spacers i used is from a set of R&G sliders (i happened to have it sitting around). I used the aluminum spacer only, and tossed the delrin into my tool bin.

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Old 12-11-2012, 12:49 PM
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fasteddiecopeman fasteddiecopeman is offline
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Location: Kelowna, BC - summer; Florence, AZ - winter
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I have ZETA XCs on both my Vs ('08 and '09). Good protection in a low-side, and keeping some wind off my 'mitts' when it's cold.

My KLR trip to Alaska, YT, NWT and BC in summer 2009

My Versys trip to D2D 2013, and Alaska, June '13

My Versys trip to D2D 2015, and Inuvik, June '15
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:40 PM
Jmason Jmason is offline
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Location: Littleton, CO
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I put Cycra Probends on my '09 about a month ago. Install was pretty straightforward, but I did have to buy some additional hardware to make things fit (spacers and longer bolts).

Do a search for Cycra on here and I think you will find at least one install with some instructions.

I think they look good, and certainly seem sturdy.

Oh, and I added some basic heated handgrips at the same time. Between the two, my rides to work in high-20 degree temps is not so bad any more.
'09 Versys
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:50 PM
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twowheeladdict twowheeladdict is offline
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Love my Kawasaki handguards. Easy to install, look great, and look like very sturdy protection.

They are available in the 2010 Black. I highly recommend them.
The Guzzi plus My Kawasaki's
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:47 PM
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I like the Barkbusters- you can pick them up from twisted throttle- easy to install, look good and will protect the controls if you dump it. (Depending on which model you buy)
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:07 PM
NYG NYG is offline
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I'm with Drumdaddy--I got the Versys mounting kit from Twisted Throttle and they went on like a charm. I think it was the Barkbuster VPS.

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Old 12-11-2012, 11:28 PM
MaverickAus MaverickAus is offline
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Originally Posted by crazyrob View Post
but I have no idea what's compatible with the 650 Versys 2010. I bought some Barkbusters, they didn't fit.:
You got the wrong ones then. There is a specific kit for the Versys


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