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what hand guards -rain protection only

I have searched and read tons of posts on hand guards on the forum but haven't seen any real answer to my question. I am looking for some hand guards that are strickly for weather protection. I don't need any reinforcement or something that needs tons of modifications to fit. Just some plain old plastic hand guards for cold weather and rain that are easy to install. Part numbers and where to get them would be a MAJOR plus. There are 5 billion different models out there and fitment is always questionable. Hopefully someone has accomplished this. Oh, it is a 2012.
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Some of the listers installed plastic guards from V-stroms.

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Fieldshear Overgloves, at $11, are a lot less expensive than plastic hand guards. No problem with them hitting an aftermarket windshield, either. Uglier than an "old white woman," as Red Foxx used to say, but functional.
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I have searched and read tons of posts on hand guards on the forum but haven't seen any real answer to my question. I am looking for some hand guards that are strickly for weather protection. I don't need any reinforcement or something that needs tons of modifications to fit. Just some plain old plastic hand guards for cold weather and rain that are easy to install. Part numbers and where to get them would be a MAJOR plus. There are 5 billion different models out there and fitment is always questionable. Hopefully someone has accomplished this. Oh, it is a 2012.
If that is your criteria I think you would be better off purchasing a pair of cold weather gloves that are water proof. I have Barkbuster Storm hand guards and they do an excellent job at protecting the bar ends and levers but don't really have much of a noticeable effect when it comes to weather protection. The vacuum created behind the hand shield sucks in the air and rain anyway. I use heated gloves now but my old Rev'It winter/waterproof motorcycle gloves were good down to ~45F and kept my hands dry in rain. In summer when it's hot out I don't really mind my hands getting wet in the rain.

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I agree with the gloves, which I have. My thing is that going 70mph when 30 degrees F outside, windblockers for the hands definately help, a lot. I will probably go with the Barkbusters and Storm guards.

Heated grips, I love heated grips but wouldn't go out of my way or money to install them as an accessory. I have had a few BMW's with grips that on high would be too hot to the naked hand but with winter riding gloves and highway riding I can't say I even knew they were on.
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I agree with the gloves, which I have. My thing is that going 70mph when 30 degrees F outside, windblockers for the hands definately help, a lot. I will probably go with the Barkbusters and Storm guards.

Heated grips, I love heated grips but wouldn't go out of my way or money to install them as an accessory. I have had a few BMW's with grips that on high would be too hot to the naked hand but with winter riding gloves and highway riding I can't say I even knew they were on.
During winter (and the cooler times...) I travel with the plastic pieces on my Zeta guards for warmer hands, but they're removed during warmer times. Same with windshields - stocker when hot; BIG one when cold.

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I chose to go the route of installing KTM hand guards because like you, I only wanted protection from the elements and not from crashes. Here is the site I bought them from:

http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-hard-equ...uro-handguards

I paid $69 with $10 shipping. They work real well; however you will have to use some rubber or something around the inner clamps because even when they are fully tightened down, their is still some play. I chose to put my bar end weights on the outside. Their will also be a small gap between the end of the grip and the hand guard. I solved this problem by cutting the ends off my stock grips and using them as a "Gap Filler" I was replacing my grips with BMW sport grips and heater elements, so I didn't care if I cut my stock grips.

Hopefully this all makes sense. I figured this all out on my own as I was doing it, but I think it all turned out well. I think overall the KTM hand guards look nice. The only spot they say KTM is on the inside where they can't be seen.
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PowerMadd

http://www.amazon.com/PowerMadd-PM14210-Series-Black-Handguard/dp/B001TW5BAW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343022931&sr=8-1&keywords=powermadd
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I have searched and read tons of posts on hand guards on the forum but haven't seen any real answer to my question. I am looking for some hand guards that are strickly for weather protection.
That's because they don't actually exist.

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I use the Powermadd with the TriMount mounting kit ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPowerMadd-PM14269-Trail-Series-Tri-Mount%2Fdp%2FB00230MKZ8%2Fref%3Dsr_1_8%3Fs%3Dautomotive%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1343039321%26sr%3D1-8%26keywords%3Dpowermadd&tag=5336338025-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325) because I didn't like shifting the mirror mounts further from the bar ends. Works well, especially if you add the extensions ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPowerMadd-PM14240-Series-Black-Extension%2Fdp%2FB000OO4SWI%2Fref%3Dsr_1_21%3Fs%3Dautomotive%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1343039321%26sr%3D1-21%26keywords%3Dpowermadd&tag=5336338025-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325).

That said, cold-weather gloves are a better option (although Weljo2001's solution is good, too). I use both the Powermadd's and gloves in the late fall.

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I only had to move the brake-side mirror in to mount the PowerMadd guards; the clutch-side one mounted in-board of the clutch lever (and mirror) mount. Once I abandoned the included instructions and decided to figure it out myself, they went on easily. I don't off-road, and wanted mine strictly for weather protection on my hands (for 10-months/yr commuting), so I didn't bother with the 3-point mount. I assumed that was only for mounting the steel barkbuster-type bracing. Mine are pretty secure without it; I don't expect them to hold up in a crash.

I'm hoping that once the weather turns cold again, the handguards and a set of heated grips will mean I don't have to bother with bulky winter gloves.

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+1 on the powemadds. Cold wind is not the only protection they offer. The number of bug splats and rock nicks prove their worth. If you ever get caught in a hail storm they are a saver.

When it gets cold I also wear a pair of winter gloves with heated liners.

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I went with the Barkbuster full wrap aluminum hand guards with storm covers. Purchased them from twisted throttle. Not the cheapest option but they fit very well and work well at blocking the cold wind and rain/debris from your hands. They will also provide some tip over protection for when I get around to dumping the thing. I am very happy with them. Sorry the pic is crooked.
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That's because they don't actually exist.
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IMO if you want weather protection wind/rain proof cold weather motorcycle gloves will offer more comfort and bang for the buck.
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Pro taper any color you want. The fit my KLX250SF so I kept them and they fit the 11 Versys, I just bought new black plastic. In the winter I tape the vents with electrical tape. They work extremely well. I still wear gloves. Keeps my hands from bugs too. Zero crash protection for me or the bike. Just protects from wind and rain. (snow?)

http://motorcycle.motorcycle-superst...er+hand+guards

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