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that's it, I've had it with these handguards

650 gen3, 2015 LT.
Those handguards are made of chocolate.
I thought the left one had a big hit last fall, so I unbended it and thought it was fair.

Yesterday, I had a simple slomo mud skid and almost deposited the bike on right
Bent again! wtf?!

So, any of you guys have found a real metal backbone handguards?
Like some alu-zinc alloy for rock climbing carabiners? lol
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Have not drop my bike yet , so don't know which is best..BTW , I am using 09 OEM hand guard.
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...So, any of you guys have found a real metal backbone handguards?...
I put ZETA XC handguards on BOTH my Gen 1 V650s,

DSC09670 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

DSC09671 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

and then "field-tested" BOTH w/ 20 to 30 mph 'low-sides'. VERY little damage to either bike's bars or grips. Me? That's a different story, but my damages weren't TOO bad....

DSC09674 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

DSC05405 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

Now for the '09

P6212188 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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Scratches on the handguard's aluminum bar were fixed w/ reflective tape, while the crash bars were 'fixed' w/ electricians tape.

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Barkbuster

Can't go wrong with Barkbuster handguards, they have a really thick aluminum crash bar and mounting hardware. Lots of different choices/styles/colors of plastic handguards that bolt onto the aluminum bar. The Versys mounting kit comes with bar end weights.

I've had them on my dirt bikes for years. I've crashed a plenty of times on the dirt bikes and have never been disappointed with the Barkbusters.

  • Barkbuster - Hand Guards with VPS Shields, I covered the aluminum crash bar with Green 1" Polyolefin 2:1 heat shrink tubing.
  • Barkbuster - LED Amber indicator lights and LED White DRL lights








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Scratch Barkbusters, they don't look beefier than gen3 oem (in fact they look almost exactly the same; wouldn't be surprised if kawa outsourced).
And if made of alu like you say, it's not an option.

I need something stonger than alu.

That's why I asked for alu-zinc or stronger, perhaps stainless steel.
(I wish I could just buy a rod and bend it accurately...)

The bone was so squished that the front brake couldn't be adjusted (clearance problem). A bit more and it couldn't release.
I'm telling 'ya: made of chocolate!

Zeta xc: mmm... I'll search. Your's seems a bit high though; any reason?
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...Zeta xc: mmm... I'll search. Your's seems a bit high though; any reason?...
Yup - there to give the best 'wind-protection' for my hands.




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Noob question. Will the Zeta XC plastics fit on the stock 15 650LT handguards?

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Noob question. Will the Zeta XC plastics fit on the stock 15 650LT handguards?
W/ a little patience you can make ALMOST anything fit something else, so I expect you COULD.

However I wanted to make the handguards on my '15V650LT easily removeable, much as the ZETA XC ones are, so I altered them so the screws come in from the front. I'll let my pics do the talking.

P5084644 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

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then I painted those gold-looking bolts....

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Now it's about a two minute job to remove them, or re-install them!


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Thanks Ed, I guess brute force and awkwardness could get the job done!

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