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Bar end mounted hand guards, which ones?

I would like to get some hand guards for a bit of weather protection this winter. With the throttle lock and some other stuff I worry about not having enough space on the bars to mount a more traditional bar mount hand guard so I was looking for some hand guards that mount using only the bar end weight screws. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Someone posted up some on here recently. Didn't look like a lot of coverage though. The 2008 and up KLR guards really have good wind protection. Not sure if they can be made to fit the Versys or not.
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Do a Forum Search for hand guards. I chose Barkbusters aluminum brace, with Storm plastic covers for wind protection. They have worked very well.
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I have the acerbis dual road handguards on my versys and am really happy with them. They look great on the bike an aren't intrusive to the controls.
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http://www.stephenwclark.com/p111485...997b#h28d9997b
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stephen,

For the Acerbis, does the hand guard installed over the bar end weights or those weights need to come off? Thanks.

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I just recently installed these. They are the new ones through Kawasaki.


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For the Acerbis, does the hand guard installed over the bar end weights or those weights need to come off? Thanks.

I have those just leave the weights on. Motorcycle Superstore has the best price i found with free shipping


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I just recently installed these. They are the new ones through Kawasaki.

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Those appear to mount on the bar end and also lower (more in) on the bar correct? They look nice. Do you have a part# and price? Thanks
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I removed the bar end weights and mounted the guards directly on the bar. The bike seem to work fine without the weights and the vibration doesnt bother me anymore
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Swimmer,

They do mount also on the bars, they are very rigid & well made.

My local dealer sold them to me for $118 including tax but he gives me a pretty decent discount.

The part number for the handguards/brackets are 217HGS-0007

The shells are #217HGS-0008.

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They do mount also on the bars, they are very rigid & well made.

My local dealer sold them to me for $118 including tax but he gives me a pretty decent discount.

The part number for the handguards/brackets are 217HGS-0007

The shells are #217HGS-0008.

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Thanks for the answers. The Acerbis looks simple enough to install, and if the vibes are not increasing w/o those weights, then it would be a nice to have a narrower handlebars (good for lane splitting)

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Thanks for the answers. The Acerbis looks simple enough to install, and if the vibes are not increasing w/o those weights, then it would be a nice to have a narrower handlebars (good for lane splitting)
I tried the acerbic hand guards without bar end weights and my KTM Duke mirrors vibrated alot. Much worse than using the same mirrors with thie stock bar ends. You can mount the stock bar ends on the outside of the acerbic hand guards, but you will need to obtain some spacers so that the bar end weights and the outer edge of the acerbic hand guards mount up flush and secure. This works really well.
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I have the acerbis dual road hand guards, they look great but the protection for your hands is minimal compared to others on the market and don't expect them to help much if you have a crash or even a tip over. I mostly wanted protection from the cold and they really don't have enough coverage for that.

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Thanks for the answers. The Acerbis looks simple enough to install, and if the vibes are not increasing w/o those weights, then it would be a nice to have a narrower handlebars (good for lane splitting)

The reason i left the weights on in case of a drop hopefully the wider bars will save some damage. As far as lane splitting not an issue.


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Swimmer,

They do mount also on the bars, they are very rigid & well made.

My local dealer sold them to me for $118 including tax but he gives me a pretty decent discount.

The part number for the handguards/brackets are 217HGS-0007

The shells are #217HGS-0008.

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FWIW, ronayers has these part numbers for $106 and $32 respectively.
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I just used some KTM guards without the end weights. No real difference in vibration and they offer decent hand protection ( although they are just plastic ). I think they were about $45 for the pair.

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Do a Forum Search for hand guards. I chose Barkbusters aluminum brace, with Storm plastic covers for wind protection. They have worked very well.
I have these as well. Kind of pricy but well worth it. With the aluminum brace (attaches to at either end to the bar) it is very sturdy and will stand up to a knock down which I am not sure guards only mounted to the bar end will do.

IMO though guards (if they are attached at both ends) do a lot as far as protecting your bike goes and your hands but don't really do much in colder weather to keep your hands warm. Heated gloves are really awesome in cooler weather for this though. Gerbings heated jacket liner and T5 heated gloves that plug into the cuffs are the most awesome cold weather gear you can get - you can ride till the snow comes with setup

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The acerbis dual road hand guards when mounted to the bar end weight gives you even less protection from the wind as it puts the wider part of the guard further away from you hand. I removed the weight to get the most coverage over my hand.

I think the Barkbusters aluminum brace, with Storm plastic covers for wind protection is the way to go. these would help in the case of a fall or tip over doubt very much the dual road hand guards would protect at all. The Kawasaki ones take second for me only because the say Kawasaki on them. I prefer not to run any Kawasaki logos, keeps people wondering what kind of bike is it? Had one guy say to me, Hey nice BMW!

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Thumbs up Barkbuster/Storm hand guards

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I think the Barkbusters aluminum brace, with Storm plastic covers for wind protection is the way to go. these would help in the case of a fall or tip over doubt very much the dual road hand guards would protect at all.
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That is exactly what I am using on my V. I have the Barkbuster aluminum braces and the Storm plastic hand guards. They fit nicely and provide good weather protection. No need to move your bar controls to get them to fit. They also quell the vibration in the handlebars and mirrors.
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