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My First Accessory Addition _ Barkbuster Handguards

While the boyfriend is away.. the girlie will play

And I must say, pretty chuffed with myself. This is the first addition to my bike. And the very first time I have done something like this myself. I know it doesn't seem much but hey for a novice I think its pretty good

I am told these fabulous Bark Buster Handguards will not only protect my hands from wind and trees, "designed to fit most dual sport/adventure style bikes, but also has the full VPS aluminium backbone with two mounting points to provide strong protection for levers and bars in the event of a fall".. and I am sure to have a couple of those.

Pictures are attached for proof. I wonder how impressed said b/f will be upon his return. Next task new exhaust pipe.. might wait for him to put that on.
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Nice. I ordered similar setup from Twisted Throttle, should be here today.
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Well done and looks good.

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Do the pipe as well, very satisfying, doing your own wrenching...

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Looks great!

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Good job on the handguards! You have every right to be chuffed and I'll bet your BF wouldn't mind if you mounted the pipe.
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Looks really good! I was thinking about getting a pair to help with winter cold.

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Thanks everyone.

It was very satisfying.
The pipe will be much tougher I think. Why don't things come with instructions?
Boyfriend can supervise while mounting the pipe haha nice line Tex
I'll tell him to just watch and then make appropriate noises when I am doing something wrong.
Have to wait though till he gets back from his riding trip. A weeks riding in the cold and rain of Victoria to South Austria then back home ... That'll teaching him for leaving me in my hours of need !!! lol

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Very nice. I want the exact same setup....Looking at Twistedthrottle.com right now.....Looks like I need the Storm handguards, a mounting kit (which one?) and it says that you also need to order the special bar-end weights for the Versys, is that correct?
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For barkbusters I had to use the special end weights
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Buy the kit for Versys from Twisted Throttle. For five bucks you can substitute the storm handguards for the VPS type. I went with the black VPS setup. You need the bar end weights, you will see why when you pull off the stock weights. The bars have a threaded insert on each end, all you use from the mounting kit is the big countersunk screw. It is very slick and quick.

The kit includes everything you need. My bar end weights are unfinished stainless, I saw some black ones available at TT, ask if you want them.
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Buy the kit for Versys from Twisted Throttle. For five bucks you can substitute the storm handguards for the VPS type. I went with the black VPS setup. You need the bar end weights, you will see why when you pull off the stock weights. The bars have a threaded insert on each end, all you use from the mounting kit is the big countersunk screw. It is very slick and quick.

The kit includes everything you need. My bar end weights are unfinished stainless, I saw some black ones available at TT, ask if you want them.
How do you get the bar end weights off?

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How do you get the bar end weights off?

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There is a allen key in the end of the weight.

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how to get the bar end weights off?

Yep I used an Allan key and a pair of multi grips. Texted the b/f to find out which way I should have been turning. He said anti clockwise. What was is anticlockwise on a digital clock??? So I had to turn the handlebars around so they looked like they were facing a clock direction and just used all my strength and hi-5s all round.. they undid. It wasn't easy.. but did it

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Not only do they look good, they protect you as well. I dropped my versys after hitting some gravel in a curve. The barkbusters saved scratching the windshield, the side panels as the bike came down right on the handguards. Also saved my hands.
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The below will be my next upgrade for my Versys. I can't wait.

Barkbuster Mounting Kit

Barkbuster Bar End Weights

Barkbuster Storm S4 Handguard

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