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Request: Closeups of Kawasaki hand guard install 2015+

Hey random request - installed the Kawa handguards on my 2016 and am not entirely certain they are in the optimal location. On the left handguard, the bracket is *under* the clutch cable but not in a way that seems to be obstructing. On the right side, I'm *over* the brake cable. Nothing seems to be impinged with this arrangement, the installation instructions for the hand guards aren't explicit about where they go.

Pictures of other installs would be great, will have the dealer have a look at the next service appointment. They really should have put them on but I was impatient to get out the door and ride

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Mine are both down the bars as far as possible (nearest to the risers) and just about perfectly horizontal with the grips. I bought my 15' slightly used so I have no idea who installed them but it is an LT so it should have been the dealer.
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Mine are both down the bars as far as possible (nearest to the risers) and just about perfectly horizontal with the grips. I bought my 15' slightly used so I have no idea who installed them but it is an LT so it should have been the dealer.
Thanks mine are also level with the grips when the bike is upright and bars straightened. Could try to slide the inner mount bracket further down, they sort of just aligned themselves the way they are on install. Also the Motowerk riser has changed the geometry slight in the sense there is more room to install without bumping into the windscreen or fairing.
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it looks like your clutch lever is rotated higher then your brake lever is and that could be throwing your hand guard alignment off

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Hey random request - installed the Kawa handguards on my 2016 and am not entirely certain they are in the optimal location. On the left handguard, the bracket is *under* the clutch cable but not in a way that seems to be obstructing. On the right side, I'm *over* the brake cable. Nothing seems to be impinged with this arrangement, the installation instructions for the hand guards aren't explicit about where they go.

Pictures of other installs would be great, will have the dealer have a look at the next service appointment. They really should have put them on but I was impatient to get out the door and ride
My '15 guards are in the same RELATIVE position as yours, however they're FURTHER down the handlebars from the "curve". (Here's a pic from making a GPS mount.)



I spend a LOT of time to "tailor" my controls and riding positions, and probably spent a couple of hours to do this, because I ride standing on the 'pegs quite a bit.

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Thanks mine are also level with the grips when the bike is upright and bars straightened. Could try to slide the inner mount bracket further down, they sort of just aligned themselves the way they are on install. Also the Motowerk riser has changed the geometry slight in the sense there is more room to install without bumping into the windscreen or fairing.
Yeah, I have a 3 1/2" ROX riser on mine and with the bigger shield there is no interference even with my cup holder attached to the hand guard.
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My '15 guards are in the same RELATIVE position as yours, however they're FURTHER down the handlebars from the "curve". (Here's a pic from making a GPS mount.)



I spend a LOT of time to "tailor" my controls and riding positions, and probably spent a couple of hours to do this, because I ride standing on the 'pegs quite a bit.
Good Lord, is it possible you spend as much time fiddling and tweaking as I spend breathing in a day? Probably not, but don't I recall a pile of photos showing your Versys in various states of disassembly? But wait, it's more likely stages of improvement, and if I was that conscientious mine might be more comfortable and more tricked out. Nah, I'm left-handed and I'd just screw it up.

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H...On the left handguard, the bracket is *under* the clutch cable but not in a way that seems to be obstructing. ...
The first fall that flips up the left hand guard WILL break the clutch adj. screw.
I carry a spare all the time (in the seat with the tools).

Attempted fix: largest zip ties to hold the hand guard down to the triple clamp. They may break, but they may hold just enough too.
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...if I was that conscientious mine might be more comfortable and more tricked out. Nah, I'm left-handed and I'd just screw it up.
Arion - I am SURPRISED at your "left-handed" comment about being left-handed....... I (OTOH) am 'sort-of' ambidextrous, which has worked in my favor.

I was taught to shoot left-handed (long guns) and have harvested numerous TASTY critters (I'm a member of PETA*), altho' I can switch easily, and I shoot hand-guns righty.

HOWEVER I can drink beer w/ EITHER hand...! - -

*PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals!


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Arion - I am SURPRISED at your "left-handed" comment about being left-handed....... I (OTOH) am 'sort-of' ambidextrous, which has worked in my favor.

I was taught to shoot left-handed (long guns) and have harvested numerous TASTY critters (I'm a member of PETA*), altho' I can switch easily, and I shoot hand-guns righty.

HOWEVER I can drink beer w/ EITHER hand...! - -

*PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals!

Great! Found a T-shirt in a local Maine trading post that was emblazoned with just that phrase. PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals. One of our friends almost had a stroke upon seeing it. The individual apparently fell off the higher life form assembly line before reaching the "sense of humor" station.

And although terminally left-handed I can also drink beer with either hand.

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