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DIY Hand Guards

Over the holiday break I made hand guards for the V. I got the idea and parts list here http://www.instructables.com/id/Moto...rs-version-21/. I followed the instructions above with some modifications.

Mods- I bent the top and bottom of the guard and cut a curve in the outside edge instead of leaving it straight. I also included a 4" strip of aluminum to support the plastic, decreases deflection at speed.

They don't hit the side fairings or stock screen at full lock, but would hit any aftermarket larger (wider) screen. I have tested them briefly and they do keep the wind off, but I don't know how they would stand up to a rock at 70 mph.

Unfortunately when I moved my bike out of the garage before install I left the front wheel straight (Stupid!) with the side-stand down and the bike rolled forward and then to the earth. No real damage other than a few scratches and a slightly shorter, although still functional, clutch lever.

I'm sure someone with more mechanical/fabrication experience could make something much nicer, but these will work for me. Ugly though.
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...Unfortunately when I moved my bike out of the garage before install I left the front wheel straight (Stupid!) with the side-stand down and the bike rolled forward and then to the earth....
I've started trying to remember to leave my V in 1st gear whenever I park it, so it WON'T roll forward. Got the idea from another lister's post.

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I bent the top and bottom of the guard and cut a curve in the outside edge instead of leaving it straight. I also included a 4" strip of aluminum to support the plastic, decreases deflection at speed.
Not plastic. You bent painted aluminum (most likely) or metal tin (possibly) sheeting... Where did you get it from, and what was it?

I can't stand dirty mirrors. Yours need to be washed and cleaned.
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where did U connect the screws ? on the mirror bar ?
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The handguard mounts are pinched in between mirror mount and mirror mount extenders... They could be between mirror mount and mirror if no extenders were used.
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Not plastic. You bent painted aluminum (most likely) or metal tin (possibly) sheeting... Where did you get it from, and what was it?

I can't stand dirty mirrors. Yours need to be washed and cleaned.


The guards are lexan plastic, I painted them with flat black spray paint. They are from Home Depot and are made as replacement 8X10" windows, 3.95$ each.
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where did U connect the screws ? on the mirror bar ?
Invader has it right. I put a washer under the handguard rod and above Speedys mirror extenders. I had to buy a longer mirror bolt from home depot, Metric 10-1.25 if I am remembering correctly.
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Good job. Lexan is very strong and virtually inbreakable. They look great. I thought I was seeing cut-up rain gutters at first.
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