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Looking For A Set Of Handguards That Fit

Howdy,

I'm just about done modding the bike:

1) Motowerks Rear Lowering Link Kit
2) Lowered Front Forks
3) Corbin Seat
4) Givi Shield
5) Rox Risers
6) Motowerks Peg Lowering Kit
7) Ordered Red Versys Hardbag Trim to match bike (used to be black)
8) Mirror Extensions


**All I need now is a set of Hangguards for wind protection (and really just to finish off the look). I don't need aluminum reinforced guards (Not looking to spend $130) Anyone know of some well priced handguards that offer wind protection? I've looked all over the site but haven't really found any that aren't super expensive.**
Any ideas?

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you might want to try powermads, or ktm handguards.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...T.ac=SLIsearch


These are the ktm ones.


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Anyone have a model # for the KTMs?

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I wasn't going to spend a bunch for handguards until I saw the video on Twisted Throttle. The guy lowsided a Versys at about 30 mph and between the Barkbusters and the SW Motech engine guards it saved the bike from anything more than light scratches on those two componets. That's enough for me, sold!
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Everything on your bike is exspensive ,you probably woulndnt be happy with inexspensive ones.i like my kawasaki oem all black and very heavy duty will do the job if your bike fallshttp://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/album.php?albumid=405&pictureid=2532
Bike World has generic $40 ones that arent bad?you can see them in my albums if you want
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Get bark buster storm..
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I was gonna order the acerbis guards that weljo pictured above, but they're not available for the new body style. I went with the OEMs. Not cheap, but comparable to the other aftermarket hand guards.

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Polisport SM Line

http://www.polisport.com/motorbikes/produtos.php?ID=536

They offer full wrap around but the supports are made by plastic not metal. I have them on mine and they took a little work to fit, but now that they're on there they offer good wind protection and look stellar. The price is right also @ $56 for the gaurds and the mounting kit from OEMcycle.com

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Anyone tried these?

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...A+BARK+BUSTERS

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or these?

http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...lds/web1001475

I really just want to get some bark busters. If anyone has one in mind that fits without a fuss and is under $100 please send me the name and link. I just need to be told what to do.......I think that will make me a good husband.

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I'm more than happy with the KTM SMT handguards I fitted. Very good wind protection and reasonably cheap too.





And how to best fit.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ktm+handguards

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One thing in favor of ones with the aluminum frame, and screw on plastic pieces - you can remove the plastics when it's warm to get airflow over your hands, and STILL have protection.

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Old style KTM guards on the 2011.

I think they work well for wind. High speed go boom no idea and not really anxious to test. For low speed probably better than average.
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The Moose Racing handguards with aluminum backbone are under $70. So the price argument isn't there. They work really well on mine. Cycra is another very popular brand, they are a little more money. Of course there are others.

Handguards don't do much for wind protection. Possibly just a little bit if it's really cold out.

Plastic guards keep bugs and flying rocks off your digits. However they don't protect your levers in the case of a drop, which is the main reason handguards are installed. At least as far as I am aware.

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I've got plastic handguards on mine. I didn't even know what an aluminum backbone was until after I had them installed. I like them for keeping my hands dry when it rains--which seems to be all the time lately. Plastic is all I've ever needed. . . .

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I've got plastic handguards on mine. I didn't even know what an aluminum backbone was until after I had them installed. I like them for keeping my hands dry when it rains--which seems to be all the time lately. Plastic is all I've ever needed. . . .

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Barkbuster Storm Handguards with Versys specific mounting kit made by Barkbuster - a review

Pros
- very strong and robust, backbone is attached on both sides of the grip and they provide significant tip over and crash protection because of strong aluminum backbone, the backbone is why these cost what they do, the clip on plastic shields/protectors are an almost insignificant amount $$ wise in comparison

- look good on the bike

- Barkbuster is a popular brand so replacement and different style plastic guards are avail


Negs
- the two small self tapping screws they supply to hold the plastic guard on the backbone (they screw in from the back side of the plastic protector) are steel and start to immediately rust although I suppose you could easily replace these. The other screws and bolts are aluminum and stainless

- hand guards IMO do not provide any significant or measurable level of increased comfort or warmth, get heated grips or gloves if you want warmth

- well over $100 with required fitment kit and shipping

- can interfere with some wider/more protective windshield designs (this goes for all hand guards)

- aftermarket replacement clutch/brake levers are usually only $20 and take 10 minutes to install with an Allen key


Conclusion
The hand guards are nice to have but for your farkling dollar they offer less value (bang for the buck) than other accessories I have installed on the Versys such as crash bars, Givi top box and VStream windshield.


Note the white barkbuster lettering is a sticker you don't have to apply


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- hand guards IMO do not provide any significant or measurable level of increased comfort or warmth, get heated grips or gloves if you want warmth


- aftermarket replacement clutch/brake levers are usually only $20 and take 10 minutes to install with an Allen key
- I think they do. And even if they don't protect from cold, they do from rain
- Sure they are, except when it happens at a beginning of a trip far from anybody that sells levers!



That said, I got my brand new Barkbusters from a friend for free(!). These unfortunately have the Barkbusters raised in plastic, they are not a sticker.
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