Barkbusters Storm handguards on 2014 Versys 650 Gen 2 - Kawasaki Versys Forum
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-29-2017, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Barkbusters Storm handguards on 2014 Versys 650 Gen 2

Hoping this will be helpful for anyone considering handguards for their Versys. Pictures in my album: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...p?albumid=1873

I have a 2014 Versys 650 and commute 80 highway miles a day in the midwest. I ride in the rain and cold unless thereís a chance of snow or ice. My heavy gear keeps the chill out, but my hands still get cold. Blocking the wind really helps so I searched for handguards.

My requirements were for a quality product at a reasonable price that was easy to install and, of course, was effective at blocking the wind. didnít want to have to cut the grip-ends or modify the bar end weights. And I donít ride off road so I wasnít looking for protection from branches - just the cold wind.

Reviews suggested the Barkbusters Storm handguards were good, but there are three versions!
One mounts at both the bar-end AND via a handlebar clamp
Another mounts only at the bar-end and curves around in front of the lever (no bracket on the bar)
And the third only clamps to the bar just inboard of the controls, and fans out in front of the levers (no bar-end bracket) - I chose this one: STM-001-00-BK

Iím sure the first one would be stronger, and no doubt better for true ďbark bustingĒ. But after a month of commuting I can attest the single-side bar-clamp mounts are solid enough for highway-speed winds.

I almost chose the bar-end-mount version because it sure didnít look you could fit a clamp on the right-side handlebar because the brake reservoir HAD to be in the way. But again, I didnít want to mess with the grips and weights, and Barkbusters swore my choice would fit, so I ordered it.

You can see the pictures of the packaging and parts. Good quality parts. The instructions are on the back of the package (also on Barkbusters website) and make sense once you study them carefully. It took about 15 minutes to install both, most of which was finding my 4mm Allen wrench and dry-fitting, then about 1-2 minutes a side. And next summer it should take 2 minutes total to remove them, assuming I can find the Allen wrench

And yes, the clamp really does fit between the bar and the brake reservoir - barely! But thatís all it needed. The only minor gripe is that the left side clamp doesnít completely encircle the bar - you can see the gap in the pictures, but itís on there SOLID and shows no signs of shifting or vibrating loose, so I guess it doesnít matter.

Success! Everything I wanted for $108 on Amazon. Iíve now ridden in temps down to the high 30ís F and they do a great job of blocking both wind and rain. Gloves barely got wet in 40 minutes. I still want heated grips or gloves, but the ride was at least tolerable with the Bark Busters!

Highly recommend!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-30-2017, 06:47 AM
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They look similar to the factory brush guards that come on the KLR650s. Too bad they don't make them in matching green. Would have given you a little more frontal visibility to cagers.

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Yup I have the same handguards, love them!
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