I got a set of KTM handguards (here
<$60 shipped UPS, arrived in a week from the west coast). I installed them today when I should have been working. Self-employment has its advantages. Fairly straightforward install, could probably do it in under half an hour now that I've done it once.
These guards are very substantial molded plastic, beefier than I would have guessed. The wind facing surface is smooth and glossy, and there is no KTM ID except for "KTM" and "Made in Austria" molded on the inside. Everything is marked L or R (sometimes in tiny
letters) and needs to go on the appropriate side. I cleaned them with Plexis plastic polish after the install and they shine.
They installed using the supplied hardware plus two stainless steel washers I had in my collection. The OEM cable looms (the little plastic loops that hold cables in place and snap into a hole on the bars) need to be removed since they attach to the bars right where the guards' inboard brackets need to go. Figures. They won't likely be missed as the guards fit underneath and provide support for the cables. Nothing appears to bind when the bars move lock to lock. I loosened the brake line bolt on the back of the fluid reservoir to fit the right guard underneath, then moved it back and tightened it up.
I suggest you attach the inboard clamps first (use the supplied collars and play with them first so you know how they fit), then bolt on the ends. There is some flex in the plastic which you'll want to take advantage of; you want to mount the guards so there is no contact between the end of the clutch and brake levers (clutch especially) and the inside of the guard. If the inboard brackets are set too far inboard, the clutch lever will get stuck at full pull. I futzed around with the placement of the inboard clamps a couple times, moving them farther toward the bar end each time, to get the right bend so the levers clear. I added that extra stainless washer (between the bar end and the guard) to provide a bit of width, and that helped.
The supplied bar end bolts are longer than the OEM bolts, so I could reinstall the bar end weights. There is a stainless flanged piece that fits into a hole at the end of the guard and I added a stainless washer between the guard and the bar so there's metal to metal to metal contact. Seems very solid. I probably should have put some thread lock on those bar end bolts...memo to self, do that. [EDIT: I subsequently took off the bar end weights when I added the thread lock...see posts below.]
So does it clear the windshield? I have a Madstad bracket with the Madstad supplied shield
. These KTM guards clear my windshield at full lock -- except
when the shield is raised up all the way or canted back all the way back toward the rider. In these cases, the guards barely make contact and the shield has enough flex to absorb it. Drop the shield a touch from full up or full back and there's no contact at full lock. I doubt I'll ride with the shield in either of the extreme positions and they barely touch anyway, so I think it's a non-issue, with my shield anyway.
After I have a chance to take a decent test ride (c'mon spring!) I may adjust their attitude to the wind a bit...it's hard to tell if I have it right without a speed run. Without benefit of that speed run, I think these are great. Rugged, not too big, not too small, not too spendy, plain glossy black, no logo, no cutting, no extra hardware (except for two washers I had anyway), and the OEM bar ends still fit. Only casualty is the cable looms.
I am tempted to get a strip of amber LEDs and wire up some turn signal indicators. That would be pretty slick, I bet.