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Handguard suggestions please?

Thinking about putting some handguards on my Red. Here's what I'm looking for:

Something to deflect wind. Something relatively inexpensive. Something easy to install (perhaps a uni type kit?). Something that looks nice.

Right now I have on a Vario windscreen since I know there've been some issues with clearance. Also thinking about getting a kit with mirrors and scraping the stock mirrors for those.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
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I should add: What I mean by looking good is, I would like people who look at the Versys not knowing anything about them to assume that the guards are stock. In other words, they shouldn't stick out like a sore thumb.
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How about the Acerbis Dual Road $125.96 from motostrano.com

I think I may go with these ones.

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I have the power madd not to much $ and they come in different colors
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KTM Enduro handguards.
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KTM Enduro handguards.
Did you have to modify anything to clear the inner clamp nut/bolt from the bike's plastic?
I tried fitting mine tonight, but the nut would hit the bike at full lock.

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I'm also searching for hand guards these days and those Acerbis are the best looking by far. Too pricy for me though.

KTM hand guards are just plastic covers without the metal rail. Or am I wrong?

I like Zeta.

http://www.zeta-racing.com/controls/...html#anchor-xc

WebBike review:
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/zeta-hand-guards/


Montanaversys: There is a lot of information about this on the forum already, just browse trough.


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I put black "Zeta's" with 'titanium' colored aluminum on my '08. Look fine, good wind protection, and I remove the plastic bits (2 screws each side) for when it warms up and I want the breeze on my hands.

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I know there's lots of options out there, but what does anyone think about using the handguards with a mirror kit and getting rid of the stock mirrors?
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I have the Power Madd handguards and they work great.
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I have the Power Madd handguards and they work great.
My PowerMadd handguards only connect on one side, so you don't have to worry about connecting a supporting brace on the end of the grip. There are + and - in terms of strength vs ease of installation.

It allowed me to adjust things so that it works even with a big CalSci windshield.
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Hi Montanaversys,

On integrated mirror/turn signal combination mirrors:
http://www.versys.co.uk/index.php?op...5&topic=2528.0
and http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=4973.

Using Zeta without the covers (need wind passing though).
I did see GPR racing handlebar protectors that fit the V last week. Sorry no pics. Cost about US$ 80 here.It's made of alloy and have seen a few V bikers use it here. Good thing was used with stock bar end weights.
Barkbusters are also a great product.



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I went with Zeta Guards and worked well for me plus didnt break the Bank Account .
http://www.zeta-racing.com/controls/impact/index.html

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Did you have to modify anything to clear the inner clamp nut/bolt from the bike's plastic?
I tried fitting mine tonight, but the nut would hit the bike at full lock.

Thanks!
Nah, I didn't have any clearance issues. It is VERY close though. I'm not sure of anything I did differently... sorry.
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+1 on the Zeta easy to fit and offers good protection....
They go through cage side mirrors like a hot knife through butter....(by accident of course)
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In my completely biased opinion the KTM handgaurds look the best,

look good, cheap, deflect the wind,

some people have had trouble fitting them, I found no problems at all.


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I just mounted the Powermadd guards on my '08. The only thing I would caution is that if you are using mirror extenders (Speedy's, etc), they will not fit with the Powermadd guards on the 08's, as the bracket for the guards gets in the way. This doesn't appear to be a problem on the '09's, as it looks like the mirror mount is not flush with the lever as it is on the 08's. If anyone has an easy solution to this, please let me know, as I really like both the guards and the mirror extenders.

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I can't mount the bar from underneath due to the way the mount bar bends, and it doesn't mount from underneath on the throttle side.

Had I done a search of the board prior to purchasing them, I would have found that out and bought something else. Oh well...

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I just mounted the Powermadd guards on my '08. The only thing I would caution is that if you are using mirror extenders (Speedy's, etc), they will not fit with the Powermadd guards on the 08's, as the bracket for the guards gets in the way. This doesn't appear to be a problem on the '09's, as it looks like the mirror mount is not flush with the lever as it is on the 08's. If anyone has an easy solution to this, please let me know, as I really like both the guards and the mirror extenders.
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Dave see this thread
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=2891
Siyeh has the same handguards and is using Speedy's mirror extenders. Looking at his pic from the same view of yours, it looks like it clears fine. You might want to check with him to see if he had to add a spacer or something.

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Here're pics of my Zetas on my V, along with my Vista Cruise Universal - my Zetas attach at the END of the bar TOO. (Note that I have Speedy's mirror extenders too.)
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KLE's are the most OEM/ best looking, cover a large part of hand too, so much so had to take them off in the med.
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