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SW-Motech Kobra vs Barkbuster Storm/VPS

Sorry if this has been asked already but a quick scout around found nothing for me.

I'm off on Wednesday to have some hand guards fitted along with some other kit. One shop does SW and the other Barkbuster which are opposite each other. Can anyone tell me if the bar ends need to be modified before fitting. I'm under the impression the SW just bolt straight on with no mods. But what about the Barkbuster?

The thing is I'm having mine fitted by the dealer, but I'm buying a set for a pal that can't make it that we intend to fit en-route on our next trip the day after so a no-mod required option would be best. Model are 2013/2014

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I'm not 100% sure but I think if you buy the "Barkbuster Kit" for a Versys 650 you get everything you need. The issue is the bar end weights with the generic kit. The stock weights are about twice as long as they need to be to fit the VPS system. I know you can buy Barkbuster end weights to fit our bars. These would come with the Versys Kit. Or, you can just simply cut your own weights in half, which is what I did.

Using a good-old hacksaw, cut the weights off right at the rubber isolator and sleave. The lenght is perfect. Then just smooth out the half you are keeping with a file or grinder, touch it up with some paint, then you are good to go.

I have never seen the SW, sorry. But I can say the VPS works great.

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I fitted my Barkbuster Storms without any bar modifications at all. The Barkbusters come with their own bar end weights.

Here are the instructions:
http://www.revzilla.com/assets/0000/...kit_versys.pdf

It isn't a job that can't be done properly with common tools. Nothing special needed.

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I'm not 100% sure but I think if you buy the "Barkbuster Kit" for a Versys 650 you get everything you need.
Correct buy the kit all is included









You can have either the Storm plastics like mine or the VPS.

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The Versys/Barkbuster fitment kit is a separate purchase from the Storm hand guards. $150 for both.

One issue I've found with my Barkbusters, on two separate occasions now, is they are more likely to damage the handle bars, when you drop the bike. The issue is the handle bars are made of very thin walled steel and will bend under the powerful localized forces the hand guards apply to the bars in a drop. On one occasion the handle bars bent at the forward attachment point of the hand guards. On the second drop the weakly welded end plate of the bars, the part the hand guards screw into, broke free. My advice is if you are adding hand guards for lever and bar protection skip the expensive hand guards and instead purchase an extra brake and clutch lever for $10ea on ebay. It takes all of 5min to replace a damaged brake or clutch lever.
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From what I can gather the difference between SW-Motech and Barkbusters is the SW-Motech have customised it with a black anodised rail and SW-Motech Stickers on the hand Plastics.

It is like $40 more for the SW-Motech here in Australia.
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From what I can gather the difference between SW-Motech and Barkbusters is the SW-Motech have customised it with a black anodised rail and SW-Motech Stickers on the hand Plastics.

It is like $40 more for the SW-Motech here in Australia.
Yet, 40$ less here.

As it happens my mate was able to get in today. Took them an hour to fit crash bars, Barkbusters (no mod needed) and radiator guard. I will be in on Wednesday but will opt for the VPS.

Cheers for the tips
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From what I can gather the difference between SW-Motech and Barkbusters is the SW-Motech have customised it with a black anodised rail and SW-Motech Stickers on the hand Plastics.

It is like $40 more for the SW-Motech here in Australia.
The SW-MOTECH Kobra handguards are made by Barkbusters. You're pretty close on the differences. The metal spine is powdercoated on the Kobras and the plastic guard is different. One nice feature of the Kobra plastics is that there is a knock out where you can install the optional LED turn signals.

Here is a shot with the optional LED installed:



and.... the indicator



http://www.twistedthrottle.com/sw-mo...rsys-650-07-13

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/sw-mo...bra-handguards

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Wow look at those prices ($242 for the lot)
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Wow look at those prices ($242 for the lot)
Very slick.

And totally rational for a 15-20k bike.

Thinking that kinda $$ is probably best served towards decent aux lighting for the V though.

Or...since we can't really make it go faster...upgrading the brakes.

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SW-Motech Kobra vs Barkbuster Storm/VPS

Hi. I bought the Motech hand guard for my 2014 version and can't find a video tutorial to install it.

I want to install it by myself, is it difficult to do?

Any link is appreciated also.

Thank you.

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Hi. I bought the Motech hand guard for my 2014 version and can't a video tutorial to install it.
I want to install it by myself, is it difficult to do?
Any link is appreciated also.
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why you need a video, the handguard comes with an instructions to do it, its very simple 30 minutes and you are done.

in the web page you can find the intruction manual.

Protection against fall and coldness, sturdy handguards Kawasaki Versys 650.

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Have Barkbuster storms piece of cake to install comes with everything needed. Do love the look of those Kobra's though!
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why you need a video, the handguard comes with an instructions to do it, its very simple 30 minutes and you are done.

in the web page you can find the intruction manual.

Protection against fall and coldness, sturdy handguards Kawasaki Versys 650.

Thank you, I'll try it.


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Have Barkbuster storms piece of cake to install comes with everything needed. Do love the look of those Kobra's though!

Thank you. I'll do it this weekend.


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