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hand guards

hi guys been reading a lot of posts over the last while and i finally pulled the trigger on a leo vince evo two under body the other day just waiting for delivery so i can get the thing installed have a question on hand guards whats versys owners installing not a fan of the ktm style any other type or styles availiable out there? thanks for now.
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I installed a pair of KTM handguards on my 08 V. I did so more out of wind protection than actual protection in case of a fall. I figure if I am going down, stuff is gonna get damaged. I also installed a set of grip warmers to use in conjunction with the hand guards. I bought my pair from KTM Twins and felt the price was reasonable when compared to others.

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OEM Kawasaki i found to be the best , black plastics with black anodized heavy duty brackets that fit perfect , also fit with motowerks cruise contol no problem. Search for strics pics and you can take a look see at mine pricey but well worth it . Made for Verseys
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I got the OEM Kawasaki handguards off ebay, with shipping and taxes to Canada it cost me 200$. I took them off cause I was getting this crazy vibration noise at 5000rpm. Will try to figure out a way to mount them with rubber washers. They are nice and do protect well from the wind on cold days, that and heated grips will keep your hands toasty and in the summer you can just remove the plastics and keep the aluminum braket.
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Original Kwak Handguards

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Iv got the kwak original handguards for the sturdy aluminium frame. i was a bit disapointed with the wind protection from the plastic that screws to it tho as my thumbs still get blasted. maybe i need to adjust them down a bit, but either way i think they are definatly the smallest guards iv seen around.
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Needs a little adjusting to get them just right, but thats why I loved them they arent huge, they even actually improve the look of the bike. Just gotta get rid of the rattling sound...Nothing will replace heated grips when its really cold.
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Update: I just tried my freshly installed Oxford heated grips today. Ii was 10C and I had my winter gloves, so at first I set them at 30-40%, then 75%, started to get warm, then I tried the 100%. Was warm but didnt feel HOT. I stopped on the side of the road, and removed my glove and put my hand on the grip. It was HOT! Just proves that my winter gloves are really well isolated hehe The buttons are a bit tricky to handle with big gloves, but otherwise, I highly recommend these heated grips in combination with hand guards to keep the wind off your hands. If you're like me, in Canada, trying to stretch your season, there's no better way!
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For me the "Zeta XC" guards are GREAT! I remove the plastics when temps are high so as to get cooling airflow onto my hands, and they've stood up to a 15 to 20 mph low-side protecting my levers, with only mild scratching. GOOD protection from cold and rain.

Removed my bar-ends to install, and have NOT missed them.

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For me the "Zeta XC" guards are GREAT! I remove the plastics when temps are high so as to get cooling airflow onto my hands, and they've stood up to a 15 to 20 mph low-side protecting my levers, with only mild scratching. GOOD protection from cold and rain.

Removed my bar-ends to install, and have NOT missed them.
+1 on the XCs. I got the ones with the integrated LED turn signals too. Been very happy so far.


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+1 on the XCs. I got the ones with the integrated LED turn signals too. Been very happy so far.


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Goat are you happy with your SW crash bars? Did they go on easy?

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Goat are you happy with your SW crash bars? Did they go on easy?
Very happy with them. They've paid for themselves 3 times already. However, I can't tell you about the install as I didn't do it. Had my shop do it during the first service...


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Hi Maverick, I am in Coffs tomorrow. If you are about to put a set on I can give you a hand. It is pretty straight forward and I think you can find a video on the web for extra guidance (maybe Twisted Throttle?). I learned the hard way that as you insert the long bolt through the frame, you need to avoid the engine sensor cable that runs past hole on the oppsite side of the frame. Socket set and shifter about all you need from memory.
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I should have the bark busters from big brown tomorrow and will slap them n with pics if you want.
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Hi Maverick, I am in Coffs tomorrow. If you are about to put a set on I can give you a hand. It is pretty straight forward and I think you can find a video on the web for extra guidance (maybe Twisted Throttle?). I learned the hard way that as you insert the long bolt through the frame, you need to avoid the engine sensor cable that runs past hole on the oppsite side of the frame. Socket set and shifter about all you need from memory.
Oops sorry only just saw this today, I can't get them for 5 weeks they are out of stock. Unless you know where to get them quicker.
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I guess your tried www.motorradgarage.com.au ?
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I love these ones from Acerbis... I have them wired to function as aux turn signals
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MRA Vario Windscreen, Acerbis Dual Road Handgaurds + LEDs, Oxford Heated Grips, Xenon & LED Headlight, Tail Light Flasher, Moto Werk Flat Foot, Mirror Extenders & Foot Peg Lowering Blocks, Rad Gaurd, Fenda Extender, Powerbronze Rear Hugger, Stebel Nautilus Airhorn, T Rex Frame Sliders, Extended Rear Spools, Monster Energy Tank Protector, Magnitic Drain Plug, 12V Power Port, Tom Tom GPS, Xena XX14 Lock Alarm, Givi 409, 464, 449 Bags & Monokey Rack + Kappa 48L Case

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OEM Kawi handguards w/yellow shells

Seeing here on this forum pics of the OEM Kawi handguards w/solar yellow shells (the same color as my 2012 bike), I Googled for and found the brackets and the shells separately for about $150 total. The install was easy (even for a relatively mechanical ignoramus like me), and the fit is perfect. The brackets are heavy duty and look great, and of course the shells match perfectly and set off the black fairing very well. As others have noted, the shells are fairly small, which I like, plus they are tasteful, without blaring the manufacturer's name or with blinking lights, etc. Though small, they seem to provide a very good measure of protection from wind, and I am hoping they will do the same in case of rain. I would definitely recommend them.
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Installed a set of cycra prbends over the weekend, along with some generic heated grips. Ride into work this morning at 27f was much nicer.

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