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Puig windscreen + barkbusters storm + Progrip 714: Will they play nice together?

Took a three-hour ride from Seattle to Cashmere (over two mountain passes, one in the 40s and raining, nearing 150 miles each lególongest ride so far in the 2018 Versys 300-X) and loved many aspects of it, but it also pronounced the problem areas:
-the seat slowly castrates you
-the windscreen is no protection for a 6' 3" guy like myself
-the grips are cramp-inducingly thin and too hard
-barkbusters storm needed for wind chill coverage, not to mention obvi protection next spring when I take it off the pavement

So seat concepts for the seat, that's addressed.

Thinking about the Puig windscreen, barkbusters aluminum hand guards + storm covers, and Progrip 714 grips on my 7/8" handlebars.

I've read that some aftermarket windscreens rub up against barkbusters/storm hand guards on the 300, and wonder if the progrip ends will work flush up against where the barkbusters connects to the grips (in place of the grip weights).

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Any advice? Warnings? Better configurations/options?

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https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...2018?rrec=true
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...-300-2017-2018
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ards?rrec=true
https://www.revzilla.com/dirt-bike/p...al-sport-grips

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I have the puig windscreen coming next week so I can let you know, the group likes the givi but the puig is taller. I agree with the thin grips and the hand cramps, very annoying.
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I have the puig windscreen coming next week so I can let you know, the group likes the givi but the puig is taller. I agree with the thin grips and the hand cramps, very annoying.
Do you have new grips and/or barkbusters on yours yet?

Thinking about rolling the dice on the Puig as well and then dealing with the barkbusters/grips next...but would sure like to get it right the first time. Will look forward to your feedback.

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And something about the Givi...looks really blocky to me...like all of the windscreens other than the Puig hurt the overall look of the bike...maybe in person they look better?

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Sorry for the multi-reply...for the cramping/grips, this has also been recommended to me for longer rides:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...hrottle-assist

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I have a Puig on my 2019 V650LT , it works great for town & especially Roads at highway speeds. Also I use a Go-Cruz throttle lock for longer trips.
My next add on before my next trip will be Highway pegs.
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I have the Puig screen on my 650. I like it very much.

I don't know If the grip on the v300 is thinner than on the 650 but I love the feel of the grips.

On my previous bike I had grip Puppies. It makes it about 1cm thiker to grip. I found it good at first (I had it installed because of the vibration not the thickness) but for long rides my hands got tired. But could be a cheap way to get there with the added bonus of damping some vibration.

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Thanks Modene and NunoMT! Ordered my Puig windscreen and will (hopefully) find it to be the right solution before tackling the hand guard + grip situation

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I have the Puig screen and I am totally fine with it. I also put some foam covers on my grips that you should find on Ebay cheap. They improve those skinny grips great. I also have foam covers on the brake n clutch levers, I think these were for a bicycle but they will work on a cycle too.

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The Puig windscreen works fantastically and it looks great to boot. I looks very much like the stock, only much taller. Highly recommended. Here are some photos before, after and comparing side by side.
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It took a bit but we finally got everything on the bike and I'm loving the results and aesthetic: Acerbis X-Strong supermoto handguards, Barkbusters bar end weights, Progrip 714 grips, Bikemaster handlebar risers, Puig touring windscreen (light smoke) and a MotoParty (clear) windscreen clip-on visor.

A few takeaways for anyone looking to do a similar mod:
-INSPIRATION: I took the ideas in large part off the Versys 300 build article on ADV Pulse.
-RISERS: In the build, they used Rox anti-vibration 2" pivot risers which were a total nightmare (not to mention $160)...after two days, removing the front and side fairings, trips to the hardware store, we had rerouted clutch and brake cables but were unwilling to extend them, so we called it on the Rox risers which also looked far too bulky even in black for the dash area, and in turning the handlebars full each way created a concerning cable-stretch sound. Point being: Even after re-routing (but not extending) certain cables, the Rox still had things way too tight for peace of mind. Go with the Bikemaster risers, which are about $35, come with variable height pieces so you can choose your comfort level/height and aren't locked into a 2" riser which is A LOT and actually uncomfortably high even for a tall rider like me. The Bikemaster risers also work great without extending the cables (you may have to re-route a cable or two which isn't the end of the world once you have the fairings off). Risers also helped the clearance of the handguards which don't touch the windscreen when the handlebars are turned to the right and barely touch (but don't interfere) when handlebars are locked to the left. And the risers provide a more comfortable riding experience. Rox risers returned.
-OEM BAR END WEIGHT REMOVAL: Yes, getting the Versys bar end weights off is hilariously difficult, but follow the YT videos and you'll be fine (with some lube and the wrench from the OEM tool kit). Note: you're not unscrewing the end of the bar end weights, you're giving it a few loosening cranks and then using the wrench in the end for leverage as you spray lube under the OEM grip and crank the whole thing back and forth, walking it out slowly...you'll be using all of your strength (and then some). The first 25% is the worst, then it comes out quickly after the first rubber spacer.
-HANDGUARDS: I went with the Acerbis guards and Barkbuster bar end weights off the ADV Pulse article because I liked the look and reviews far more than the Barkbusters handguards which have a lot of reviewers unhappy about the installation process and the gap between the end of the grips and the handguard handlebar attachment (solved by getting these Acerbis handguards + the Barkbusters bar end weights which closes things up nice and flush and looks intentional rather than piecemeal). The Barkbusters guards also have more exposed aluminum/grey color and just look generally boxier to me than the sleeker Acerbis guards, which I think look like they belong on the Versys a bit more. Better visual pairing. Functionally, the Acerbis handguards are great (and have vents for hot weather as well as provide wind-chill coverage for cold weather), not to mention a really tough aluminum spine and replaceable black arm that attaches to the end of the handlebars- a really nice touch visually and functionally.
-GRIPS: GET RID of the puny, cramp-inducing OEM grips (which will vibrate worse with ANY aluminum spine handguards, even with added bar end weights, because you have to lose the OEM bar end weights for aluminum spine handguards). Go with the Progrip 714 grips. Super inexpensive and highly recommended after a nice, long ride testing them. They come close-ended but an Exacto knife will lop off the ends like butter, and the comfort and finish, again, up against the bar end weights looks really polished. They're also thicker and softer so they dampen the increased vibrations (honestly not an issue between the 714 grips and bar end weights of this particular setup; I have yet to miss the promised "anti-vibration" of the Rox risers, and am not so sure it provided much of any of that had they stayed with my bike).
-WINDSCREEN: I like the Puig touring windscreen a lot, but I didn't like it at all until I got the MotoParty clear visor from Amazon to clip on top of it. 1/3rd the price of the $100 Puig light smoke visor, and unlike the reviews for the Puig (additional) visor, this MotoParty thing is rock-solid, and solves (for me, at 6' 3") the horrible buffeting created by the Puig touring windscreen. So, if you're tall like me, beware of the Puig windscreen unless you're good with the aesthetic of an added visor on top and an extra $40 or so for a visor to calm things down around your helmet. Now it's great, or at least tolerable (but I'm picky about buffeting and helmet noise and also wear EarPeace earbuds with the max filtration).
-VISOR: If you're tall and want the Puig + visor, I recommend getting clear for the visor even if you get smoke or light smoke for your Puig windscreen. Unless you spring for the (overpriced and apparently flimsy) Puig visor, you'll have a hard time matching third-party visors in smoke or light smoke to the color of your Puig windscreen (assuming you also get smoke or light smoke there). More importantly, the area of the Puig windscreen is not somewhere you're going to look through unless you're doing parking lot drills or very slow unpaved riding, and I love the look of the light smoke Puig screen which helps add "weight" to the thin appearance of the Versys' front end. But with the visor, that's very usable/important viewing space (cars in front of you at a stop/intersections), and while I tried a regular smoke and light-smoke visor (which were returned with the Rox risers), the clear visor was the favorite because it kept that crucial viewing area ahead crisp and clear. (I also wear an Icon Airflite helmet with the chrome visor which adds some tint, so for safety reasons didn't want to be looking through too many layers of tinting in crucial viewing areas, say, at night).
-Lastly, the Puig touring screen is not as tall as it looks in the photos, and IMO looks great on the bike, while the clear visor becomes almost invisible (except in profile)...I think aside from the reasons above, a smoke or light smoke visor would've made the front end look too tall in the windscreen + visor department.

Hope this helps!
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The quick and efficient method for removal of the bar ends is a small slide hammer. Works like a charm.
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