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post #1 of 14 Old 06-17-2017, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hand Guard Recommendations ?

Would like to replace the original Hand Guards on my 2007 KLR650. There does seem to be quite a selection out there.

My first inclination is to get: A.) Cheap, B.) Aluminum (full length of the guard), C.) Doesn't require replacement or modification to the stock Clutch or Brake Lever, D.) Universal 7/8"

My questions are:
  1. Do I have the right criteria? Anything you would add or change?
  2. What fits well? I have Pro-Taper bars on the bike.
  3. What can take a bit of punishment and not collapse?
  4. Unlike "The Donald" I have big hands. I wear XXX or larger gloves, if/when I can find them. Do aftermarket hand guards allow for the amount of room, or close to the same amount of room between the front of the levers and the back of the hand guard, that the stock guards do?
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-17-2017, 05:53 AM
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Well I have Barkbusters. They do a fine job and look great too.

I wouldn't say they were cheap and there's definitely a little less lever room that with the stock plastic things.
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-17-2017, 06:43 AM
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Cycle Gear has a good set that normally runs $100 but they have them on sale for $50 from time to time ... like right now.

I literally have three sets of them all purchased at the sale prices. As we do a lot of dual sporting our hand guards are expected to do their jobs and not fall apart upon a fall. At a rally in early march, these guards on the 2016 KLR650 held up to a lowside on the pavement (plastic didn't come out looking great, but the rest continued to be usable). I recently changed the KLR bar to an ATV High and the guards fit okay.

Links to Cycle Gear and some photos from my blog below....


KamoKLR: Trackside Aluminum Handguards
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-17-2017, 02:29 PM
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Suggest you consider Tusk. Versatile (fit KLRs), crashworthy, and AFFORDABLE (hey, we're talking KLRs!).

Recommend set with spoilers; spoilers can be replaced for about $ 12 a pair in the event of road rash.

Source: Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-18-2017, 12:45 AM
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I second the Tusk's. The mounting system is so versatile, and the price was so good, that I ordered another pair for my woods-only XR400.The handguards on the XR have taken an honest beating. They are tough guards.

But the hardware is cheesy and will rust. Only downside.
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-18-2017, 04:47 AM
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If one wishes to exercise genuine KLRista frugality, one can buy Tusk "bare bones" metal skeletal handguards, then attach OEM stock "elephant ears" wind deflectors with machine screws (I think the metal is already drilled and tapped; if not, no huge project to make them so).

Doesn't look bad, and . . . should be effective protecting control levers, hands and fingers.
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-18-2017, 09:29 AM
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The frames are already drilled and tapped. I actually wish I had went that direction myself, but I never could find any of the stock icecream scoopers in good shape.

Tusk has two types of guards, though, and I forgot to mention it. One type is a full wrap-around frame like you'd except, the other is just an arm that sticks off the bars to hold a wind deflector. Make you you get the type you need.

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post #8 of 14 Old 06-18-2017, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Using just the metal frames and attaching the remains of the stock hand guards really appeals to my frugal (as in cheap) nature!
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-21-2017, 11:25 PM
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These can't be beat.


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post #10 of 14 Old 06-22-2017, 07:12 AM
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Defective link; gets to RockyMountainATVmc, but . . . not to the handguards . . . I think the ellipsis ( . . . ) needs replacement with text.

Agree; again . . . recommend purchase of spoilers with the handguards . . . a little more wind protection, and . . . countermeasure for road rash.
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