I've mentioned before that I bought the D-Flex hand guards to fit on the Tusk protectors and found that they're brush guards, not wind guards. Some time later I found a piece of black plastic that was slightly curved and carved some protectors out of them to fill the gap in-board of the D-Flexs. Worked out pretty good, but my fingertips still got very cold - no protection underneath.......my bad.
Recently I was digging for something in my shop and came across a short piece of white PVC thin
wall pipe, 4" diameter. Hmmm......??
I've used heat to bend plastic in the past, so got to experimenting.
Split it length-wise, clamped a side between 2 boards and stuck it in the oven. I think the boards protected it from the heat and prob'ly not enuf heat anyway, so back to drawing board.
(I'd best say now that I don't know what gasses or whatever PVC may put out when heated - may be toxic or flammable for all I know, so this is my caution to you to cover my butt. Don't try this at home)
Rounded up some scrap wood (lots of that around here) and made a little horse to support it on.
This time we went all scientifical on it and worked in increments - with lots of checking. It finally turned out that 275º for 15 minutes turned that PVC into something that handled like thick rubber. Then I clamped it again to hold the shape as it cooled.
Wall-lah......came out perty good, eh ?? OK, this was proof of concept, so went to buy a couple of feet of it......and can't do it. One single lumberyard in town has the right stuff (schedule 40 is too thick, heavy and stiff) but they won't cut it. $10 for 10 feet is certainly reasonable, but I'm a little mulish at times and dug in my heels.
OK, put it on back burner and fussed and fumed over it for a few days as I did other projects......then last night I looked at it and got to thinking. (yah, even me) Hmmm.......?? The upper portion is already taken care of by the original black additions, so maybe that piece will make 2 half portions. I split it length-wise and got after it with tin snips and hair dryer and came up with a really cobbled up mess......but it worked well on a test ride with no gloves. The wind was almost completely gone off my hands, so they work very well.
I won't go into a whole lot of detail, it just took quite a bit of fitting, trying, trimming, tearing hair out.......but it works.
I sprayed it with grey primer and it almost disappears. You really hafta look to see them. This certainly isn't the prettiest thing someone ever put on a KLR, but I'll keep my eyes open for a 2 ft chunk of thin wall (schedule 20 ??) 4" pipe and sooner or later build a nicer looking outfit.