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post #1 of 11 Old 06-14-2016, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendation on Hand Guards

What are you guys using for hand guards? After going through my adventure riding training course last week in Oklahoma, it's apparent I need to get some hand guards for my Gen 2 bike. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I don't want a version with metal/aluminum from the guard to the bar end as those can bend permanently. I'm thinking a hard plastic is what is best.
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-14-2016, 09:09 PM
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I'm looking at installing Barkbusters with the Storm guards to my gen 2 in the next couple of weeks. I have heard good things about them, but would be interested to know others peoples thoughts.


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post #3 of 11 Old 06-15-2016, 02:58 AM
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Got the barkbusters storm and i am completely satisfied with them.
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What are you guys using for hand guards? After going through my adventure riding training course last week in Oklahoma, it's apparent I need to get some hand guards for my Gen 2 bike. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I don't want a version with metal/aluminum from the guard to the bar end as those can bend permanently. I'm thinking a hard plastic is what is best.
here you go, $25 works well

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FYI, it you hit something hard enough to bend alum. then you will save your hand but bend the alum. which is there to protect your hand. Thus the name "hand guard". Hard plastic will only protect your hand from wind and when you hit something hard enough you will break the plastic and break your hand.

Most riders will never be in a situation that they need such protection so maybe just don't sweat it?

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FYI, it you hit something hard enough to bend alum. then you will save your hand but bend the alum. which is there to protect your hand. Thus the name "hand guard". Hard plastic will only protect your hand from wind and when you hit something hard enough you will break the plastic and break your hand.

Most riders will never be in a situation that they need such protection so maybe just don't sweat it?
Actually, having a hand guard that "bounces" and doesn't bend is best. The problem with guards that have metal is that when it bends, the hand can get stuck. With ABS plastic, it'll "bend" but "bounce" back or if impact is hard enough, it'll "bend" and then break but still do its job of protecting the hand. This is especially important when riding off-pavement which is how I plan to use my bike (I just completed adventure moto training a week ago).

So, any additional suggestions are definitely appreciated. Thanks!
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Actually, having a hand guard that "bounces" and doesn't bend is best. The problem with guards that have metal is that when it bends, the hand can get stuck. With ABS plastic, it'll "bend" but "bounce" back or if impact is hard enough, it'll "bend" and then break but still do its job of protecting the hand. This is especially important when riding off-pavement which is how I plan to use my bike (I just completed adventure moto training a week ago).

So, any additional suggestions are definitely appreciated. Thanks!
your analysis is really wrong because your hand is NOT glued to the bar,
when you hit hard on the guards, your hands will instantly FLY OFF the handle bars, and you will probably fly too.
so. the metal will absorb all that energy, and your hand won't stay on the guard. also the metal will NOT collapse enough to get your hand stuck in there, and even if it does, your glove solid piece of plastic/carbon or what ever you have on those gloves will protect you from that.

that thing is super solid and very strong. I guarantee you that there is no way that it will collapse to trap your hand, the mounting screws and brackets will break off first.

the plastic ones are a joke, they won't protect from a crash or hit, it will break and fall off
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-17-2016, 09:52 AM
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let me rephrase, plastic guards are not a JOKE they are good for bushes, branches and wind.

if you want drop resistant, drop protection, you drop your bike going 15mph on rocky surfaces, you want the metal.

if you are scared it will trap your hand IF it collapses, then don't tighten the inside bracket, leave it loose.


i put them there not to protect my hand, i have them to protect my LEVERS, specially the clutch lever, i always seem to drop my bike on the left side,
if i did not have them, i assure you i would have broken the clutch lever and pushed the bike home couple times now.

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Never head of anyone's hand being trapped behind alum. guard. Going through tight trees without the metal guards you do risk getting your hand mashed and I think a plastic guard will only make the mashing worse. This is all fine since most of us well never be in such tight quarters.

I do know of folks, cruiser riders, having their highway bars bend back and trap legs. Maybe they should use plastic highway bars?
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