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post #1 of 9 Old 04-25-2014, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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I recently had my 2009 klr 650 get blown over during 50 mile an hour winds. I thought I had it in such a way that this couldn't happen but don't under estimate the abilities of a north east wind,in April,in MA. This thing here would have given the big bad wolf a run for his huffing and puffing !!!!! So anyway the right hand guard broke as a result of the fall. I priced a Kawasaki replacement and delivered is going to be around $50. So I thought why not take a look at the after market products and see what is available. The stock product appears to basically function as a wind breaker and the aftermarkets actually put a little metal into the product. I searched this site and got quite a few threads on the pros and cons of attempting to install Maiers,Barkbusters,Zeta,Acerbes,etc. The thing that is discouraging to me is that it appears that none are easy to install, practically installs itself product. I am not much of a fabricator so I would prefer a plug and play product. So out side of getting the OEM ( which I am not opposed to, I just wanted to see what the after market options are ). Can anybody suggest a no-brainer aftermarket hand guard setup ???
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-26-2014, 12:23 AM
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I've got a set of the Maier hand guards. Install was fairly simple and other than adding a couple of washers no additional fabrication was required. Your results may vary of course.

Because no one hand guard, other than OEM, is specifically designed for the KLR sometimes a little finesse is required. Nothing you can't handle. I kinda like the Acerbis myself and if I was looking to buy again it's probably what I would go with.

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"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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I installed the trackside ones.the guy at cycle gear sold me the wrong ones. It was a hundred miles to return them so I modified them to work. It took a lot of adjusting to get them to not hit fairing or windshield. Now that they are on I like them
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-26-2014, 09:53 AM
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Can't comment on Generation 2 application, but . . . Tusk handguards (from Rocky Mountain ATV) are extremely versatile (installed easily on a Generation 1 and on a KLR250), and . . . affordable (we are, after all, KLRistas!).

I use the Tusk guards with spoilers; the latter replaceable at about $ 10 a set in the event of unsightly road rash.
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Sorry fellas !!! I chickened out and went with the OEM. My pal has an awesum setup for metal fabrication ( plasma cutter and the whole bit ) so I am going to ask him to shorten my stand a little bit. I am also looking at crash bars and will be going after a set of those once I have worn out all of the threads on the subject !!!!! Thanks for your input.
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Sorry fellas !!! I chickened out and went with the OEM. My pal has an awesum setup for metal fabrication ( plasma cutter and the whole bit ) so I am going to ask him to shorten my stand a little bit. I am also looking at crash bars and will be going after a set of those once I have worn out all of the threads on the subject !!!!! Thanks for your input.
You realize, without the metal "skeleton," you'll have an instant replay (cracked "handguard") should you drop it again.

If you want the stock "look," with more substantial protection, I've seen stock plastic wind deflectors sheet-metal screwed (maybe, machine-screw screwed; the metal is drilled and tapped) to metal handguards (w.g., Tusk). Don't look bad, and . . . give lots more wind protection than the full-up Tusk handguards.

The metal-only Tusk guards are inexpensive, and your buddy won't have to fire up his plasma cutter.

Bottom line: If you want to protect your levers, you'll need metal-based handguards, fastened to the bar ends. Not 100 % effective, but more so than the OEM plastic arrangement.

That said; your bike; configure it to please yourself; best wishes!
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i also have maier, they are all very easy to install actually plus added protection is worth it

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Ya Kawasaki calls them hand "guards" but they are really no more than wind deflectors.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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I have some Barkbusters on order but don't have any feedback to provide yet.
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