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post #1 of 15 Old 06-21-2008, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Maier handguards or stock?

Hello all,
A.C. here looking for fresh input,
Maier wood pro hand guards or plastic stock?

doing Highway commute early spring to fall.

My 650 came with stock plastics but one is cracked... (clutch lever is curled too) other than that I am doing basic clean it up make it new get it ready to roll...

planning on doing more... much more...
Ah she is letting me go shopping (wriths hands together and retreats to the garage).

Thanks
A.C.
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-22-2008, 12:46 AM
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Maier wood pro is the way to go. I went through three sets of handguards to find out the Woods are the best choice.

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my new Acerbis Rally Pro guards should be here this week, ill let you know how the install goes
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-22-2008, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Found hand guards at klr650.com...
they look like they are using maier handguards but claim to work with klr handlebars... is this a wood pro knockoff?
not sure but total with aluminum mounts and handguards seems cheaper than dennis kirk!
contemplating purchase if these are like the wood pro mounts.
hmmm... A.C.

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post #5 of 15 Old 04-29-2010, 11:34 AM
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my new Acerbis Rally Pro guards should be here this week, ill let you know how the install goes
I wonder how his install went?

I'm looking for a handguard set myself and liking the Acerbis Rally Pro guards so if anyone has some first hand knowledge. fire away..

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post #6 of 15 Old 04-29-2010, 09:47 PM
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I had rally pro's but they don't offer any wind protection.

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All handguards with plastic provide some level of wind protection.
I have Acerbis Rally Pro with extended wind guards on my 2005 and Tusk D-Flex with wind guards on my 2003. The Acerbis bolted on easily and provide less wind protection than the Tuck handguards.
The Tusk needed to be bent (left only) to mount properly and provide good though not excellent wind protection. Both (original and wind protection) of the Tusk plastics can be removed easily if needed.
I have considered trying the Maiers handguards since Maiers is not far from Sacramento and they do offer an over the counter discount. They look like they offer excellent wind and hand protection.

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and how about barends?

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Paulo888; I had rally pro's but they don't offer any wind protection.
not good; I would like some wind protection, I know trying to replicate the OEM guards Great Wall would be near impossible though.

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tomatocity;I have considered trying the Maiers handguards since Maiers is not far from Sacramento and they do offer an over the counter discount. They look like they offer excellent wind and hand protection.
If you had to choose between the Acerbis and Tusk? tossup? I will look into the Maiers too, I keep hearing good things about them.

Barends; I would hate to remove anything from my KLR that would result in MORE vibration. Do any of these hand guards allow retention of the bar ends? I seem to notice the pre-08 bikes did not us bar ends?

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not good; I would like some wind protection, I know trying to replicate the OEM guards Great Wall would be near impossible though.



If you had to choose between the Acerbis and Tusk? tossup? I will look into the Maiers too, I keep hearing good things about them.

Barends; I would hate to remove anything from my KLR that would result in MORE vibration. Do any of these hand guards allow retention of the bar ends? I seem to notice the pre-08 bikes did not us bar ends?
Handguards help reduce handlebar vibration because of how they are mounted (think about it). They are mounted by internal end of the handlebar and clamped to the mid-bar with a metal bar between them. and don't forget they will most likely save your handlebars from bending during an easy get off.

The Tusk came on a 2003 KLR I purchased. The left guard inner clamp touched the clutch cable mount. The metal bar had to be bent for the clearance.

Cost, looks, strength, hand protection, and wind blocking are things to consider.
Acerbis Rally Pro is the standard but they do not have good wind blocking.
Tusk D-Flex needed to be modified to fit my 2003 properly. It has two separate (removable) plastic covers.
Maiers looks like the it will do everything well except the covers would be off during hot weather.
There are other models of these manufacturers and other manufacturers.

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...They are mounted by internal end of the handlebar and clamped to the mid-bar with a metal bar between them...

Cost, looks, strength, hand protection, and wind blocking are things to consider.
Acerbis Rally Pro is the standard but they do not have good wind blocking...
Tim -

Have you heard anything about mounting handguards on the Gen 2s? They have that counterweight stuck in the end of the bar; I haven't had much success in finding a good set of handguards. Could be I haven't looked intot the right place yet.

On the windblocking issue - that's one thing I really appreciate, but have you tried glove liners with your Acerbis to see if they keep your hands warm?

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