Why hand guards? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion Grab a seat and discuss whatever you like about the KLR or other related topics. Within reason.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old 04-19-2015, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
Lockjaw's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,750
Why hand guards?

It's starting to get hot where I am. Gets up to 100 during the summer. I bought a nice pair of Alpinestars mesh gloves (I have mesh pants/jacket). Anyway, I wore the gloves the other day and I loved the way they felt, but no air flow because ... I'm not the sharpest knife.

So, I took the handguards off right now. Takes about a minute. I used to commute where it was colder and that was my thinking (I'm lazy) - leave em on, cause, why not? My hands would have been warm enough with gloves.

SO...why aren't more guys taking the hand guards off when they're going to be on the road for 90% of the time (like me) and put em back on for when you DO go offroad. (Or it's gonna rain or whatever ... seriously, it takes a minute and I'm slow).

My wife asked me why I've never done this and I had no idea what to say. You can leave all the metal on the bike and the plastic is safe in my junk room. What's the deal?

Only negative I can think of (bike handles way better without the guards) is that it makes the bike look weird.

"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Lockjaw is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 Old 04-19-2015, 06:19 PM
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 1
Just took mine off too , but that's because its real windy where I live .

Wellington , New Zealand - the windy city by reputation .

Took them off to reduce buffeting in strong winds and besides I used to ride all my previous bikes without handguards
reasonable is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 04-19-2015, 08:02 PM
3rd Gear
Toney's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Sylva NC
Posts: 886
the only reason to leave them on is big bugs hitting my hands at 70 MPH

The feeling of the wind in your face can lift your heart.
Toney is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 04-20-2015, 03:32 AM
5th Gear
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,706
Hand guards (that is, SUBSTANTIAL hand guards with metal backbones, not merely plastic wind deflectors), when installed and adjusted properly, can PROTECT brake and clutch levers from breakage in the event of a fall.

Certainly, some hand protection is offered also, in the event of tree trunk, root, stone cliff, etc. collisions.

Many satisfactory makes and models of hand guards must exist; I've found Tusk handguards versatile regarding installation, affordable regarding price, and . . . effective in protecting levers, hands and fingers in crashes. YMMV.

KLRista low-cost expedient: I've seen OEM KLR elephant-ear wind deflectors screwed to bare-bones aluminum strip hand guards. Doesn't look bad, and should protect effectively as well.

I bought Tusk spoilers to go with the hand guards; at about $ 12 a pair, replacement is easy and affordable in the event of road rash.

Tusk "D-Flex" hand guards on KLR250 (KLR650 installation essentially identical), from Rocky Moujtain ATVMC:

Damocles is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 04-20-2015, 05:56 AM
3rd Gear
acidman1968's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 901
I just installed the Tusk brand handguards & spoilers this weekend... They don't seem too bad!

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
acidman1968 is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 04-20-2015, 06:14 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NW MO
Posts: 5,451
I have the stock plastic scoop shovel hand guards and a couple years back when it was hot out I broke one. Until I could find a replacement, I just took them off. After reading your post, Lockjaw, I now remember thinking, "You know it's kind of nice not having those things on."

They're really nice to have when it's cold or raining, but I think I'll just go take mine off for the Summer. I have no interest in aftermarket metal handguards.

planalp is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 04-20-2015, 06:47 AM
2nd Gear
Grinnin's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Maine
Posts: 368
The Moose plastic deflectors loop around the aluminum handguard so the aluminum has to come off first. They'll take a bit longer than a minute to remove, but not too bad.

In this area the wind protection is welcome any time of year. Cool ocean breezes can make morning or evening rides a bit brisk.

But I don't think the guards look weird without the deflectors. Just different.
Grinnin is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hand guards Festis Introductions 8 04-27-2014 10:03 AM
Hand guards. larry31 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 42 03-27-2013 07:53 PM
08+ Hand Guards (Post EM') DUBL-A 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 3 09-16-2010 06:58 PM
Hand Guards flash KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 1 03-08-2009 03:29 PM
Hand Guards Rick Geroux Bike and Rider Gear 3 04-07-2008 10:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome