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post #1 of 7 Old 04-19-2015, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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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.




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post #2 of 7 Old 04-19-2015, 06:19 PM
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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
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the only reason to leave them on is big bugs hitting my hands at 70 MPH

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post #4 of 7 Old 04-20-2015, 03:32 AM
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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:

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I just installed the Tusk brand handguards & spoilers this weekend... They don't seem too bad!

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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.



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post #7 of 7 Old 04-20-2015, 06:47 AM
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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.
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