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post #1 of 12 Old 06-24-2015, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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I just learned what the big metal knob is for.....

At the end of the handle bars. Bike fell over, broke the clutch lever and minor scratches. I need a good used clutch lever, see my WTB post in the maketplace!!
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-25-2015, 08:27 AM
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Two words....Hand Guards.

They are really nice when it is cold out too. Keeps the wind out of the knuckles
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-25-2015, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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It has factory handguards, it did not break the hand guard though, thank God!

I do love the hand guards when it is raining too.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-25-2015, 06:34 PM
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The stock "elephant ears" are merely wind deflectors, not hand guards, as it seems your experience proves.

Only metal-based hand guards, fastening to the bar ends and the bar itself, can protect levers and hands effectively, IMHO.
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Images of Tusk hand guards and spoiler:

Metal skeleton:



Plastic cover:



Spoiler:



The spoilers are about $ 12 a pair, IIRC; affordable replacements in the case of road rash.

If you want to go full-up low-budget KLRista style, buy the metal skeletons alone, and fasten your stock elephant ears to them with machine screws fastened to the existing threaded holes. You get to keep the wind protection of the factory scheme, and . . . doesn't look bad, either!
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-25-2015, 07:55 PM
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The stock "elephant ears" are merely wind deflectors, not hand guards, as it seems your experience proves.

Only metal-based hand guards, fastening to the bar ends and the bar itself, can protect levers and hands effectively, IMHO.
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Images of Tusk hand guards and spoiler:

Metal skeleton:



Plastic cover:



Spoiler:



The spoilers are about $ 12 a pair, IIRC; affordable replacements in the case of road rash.

If you want to go full-up low-budget KLRista style, buy the metal skeletons alone, and fasten your stock elephant ears to them with machine screws fastened to the existing threaded holes. You get to keep the wind protection of the factory scheme, and . . . doesn't look bad, either!
Does ant one have pix's of that setup?



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Ah-so! I have seen those before, but it's been a long time. Looks like if I plan on letting the bike fall off of the kick stand on a regular basis, I need a pair.
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The Tusk handguards are great and fit the KLR, at least early model, very well. Just installed a set for my brother and then he went and dropped the bike 3 times on a recent trip. They work.

In regard to the clutch lever, a MotionPro Lever runs around $12. A used one will likely be in the same condition as what you already have. Get a new one.

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post #8 of 12 Old 06-26-2015, 06:57 AM
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And get those D-flex handguards that Damocles mentioned. The D-flex have that knuckle at the handlebar clamp.

I got Moose and they're great but I had to bend them to allow them to rotate into position. I.e. I had to force an adjustment that the D-flex knuckle does easily.

The good part is I can drop my bike in snow, mud, or rocks and the clutch and brake levers don't break. Not a guarantee, but I used to carry spares but stopped.
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-26-2015, 08:04 AM
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I have the moose racing skeleton bars and guards (see pic)...PO installed them and then subsequently tested the left one by dropping the bike on that side in gravel.

There are only a few scrapes and the skeleton bar held its original shape even in a drop that was enough to bend the handle bar slightly.

That in itself is enough proof for me to keep them on the bike, and also enought for me to start shopping for a set for my son's TTR 125.
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Does ant one have pix's of that setup?



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Give me some time and I'll try to find a pic of mine - I've got that same setup.

In the interim, you can search YouTube for acidman1968 and find the video of acidman1968 & ravenlocke13 - I think you'll see glimpses of the setup in the video.

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