Originally Posted by browneye
For reals?? You can remove those funky skinny bolt inserts and then install expanding plugs like normal bars?
That's how I would want to do it.
I really should do something. Sooner or later I'm gonna drop the thing and it will probably break a lever when I'm in BFE.
I thought those inserts looked fairly sturdy. I just did not like the small bolt. Its only purpose on the Roadie being to hold that bar end cap thingy on. I did stick a pair of needle nose pliers in the bar end and try to unscrew the stock insert. Couldn't get it to move. But the leverage I could get with pliers was minimal. I think they are plenty strong enough to hold the handguards if you drop the bike. I know mine are on there solid. If I crash hard enough to knock one of those handguards off then the broken handguard will probably be the least of my worries.
I still want to see someone remove them though. Just out of curiosity how they work.