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Old 01-17-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Bent Brake Lever Protection?

Dumped the xt250 and bent up the brake lever. Beside protecting your hands do the (I don't know what to call them, I'm such a noob.....) "things" that go across the front of your grips keep your clutch and brake lever from getting curly-cued in a dump?
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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If you want protection for the levers, and your hands, you should look up handguards. They (normally) mount to the bars and in the end of the handlebars to give you protection from trees, etc.

Try searching for rocky mountain or motorcycle superstore for examples.

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:29 PM   #3
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If you want protection for the levers, and your hands, you should look up handguards. They (normally) mount to the bars and in the end of the handlebars to give you protection from trees, etc.

Try searching for rocky mountain or motorcycle superstore for examples.

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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How about the G2 Competition Ergonomic hand guards?
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:57 AM   #5
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Barkbusters would be the term you are looking for. You can get them as just the metal bar or with a plastic shield.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:09 AM   #6
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I recommend the Tusk aluminum handguards here:

Tusk-D-Flex-Handguards

I also recommend a "Brake Snake" for your foot brake and even your shift lever.

Tusk-Brake-Shifter-Lever-Saver
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:42 AM   #7
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Thanks all

How does the Tusk brake/lever saver work? I kept looking for pics, but could only find pics of the product, not installed.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:38 AM   #8
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How does the Tusk brake/lever saver work? I kept looking for pics, but could only find pics of the product, not installed.
The brake snake attaches to your shifter/brake *foot* levers. You attach an end to the end of the foot levers (drill a hole if needed), the other end will go somewhere on the engine or engine guards. These prevent sticks and plants from jamming inbetween the foot levers and the engine case. Getting stuff caught in there can cause bent/broken levers.

Guards attach to the end of the handlebar, often replacing the bar weight. The other end of the guard attaches to the inboard part of the handlbar.

I have Cycra guards on my bike, other brands are Acerbis, Barkbusters, Tusk etc...

There are plastic variants as well as aluminum ones. The aluminum guards will have a plastic roost deflector attached to them.

Keep in mind, every bike is slightly different in terms of handlebar, brake/clutch lever size, etc... This means that not all guards will fit every bike without fitment issues. You'll often have to do adjustments to get them to fit.

Best bet is to find someone with the exact bike w/ handlebar, controls and use whatever guards they are using. Then you'll know they'll fit (more or less)
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:18 PM   #9
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That's good advice to find somebody with the same bike. Thanks for the rundown on how the lever savers work.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:50 AM   #10
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Do you have a Cycle Gear nearby? I'm thinking I read the Tusk and Trackside guards were similar:

http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...rds/web1009960

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:03 AM   #11
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"barkbusters" is a specific brand but is the generic term for what you want, "handguard" could just be plastic ones that arent up to the job, and could be just the flappy elephant ear windshields.

whatever brand, go for a good metal 'barkbuster' and put a windshield 'handguard' on top for wind protection. you will see exactly what we mean when you start looking at different brands. acerbis even do some with built in indicator/winker signal things whatever you call them over there
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:10 AM   #12
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You also should look at "highway dirt bikes" Paul is a great guy with really good stuff.
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