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Old 07-25-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
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Question 990 Stock Handguards

Just got a new to me 2012 990R.

Just how tough are the stock handguards on the 990's?

Can they take a low speed crash in sand and save the levers from being bent or destroyed?

The Barkbusters on my KLR saved my levers a few times in low speed sand wipeouts while in Baja.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:14 PM   #2
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Nope

They are made of plastic only - my clutch lever bent like a pretzel - get metal ones - Cyras work well and fit well too.

http://www.ktmtwins.com/cycra-handguards

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Old 07-25-2014, 01:20 PM   #3
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They are made of plastic only

http://www.ktmtwins.com/cycra-handguards

MZ
I noticed that, was curious how tough, guess not very.

Now what colour to order
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:31 PM   #4
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I've crashed all three of my 950's repeatedly on those plastic handguards and never touched a lever. They're pretty tough.
The trick is to leave the lever perches loose enough to move if they take a hit.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:18 PM   #5
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. They're pretty tough.
They do look like fairly heavy duty plastic.


Anybody have some after dump pics of the guards and levers?
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Old 07-26-2014, 04:59 AM   #6
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I've never had an issue with both of my previous 950's or my current 990... Hand guards always held up with just a few scrapes on them. Levers never broke... Now my old KLR 'a or XR's. Different story...
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:20 AM   #7
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Hand guards

Not very!Mine cracked "0"mph drop,saved lever though,maybe one use??
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Not very!Mine cracked "0"mph drop,saved lever though,maybe one use??
Did you upgrade and to what?
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Thumb handguards/handlebar guards

Another advantage of really beefy handguards, is that they might prevent you from breaking your handlebar in the event of an unlucky crash. The stronger the guard, the better protection for the levers, and the handlebar itself.

The Cycras on my 300 pound DRZ400 have been seriously abused by my poor dirt riding skills and have taken all the abuse instead of the bars or controls. Luckily, I have ninja like skills for dismounting at speed and landing without injury, or maybe just good boots and armor. No bent or broken levers or bars, yet.

I decided that my 990 weighed too much for the Cycras to keep me from breaking the handlebars during one of my typically stupid attempts to take a sample from granite boulders with my KTM, so I got the HDB guards. They are to Cycras, what Cycras are to the stock "guards". Well, not really, but almost. Truly excellent design and fabrication. I highly recommend the Highway Dirt Bike guards.
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the stock ones won't do much protecting. I dont really know why you would need pics to prove that. Go look at them. They're not particularly strong.

I have moose racing bark busters, but really anything with a metal reinforcement should do the trick.
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[QUOTE=gearheadE30;24711171]the stock ones won't do much protecting. I dont really know why you would need pics to prove that. Go look at them. They're not particularly strong.
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Oh I figured that out.
I was just curious if people had taken pics of the aftermath of a nap.
Oh, I've looked at mine and will be upgrading. I like the idea of brake and clutch reservoir protection also, not just for the levers.
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I'm not trying to talk you out of upgrading, but I've high-sided mine hard enough to get me a punctured lung, but nothing but scratches on the hand guard.
If you haven't already though, get the perch to remount the mirror off the brake reservoir - that will most certainly break and if it cracks the reservoir
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