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Old 02-20-2014, 04:47 PM   #1
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KLR hand guards?

Ok, so im almost done upgrading this damn thing.

Id like to get a set of handguards that will actually guard my hands, but Id like them to be about the same size as the stock ones. Mainly for wind and rain protection.

All the ones Ive seen are the little ones, or you have to buy shields separate. Id really like something without a huge logo on it too.

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Old 02-20-2014, 05:12 PM   #2
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Everyone is going to say barkbusters. So let me be the first...barkbusters.

There are some other recommended brands but these always seem to take the lead on opinions. I swallowed the price and put them on my KLR a few weeks ago. The work exactly as advertised.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:15 PM   #3
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i've got the Moose Racing guards, i like them a lot!
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:21 PM   #4
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Maier Woods Pro... you wont need heated grips with these.

Link to pic.. following page has a detail pic of the mount. I got them from Arrowhead Motorsports

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...8#post15623148
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:26 PM   #5
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Ha! 3 post 3 different guards. I am apparently being proven wrong on my previous statement.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:40 PM   #6
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Id like to get a set of handguards that will actually guard my hands, but Id like them to be about the same size as the stock ones. Mainly for wind and rain protection.

All the ones Ive seen are the little ones, or you have to buy shields separate. Id really like something without a huge logo on it too.
Doubt you'll find anything like the OEM "elephant ears" in terms of square-inch coverage, Rev. An alternative approach: Buy some bare-bones metal handguards (e.g., Tusk handguards, without any plastic http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...num-Handguards ); then, drill some holes in your OEM Kawasaki elephant ears and fasten them to the metal handguards with machine screws (the handguards are already drilled and tapped). I've seen it done; doesn't look bad, if you dig those elephant ears!
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:43 PM   #7
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Doubt you'll find anything like the OEM "elephant ears" in terms of square-inch coverage, Rev. An alternative approach: Buy some bare-bones metal handguards (e.g., Tusk handguards, without any plastic); then, drill some holes in your OEM Kawasaki elephant ears and fasten them to the metal handguards with machine screws (the handguards are already drilled and tapped). I've seen it done; doesn't look bad, if you dig those elephant ears!
Yep! I have seen a couple DR650 guys do that. Go with the tusks and give it a try. If not tusk (aka RMATV) sells a few different types of sheilds.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:53 AM   #8
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Maier Woods Pro... you wont need heated grips with these.

Link to pic.. following page has a detail pic of the mount. I got them from Arrowhead Motorsports

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...8#post15623148
https://www.maier-mfg.com/catalog/de...pro-handguards

https://www.maier-mfg.com/catalog/de...dguard-add-ons

Helps if you provide links to the products you are talking about

I personally will be fitting the above to my KLR sometime in the future. Getting tired of the flimsy stock handguards.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:00 PM   #9
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I have used these since vaporizing a couple of sets of Acerbis.
They are inexpensive and indestructible.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:04 PM   #10
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+1

These things are BURLY. You'll destroy your bars several times over before these things even notice you hit something. I liked the wind protection of the stock flappers, and made them fit the maiers. IIRC it took a little encouragement from a heat gun or torch. I made a little reinforcement for the front of the stock guards w a scrap of steel, but fender washers would likely work fine. The combo of OEM and Maier looks a little cobbed, but I'm more of a function over fashion guy.

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Old 02-21-2014, 12:39 PM   #11
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Maier Woods Pro... you wont need heated grips with these.

Link to pic.. following page has a detail pic of the mount. I got them from Arrowhead Motorsports

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...8#post15623148
I pick up a set of these off ebay for 30 bucks used. i picked them over others because they looked like buckets that would keep your hands warm.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:45 PM   #12
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There's no KLR in your profile so I can't tell what gen you have. I also don't know if Gen 1 bars are different from Gen 2 bars.

I have a Gen 1 with stock bars. I put Moose Racing guards and extra-large shields on. Great protection. I had to bend the guards to let them rotate up into position. The Moose inner mount (by the handlebar clamps) pivots only in 1 plane. They're pretty tough bars and I whanged on them pretty good to get them to fit. Next time I'll look for a bar with an inner mount that pivots in 2 planes.
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Old 02-21-2014, 02:41 PM   #13
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Doubt you'll find anything like the OEM "elephant ears" in terms of square-inch coverage, Rev. An alternative approach: Buy some bare-bones metal handguards (e.g., Tusk handguards, without any plastic http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...num-Handguards ); then, drill some holes in your OEM Kawasaki elephant ears and fasten them to the metal handguards with machine screws (the handguards are already drilled and tapped). I've seen it done; doesn't look bad, if you dig those elephant ears!

This will allow you to eventually upgrade, if you choose to the full kit n caboodle hand guard set up. I now have the hand guards with the spoilers.

Great for winter ridding with the spoilers, can tak off the big cups for just the plastic guards, or down to just the metal guards in summer.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:54 PM   #14
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I've got these without the stickers. I like them because they are composite. They flex and don't bend if they take a shot.

http://store.cycraracing.com/coprreshb.html

I had these. And had to shit can them when the bike fell over in the driveway. It landed right on the outside bend and deformed the aluminum so bad it got back into the lever.

http://store.cycraracing.com/alprbarpab.html
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:33 PM   #15
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https://www.maier-mfg.com/catalog/de...pro-handguards

https://www.maier-mfg.com/catalog/de...dguard-add-ons

Helps if you provide links to the products you are talking about

I personally will be fitting the above to my KLR sometime in the future. Getting tired of the flimsy stock handguards.

Yeah sorry, should have included that... and checked back in. Yes, they are probably the strongest guards I have ever used with the possible exception of SRC (Summers Racing Components.. Scott Summers). I do have them on shortened Pro-Tapers... steel bars do not stand a chance with these. I did have to change the bend just a bit and I redrilled the mounting holes.. I'm VERY particular about control setup, this may not have been TOTALLY necessary... but it's very clean. (I ALWAYS change the bend and re-drill the holes though.)

The plastic is much bigger than you would expect.. Good wind and rain protection.
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