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Old 03-07-2014, 09:26 AM   #1
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Touratech Vs BMW Hand Guards

I am considering changing out my (selling) BMW handguards (F800GS-2013) and adopting a set of Touratech guards.

Anyone have suggestions on the Toruatech guards...aside from being only plastic, no metal bracing...but I like this better for re-use after minor impacts...the bars on BMW guards will bend from a minor impact.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:32 AM   #2
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Have you consider Highway Dirt Bike ??
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:40 AM   #3
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I have the Toura Tech plastic guards.
WITH the add-on 'wind deflectors'
the work pretty well enough.
dropped the bike a few times, 3rd time broke the right side plastic, right at the mounting bolt.
TouraTech actually sent me a replacement....... free
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:41 AM   #4
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I have touratech... and I have had lots of drops and crashes... They work fine, no issues
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:04 AM   #5
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I've not had any problems with my OEM guards bending, but the plastics get scuffed up. Just replaced the BMW plastics with Wunderlich.
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:01 PM   #6
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i have touratech... And i have had lots of drops and crashes... They work fine, no issues
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:24 PM   #7
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I had the touratech ones with wind guards as well. Right side snapped in half after a drop. Replaced with highway dirt bikes. I wish I had bought the hdb in the beginning. They don't make plastic crash bars so why are plastic handguards acceptable....
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:29 PM   #8
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you should consider barkbusters too, those things are rock solid
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:31 PM   #9
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It's very tough, thick plastic. In a fall - they just flex/deflect to absorb the energy, and have always been OK. Protects the levers and provides wind protection.

I have had Barkbusters before, and they bend. Sometimes so bad you can't get them back true, even after a conversation with a vise & large hammer.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:05 PM   #10
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They don't make plastic crash bars so why are plastic handguards acceptable....
because plastic handguards absorb the energy of the fall and don't bend like metal crash bars which can even cause your handlebar to bend. The thing that is supposed to protect your hands is called gloves not hanguards. Handguards are made to protect from branches and absorb forces of impact; having the side benefit of protecting from weather.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:16 PM   #11
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Barkbusters..with the storm plastic
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:41 PM   #12
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Hand guards are like oil and tires. TTs are better than the OEM guards, my personal preference is the BB Storms, but lust after the HDBs.

Can we talk about oil?
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:41 PM   #13
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because plastic handguards absorb the energy of the fall and don't bend like metal crash bars which can even cause your handlebar to bend. The thing that is supposed to protect your hands is called gloves not hanguards. Handguards are made to protect from branches and absorb forces of impact; having the side benefit of protecting from weather.
Well mine broke clean in half. Complete waste of money. As for gloves, maybe your huge manly blue collar sandwich smashers will be fine after a 400lb motorcycle crash off road, but for me I'd rather have metal protecting my delicate piano pushers. But thank you for the 'bro science' lesson.....
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:55 PM   #14
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I used the Barkbusters for all of about 1 week, then ended up tossing them for the HDB's.

Sooooo much nicer/better/more sexy and i'm sure they'd serve you a beer if given the chance.
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:14 AM   #15
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Whats up with the oem hand guards ?
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