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post #1 of 18 Old 06-01-2016, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Do you use them? pros vs cons... I've tried two different brands and haven't found a right match for 2013....I Have the oversized Moose Racing windshield and MSR bars... getting frustrated...Help

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I use them, there's no cons I can see....protection is better than the stock guards which are worthless in a fall for both the bars and the controls (and possibly your hands). I've tested that both ways, not much comparison really.

I have the Cycra knock-offs from fleabay, they fit extremely well on my '09, very versatile mounts. The genuine article are great guards too, I've had them on thumpers before too, but the knock-offs are 7/8th's the quality for about 1/5th the price. The aluminum is 3/8", very strong.

I have Rox up/back risers so windshield clearance is no issue, can't speak to that.

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I have the Cycra pro bends now and can not get them to fit, I plan to return them and try Barkbuster storms!

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I just put some on my 2014 DL650.

I've used Barkbusters VPS on my DR650 for several years, and many drops. They work well, save your hands, your levers and your bars.

I just installed the Barkbuster Storms on my VStrom and they went on just fine- a little bit of fiddling around to find the best position and angle for them. The Storms have the same basic hardware as the VPS, just different windguards. I've taken a few long rides now with them and they seem good to me.

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I use Tusk on my 2010 and like the colours

https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...lex-Handguards

Fiddly to mount but much cheaper.
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Do you use them? pros vs cons... I've tried two different brands and haven't found a right match for 2013
https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...rd-Set?v=11082

Mine were on the machine when I bought it in April. There are NO IDENTIFYING marks but apparently they are SUZUKIs own at around $ 111.xx I'm glad they're there but don't know if I'd buy then if they weren't. Driven about 250,000 bike miles with out them, but that was all highway driving.
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Massive difference between the Suzuki guards and the Barkbusters or equivalent.
The Suzuki ones are simply a wind shield with no real strength or impact resistance handy in the rain and cold but other than that purely cosmetic.
Have a look at a bike with a pair of barkbuster style guards and you'll see the difference immediately.
Put a set of second hand ones [BB] on my Strom,not cheap new but after having seen how well made they are,I'd buy a new pair without a blink.
Pretty much a one time purchase unless you have a very!, serious mishap.
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Barkbusters with Storm guards.

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I have the Cycra pro bends now and can not get them to fit, I plan to return them and try Barkbuster storms!


They went on remarkably easy on my Strom, with both aftermarket and my stock bars. Honestly, I've put them on 5-6 bikes and never had to struggle.

What kinda bars you runnin?

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MSR bars, I like having the crossbar to mount accessories on....

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