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Barkbusters- "VPS" or "Storm" ?

I've been reading this forum for a loooong time, but just recently (finally!) acquired a 2012 V-Strom 650. So, new member but lurking for a while.

I'm going to be getting a set of Barkbusters, and there are two models available, the "VPS", and the "Storm". For those of you who have tried them, which model did you choose/prefer, and why? I'm leaning toward the VPS myself, with an eye toward heated grips at a later time. On my previous bike I had a set of Oxford Heaterz, which did a great job but the back of my fingers still got cold. I figured just a bit of wind protection would keep my hands nice and toasty. What are the opinions?
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i have barkbusters storm with oxford heated grips kaoko throttle lock/cruise and bar end weights. they all look and work very well together. check out this link to another thread on here where i posted a youtube video of my bike.

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"Storm" is closer to "Strom" than "VPS" is. Easy choice.
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"Storm" is closer to "Strom" than "VPS" is. Easy choice.
Ha, yea just a slip of the dyslexic fingers away! Well I know the Storms provide more coverage, but I'm not sure how much wind protection I need. Riding in temps into the low 30's, without handguards but with heated grips, it was still bearable during my 20 mile commute. That's why I was kind of leaning toward the VPS. For either model though, another primary interest is for a little bit of crash protection. I'll have a set of Givi E-21's mounted on the sides, and I have an Altrider crash bar on the way. I figured that would be the minimum requirement to protect the bike in a tip-over. But I guess the Storms would give a little more coverage if you got stuck in the rain, too, which is more likely.
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Nicely done Jay. I like the Admore LED bar under the license plate. Right now I have a Givi E370 mounted that can take an Admore set, but I'm not sure I want to undertake that wiring; the accessory lightbar seems more straightforward to install and would be permanent.

The Storms look good. I was thinking of the bar end weights as well, with either one. Pricy little bits of metal, aren't they? !
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Thx. The bar end weights for bark busters are $50 at twisted throttle. I am lucky enough that I live 20min from them. I have ridden with the bark busters in te rain they did a decent job. My hands didn't get pelted but got wet they have the crash bar built into the hand guards too. I got the admore because the coocase lighting is weak but givi is better. Good luck. When u finish post pics.

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I've been reading this forum for a loooong time, but just recently (finally!) acquired a 2012 V-Strom 650.

I'm going to be getting a set of Barkbusters, and there are two models available, the "VPS", and the "Storm". For those of you who have tried them, which model did you choose/prefer, and why? I'm leaning toward the VPS myself, with an eye toward heated grips at a later time. On my previous bike I had a set of Oxford Heaterz, which did a great job but the back of my fingers still got cold. I figured just a bit of wind protection would keep my hands nice and toasty. What are the opinions?
Congrats on the new steed!!

I got the "storm" plastics. I could not imagine wanting less. My hands never get hot. They block the wind well w/o looking over bearing. They don't have large embedded graphics (only small stickers that are easily removed). The storms seem like they will work best with bar mitts. You won't need heated grips w/storms & cheap bar mitts and can save you power for a vest ect... Two pieces of the VPS seemed kinda kludgey , just something else to lose. Finally, if I want more airflow, I can simply remove the plastics all together leaving just the bar guards, full flow or max protection.

The plastics are cheap, you could order both & decide which you like.

ps-- acccording to BarkBuster the BHG44-NP fit the 2012 better than the BHG31-NP.

I think the storms look great:

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Peruvian Andes (3 months)
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I think your whole bike looks great!
Cool, well Storms sound like the winners. Next stop, Twisted Throttle!
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I've got the BB's with the VPS plastics. They do a good job of keeping the wind of your hands, although I haven't tried them yet in cold weather.

I plan on getting the Storms plastics for winter and wish I had gotten them to begin with.

If you don't mind the bulkier look of the Storms, I'd go with them. But the VPS are fine too and do a god job of blocking the wind.

You can't go wrong with either one....

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I have the VPS too. Mostly for protecting my levers, and vanity dictated these over the Storms for me - sleeker and available in white.

I rode some mountain passes yesterday in the low 40s. With Oxford heated grips they did a fine job keeping the weather out as well.

Don't think you can go wrong either way.

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