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post #1 of 12 Old 11-30-2013, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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clutch/brake lever protection advice

I'm interested in providing clutch/brake lever protection for my '11 Wee and wanted some advice.
I'm looking at Barkbuster Storms. They're 144. +shipping. I already have oem hand guards for cold weather wind protection. Do the Storms offer significantly more?
Would SV Racing's frame sliders offer the same lever protection at less than half the price? Besides the price, I'm thinking the frame sliders would provide additional general bike protection - unless they snagged on something in a slide and caused a flip over. https://www.stromtrooper.com/sv-racin...50-dl1000.html
My main concern however is an accidental tip over in a remote area….
I currently have crash bars and Caribou cases, so I've got decent general bike protection.

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Frame sliders do NOT protect levers or guards or turn signals they do a nice job in helping picker back up

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On the bark busters I have had good luck but NO direct experience on stroms
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You should put Teflon plumbers tape under where your clutch and front brake leavers mount onto your handle bars.

This will alow your leavers to be tight for normal use but if you hit the deck they will slip and move.

This will not only save your leavers but can save the master cylinder and mirrors too, I have seen the mirrors brake the mounting point off and destroy a clutch perch and spoil a good ride.

I use Bark busters on all my bikes and have the storms on my strom but have never used the OME hand gaurds.

I put my WR450F down the road at 110kph, it flipped a few times and ended up on it's handle bars (I have never seen it before), because of the Bark Busters and the teflon tape I only needed to zip tie the headlight back on and I was able to ride home.

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Spare levers are a lot cheaper than guards. Check the Chinese ones on fleaBay. Good levers, great price.

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Spare levers are a lot cheaper than guards. Check the Chinese ones on fleaBay. Good levers, great price.
can you buy replacement fingers there as well? sorry, this is just bad advice. proper handguards, not the crap suzuki gives us, do WAY more than protect levers and perches. remember, fingers go in the same place.

thankfully i've not gone down on the V, but i have many, many times on my DR and my handguards truly saved my fingers practically every time.

my worthless advice is spend the money on the protective gear.

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I like my Cycra guards, fit well on ATV High bars.


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I use the same guards on the Vee and have been very happy with it.

One advise is to leave the levers not very tight on the bar. If the bike goes down the guard will protect you plus the lever will move out of the way instead of breaking.

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Get the Barkbusters with the Storm plastic

The BB's are very tough. Mine were virtually unaffected by a 75-foot slide down the highway when I hit a deer while going about 45 mph -- only the plastic was ground down, and not even all the way through. Also they mount up perfectly if you get the ones for the DLK.

As noted, the advice to save your money for replacement levers was misguided. I carry spare levers with me at all times, but it's possible to break more than just the lever itself in a fall or wreck if the entire area isn't protected, and that happens when you're out in the boondocks, good luck.

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Not dropping your bike helps allot as well.

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Hey, thanks for the tip on teflon tape and leaving the levers loose enough to twist, guys! I love FREE solutions.
And I should be getting my Storms any day to mount up. Wish it weren't going to be in the teens later this week. No heat in the garage.


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