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post #1 of 8 Old 05-31-2010, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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PowerMadd hand guards

Just installed PowerMadd hand guards, intent is for them to be "hand fairings" in my rainy climate, not really as brush guards. Went on easily on my K8A Wee. I like that they can be used in three configurations, depending on how much wind protection you want. One can run them with just the porous windguard, with the basic windguard, or with the extra tall windguard. Total cost, shipped, was about $80.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-31-2010, 01:03 PM
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Did you get the star series with the hand wrap bracket? Any issues making them fit? Did you ask them about the gantlets fitting on a motorbike (strom)? I'm thinking if the gantlets fit they would cover the real cold days. Do you think they provide as much wind protection as the OEM's? Thanks in advance for any info you can provide, I was looking at Barkbusters with Storm guards. Sorry for all the questions, but one last one, wee or vee.

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I've got a set of the star series on my DL650 w/ the hand wrap brackets. No problems getting them installed. They do have to be set a bit lower than I 1st tried due to the 'wrap' bar hitting the brake lever. Clutch side might do the same w/ the stock lever; I don't know since I have a Pazzo clutch leveer.

They don't block as much wind as the stock hand guards. They do help though. And they do help shed some rain. The stock guard blocked too much air in the summer for me. removing the cover on the powermadd guards helps a lot when the heat goes up.

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Thanks for the info scoprire. They look like a good product. I don't suppose you would have a pic so I can see how they sit "a bit lower".

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Just ignore the red specs on mine. I actually got the used from ebay, but they were red. A little bed liner later, and they looked much better. Said I was going to test them before buying new ones, but decided I liked the bedliner, so haven't done anything about replacing them yet.





bike is sitting on the side stand w/ the bars locked.

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Thanks for the pic scoprire, I'm going to have to give them a serious look now. Were you able to use the OEM bar ends? It looks like if you just cut the ball off the end of the brake lever you could move the guard up higher. The ball is just there to stop the lever from stabbing you in an accident, and that should be looked after by the wrap bar.

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Yeah, those are the oem bar ends. The powermadd guards are just held on w/ a screw, I figured there was no harm in having the bar end on as long as it was held tight against the PM hand wrap bar.

I believe that I'm using the entire oem barend assembly, minus the stepped washer that hits the oem hanguard.

The mount point at the inside end of the guard is just a clamp on mirror mount. Be careful w/ them, they are AL, and it's pretty easy to strip the mounting screws.

Just by looking at the construction, I'd say some of the Acerbis guards are stronger if that's what you're looking for. I like being able to remove the panel on the guard and let the airflow. I really need to get the bigger panel before winter and see if it helps. Hmmm... about 6 months till winter. Plenty of time to forget about it. :mrgreen:

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I really need to get the bigger panel before winter and see if it helps. Hmmm... about 6 months till winter. Plenty of time to forget about it. :mrgreen:
I see on the power madd site that they sell "hippo hands" http://www.powermadd.com/products/Ha...untletATV.html to cover the whole guard and your hands 1/2 way up to your elbows. I have used these and they are so good you can wear summer gloves at 30*f. I'm not sure if these will fit over our controls. You would have to ask them I guess.

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