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post #1 of 8 Old 10-21-2013, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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My experience riding with Barkbusters

I recently installed Barkbusters on my 2012 VStrom 650. When I ordered them I opted for the VPS plastics ( the white on white just looks too good, but I went ahead and bought Storm plastics as well, thinking that they would provide better coverage in the colder temps.

Well, I haven't ridden in any really cold temps yet ( it doesn't get really cold in Georgia ). My last ride started at 42F and I had the VPS guards on, so I installed the little black wind deflector that comes with the VPS plastic guards. I installed them in the highest position, to give the most coverage. I started with the ride with my W&S Carbon heated gloves ( I never turned the heat on ). I didn't realize how well the deflectors were working until the temps rose the 60F and I put on my summer gloves ( Klim Adventure gloves ). These gloves flow a lot of air, but with the deflectors in the highest position, I didn't get any airflow at all on my hands. Needless to say, I am impressed....

I can't wait to see how the Storm guards do when it gets colder.

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i'm definitely intrested to hear how they are in the cold weather. I use tourmaster heated gloves and the heating element in the thumb might as well be non-existant. Not enough insulation in the thumb do do any good either, so while the rest of my hand stays warm, I feel my thumb might get frostbite in cold weather.

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I went ahead and skipped the VPS plastic and mounted the Storms recently. I've been in 89 degree to 40 degree weather and they are fine. I don't think they block wind any better than my Moose Large plastics that I used on my last two bikes.

I still feel swirling air around my hands from the bike's turbulence, but there is no direct cold blast of air. I think they are just right for year round use. The Barkbusters are the best hand guards I've seen or used though, good hardware, easy installation, actually fits with no issues. I only had to bump the clutch perch (Vee) in slightly so the lever ball hits the plastic "rest" point.

I like the integrated weights between the back bone and the grips. Thats a nice touch absent on other brands. So far, I haven't plugged in my Tourmaster gloves, but I find mine to work well with good coverage. On the FJR the gloves did great at 19 degrees and 12 degrees on the DR650. If my thumb stayed cold I would send them back for a replacement! The biggest help is using a heat troller set up, I need to add dual controls to the Vee some day. On the DR650 I just plugged the jacket and the gloves together which wasn't well matched at all, the gloves need more power than the jacket liner. When its really cold I run the gloves wide open and the jacket liner about half way.
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i'm definitely intrested to hear how they are in the cold weather. I use tourmaster heated gloves and the heating element in the thumb might as well be non-existant. Not enough insulation in the thumb do do any good either, so while the rest of my hand stays warm, I feel my thumb might get frostbite in cold weather.
Do you wear silk glove liners? That might help some. Silk is pretty good about retaining body heat. If that doesn't do the trick them it might be time for heated glove upgrade. I love my W&S heated carbon gloves. I believe this is the glove that I have, Ultimate Sport Men's Heated Gloves - Warm & Safe Heated Gear, LLC. I've had them for a couple of years now. I really like how they are not as bulky as a full on winter glove.

I'll report back once I've had a change to ride in colder temps ( <40F ).

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I use the W&S dual remote wireless heat troller. It's mounted near the triple tree.



It works great and the best part is that I only have one wire between me and the bike. Highly recommended.

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I went with the tour tech atv hand guards, heated grips and $20 Chinese bar mitts. No need for more than 1 pair of gloves as my hands stay toasty down below freezing.
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may try some silk liners. other than the thumbs, the gloves are good. changing brands would be expensive, since these plug into my TM jacket. the thumb issue seems to be a wide spread complaint ont this brand. You would think the manufacturer would take notice.

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If you do decide to upgrade at some point, the W&S gloves would most likely use the same power connector from your TM jacket.

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