Are they thin plastic or do they offer protection in a fall as well? (I've only seen photos), and do I have to remove the weights at the ends to install them?
You do have to remove and reinstall the bar ends to install the "knuckle guards". The install goes pretty well, as long as you don't lose the end nut down the handlebar. Don't ask me how I know this.
Now, since all riders have all either gone down, or are about to go down, I will admit that I dropped my K7 Wee a few weeks ago on invisible ball bearing gravel. Evil stuff! My hands are totally unscathed, though the left elbow of my 'Stich Roadcrafter was shredded. No injuries, except to my pride. The guards worked just fine. The left one now has a very abraded hole in it, and the clutch lever is scratched. ATGATT! --Gene
Sorry, Brian, I didn't see your question.The guards are standard equipment on the 1000, optional on the 650.
Thanks for the info Craig.....I knew they didn't come standard on the 650, but wasn't aware that the bar ends were different. Guess that would make a difference huh?Sorry, Brian, I didn't see your question.
Like he said, the handguards are not standard on the 650 so the stock bar ends for the 650 do not have the groove on them for the handguards. The kit contains a grooved spacer and a longer bolt that has to be installed for the "Clip" on the end of the handguard to fit over.
Sounds like they are jacking the price up for some reason. The dealers around here sell everything at list price, and their price for the handguard kit is $49.95. Check This LinkI just checked with the local Suzuki dealer and they want 60 bucks (+tax) for the 650 guards. I'm going to go to a parts house (Zoom Cycles) tomorrow and see if I can find any good alternatives.
Got mine from Temecula Motorsports in CA. $49. Phone ordered, 800 phone number. You're getting "Hosed" by your Stealer!You have to remember that this is California, and the SF Bay Area no less.
Everything's expensive here.
With that online site you have to add shipping and handling, so perhaps the dealer is just trying to absorb that cost in their price.
Brian, here is the difference between the stock and handguard bar ends. The stock end is just the billet part on the right. The handguard kit includes the grooved spacer for the handguards. It also includes some odd-shaped mounting bolts that take the place of the clutch and throttle pibot pins as well as longer bar end bolts.
I'd be interested to know if the 1000 bar ends look like this from the factory.