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I’ve wanted to add a set of handguards on the the AL2 for awhile, but the price of the Barkbusters ($155) kept me from pulling the trigger. I didn’t want to go with the stock Suzuki guards because they don’t provide enough protection and aren’t cheap, either (about $75).

I came across the Trackside aluminum handguard kit on sale at CycleGear yesterday - pretty stout looking and on sale for $44.95.

Did some searches on the forum and a thread that showed an installation on an older Wee and also found this YouTube vid with a review of them installed on a 2011 Trackside Aluminum Hand Guards on Suzuki DL650A - YouTube. I couldn’t find anything on the fitiment for an AL2, but with these reviews and the price point, I decided to give them a try and share the install with you guys.
Here is a picture of the handguard hardware (one side).


I put the guard end over the bar end slider – the brake/clutch levers would not have cleared the guards otherwise. You just loosen and pull out the bar end slider, remove the compression nut and slide the screw out, place the guard over the top of the bar end slider, insert screw and then lightly tighten compression nut. The screw is plenty long enough and you use all of the original bar end hardware. Here is a picture of the order in which the hardware goes on with the guard.


Since these are universal fit, some parts require some clearancing (grinding and filing) to make them work. The first clearance issue was between the front swivel mount of the guard and the dash – they just barely came into contact at full lock.


I removed the swivel piece and ground about 1/8 inch off the face and that took care of the issue. This was the only issue on the clutch side beyond a little adjustment to the clutch lever mount to make things line up – nice and easy.


The same could not be said for the throttle side. I had to do a lot of clearancing on the swivel piece the bottom handlebar mount bracket because of the brake line and brake banjo bolt.








I am very happy with the end result. It took about 1.5 hours but it was worth it for the savings and quality of the guards. Here is the final set up.






Last picture - I promise.
 

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Thanx for the write up and pics. They look fine and at a very reasonable price as well. BTW i like your bags, who makes them?
 

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Thanx for the write up and pics. They look fine and at a very reasonable price as well. BTW i like your bags, who makes them?
I bought a pair of used Nelson Rigg CL-850's off of a fellow Trooper a few months back. The tank bag is a Joe Rocket Manta.
 

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Do these bags require side mounting frames?
No, they hang over the seat and affix to the passenger peg mounts with straps. They do require a bag support on the left side. I went with the Dan Vessel - here is a link to a thread that gives more info on this product: http://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-2012/72337-dan-vesel-soft-luggage-guards-2012-v-strom.html

The exhaust heat shield supports the right side of bag, but the soft rubberized pad that goes between the bag and shield quickly curves from the heat of the exhaust and touches the pipe in short order. I fabricated a sheet metal piece and pop riveted it to the pad so if could not curl and that took care of the problem.
 

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Most excellent "documentary write-up"...........well done, great pics to explain. I have not looked at my Barkbusters lately and might have the same problem: if you do take a spill, and the handguards/brackets swivel, will it be enough to destroy the gauges (left side), or brake system (right side)????? Like I said, I have not looked at my own set-up.........I might have the same problems (or worse!).
 

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I have not looked at my Barkbusters lately and might have the same problem: if you do take a spill, and the handguards/brackets swivel, will it be enough to destroy the gauges (left side), or brake system (right side)????? Like I said, I have looked at my own set-up.........I might have the same problems (or worse!).
The guages should be ok, but your point about possible damage the brake system (banjo bolt and/or brake line) is a very good one. I would be curious to see a pic of the Barkbusters on the brake side to see if they have a similar issue or if they are mounted in a way that avoids the problem and could be copied with the Tracksides.
 

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Another satisfied Trackside handguard installer

Installed a set of Trackside Handguards on my 2012 yesterday, same issues you had but used a set of Rox risers to eliminate the contact with the dash. Thanks for the great pictures and walk thru, it helped doing mine!:thumbup:
 

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if you do take a spill, and the handguards/brackets swivel, will it be enough to destroy the gauges (left side), or brake system (right side)????? Like I said, I have not looked at my own set-up.........I might have the same problems (or worse!).
I'm curious what people think about this. Is the benefit of the guards (hand protection, possible protection of levers and other components if guards don't swivel) worth the risk of damaging the barrel nut or brake line if the bike takes a spill and the guards do swivel?

Has anyone with a similar installation of Barkbusters or Trackside (or other) ever hit the throttle side guard and taken out their brake line?
 

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I would be curious to see a pic of the Barkbusters on the brake side to see if they have a similar issue or if they are mounted in a way that avoids the problem and could be copied with the Tracksides.
This is what mine look like. I dropped the bike in the garage on this side and the bracket/mount did not budge, although the bar bent pretty well.



I think the most common type of fall (tipping over on it's side) is going to push the mount away from the brake MC. If you whack it hard enough to push it upwards into the MC then you're going to have a lot more serious problems to worry about than a broken brake line...I wouldn't worry about it.
 

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I installed a set of these trackside guards on my L2 also, but I had replaced my bars first.
The pullback on the stock bars cause my wrists to hurt...
 

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Great write-up. I had already gouged the plastic cowling and busted my knuckles trying to get the correct Trackside fit on my 08 wee, then finally I checked stromtrooper. It never occurred to me I could shorten the mounting posts by grinding them down a bit. Absolutely solved the fit problem I was having. Now I'm just hoping I can solve the bike dropping problem I'm having when I take my poor wee off road! Totally destroyed both turn signals, one OEM hand guard, one side case and a clutch lever in a single afternoon of off-road, snow packed folly.
 

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I dropped the bike in the garage on this side and the bracket/mount did not budge, although the bar bent pretty well.

I think the most common type of fall (tipping over on it's side) is going to push the mount away from the brake MC. If you whack it hard enough to push it upwards into the MC then you're going to have a lot more serious problems to worry about than a broken brake line...I wouldn't worry about it.
Thanks for posting the picture. The Barkbusters have a bit more clearance, but still close to the MC. I think you have it right...I'm just gonna ride and stop worrying about it.
 

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Cycle gear has these for $20 on sale today!! I got some today! Can't wait to get them!

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Cycle gear has these for $20 on sale today!! I got some today! Can't wait to get them!

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The ones for $20 are brush-guards, not the handguards that can be had on sale for $45.
 

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Ah.. Touché... Well all I really needed was wind deflectors anyways. . these should do the trick.

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Well I got my Trackside Brushguards and got them installed. They are a tight fit, and i had to do some adjusting. Thought I'd share my pics

Trackside Brushguards


I had to move the controls on the right side VERY slightly


I was worried it was going to pinch the cable going into the throttle...but it "looks" ok....


Made it fit (Right side)



I love how the labels come off VERY easily


At first I'd hoped that I could just move over the Heaterz controller and it would work



But 1) it was too far away from my hand, and 2) it hit the windscreen at full lock

It looks better here and is even


The Left side



They look good


Potential use of the stickers....I'll see if it grows on me




One note, even though I did some adjusting, they still do "touch" the windscreen at both full locks...but JUST barely...so i'm happy.

Tomorrow morning it'll be about 36F...we'll see if I like the wind protection.
 
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