I just wanted to do a little, and quick, write up about the installation of the barkbusters on the Tusk handlebars. I could not find any of this information when I was purchasing the stuff and I wanted to share what I have learned to help out other potential buyers.
When I bought the handlebars, I thought the original bar ends would fit back in, they did not. I tried to shave some of the rubber off and it would not fit right (the tusk ID is much smaller than stock handlebars).
I said screw it and ordered the barkbuster storms. The bar end inners that came with the storms did not fight. Still to small, was kind of expecting it, so I bought fuel line tubbing and I got it to work. But you could tell while looking between the barkbuster and the handlebar that it was not seated properly nor could I get it tightened properly.
I went online and saw that Tusk sells bar end inners, they come shipped with rubber tubing on the outside of the 'clamp' piece that you need to take off to fit in the tusk bars. The tubing would make it fit properly in the stock bars.
I needed a longer bolt to fit with the barkbusters and I ended up with a 4" number 8 (metric) bolt from home depot. Works fine, looks ok.
Now, if you order, or already have the barkbusters, you know they come with all the pieces needed for more than just the vstrom. There is are large cylinder as well as a smaller cylinder (which you use with the vstrom). There are also 4 washers. When installing the barkbusters on the tusk handlebars with the tusk bar ends, do not use the cylinders that the direction says, the spine will not be in the correct position to bolt on to the clamp on the other end. Use 2 washers, instead of the cylinder, on each side and everything fits perfectly. I was fed up with tusk until I ordered the bar end inners and now everything fits like a charm.
These are the links of the products use:
Tusk T-10 Aluminum 7/8" Handlebar | Dual Sport | Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
(atv sport bend)
Tusk D-Flex Bar-End Clamp Handlebar Inserts | Dirt Bike | Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
d-flex bar-end clamp (with the outer lip, that stops the rubber and sits on the outside of the handlebars, that plus 2 washers that are supplied with the barkbusters, make it fit like a charm)
Barkbusters Storm Handguards for Honda CB500X '13-'14, NC700X, NC700X DCT, Varadero, Crosstourer, Suzuki DL650 V-Strom '04-'14, DL1000 V-Strom & Kawasaki Versys 1000 '12-'14 - TwistedThrottle.com
Hope someone finds this useful