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post #1 of 23 Old 08-17-2008, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Suzuki handguards survive a drop?

Anyone drop a V-Strom with OEM handguards and have the guards or more importantly the levers survive? Any better experience with Barkbusters?

I have a set of Suzuki hardguards on back-order at a local dealer and am thinking about switching the order to Barkbuster guards. I ordered the Suzuki handguards for my DL650 primarily for extra wind protection in the winter but also have had cause to replace levers in the past when my wife dropped the bike at intersections. I don't do much off-road riding so far but wlll be hitting a fireroad eventually. Anyone want to give me odds on the levers surviving a low-speed drop with OEM guards? Barkbusters? I realize the Barkbusters will do a better job but want to ask about just how much better? Any real world experiences people can share?

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post #2 of 23 Old 08-17-2008, 10:17 AM
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The OEM Suzuki hand guards are cosmetic only - hitting a large bug can break them.

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I had a slow speed tip-over in a parking lot. The OEM guard survived, but I replaced it because it was badly scuffed.
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Larry,

As I mentioned in another thread, I dropped my bike for the first time yesterday. The end of the bars did make contact with the ground. I am happy to say being 30 miles from home, my Acerbic Enduroguards probably saved my front brake lever.

If the OEM ones worked, great. I just did not see any real protection for levers since they do not appear to have any metal in them when I was in the market for guards.

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I have the dual star atv style guards and can sadly say they survive drops and gravel lowsides with ease and have never broken a lever. If the bike does touch down they flex and smush the levers back into the bar with no breakage. They also offer extensions that protect from the cold. The whole set costs about the same as the oems. I don't like wraparounds on the street because I don't want my hand getting tangled. I believe twisted throttle has pictures.

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Larry,

Like your wife dropped the bike......sure

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Larry,

Like your wife dropped the bike......sure

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The 2006 weestrom started out as my wife's first bike after I bought a 2006 Vulcan cruiser. She dropped the V-Strom twice but became a decent rider after taking the MSF basic rider course. Long story but she gave up riding because of a bad back and I decided I liked the V-strom better than the Vulcan. So now it's my bike. :-D

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Larry,

As I mentioned in another thread, I dropped my bike for the first time yesterday. The end of the bars did make contact with the ground. I am happy to say being 30 miles from home, my Acerbic Enduroguards probably saved my front brake lever.

If the OEM ones worked, great. I just did not see any real protection for levers since they do not appear to have any metal in them when I was in the market for guards.

Jim

Your reply and most of the others confirm my expectation that I am better off spending a bit more on something like the barkbusters if I want the added benefit of protecting the levers. Thanks.

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I had a slow speed tip-over in a parking lot. The OEM guard survived, but I replaced it because it was badly scuffed.
I assume your lever survived as well?

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I got knocked over at 30-40 mph on Rt 95 and the bike slid on its side. The plastic is scratched up but the lever was fine.

Hit sand and went down on the left side at low speed - 10-15 mph or so. There's a crack in it and it's scraped, but still usable and the lever was fine. The harness did get pulled out of the clutch interlock but slides back in.

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