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Barkbusters Blizzard Universal Fit Cold Weather Handguards

Extend your riding season with Blizzard handguards from Barkbusters. These semi-rigid handguards block wind, rain, snow and keep you hands warm and controls dry.

Designed for faired sportbikes, sport tourers and large touring motorcycles. They're also suitable for most street, dual-purpose, adventure tourers, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and ATVs. 

Includes hardware to enable mounting to bar end weights, hollow bars, and existing aluminum backbones.

Features:

  • Self supporting under wind pressure
  • Anti-flap design
  • Leaves controls free of interference
  • Flexes around fairing/windscreen at full steering lock
  • Maximum protection with style
4.6 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.1 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.7 / 5
Fit & Finish
5 / 5
Durability
4.5 / 5

Fitment Notes & Exceptions

This is a universal fit part; it may or may not fit without modification.

Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Grey/Black 970681 BBZ-001-01-BK In Stock: Requires 2-5 business days lead time prior to shipment

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4.6 / 5.0
29 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
4.1 / 5
Features
5.0 / 5
Style
5.0 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.7 / 5
Fit & Finish
5.0 / 5
Durability
4.5 / 5
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Lengthy review but please read
Ready for winter riding - My commute is 133 miles round trip and the morning temps already being in the low 40s. The Barkbuster Blizzard Handguards (I'll refer to them as BBHgs) have kept the cold at bay while wearing non insulated gloves and I arrived at work with no cold fingers. I've also ridden in heavy rain and the majority of my gloves are dryer than without the BBHgs. I expected that some moisture would still get to the hands because it's not a completely closed design, but it's a thousand times better than it was. The BBHgs can be adjusted fairly easily which may redirect some of the rain that got to my hands but I haven't figured out the angle yet that I would like them to be.

I didn't find any interference with the controls during operation of the bike even with heavy winter gloves. There's more than enough room in them for hand movement (I have longer hands). I did have some contact between the windscreen and the BBHgs but that was expected seeing as I have an aftermarket windscreen and risers installed. The pro to this product is they are semi-rigid and have some flex so no damage done! The only con so far is that about half the mirror view is taken up. This doesn't present a safety issue for me just an annoyance. I was already looking to change the mirrors (on my FJR) which will extend the view and potentially not be an issue.

I'd like to have given excellent ratings on performance, finish and durability but couldn't due to only having ridden with the BBHgs for a couple of weeks and have not encountered the harsher winter elements as of yet. I'm hopeful that these 3 categories will not be a disappointment once winter sets in and would love to post another review when spring arrives.
October 17, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
they work great and installation was a breeze
they come with plenty of various spacers and bolts to make sure they fit perfectly, great protection against wind, made my heated grips unnecessary on all but the coldest days

I have an issue with how much accessories like this cost, but for the money I don't think I could have done any better
December 15, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Very happy with this puruchase
Oddly enough, I have the same commute as the previous reviewer (~120 miles, mostly interstate).

I installed the handguards right before my commute this morning, and they performed flawlessly. Temperatures were at about 45 degrees F when I left, and my hands were totally shielded from the wind. My gloves (Held Race-Tex Gore-Tex) are essentially uninsulated, so they would not have held up on their own.

Speeds ranged from 5mph traffic to 80mph on open interstate. The guards held their shape and position perfectly, and I had plenty of room to work the controls.

I also had no issues with fairing clearance. There is a small amount of contact, but only at very close to full lock. The flexibility of the guard made this a total non-issue, and I was even able to lock the bars when I parked.

Now, I only have 60 miles under my belt with these guards, but I have no complaints. I will update the review should I find anything upsetting, but I doubt that will happen.

If you are considering these, just do it.
October 20, 2014
Ride:
1999 Ducati ST2
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Does the job as advertised
Very pleased. Took less than 30 minutes to install and get fitted correctly on a Kawasaki Versys. Have done a few rides in temperatures ranging from 25 F to 40 F and noticed a marked difference. I have heated grips and moderately warm gloves but tops of hands would always get really cold. Preferred these over aluminum hand guards b/c I do mostly street riding/commuting and wanted protection from the weather elements. So far very satisfied.
November 17, 2014
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Does not collapse onto levers at high speeds and takes a beating
I bought these prior to taking a 1,500 mile road trip. I rode in temps ranging from 34 degrees to 78 degrees during the trip. Only wore my winter gloves when the temps were below 40. These kept my hands warm enough to be able to wear my summer gloves - leather mesh - with thin liners underneath. They kept my hands warm and comfortable (more comfortable than my winter riding gloves). The tops of my fingers and my fingertips tend to get painfully cold, but not with these installed. They block all the wind and are waterproof, as well.
They were easy to install. I did need to re-adjust the straps and tighten them once during the trip but they never collapsed onto the levers like other mitts do.
I dropped the Suzuki in a gravel lot (oops) and the Barkbusters Blizzards were unscathed. They are tough, hold up to the rain and wind, and are easy to clean.
I thought they might look dorky but they actually look pretty slick. I received compliments on them from other riders. My mechanic was surprised at how well they work and plans to purchase a set.
They cost twice as much as other mitts and I hated to dish out the $$$ for these. However, I do not regret the purchase! The reviews on all the other ones raised concerns regarding safety. These do not interfere with your ability to use the controls and they held up at highway speeds. They exceeded my expectations.
Also, they come with a ton of spacers and hardware so that they can be installed on almost any style motorcycle or scooter. I have an '06 Suzuki Burgman 400S and didn't need to use any of the spacers or extra hardware (however, I have weighted bar ends and not the OEM ones).
October 28, 2015
Ride:
2006 Suzuki AN400 Burgman
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Great alternative to heated gloves.
Keeps the worst of the icy wind off of your hands. Install was straightforward on my bike. Package comes with all sorts of bits and bobs for different install needs. And when the weather warms up they will be just as easy to uninstall. When I received The parts one of the Velcro inserts was missing. I contacted twistedthrottle.com directly. In three days I had a replacement in my mailbox. Kudos to twistedthrottle.com on their product support!
January 26, 2015
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Finally some great wind protection
I live in Minnesota and am always looking for a way to beat the wind. I installed heated and grips and Acerbis Rally Pro Handguards on my Suzuki DRZ 400, but it just wasn't enough for winter riding. Most of the wind and rain gets around the Acerbis hand guards so I wanted more coverage like on a V-Strom. It didn't look like I could adapt those guards easily, but the bark buster blizzards looked like they had similar coverage. The guards are high quality and come with a lot mounting hardware. I ended up installing them over my existing hand guards since the blizzards don't provide much crash protection. I also mounted them on my BMW LT by running zip ties through the ends of vented grips. The guards made contact with my fairing, but the flexible construction of the Blizzard's made it a non issue. I think the best feature is that they are propped open by an internal wire so it's easy to quickly get your hands back on the controls and they are always visible. A drawback is that you have to cut off the end of your grips on certain models. So far, very satisfied.
January 4, 2015
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Pretty good solution on a CBR300RA
I needed something to help with the cold (and rain), and this model was going to somewhat fit on my 2015 Honda CBR300RA.
Pros:
- they are big and deflect a lot of wind/rain
- ignoring the Honda handlebar weights madness, they are easy to install.
- no collapse at highway speed
- the company replied to my email questions about what to fit. (and discouraged me to buy the Storm model for my bike). So that's really nice.

Cons:
- given the position of my clutch and brake levers, the barkbuster ends up being "tilted down" as the right position. That means that rain does collect into them. I'm worried about what will happen over time, with water pooling there.
- it's grey color (no choices), and IF part of it is reflective, it's very little. i.e. it's pretty bad in term of visibility for both day and night. High-vis color with some 3M retro-reflective bands would have been a great option.

Bike-specific:
Honda likes to have rotating bar-end weights. This is not working with the handlebar, as the handlebar would then rotate. So the bar end weights need to be removed, particularly the part that is inside the handle. That takes a while. I will just say "use your service manual". Once the internal weights are removed, the procedure is the "hollow handlebars" procedure.
- at full handle deflection (full left and full right), the handguard does touch the corner of the windshield fairing. That's not a problem as the "Fabric" is flexible enough, and it's mostly a low-speed situation.

Future updates:
Assuming the water just goes through it without generating mold/rot/decay, these will be great. I'll see if I can update this review in the future (6 months down the line)
October 7, 2015
Purchased
12 months ago
Ride:
2015 Honda CBR300R
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Provides wind deflection on my cruiser
I have a Yamaha Vstar 1300 with stock handle bar. Hooking the deflector to thehandle bar, instead of the bar ends was easy. The other end was easy to hook up, but it doesn't fit well, and some air still gets into the deflector, from the side where the cables are covered by the deflector.
The outcome is pleasing to the eye, of good quality, yet not providing a 100% wind deflection. Perhaps it is the location of the mirrors, size of the brake fluid reservoir, or the shape of a cruiser's handle bar and the angle at which it is installed, that do not provide a 100% wind deflection. I would expect more from a product at this price range.
November 17, 2014
Ride:
2013 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Really does work to keep your hands warm.
Great product for use during the winter months when it's cold outside. Used them in 40 degree temps and honestly you can either use summer exposed finger gloves or nothing at all. Keeps the wind off your fingers (and the bugs) which is really the only thing that gets cold.
February 23, 2016
Ride:
2014 Honda CTX1300
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cold weather riding
anthony a on Aug 5, 2016
Recommended by a fellow rider
Tim N on Jun 2, 2016
cold weather riding
anthony a on Aug 5, 2016
Great for keeping wind off the hands during those winter rides
Thorspapa on Jun 22, 2016
Recommended by a fellow rider
Tim N on Jun 2, 2016
Great option to block wind in winter. Lots of adapters to fit two of my bikes. It takes about 5 minutes to install or remove. Does not require hand guards. Fits my '14 FJR easily.
RobR on May 26, 2016
Definitely a must for winter riding. I combined these with Oxford heated grips and rode all winter through 15-30 degree weather.
GSams13 on May 21, 2016
This thing extended my riding through the entire winter season. If you want to block the extra wind get this item. I was able to ride in temps under 20 degrees F
Dean L on Mar 10, 2016
My fingers are freezing!
Bradley W on Mar 7, 2016
Easy on and off. Can use with heated grips and standard gloves.
Troy B on Dec 27, 2015
I bought a set that O love and I am giving these as a gift
Paul V on Dec 15, 2015
I asked Barkbusters, and these were the only one fitting / recommended for my bike. 15 CBR300RA. Less wind and less rain on the gloves = warmer. (I then added heated gloves and jacket liner)
TerryFrench on Nov 23, 2015
I'd seen the product in Europe on several bikes and they seemed popular. I read the reviews on the product and all were favorable. I plan to ride my bike in the winter and want my hands get cold easily.
Steve P on Oct 19, 2015
Decided to go with these over the Oxford muffs, since a lot of reviews on those said they can collapse onto the controls. Need some sort of rain/wind/weather guard to stretch my riding deeper into the cold months.
sk8nsanta on Oct 5, 2015
These are fantastic addition for winter riding. Not total protection but they sure work in keeping the chill away from your hands on top of your hand guards. LOVE THEM.
Leslie S on May 7, 2015
Block the wind and others I ride with use this product.
Mark H on May 4, 2015
To keep wind and rain off hands, do not want to install heated grips at this time. They appear to install and remove easily, and got favorable reviews, for the exact reasons I want them. I felt the sale price made them a good value.
Dennis Z on Feb 15, 2015
I wanted to try this for my girlfriend's F650GS since she complains of frozen fingers on winter rides....
Chris W on Jan 25, 2015
These work
William L on Jan 1, 2015
Just trying to do all I can to avoid the complexities of heated gear.
Chadwick D on Dec 9, 2014
I ride Year Around...unless just down-right dangerous, such as ice and snow. But ice & snow are RARE here in the Atlanta area.
But even with my newly added Heated Grips my 'control fingers' (clutch and brake) are off-contact with the heated grips... So wind and dampness can still make them rather cold. Adding liners that distribute heat makes my gloves tight and less maneuverable.
So I am looking for protection that can be easily removed in warm weather and Track Days...
Floyd B on Nov 29, 2014
Keep the cold wind off my hands this winter
S P on Nov 8, 2014
The weather is changing here in NY, I like to wear lighter gloves, these will work great.
A s on Sep 17, 2014
I need a temporary wind guard for the winter months.
John C R on Sep 15, 2014
Great for keeping wind off the hands during those winter rides
Thorspapa on Jun 22, 2016
Great option to block wind in winter. Lots of adapters to fit two of my bikes. It takes about 5 minutes to install or remove. Does not require hand guards. Fits my '14 FJR easily.
RobR on May 26, 2016
Any idea how these would work with bar end mirrors?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You need a small hole on the end to pass a bolt through the same as bar end weight. I have gilles variobars which are solid aluminum, so I drilled and tapped them to accept the included bolt. I think it was 5/16 ths. They do work great at blocking wind and are soft enough that you can still lock your bars. Good luck.
Will these fit a 2014 BMW K1600GTL?
A shopper on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Im not sure about that. Its possible. If it them onto my 2005 Yamaha FZ5, and they work great. I've had then on since October and still have them on. They have allowed me to ride a lot more thus season.
You just need to be able to slide then into the end of the handlebars. And they do come with different fit sizes.
Has anyone tried installing on a Ducati Monster?
Michael P on Feb 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I installed these on a 1997 vfr. They should Definetly install easily on a naked bike.they make a huge difference with wind and even some rain
How might these work in comparison to something like Hippo-Hands?
Mateo R on Nov 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Not sure about the Hippo hands, but I just installed these over my regular Barkbusters on my 14 R1200GS. The fit up well, and provide great protection from wind and rain. I would recommend these to other rider wanting environmental protection.
Are these compatible with throttlemeister bar-ends?
David L on Jul 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've used them with kaoko cruise control with no problems, so they should work with the throttle meister.
Will these fit on a Versys 2015 1000?
A shopper on Nov 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I had mine mounted on a 2008 Versys 650, same grip set up, should work great.
Any idea how these work on a bike with bar end mirrors?
Jason C on Nov 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I had to remove my bar end weights in order to install this one, you probably wouldn't be able to keep both.
Hi! Does anyone know if these will fit over existing barkbuster handgards, eg the Storm series handgards? Thanks.
Trevor M on Aug 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The paperwork states that they will fit over the aluminum backbone of existing barkbusters, but does not say anything about the full guards. Given the size and shape of these, I would be surprised if they fit.
Riding a Versys 2015 1000. Anyone installed these on this bike?
A shopper on Nov 16, 2015
Any idea how these work on a bike with bar end mirrors?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2014