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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.


  • 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

Fitment Notes & Exceptions

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

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Barkbusters Blizzard Universal Handguards 4.6 5 15 15
Good Wind Protection I bought these almost two months ago as I knew the colder weather was coming. So far I've been extremely happy and extremely grateful I have them. These combined with the Oxford premium heated grips, makes it possible to keep rocking my summer weight gloves, even into the 40's. Install was a little tricky with the Honda bar end weights that rotate, but I eventually got them installed. Moving the bars lock to lock does not interfere with my stock windscreen (on the high position) of my CB500X. If you're still suffering from cold wind on your hands in the colder months, this is an easy solution to that problem. I like that I'll be able to easily take them off when spring rolls around again as well. Worth every penny, especially when combined with heated grips! November 20, 2015
A must for the naked winter Road Warrior A great investment. No complaints. Held up last winter to daily abuse. Provides coverage and durability that other products lack. Had to take off my bar end mirrors to install but still it's a pretty easy installation process for my Japanese standard. Was able to ride into the 20's comfortably with just winter gloves. No heated gear. November 6, 2015
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
Keeps the wind off my hands They fit great on my 2008 Kawasaki Versys. I have an aftermarket windscreen that's larger than the stock one, but the Blizzards still let me lock my handlebars. Two years ago, I used my oxford hand warmers and winter gloves and my hands froze. Last year, I switched to neoprene gloves. It was a ton better, but the backs of my hands still got really cold. I've had the Blizzards for about two weeks now and I'm extremely glad I bought them. I commute to school and work, so extending the riding season is really helpful. The ride is mostly 30-40mph with some stop and go traffic. I also ride on 295 (about 60mph) for a few miles. I live in Maine, and right now (in October) it's in the mid-50s during the day and it's getting in the 30s at night. With my oxford hand warmers and the Blizzards, I wear my summer gloves during the day. At night, I switch to my neoprene gloves and my hands never get cold. I haven't ridden in rain yet, but the Blizzards have kept my hands dry in mist. If you ride in cold weather, you know that the main problem is wind. If you don't have handguards, you should definitely get them, and the Blizzards won't let you down. October 27, 2015
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
Not the cheapest, but quite good If you can get your mirrors out of the way for these things, they're probably the best winter hand guard out there. I've tried a couple others, and these are easiest to install, completely rigid, and reliable. That said, you have to make sure your mirrors won't interfere, so if you have standard mounted mirrors right next to your controls, or if you have bar-ends, these probably aren't the best idea. If your mirrors are mounted elsewhere, these are perfect. February 23, 2015
Okay, not great fitment, took them off Bought this for one of two bikes. It being a universal fit, it's not guaranteed to work for either, but I was hopeful that at least one would work. If you're thinking about buying this, then don't do it if your mirrors are attached to your handlebars. The product screws in on the handlebar end and ties off around where your brake/clutch reservoir would be, and handlebar mirrors obstruct it. It wouldn't work on my 04 R1150R for this reason. My 08 VFR800 was okay, but with this product installed, when I turn the bars fully it runs into the body of the bike and inhibits full bar lock. I had to muscle the handlebars to lock the steering column. Annoying but liveable. Besides all that, they did their job. They kept my hands a little warmer and, with heated grips, I could ride in very low temperatures comfortably, and that's really the point. They'd be great for long highway trips, and I'll probably reinstall them for that. They only take a few minutes to put on so no big deal there. I wouldn't burn the cash again though. February 16, 2015
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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Thierry P: 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) Nov 23, 2015
Steve P: 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. Oct 19, 2015
Rob S: 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. Oct 5, 2015
Leslie S: 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. May 7, 2015
Mark H: Block the wind and others I ride with use this product. May 4, 2015
Dennis Z: 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. Feb 15, 2015
Chris W: I wanted to try this for my girlfriend's F650GS since she complains of frozen fingers on winter rides.... Jan 25, 2015
William L: These work Jan 1, 2015
Chadwick D: Just trying to do all I can to avoid the complexities of heated gear. Dec 9, 2014
Floyd B: 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...
Nov 29, 2014
S P: Keep the cold wind off my hands this winter Nov 8, 2014
A s: The weather is changing here in NY, I like to wear lighter gloves, these will work great. Sep 17, 2014
John C R: I need a temporary wind guard for the winter months. Sep 15, 2014
A shopper asked: Any idea how these would work with bar end mirrors? Nov 15, 2014
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chris d: 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. Nov 15, 2014
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Barton C. S: I don't have bar end mirrors but I do have extra heavy aftermarket bar ends and these fit on my FJR with no problems at all. You can't see it from either picture but there's a steel-reinforced hole about a half inch in diameter on the outer end of each shroud. Presumably the mirror arms could fit through there. Nov 15, 2014
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William B: I am not sure about bar end mirrors, but on my suzuki v-strom these are one of the greatest cold weather items I have. They go over the top of my stock hand guards and come on and off in less then 3 or 4 minutes. Nov 15, 2014
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Erin H: I'm pretty sure these would work with bar end mirrors. ...you might have to make some small adjustments , but they should work. Kit comes with many options for length, so you can use what fits with yr mirrors. Nov 30, 2014
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Michael P asked: Has anyone tried installing on a Ducati Monster? Feb 19, 2015
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chris d: 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 Feb 22, 2015
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Erin H: I have not, but I'm sure they would fit. There are adjustments you can make, that it will fit your bike. It fits almost every bike. Mar 10, 2015
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A shopper asked: Will these fit on a Versys 2015 1000? Nov 16, 2015
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Karl E: I had mine mounted on a 2008 Versys 650, same grip set up, should work great. Nov 17, 2015
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Mateo R asked: How might these work in comparison to something like Hippo-Hands? Nov 26, 2014
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Jimmy M: 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. Nov 26, 2014
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Jason C asked: Any idea how these work on a bike with bar end mirrors? Nov 15, 2014
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Gustavo Jose C: I had to remove my bar end weights in order to install this one, you probably wouldn't be able to keep both. Nov 30, 2014
Trevor M asked: Hi! Does anyone know if these will fit over existing barkbuster handgards, eg the Storm series handgards? Thanks. Aug 19, 2014
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Michael B: 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. Oct 20, 2014
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A shopper asked: Riding a Versys 2015 1000. Anyone installed these on this bike? Nov 16, 2015
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A shopper asked: Any idea how these work on a bike with bar end mirrors? Nov 15, 2014
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