Barkbusters Blizzard Universal Handguards
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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