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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
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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 4.8 5 8 8
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
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
Keeps wind off of hands Good product. Comes with all hardware needed unless you have a bike that has mystery bark busters. They will work perfect on everyone else's bike but mine had M12 bolts holding the bark busters on. I like this product. December 29, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
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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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: Any idea how these work on a bike with bar end mirrors? Nov 15, 2014
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