Barkbusters Blizzard Universal Handguards
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
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