Barkbusters Storm Handguard Kit Honda/Kawasaki/Suzuki
Great for NC700XD
I took advantage of the sale and installed these on my NC700XD. I was very happy with the results. Installation is a challenge to remove Honda's bar end weights. You must access and depress the two button tabs during the bar end removal. This takes a second person helping. On the left bar you warm up and roll back the grip. On the throttle side you have to remove the throttle for access. In addition I covered and clamped a vice grip down on each weight and used a hammer to break them free while the tabs were pushed inside the bars. Installation would be MUCH easier if I kept the original Honda bar end weights and purchased longer bolts, but the Honda bolts have a smaller diameter and don't look as strong. There is some time needed to make adjustments to clear the switchgear and equally align the guards. I wish Barkbusters had a better system than 2 small screws embedding into the plastic for removing and installing the wind guard sections for summer/winter.
May 11, 2015
Great fit and finish. Appears to be super durable
I bought the Barkbuster/ Stormshield combo and love it! It took about an hour to install on my Honda NC700X DCT. It was not overly complicated. The few pics in the instructions were enough. My early morning rides are much more pleasant without the wind pounding on my hands. I can wear more comfortable gloves and not freeze my old joints.
May 4, 2015
Installed on my '13 DL-650
I installed these on my '13 DL-650. The install was pretty simple, took me about 20 min. Getting the stock bar-end weights out took the most time.
I just completed a ~1800 mile trip from NJ down to the BRP and back. Luckily I haven't had to test their durability yet but I feel like they would hold up well and protect my controls well. I can say they are great for keeping the wind and rain off your hands.
May 4, 2015
Great Weather Protection
These thing are a total pain in the butt to install, especially on the clutch lever side. That being said, now that they're on, they're fantastic. My hands have never been so comfortable riding! I'm a female rider and generally am the coldest one in the group. The other weekend, we rode through snow flurries and when we got off the bikes, I was still surprisingly comfortable. Several of the guys immediately got off and had to warm up their hands on their exhaust.
I have a CB500x and they fit the bike well. They do hit the windshield a little so it is no longer free to turn lock to lock, but it is only impeded a cm on either side at most. Nothing that will effect that actual riding or steering of the bike.
April 21, 2015
Easy install. Quality product.
Product arrived with all needed parts and was very easy to install. Instructions leave a little to be desired. I purchased these to cut down on wind contact for riding in colder weather. The storms do the trick! Very satisfied with the purchase.
April 20, 2015
Barkbusters Storm - 2014 V Strom 1000 Install - Flawless
This product is everything that is promised with an easy install. The kit comes with everything you need to install as promised by Revzilla and Barkbusters. The fit and finish is flawless. The instructions included are precise, complete and easy to follow. The install took less than an hour and that was primarily due to taking pictures of the install as I progressed.
My only concern is with the plastic mounting hardware for the shields. I wish that Barkbusters had included aluminum inserts to attach the shield to the beautiful aluminum hand guards. We will see how this stands up over time.
The final installed product looks great on the bike and all of the pieces fit as they should to each other. Great job ensuring that all necessary hardware is included in the packaging.
I would recommend this product to anyone interested in additional protection for your hands and controls. The shipment was fast and the product was well protected in the shipping box.
April 15, 2015
I ordered this for my 2014 Suzuki DL650. I was primarily interested in weather protection, but also wanted to spare the controls from damage. I looked at lesser-priced items, but these were mostly "universal fit", and I wanted a kit that was made for my bike to spare me from installation hassles. The parts are heavy, sturdy, and very well made. I think the handlebars would bend before these guards would! Installation took a bit longer than I expected, mostly spent trying to get the various parts fastened together and lined up correctly before tightening. But the directions are good, and the parts go together easily. The handguards look great on my bike, and do a great job at keeping cold air, bugs, and road debris off of my hands.
March 30, 2015
Helps cut the wind on those cold Montana days.
Definitely helped cut the wind on those cold (28'-40'F) days, keeping the hands a bit warmer. Nice to know the added protection of the levers is there should I ever drop the 650 VStrom. Seems to be a stout bar, though I've just seen the HighwayDirtBike- HDB Ultimate handguards and they seem to be much burlier for less money. I would go with those if I were to do it again. But still satisfied with the Barkbusters!
March 23, 2015