Barkbusters Storm Handguard Kit Honda/Kawasaki/Suzuki
Heavy Duty hand protection, great quality and finishing.
January 26, 2015
First of all let me say this is my first time reviewing a product on Revzilla. That being said I am very impressed with the handguards. My friend and I are going on a 6,000 mile 6 week motorcycle trip around the country this summer. I wanted handguards that were able to provide drop or crash protection as well as keep the wind and bugs off my hands. These handguards do just that. They are designed well and fit my bike (2013 Honda nc700x) well. The only recommendation I would make would be to have 2 people to install the handguards. It's a little tricky to try and get them level and secure with just one person. Besides that I really like handguards and would highly recommend them.
January 19, 2015
Not bad product, very poor directions
The product itself seems fairly robust. The included directions are pretty abysmal. Took 3 attempts to figure everything out correctly. Removing them at a later date might be difficult.
December 26, 2014
Easy to install on Suzuki '14 DL650
It can be challenging to find metal-reinforced, wrap-around hand guards (you know, actual hand guards, not windshields for your hands) that easily mate to the V-Strom's somewhat wonky bars. I was able to install these before work, with numb fingers, in about twenty minutes with nothing but the DL650's stock, rather minimalist, tool kit. Great wind protection, haven't hit tree limbs or taken a fall yet but they seem very robust. I'm certain my handlebar would yield before these Barkbusters would. I really appreciate the replacement bar-end weights that come with, since the stock ones have to be removed. Great product.
November 30, 2014
Works great to break the wind. Hands are a lot less frozen when I get home in the cold now.
November 24, 2014
Guards are sufficiently strong and the covers are well finished.
Instructions are correct in that it is recommended a technician be used for install. I took me a little over an hour to install. Wouldn't take 30 minutes if I had to do it again.
Instructions were poor on how to get the brackets to line up so I had to try several combinations to get a secure fit. Also, had to readjust guards to a lower position than instructions gave because in tight turns they contact bottom sides of my windshield. Product does keep wind off hands.
November 10, 2014
Well thought out product
These things are nice, and at their price point are a no brainer. There is usually a hang-up at some point with any install, but these went on pretty easily with no tricks. I have not dropped the bike yet, but they seem very sturdy and also keep the wind and bugs off my knuckles.
October 27, 2014
Nice product, instructions could be better
Bought these for an NC700X. On the up side, they are very well made and the fit and finish is very good. The handlebar mounting mechanism (bar mounting piece) is pretty clever and it fits the bike well after a little work.
I tried installing them two different ways, one using their bar end weights and then the OEM weights. I decided to stick with the OEM weights and attach the guards without removing the OEM set-up. Using their set-up caused a fair amount of vibration in the handgrips. I would have preferred if barkbuster had just provided me with a longer bar end screw and let me install it on the existing OEM set-up instead of trying to create their own mediocre system.
However, that complaint aside, once they're on, it looks nice and should do the trick in the winter.
September 12, 2014