Barkbusters Storm Handguard Kit Honda/Kawasaki/Suzuki
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
Fairly easy to install. Sting and we'll made.
Providence good protection.
August 11, 2014
Exactly what i wanted/needed
installation was easy on my 2012 v-strom, we will see how they hold up. looks like a rugged product
July 7, 2014
I put these on my 2012 vstrom and I had a heck of a time getting them to fit. It all finally worked out fine but following the directions didn't help. I ended up flipping them around and they finally went on and I had to swing the handlebars a little bit to keep the bar from hitting the dash. Only 3 screws hold each of the plastics onto the bar which surprised me. There is a mounting point for another set of screws that the vstrom version doesn't use for some reason. I was replacing the OEM right hand guard that broke easily on a drive way drop so these should do better.
June 11, 2014