Barkbusters Storm Handguard Kit Honda/Kawasaki/Suzuki
A picture's worth a thousand (curse) words
The product looks nice and sturdy. I'm sure it will perform just fine. But why, oh why, on a bike specific product couldn't they have included an actual picture of how the mounts are oriented when installed on the bike? I know somebody at Barkbusters has a camera because they clearly show the key-way inside the V-Strom handlebars. So why, when they were done installing a set to make sure they fit, didn't somebody say, "Hey, let's take a few pictures of this and put it in the instructions?"
So attached are a couple of pictures that should have been in the instructions in the first place. I hope this helps somebody.
July 22, 2015
These bad boys are worth it. Solid construction and pretty easy to install. I haven't run them through the ringer yet but they feel solid. This article includes how to install and pics that helped...
June 8, 2015
excellent product, better than the OEM handguards
Don't buy the OEM handguards for your V-Strom. They are more difficult to install and far less likely to protect your hands if something awful should happen. They are just a piece of plastic. The Barkbusters have an aluminum backbone, so they are much sturdier. They were also easier to install.
June 8, 2015
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