Barkbusters VPS Handguard Kit Honda/Kawasaki/Suzuki
Looks Great and Practical
Did a lot of reading on line about the guards and paid close attention to people's installation stories. Tricks on how to remove the internal Weight Bars from within the handlebars, loosening the the right side parts to move the throttle grip to expose the pins that needed to be pressed in to remove the OEM weight bars etc. After doing my homework, I ordered it from RevZilla and installed it without any problems. Doing it on my own saved me $80 an hour for labor quoted by the service shop. Looks great and both protects the levers and keeps the wind and cold off my hands. Highly recommended.
January 2, 2015
Expensive but Practical
I installed these handguards on my NC700x the other day and the installation was a bit tricky. The instruction manual was a abstract about the removal of the original bar ends. The price is a bit high, but they are sturdy and do the job with wind protection. One thing to notice though, if you are in a cold climate area, get the storm guards. They offer better winter weather protection. Overall, I am very pleased with the product.
November 26, 2014
good product, could have better instructions
Installed these Saturday. Left side went on no problems, right side was a little tougher. Wound up with the end nut rolling around loose inside the handlebars (arg!) and couldn't get the expansion sleeve out to be able to retrieve the lost nut. After a few choice words and a lot of unsuccessful attempts to get it out, I used a hole tap to bite into it enough to wiggle it out. After that, re-installation went smoothly. Was my fault, really, but still detracted from the experience. The resulting, installed product seems very substantial, and I expect they will be very protective in the event I drop the bike.
September 8, 2014
Just in time!
Bought these as drop protection more than anything else. I have a 2012 v-strom 650 adventure which I occasionally like to take on mild trails. Well, 2 days after installing these my wife, who doesn't ride, was sitting on the bike "trying things out"... Needless to say, she accidentally let out the clutch a bit too much, panicked, and dumped the bike. Between my Givi crash bars and these hand guards, the bake fared better than either me or my wife (I tried to catch her and the bike--I don't recommend this!) The Barkbusters caught the bring of the fall, sustaining only a few mild scratches to the plastic, which are barely noticeable. Cheap insurance!
They also do a decent job of wind protection, but I might install the extended guards when winter comes. Install was also relatively painless. The toughest part was getting the old bar end weights out. Highly recommended.
July 16, 2014
Pricy, but great.
I had a tough time deciding to order these, mainly because of the cost. You can find other hand guards for less, but in the end these offer greater protection if you drop the bike. They feel really solid and well built and they fit the cb500x perfectly. Glad I bought them, despite the cost.
June 3, 2014
More sturdy than OEM
I am happy with the quality and fit of the guards. They are more expensive than others, but I like the full metal guard (unlike OEM) and having the ability to swap the plastics out.
I installed these on a 2014 Vstrom 1000.
May 29, 2014
easy fits works great
I put these on an '03 Bandit 1200. The clutch master got in the way alittle, but they fit straight and look awesome.
May 5, 2014
This is a great addition for adventure riders or anyone who has heated grips.
I was in the market for something to add wind deflection and bug deflection. The Barkbusters VPS hand guards when coupled with my heated grips allowed me to keep my hands warm and extend my riding season. The hand guards also have a support bar built into the construction that helps prevent your controls from breaking if you do have to lay down your bike. Installation was simple and only took me about a half hour to complete. The hand guards come with an extender that screw into the top of the main hand guard shell and adds additional wind deflection. This set is great for the rider who wants to keep most of the wind of their hands and add a layer of protection. Overall I am very happy with this set and would recommend it to anyone who plans on long distance rides or adventure style riding.
February 24, 2014