Barkbusters VPS Handguard Kit Honda/Kawasaki/Suzuki
Would have been Great on stock bars
Bought these to go on some aftermarket inexpensive "Raptor Bend" (if I remember right) aluminum bars that I had purchased after bending the stock bars and chewing up the left-side hand guard and bar end in a little slider I took on the bike.
I chose the Barkbusters for the following reasons:
--apparently intelligent and adjustable mounting hardware,
--interchangeable plastics that mount to metal "bark buster" hand guard pieces.
The interchangeable plastics made sense to me, as I ride in varying climates. When I am commuting to and from work in the mountains where I live, morning temps are in the high 30's and low 40's, so even with grip heaters, I'll take all the wind block I can get (the Storm model was out of stock, so went with these). But when I go on a tour, it tends to be to warmer climes, so, more airflow on my hands is nice. Interchangeable or removable air deflectors seemed to just the thing for this.
The mounting kit showed up and I was stoked to see that it included bar end weights that work with hand guards--way cool. Mounting to aftermarket bars, I found that I had to get creative to get them on the non stock bar bend. Also, I had to order the correct sized bar end mount, but Revzilla had what I needed in stock and got it to me quickly. Anyway, with some fiddling, Iwas able to get it all mounted up. My bike is rattlecan bedliner black and I am going to paint the grips the same way (I'm not sponsored by Barkbuster, so why advertise for them when paying full retail?), but otherwise I am ready to ride.
So yes, I would recomend these, but maybe do more research than I did so that if you buy model-specific hand guards to mount to aftermarket bars, you will have an easier time with the install than I did. Gave them 5 stars, as the mounting challenges were due to my lack of planning, and while I don't mind paying more for the quality stuff (and would buy these again), there are less expensive options out there.
June 22, 2015
Perfect fit, really does what it is suppose to do.
Easy to install, real world protection with good looks. a great product, what more is there to say. Time to ride.
May 12, 2015
The best handguards for the money. The install on my Honda NC750X was a lite tricky but went well and look great. When putting them on the NC750X don't try to remove the handle bar weight as per the instructions. Use the existing bolt. I have no dought the Barkbusters will save my leavers in a drop.
May 11, 2015
Durable and good looking
I bought these primarily to deal with harsh weather riding, they have worked outstandingly. The install wasn't too bad, took about 30-45 minutes. Overall, I would definitely recommend the Barkbusters VPS.
February 18, 2015
Great product, install documented
The quality is great and they look really cool. I had some issues installing them even after quite a bit of research on forums. The handlebar weights need to be removed and after I figured it out the install went pretty smooth.
Handlebar weight removal video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjmyQBiEHac&index=2&list=UU9R_DxpQzXzn8Y5qxzqiS9w
Step by Step Install video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd2OJLDkO70&list=UU9R_DxpQzXzn8Y5qxzqiS9w
February 14, 2015
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