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Barkbusters Blizzard Universal Fit Cold Weather Handguards

Extend your riding season with Blizzard handguards from Barkbusters. These semi-rigid handguards block wind, rain, snow and keep you hands warm and controls dry.

Designed for faired sportbikes, sport tourers and large touring motorcycles. They're also suitable for most street, dual-purpose, adventure tourers, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and ATVs. 

Includes hardware to enable mounting to bar end weights, hollow bars, and existing aluminum backbones.

Features:

  • Self supporting under wind pressure
  • Anti-flap design
  • Leaves controls free of interference
  • Flexes around fairing/windscreen at full steering lock
  • Maximum protection with style
4.5 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
4.2 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.7 / 5
Fit & Finish
4.8 / 5
Durability
4.5 / 5

Fitment Notes & Exceptions

This is a universal fit part; it may or may not fit without modification.

Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Grey/Black 970681 BBZ-001-01-BK In Stock: Ships within 24 hours

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4.5 / 5.0
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Bang For The Buck
4.0 / 5
Features
4.2 / 5
Style
4.0 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.7 / 5
Fit & Finish
4.8 / 5
Durability
4.5 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
they work great and installation was a breeze
they come with plenty of various spacers and bolts to make sure they fit perfectly, great protection against wind, made my heated grips unnecessary on all but the coldest days

I have an issue with how much accessories like this cost, but for the money I don't think I could have done any better
December 15, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Very happy with this puruchase
Oddly enough, I have the same commute as the previous reviewer (~120 miles, mostly interstate).

I installed the handguards right before my commute this morning, and they performed flawlessly. Temperatures were at about 45 degrees F when I left, and my hands were totally shielded from the wind. My gloves (Held Race-Tex Gore-Tex) are essentially uninsulated, so they would not have held up on their own.

Speeds ranged from 5mph traffic to 80mph on open interstate. The guards held their shape and position perfectly, and I had plenty of room to work the controls.

I also had no issues with fairing clearance. There is a small amount of contact, but only at very close to full lock. The flexibility of the guard made this a total non-issue, and I was even able to lock the bars when I parked.

Now, I only have 60 miles under my belt with these guards, but I have no complaints. I will update the review should I find anything upsetting, but I doubt that will happen.

If you are considering these, just do it.
October 20, 2014
Ride:
1999 Ducati ST2
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Does the job as advertised
Very pleased. Took less than 30 minutes to install and get fitted correctly on a Kawasaki Versys. Have done a few rides in temperatures ranging from 25 F to 40 F and noticed a marked difference. I have heated grips and moderately warm gloves but tops of hands would always get really cold. Preferred these over aluminum hand guards b/c I do mostly street riding/commuting and wanted protection from the weather elements. So far very satisfied.
November 17, 2014
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Does not collapse onto levers at high speeds and takes a beating
I bought these prior to taking a 1,500 mile road trip. I rode in temps ranging from 34 degrees to 78 degrees during the trip. Only wore my winter gloves when the temps were below 40. These kept my hands warm enough to be able to wear my summer gloves - leather mesh - with thin liners underneath. They kept my hands warm and comfortable (more comfortable than my winter riding gloves). The tops of my fingers and my fingertips tend to get painfully cold, but not with these installed. They block all the wind and are waterproof, as well.
They were easy to install. I did need to re-adjust the straps and tighten them once during the trip but they never collapsed onto the levers like other mitts do.
I dropped the Suzuki in a gravel lot (oops) and the Barkbusters Blizzards were unscathed. They are tough, hold up to the rain and wind, and are easy to clean.
I thought they might look dorky but they actually look pretty slick. I received compliments on them from other riders. My mechanic was surprised at how well they work and plans to purchase a set.
They cost twice as much as other mitts and I hated to dish out the $$$ for these. However, I do not regret the purchase! The reviews on all the other ones raised concerns regarding safety. These do not interfere with your ability to use the controls and they held up at highway speeds. They exceeded my expectations.
Also, they come with a ton of spacers and hardware so that they can be installed on almost any style motorcycle or scooter. I have an '06 Suzuki Burgman 400S and didn't need to use any of the spacers or extra hardware (however, I have weighted bar ends and not the OEM ones).
October 28, 2015
Ride:
2006 Suzuki AN400 Burgman
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Lengthy review but please read
Ready for winter riding - My commute is 133 miles round trip and the morning temps already being in the low 40s. The Barkbuster Blizzard Handguards (I'll refer to them as BBHgs) have kept the cold at bay while wearing non insulated gloves and I arrived at work with no cold fingers. I've also ridden in heavy rain and the majority of my gloves are dryer than without the BBHgs. I expected that some moisture would still get to the hands because it's not a completely closed design, but it's a thousand times better than it was. The BBHgs can be adjusted fairly easily which may redirect some of the rain that got to my hands but I haven't figured out the angle yet that I would like them to be.

I didn't find any interference with the controls during operation of the bike even with heavy winter gloves. There's more than enough room in them for hand movement (I have longer hands). I did have some contact between the windscreen and the BBHgs but that was expected seeing as I have an aftermarket windscreen and risers installed. The pro to this product is they are semi-rigid and have some flex so no damage done! The only con so far is that about half the mirror view is taken up. This doesn't present a safety issue for me just an annoyance. I was already looking to change the mirrors (on my FJR) which will extend the view and potentially not be an issue.

I'd like to have given excellent ratings on performance, finish and durability but couldn't due to only having ridden with the BBHgs for a couple of weeks and have not encountered the harsher winter elements as of yet. I'm hopeful that these 3 categories will not be a disappointment once winter sets in and would love to post another review when spring arrives.
October 17, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Pretty good solution on a CBR300RA
I needed something to help with the cold (and rain), and this model was going to somewhat fit on my 2015 Honda CBR300RA.
Pros:
- they are big and deflect a lot of wind/rain
- ignoring the Honda handlebar weights madness, they are easy to install.
- no collapse at highway speed
- the company replied to my email questions about what to fit. (and discouraged me to buy the Storm model for my bike). So that's really nice.

Cons:
- given the position of my clutch and brake levers, the barkbuster ends up being "tilted down" as the right position. That means that rain does collect into them. I'm worried about what will happen over time, with water pooling there.
- it's grey color (no choices), and IF part of it is reflective, it's very little. i.e. it's pretty bad in term of visibility for both day and night. High-vis color with some 3M retro-reflective bands would have been a great option.

Bike-specific:
Honda likes to have rotating bar-end weights. This is not working with the handlebar, as the handlebar would then rotate. So the bar end weights need to be removed, particularly the part that is inside the handle. That takes a while. I will just say "use your service manual". Once the internal weights are removed, the procedure is the "hollow handlebars" procedure.
- at full handle deflection (full left and full right), the handguard does touch the corner of the windshield fairing. That's not a problem as the "Fabric" is flexible enough, and it's mostly a low-speed situation.

Future updates:
Assuming the water just goes through it without generating mold/rot/decay, these will be great. I'll see if I can update this review in the future (6 months down the line)
October 7, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2015 Honda CBR300R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Great alternative to heated gloves.
Keeps the worst of the icy wind off of your hands. Install was straightforward on my bike. Package comes with all sorts of bits and bobs for different install needs. And when the weather warms up they will be just as easy to uninstall. When I received The parts one of the Velcro inserts was missing. I contacted twistedthrottle.com directly. In three days I had a replacement in my mailbox. Kudos to twistedthrottle.com on their product support!
January 26, 2015
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
4 / 5
Finally some great wind protection
I live in Minnesota and am always looking for a way to beat the wind. I installed heated and grips and Acerbis Rally Pro Handguards on my Suzuki DRZ 400, but it just wasn't enough for winter riding. Most of the wind and rain gets around the Acerbis hand guards so I wanted more coverage like on a V-Strom. It didn't look like I could adapt those guards easily, but the bark buster blizzards looked like they had similar coverage. The guards are high quality and come with a lot mounting hardware. I ended up installing them over my existing hand guards since the blizzards don't provide much crash protection. I also mounted them on my BMW LT by running zip ties through the ends of vented grips. The guards made contact with my fairing, but the flexible construction of the Blizzard's made it a non issue. I think the best feature is that they are propped open by an internal wire so it's easy to quickly get your hands back on the controls and they are always visible. A drawback is that you have to cut off the end of your grips on certain models. So far, very satisfied.
January 4, 2015
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Fit & Finish
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Great cold weather product
This is one of my favorite products on my bike I ride a 2011 v-strom the barkbusters covers go right over the factory hand guards. And take about 2 minutes each to take on or off and cover the hole hand. With heated grips it's good to at least 33*F
December 15, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Provides wind deflection on my cruiser
I have a Yamaha Vstar 1300 with stock handle bar. Hooking the deflector to thehandle bar, instead of the bar ends was easy. The other end was easy to hook up, but it doesn't fit well, and some air still gets into the deflector, from the side where the cables are covered by the deflector.
The outcome is pleasing to the eye, of good quality, yet not providing a 100% wind deflection. Perhaps it is the location of the mirrors, size of the brake fluid reservoir, or the shape of a cruiser's handle bar and the angle at which it is installed, that do not provide a 100% wind deflection. I would expect more from a product at this price range.
November 17, 2014
Ride:
2013 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere
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