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Barkbusters VPS Handguard Kit Honda / Kawasaki / Suzuki

Item: P262186

Add strength to your bars while protect your mitts from wind and debris with a set of VPS handguards. Read More

$141.80

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Barkbusters VPS Handguard Kit Honda / Kawasaki / Suzuki

Barkbusters VPS (Variable Protection System) Handguards are versatile full-wrap handguards that blend tough obstacle protection with moderate weather coverage. Specifically designed for bikes with long brake and clutch levers, including most street and adventure-touring bikes, the VPS guards feature an adjustable height wind deflector.

Barkbusters handguards were first manufactured in 1984 and now have over 28 years of motorcycle industry experience and riding enthusiasm. That history means Barkbusters has what it takes to produce the finest handguards available on the market today. Barkbusters integrates a hardened aluminum backbone with a stylish, replaceable plastic guard to create a truly functional handguard. No more busted levers or knuckles! In the unlikely event that you break a part of the handguard, every piece is replaceable.

Features:

  • Hardened aluminum, full-wrap backbones with two-point mounting hardware
  • Appropriate for street, adventure and trail riding
  • Variable Height Wind Deflector is included to provide extra wind protection
  • Includes all mounting hardware
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Fitment Notes & Exceptions
  • Honda CB500X requires adjustment of OEM control to avoid contact with OEM windscreen and fairings
This Product Fits
Honda
CB500X 2013, 2014, 2015
Crosstourer 2012
NC700X 2012-2017
NC700X DCT ABS 2012-2017
Varadero XL1000VA 2008, 2009, 2010
Kawasaki
Versys 1000 2012, 2013, 2014
Suzuki
V-Strom 1000 2002-2018
V-Strom 1000XT 2018
V-Strom 650 2004-2017
V-Strom 650XT 2015, 2016, 2017
This item is also available for 80 different bikes. View All Models
BMW
F650GS 2000-2007
F650GS 2008-2012
F650GS ABS 2000-2007
F650GS ABS 2008-2012
F650GS Dakar 2000-2007
F650GS Dakar ABS 2000-2007
F700GS 2017-2018
F700GS 2013-2016
F800GS 2008-2012
F800GS 2017-2018
F800GS 2013-2016
F800GS Adventure 2017-2018
F800GS Adventure 2013-2016
G650GS 2009-2010
G650GS 2011-2015
G650GS Sertao 2012-2014
G650 Xchallenge 2007-2009
G650 Xcountry 2007-2009
G650 Xmoto 2007-2009
R1100GS 1993-2006
R1100GS ABS 1993-2004
R1100GS SE 1993-2004
R1150GS 1998-2006
R1150GS Adventure 1999-2006
R1200GS 2008-2012
R1200GS 2013-2018
R1200GS Adventure 2008-2013
R1200GS Adventure 2014-2018
R1200GS HP2 2007-2009
R1200R 2015-2018
R nineT Scrambler 2016-2018
R nineT Urban G/S 2018
S1000XR 2015-2018
Ducati
Scrambler Classic 2015-2018
Scrambler Desert Sled 2017-2018
Scrambler Flat Track Pro 2016-2017
Scrambler Full Throttle 2015-2018
Scrambler Icon 2015-2018
Scrambler Street Classic 2018
Scrambler Urban Enduro 2015-2017
Honda
Africa Twin Adventure Sports 2018
Africa Twin CRF1000L 2016-2018
CB500F 2013-2018
CB500X 2016-2018
CB650F 2018
CBR650F 2014-2018
Transalp XL600V 1989-1999
Transalp XL650V 2000-2007
Husqvarna
TR650 Strada 2013-2014
TR650 Terra 2013-2014
KTM
1090 Adventure R 2017-2018
1190 Adventure 2013-2016
1190 Adventure R 2013-2016
1290 Super Adventure 2015-2016
1290 Super Adventure T 2017
1290 Super Duke R 2014-2018
390 Duke 2013-2017
Kawasaki
Versys 650 2007-2018
Moto Guzzi
Stelvio 1200 2008-2014
Suzuki
SFV650 Gladius 2009-2015
Triumph
Tiger 800 2010-2014
Tiger 800 XC 2010-2016
Tiger 800 XCa 2015-2017
Tiger 800 XCx 2015-2017
Tiger 800 XR 2015-2017
Tiger 800 XRt 2016-2017
Tiger 800 XRx 2015-2017
Tiger Explorer 2012-2015
Tiger Explorer XC 2012-2015
Tiger Explorer XCa 2016-2017
Tiger Explorer XCx 2016-2017
Tiger Explorer XR 2016-2017
Tiger Explorer XRt 2016-2017
Tiger Explorer XRx 2016-2017
Yamaha
FJ-09 2015-2017
FZ-09 2014-2017
MT-09 2018
Super Tenere XT1200Z 2011-2013
Super Tenere XT1200Z 2014-2018
XSR900 2016-2018

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4.7 / 5.0
18 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
4.4 / 5
Ease Of Install
3.8 / 5
Durability
5.0 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Tough and effective. They're good looking too!
These were purchased more to protect the bike from my inexperience than anything else, and they have performed brilliantly.

The guards have already absorbed the damage from a low speed fall, leaving the bars and controls unscathed.

Use care installing the plastic guards to the aluminum frames, as they mount using sheet metal screws tightened into pre-drilled holes.

The instructions made it clear which screws, washers, and weights to use on which bikes, but were not very clear on how to configure the adjustable mounting hardware in relation to the handle bar. I found the best fit by trial and error.

Road debris, insects, light rain; none of it overcomes the VPS system. I am thoroughly impressed with how well these hand guards perform.

If you're installing them on a Honda NC700, be ready for a fight to get the OE bar end weights off. Otherwise, it's a straightforward install.
August 4, 2015
Ride:
2015 Honda NC700X
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
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
Ride:
2008 Honda VT750DC Shadow Spirit
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Great product
It takes a few attempts to figure out exactly which piece angles which direction and so forth, but once that was determined they bolted right up. There was no need to move any lines, handle or master cylinder mounts.
They look great and fit well!
July 14, 2016
Ride:
2014 Suzuki V-Strom DL1000
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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
Ride:
2012 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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
Ride:
2012 Honda NC700X
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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
Ride:
2013 Honda CB500X
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
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:
--stout build,
--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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
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
Ride:
2013 Honda NC700X ABS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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
Ride:
2004 Yamaha WR450F
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
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
Ride:
2012 Honda NC700X
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