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04-26-2019 01:58 PM
KiwiMark I started with the Hepco & Becker bars, but didn't really like them (and one bent in a drop, though I was able to bend it back) so I removed them this week and fitted Barkbusters with Storm handguards - MUCH better IMO.
04-26-2019 09:53 AM
Mastercore I crashed my AT in the first 50m after collecting it from the dealer. Stupid situation: new tires, cobble stone paving on the first bend, not used to the power from my old cluncker. Gave it what I thought was modest gas and away she slipped out from under me. Walking speed by the way so no spectacular slider. But it went down on the right, snapped off the flimsy stock protector and broke the front brake lever.
Pushed the bike back the 50m and the mech replaced the brake lever in a snap and did a cosmetic job of getting the guard back in place (on my instruction)

The first thing I did was get a pair of barkbusters.

Never looked back from then. I ride mainly on road but love off roading it whenever I can and I do frequently down the bike as I push my skills offroad. Never a thought anymore to broken levers.

So if you want wind protection, fine with the stockers, but anything more, forget it. Get something with a metal spine.
04-19-2019 06:43 PM
gvmumbral
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Originally Posted by garyh View Post
For off-road riding, esp., I don't think you'll find anything stronger, that provides more protection to the handlebars, cables, grips and electronics, (and bike, overall) than the Hepco & Becker handlebar guards.

Protects the handlebars and everything in between, from ends of the grips to the tree, with heavy duty steel tubing.

And it fits over the OEM shields like it came stock from Honda.

And personally, I notice a better sense of control, esp. while slow-riding or on the dirt or on the winding backroads--that little bit of extra weight on the bars seems to counter-balance the inherent top-heaviness with a full tank, gives the bars/ handling a bit more solid feel.

Hepco & Becker makes some exceptional stuff for the Africa Twin.

Gary

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yes, i totally concur.
04-19-2019 04:02 PM
Motobiker
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Originally Posted by black99S View Post
Barkbuster with VPS (Variable Protection System) plastics do pretty much the same thing.
The Barkbuster Alu frame is the same. Plastics are easily changed.
Yes. I know, Ive seen them.
04-19-2019 02:01 PM
garyh For off-road riding, esp., I don't think you'll find anything stronger, that provides more protection to the handlebars, cables, grips and electronics, (and bike, overall) than the Hepco & Becker handlebar guards.

Protects the handlebars and everything in between, from ends of the grips to the tree, with heavy duty steel tubing.

And it fits over the OEM shields like it came stock from Honda.

And personally, I notice a better sense of control, esp. while slow-riding or on the dirt or on the winding backroads--that little bit of extra weight on the bars seems to counter-balance the inherent top-heaviness with a full tank, gives the bars/ handling a bit more solid feel.

Hepco & Becker makes some exceptional stuff for the Africa Twin.

Gary

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04-19-2019 01:23 PM
black99S
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Originally Posted by Motobiker View Post
I dont go off road.. but that hardly matters. I will be replacing the original guards at some point.

And for me there is only once choice thats a definite upgrade for my purposes.

MachineArt.
Barkbuster with VPS (Variable Protection System) plastics do pretty much the same thing.
The Barkbuster Alu frame is the same. Plastics are easily changed.
04-19-2019 01:01 PM
Motobiker I dont go off road.. but that hardly matters. I will be replacing the original guards at some point.

And for me there is only once choice thats a definite upgrade for my purposes.

MachineArt.
04-19-2019 12:20 PM
Hardtop
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Originally Posted by black99S View Post
Yes
The stock hand guards provide decent wind protection but ... One low speed dump on a gravel lot practising footpeg steering and the Honda guards are trashed.
Barkbuster with the Storm plastics are the best.



My experience exactly! The stock handguard snapped at the mount and the clutch lever was bent to the point I could only get two fingers on it. Fortunately the lever is soft enough to bend it back in shape with a pipe placed over the end. The guards were replaced with barkbusters storms. Do it now and don't look back!


Ewell
04-19-2019 02:32 AM
black99S
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Originally Posted by Turmoil View Post
Greetings,,,
Is it worth to spend a money for an aftermarket hand guard for AT
Yes
The stock hand guards provide decent wind protection but ... One low speed dump on a gravel lot practising footpeg steering and the Honda guards are trashed.
Barkbuster with the Storm plastics are the best.
04-18-2019 05:39 PM
MildlyInterested
Yes

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Originally Posted by Turmoil View Post
Greetings,,,
Is it worth to spend a money for an aftermarket hand guard for AT
I dropped the Twin I was using on the off-road course. A lot.
Without decent handguards, I doubt the levers would have survived.
A pair of Barkbusters is going on as soon as I get a few hours to spare after picking up my bike.

Then (or possibly at the same time) some crash bars.
I like the look of the Black Dog engine bars, as they seem to give some real protection to the engine casings.
The problem is that once you've added the connecting bars and the bash plate they're very expensive in the UK, and will take time to deliver. And then there's customs and excise.
The Heed bunker bars also cover part of the casings, and they're well priced, which is good.
On the other hand, there's a thread somewhere (ADVrider?) in which they bent, which is bad...

I'll probably go with the Heeds for now.
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