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I'm thinking so for multiple reasons... If you drop your bike most aftermarket hand guards can absorb the impact before your clutch or brake lever snap. Also a bird strike or other light impact is likely mitigated better by aftermarket in my opinion. And, we need to support our aftermarket after all and keep the economy circulating... lol
 

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Only if you ride off road on the tougher trails. The 'brush guards' that are stock are sufficient for most applications, but if you off road much the actual aluminum Guards are a necessity, IMHO.
I had a riding buddy with no guards on his KLR hit an Aspen tree on a fairly knarly trail, he impacted the left handlebar into the trunk, and the force of the clutch lever broke his fingers.
He couldn't ride for a year, and we had to abandon his bike on the trail with me riding him out of there in a very hairy little trek.
He was in a **** of a lot of pain.
I have the Barkbusters on mine, but I've used Moose too, both very good.
 

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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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Greetings,,,
Is it worth to spend a money for an aftermarket hand guard for AT
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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.
 

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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!


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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.
 

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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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I know this post is older, but in case anyone new is looking I just installed these on my 2017 and was happy with the fit and look. Just another option to have if you're in the market.

 

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I know this post is older, but in case anyone new is looking I just installed these on my 2017 and was happy with the fit and look. Just another option to have if you're in the market.

Do you have a pic of your install? Is your bike DCT?

Thanks
Chris
 

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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.
+1 from me - I used to use MachineArt stuff on my BMWs before moving to Honda and have no hesitation in recommending the quality. These guards are super solid, allow you to vary the airflow, and easy to fit (even on DCT; you may need to just wiggle the parking brake lever a little to get it all to fit). I only use mine on road (perfect for keeping insects, pedestrians and trucks off your knuckles) and they are perfect for me...
 
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