I have just had barkbusters VPS arrive today . Install will be at weekend.
BBuster Storms and VPS use the same frame and mount hardware. The only difference is the plastics.Thanks for the post so far everyone. I am sure getting the impression that barkbusters are going to be the most common. They have a great product and a great reputation. I am going to edit my original post to keep a tally for anyone looking for the results.
I am pretty sure I have witnessed the SW-Motch on the Africa Twin and I have read in a couple spots that they were built by Barkbusters as well, just like you said. I added up on the tally section but with no count yet.The SW-Motech is a Barkbuster spine with a custom plastic. I believe that they charge more for it than either the VPS or Storm. I have a friend that has them on his Triumph Tiger because he prefered the look. But unless your in love the look of the platic, your probably better off with the Barkbusters. I seem to recall the SW-Motech plastics not being as flexible as well and cracking on impact.
Highway Dirtbikes makes an excellent product, but they aren't as well known as Barkbusters and I think maybe you had to make some modifications to get them to work on the AT. But I haven't looked in a couple of years and that may have been addressed by now.
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Thank you Black99S for sorting that out about the Barkbuster frame. Like some of the other mentioned you can swap out all the different plastics depending on the weather or your riding environment.BBuster Storms and VPS use the same frame and mount hardware. The only difference is the plastics.
Storm plastics are bigger and offer more weather protection.
VPS (Variable Protection System) plastics are smaller with a second plastic piece that can the mounted in two positions or left off.
Thank you seano for the pic. Those look great and always nice to support your local Australian company. BarkBuster have built quite a great product and they have a world-wide reputation for being excellent and very durable.Considering I'm Australian ..Bark Busters there is no substitute
Barkbusters Jet will also mount to that frame, but the Jet doesn't seem to get much loveLike some of the other mentioned you can swap out all the different plastics depending on the weather or your riding environment.
The Storm/VPS use the same mounting kit, so it's not so much the VPS plastics. For the AT the mounting kit makes use of inner bar weight.Does the bark buster VPS retain the factory bar anti-vibration hardware and hook to the inner bar weight?
The Zeta Handguards have been added to the list. This is the first I have heard of this brand. It looks like they have a few plastics available, some have integrated turn signals as well!!!ZETA!!! They mount to the OEM factory bar weight, too. That’s why I went with them. I use them with the scudo large plastics but there are several options. I’d call these the more OEM-like bark buster.
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I added the Jet to the list... but I doubt anyone will actually admit to buying them . They are ugly. But I am one to talk I currently have muffs installed on my bike. Function over Form.Barkbusters Jet will also mount to that frame, but the Jet doesn't seem to get much love
Acerbis added to the list as well. As you mentioned there are multiple plastics available. Lots of colour optionsMy bike came with Acerbis handguards already installed when I bought it. I actually really like them and they came with some spare wind protectors in different sizes. So currently I have the bigger ones installed and in the spring will change them to the smaller one to keep more air flowing around my hands. Just unbolt two screws attached to the aluminum frame and you are done. View attachment 60737