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Hello,

Im a long time fan of the Cycra USA products that ive used on my Supermoto Race bike and then on my KTM Adventure 1090R. Now, for the recently purchased H-AT, I went over board and purchased the premier Cycra Probend Ultra CRM series hand guards.

There are many great products available such as the Bark Busters and ZETA... etc. I just prefer the Cycra from past experiences.
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How did the installation go?

It looks to me that you would need to remove the internal bar weights and end weights, or drill and tap them.
 

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Willy's running the Barkbuster Storm guards on Ol' Red. Easy install. One problem:

These guards do not have a solid attachment to the underlying bar at more than one spot. As a result, the guards tend to vibrate against the bar from about 3,000 to 3,500 RPM. The noise they make is not overwhelming, but it is noticeable. The buzz can be defeated by adding tape to the bar where the plastic guard contacts it.
 

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How did the installation go?

It looks to me that you would need to remove the internal bar weights and end weights, or drill and tap them.
It was difficult. I did have enough bar room to secure the bars. But the bending and fitting was very time consuming. It took about 3 hours to shape-to-fit. B8g wrenches and a workbench vice required.

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It was difficult. I did have enough bar room to secure the bars. But the bending and fitting was very time consuming. It took about 3 hours to shape-to-fit. B8g wrenches and a workbench vice required.

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Those look like they go all the way back to the handle bar clamps? Nice to know they will fit with a little persuasion!!!:cool:
 
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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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Hi everyone. New to the forum! (I didn't find a trend in 1100L referring SW motech)
Just bought my first motorbike in June, the 1100L 2020 DCT, after riding my father's XRV 750 RD07 for 4 years. Most reliable bike ever!

I'm starting to check off-road acessories to be ready for some fun!

Between hard handguards and the original ones, what might be the difference on the handlebar, when the bike falls to the side? Which one will cause more impact/damage?

The Barkbuster's handguards I've found so far have a metallic colour frame. I like it more in black -> SW Motech
Do you know the compability with the new AT? The price of both handguards is the same.
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Hi everyone. New to the forum! Just bought my first AT 2020 DCT, after riding my father's AT XRV 750 RT07. Most reliable bike ever (after this one).
I'm starting to check off-road acessories to be ready for some fun!

Between hard handguards and the original ones, what might be the difference on the handlebar, when the bike falls to the side? Which one will cause more impact/damage?

The Barkbuster's handguards I've found so far have a metallic colour frame. I like it more in black -> SW Motech
Do you know the compability with the new AT? The price between both is the same.
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Hello and Welcome,

The SW motech handguards are made by Barkbuster. Most people buy the Barkbuster because in most markets, they tend to be cheaper. Both have aluminum backbones and plastic covers.

I know Zeta makes a black handguard as well and they are close to the BB price point.

Post up a picture once you have yours fitted!!!

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Hi everyone. New to the forum! (I didn't find a trend in 1100L referring SW motech)
Just bought my first motorbike in June, the 1100L 2020 DCT, after riding my father's XRV 750 RD07 for 4 years. Most reliable bike ever!

I'm starting to check off-road acessories to be ready for some fun!

Between hard handguards and the original ones, what might be the difference on the handlebar, when the bike falls to the side? Which one will cause more impact/damage?

The Barkbuster's handguards I've found so far have a metallic colour frame. I like it more in black -> SW Motech
Do you know the compability with the new AT? The price of both handguards is the same.
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Congratulations and welcome to the Forum @JonasFilipe9!

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Nice suggestion! The frame is actually in black. But I don't like how it looks...
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(Barkbuster Storm)

Do you know if it the model in the photo below exists with a black frame?
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I've found they're website. It seems the only model compatible with the AT 1100L is the BHG-082:

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Nice suggestion! The frame is actually in black. But I don't like how it looks...
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(Barkbuster Storm)

Do you know if it the model in the photo below exists with a black frame?
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Cheers!
I do not know. I got mine not long after I bought my AT and the aluminum frame is not coated at all, it is bare aluminum. The plastic for mine is plain black like the top picture.
 

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Nice suggestion! The frame is actually in black. But I don't like how it looks...
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(Barkbuster Storm)

Do you know if it the model in the photo below exists with a black frame?
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I've found they're website. It seems the only model compatible with the AT 1100L is the BHG-082:

Cheers!
The bottom is VPS model plastics, Barkbusters only offers the frames in raw aluminum with the bends that fit the Africa Twin.

Try the Zeta Handguards, you can always buy the VPS plastics and mount them to the Zeta Frames.
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The bottom is VPS model plastics, Barkbusters only offers the frames in raw aluminum with the bends that fit the Africa Twin.

Try the Zeta Handguards, you can always buy the VPS plastics and mount them to the Zeta Frames.
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It seems a very good idea, do you have this set? I'm wondering if they'll fit, concerning this screw hole:

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Finally, I guess you have to buy the "Skid Plate" acessory apart... Will it fit the Zeta frame too?
 

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It seems a very good idea, do you have this set? I'm wondering if they'll fit, concerning this screw hole:

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Finally, I guess you have to buy the "Skid Plate" acessory apart... Will it fit the Zeta frame too?
I personally have the Barkbusters with Moose plastics, at the time of purchase the VPS plastics were impossible to get a hold of.

Looks like you would be correct. I would recommend looking for the Zeta XC or Sucdo guards. Or buy the Barkbusters and paint them black, maybe even spray them with "Truck Bed Liner"

I am guessing that Barkbuster got away from painting them because the first time you drop the bike it would scuff up. However they do make black frames for other bikes, but they are road bikes, MT-07, MT-10, CB125E, SFV650... you get the idea.
 

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I personally have the Barkbusters with Moose plastics, at the time of purchase the VPS plastics were impossible to get a hold of.

Looks like you would be correct. I would recommend looking for the Zeta XC or Sucdo guards. Or buy the Barkbusters and paint them black, maybe even spray them with "Truck Bed Liner"

I am guessing that Barkbuster got away from painting them because the first time you drop the bike it would scuff up. However they do make black frames for other bikes, but they are road bikes, MT-07, MT-10, CB125E, SFV650... you get the idea.
I thought about painting them, ofc, it's the easier option, but I think it will be hard to look the same.

Indeed the black colour is more vunerable.
Finally, between the look of SW-Motech Handguards and Barkbuster's plastic's quality and wind protection, I think the choice is easy... ;)
 

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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.

The HDB product will interfere with the fairing at full turn (or drop) and could cause fairing damage.


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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It was stamped and the side of it would eventually cut into the wires. You can see the cut and break on the side of the bracket and definitely feel it, even with my rough fingers. I also (not shown in this picture) re-routed the wire loom under the BarkBuster support bracket to allow for more room for the brake switch wires and connectors
@TheMKoi ... how has it worked having rerouted lines under the throttle side BB clamp/connector bar? ... in retrospect do you think it was worth doing?
 

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@TheMKoi ... how has it worked having rerouted lines under the throttle side BB clamp/connector bar? ... in retrospect do you think it was worth doing?
Yeah, it was fine. I definitely think for the angle that I had installed my handguards it was required. I have them dropped a bit lower than parallel to the ground.
 

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@TheMKoi ... my install resulted in a tight fit but don't believe there is meaningful pinching or binding ... I guess I wish the backbone could be rotated ever-so-slightly higher, like only a degree or two, but I'm sure it's fine ... thanks for creating this thread -
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