Which Handguards to buy?
Posted May 09, 2000 - 02:35 AM
I'd like to hear from some of you as to what kind of handguards you're running, and why you like (or dislike) them.
Posted May 09, 2000 - 03:49 AM
My buddy just installed the all plastic ones, they seem to fit a little better & I am sure they are lighter & cheaper.
Do we really need the protection of the aluminum? I don't know, but I have heard of a few people breaking the plastic ones in a crash.
Posted May 09, 2000 - 06:10 AM
Posted May 09, 2000 - 07:39 AM
The reason I chose these is that the area where your hands go is slightly larger than other brands. I had the Enduro Engineering on my last bike-they worked really well-plenty of falls, dings, trees, etc and they never bent. But i like the added hand area of the meiyer.
Posted May 09, 2000 - 08:23 AM
I use the pro rallys, for what its worth I love em. I've dropped my bike more than my fair share and have had no problems what so ever. I have heard though that the plain rally guards will break with any sort of significant fall.
On a side note, I had always seen these guys that had just thrown there guards on and not really cared how the grips fit or looked when they were finished. I took great care in hollowing out my throttle tube and grinding out the ends of my renthal grips so that the final result was clean. I can tell you it looks every bit as good if not better then any stock KTM guards I've seen.
Oh yeah, I got my Pro rally's for 62.99 from hipersports.com. Great price!
JJ in WA
Posted May 09, 2000 - 08:31 AM
The plastic only guards really works to protect hands and levers when the impact comes from the front (depending on speed of bike and mass of the impact object you are hitting of course), but when the impact is lateral or when the bike falls down on idle to either side, most likely your plastic break close to the handlebar, cause they were not designed to support lateral impacts.
This situation is absolutely overcome incluiding aluminum bars in the protection device.
Posted May 09, 2000 - 10:15 AM
I have the Acerbis Rally Pro (combo Aluminum/Plastic). They have taken many hits on trees and rocks. My hands and all controls on the handle bars are still in original shape. I wouldn’t leave home without them.
I had a problem with the handle bar mounting bracket hitting the IMS tank. My first fix was to reposition the bracket and file the sharp corner off. That worked to avoid hitting the tank. However, the handguards would rotate on impact of a spill. (I have plenty of those when doing hill climbs in greasy mud.) To fix the hand guard rotation, I took off the brackets that clamp around the handlebars and attach to the handguards. I replaced them with brackets fabricated out of 1/8" stainless flat stock, that attach the inside end of the handguards directly to the top triple clamp pinch bolts. They help avoid putting all of the impact energy into the handlebars. They are very clean and solid. Also, they allow for more room to mount other things on the handlebars.
Eric in WA
Posted May 09, 2000 - 10:30 AM
Posted May 09, 2000 - 02:40 PM
Posted May 09, 2000 - 03:07 PM
-MX guards were good for roost on the MX track and thats all... 1st dick off they bend back and start to break. (have 1 and 1/2 fitting to bike at moment )
-Rally guards are good but I have seen (have photo) of them breaking.
-Rally PROS are still in the packet
But they look trick and have alloy in the middle..
What more can you ask for?!??
**Ride it like you Stole it!**
Rubber Chicken Racing
Posted May 09, 2000 - 03:52 PM
-I've seen 2 guys go head-on and the one with no guards ended up with a broken finger.
-Have scabs on my knuckles right now because my rally guards weren't high enough going through the tree branches.
-Also have scars on the tops of my legs from when I went over the bars and the sharp corners on the inside brackets on the original bark busters cut through my riding pants. Learn from my mistake and be sure there aren't any sharp edges on your mounting hardware.
Posted May 10, 2000 - 02:41 AM
Other than that, their OK.
86TT225, 98CR80, 99WR, WR timing, throttle stop trimmed, air box lid removed, White Bros head pipe, silencer and air filter. Odometer and headlight removed. Moose hand and mud guards.