Handguard, plastic or aluminum???
Posted August 30, 2000 - 02:12 AM
I was wondering if the plasting handle guard made in one big piece are enough tough for trail mx riding and low speed crash. I'm not talking about the cheap one but the massive one sold as expensive as the aluminum one. Should I buy the heavier aluminum framed one or they are just usefull for motocross crash at high speed?
Posted August 30, 2000 - 07:18 AM
They probably work great to ward off brush induced punctures and scratches on your hands but that is all, IMO, they were designed for. Aluminum bars like Cycra pro-bend or E-Line may be a bit more intrusive, expensive and harder to mount but you'll never have to replace them.
And I don't think they are appreciably heavier than the all plastic models.
Posted August 30, 2000 - 09:13 PM
By the way - in my opinion there is a good reason why they are called "hand guards" and not "lever guards" as the guards tend to rotate upon impact (regardless of how tight I tighten them) and leave the levers exposed and often broken.
Posted August 30, 2000 - 11:25 AM
When I still had bar mounts I broke two sets of bars without hurting any levers, and I have a snap-prone MSR Raptor clutch lever.
Before the Cycras I used to fall and break levers all the time. I still fall all the time.
I don't even wrap teflon under my levers anymore because they never suffer any contact.
So I guess you can say I endorse Cycra Pro-Bends...
...and I think you could call 'em lever guards as well (esp. w/ triple clamp mounts).
But if all you are worried about is broken and bent levers then:
1) don't tighten them so much. Let them rotate on impact and they won't be as likely to bend or break.
2) wrapping teflon tape around bar where lever is to be mounted allows you to tighten them pretty solidly but they will still rotate on impact
3) buy a spare set of levers. Moose makes good forged levers that can be bent and rebent (I know this firsthand).
Hope this helps!!
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Acerbis is a more supple pastic than Emigo or the other replicas.. others will break (have crash photos to prove it!) while Acerbis tends to flex more.
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Posted August 31, 2000 - 08:40 AM
I got the triple clamp mounts for my Pro-Bends directly from Cycra. I forgot how much they were...
But they only work for top clamps with pinch bolts that protrude to the side (as oppossed to the front). They will work with Scott's top clamp and stock YZ/WR top clamp.
800-770-2259 is Cycra's number.
I always thought the "handguards snap wrists" was an old wives tale. All the pros (GNCC) seem to run E-Line, SRC or Cycra, and their wrists look like they work good.
A few months ago I launched myself off the front of my bike, ending up about 10 meters away. My wrists came with me. It is easy to imagine your arm falling down in there but I wreck all the time and this has not been an issue (knock wood).
One thing I will say is that, for bar mounted bark-buster type alum. guards, frontal impacts may result in MORE stress/breakage of bars since the guards stop the bars from absorbing impact over the entire length, focusing impact between handguard bar mount and bar clamp. I have snapped two sets of alum. bars in this manner (and also bent my Cycras quite a bit. They bend back).
Posted August 31, 2000 - 09:00 PM
When I put my IMS tank on, they wouldn't fit (kept digging into the tank at the bar mount). So I got the plastic hand guards instead (the stock kind that don't attach to the bars). Well, now I find that I spend a lot of trail time replacing levers from crashes (not my fault crashes by the way ). So instead of constant dirty looks from my riding partners due to down time, I decided to try other bars and gaurds.
I went with the Pro Taper bars and the Cycra Pro Bends (bar mounts). They fit with the IMS tank. Haven't had any crashes yet (not my fault crashes I'm sure ) so I can't report on durability.
Dougie, '99 WR400 with a lot of dumb, stupid, here take my money, I have to have them but they don't make me a better rider extra mods.
(Except the dampner )