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#1 kamal

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:18 PM

I have BarkBuster hand guards and Oxford heated grips on my V-Strom and love 'em, so I decided to put the same on my new (to me) FJR.
The BarkBuster site recommends the S7 kit and says you simply have to remove the bar end weights - end of story. Well, not quite.
When you remove the right hand weight it leaves the attachment sticking out well beyond the grip. This will not work.


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My solution was to remove the expansion fitting and cut off the piece that was too long and attach it the other end.

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This made the fitting more or less flush with the bar end.

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The left side was a lot easier. The protruding piece was cut off flush.

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The guard do contact my CeeBailey screen on full lock, but I'm very happy with the result and looking forward to trying them out.

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Hope this helps anyone considering these guards.
If this has already been covered somewhere on the forum I apologize - I couldn't find it!

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 03:46 AM

Very MacGyver like....those look pretty good.

Thanks for posting the pictures,

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:08 AM

Nice job,

I am curious how they look from the front. If you have time could you post a pick of them from the front of the bike.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:45 AM

Agggghhh!!! I've just discovered that these are not stock bar-end weights. I guess I had a throttlemeister and didn't know it :rolleyes:
That explains a lot! Thanks superfuzz

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:06 AM

Nice job,

I am curious how they look from the front. If you have time could you post a pick of them from the front of the bike.

Dave


No problem. Time for a Spring wash anyway.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 11:15 AM

Those look great!!

And now if you clip a tree while you are off-roading the Feejer, you won't bash your knuckles!! :P


PS - I was gonna tell you about the throttlemeister, but someone else (apparently) beat me to it.
Too bad, you could have sold that off for ~$50 to help pay for your new guards.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:32 PM

Those look great!!

And now if you clip a tree while you are off-roading the Feejer, you won't bash your knuckles!! :P


PS - I was gonna tell you about the throttlemeister, but someone else (apparently) beat me to it.
Too bad, you could have sold that off for ~$50 to help pay for your new guards.


Thanks Fred.
I feel a little stupid that I destroyed the Throttlemeister. Oh well, the salvaged parts are going to a deserving forum member :)
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 01:31 PM

Thanks for the closeup pictures from the front.....looks good.

I checked them out on Bark Busters web site and it appears they only attach at the bar ends instead of two locations like they do on your V-Strom.

Do you they feel as solid as they do on your V-Strom?

Do you notice more or less bar vibration with these on?

Thanks,

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:22 PM

Thanks for the closeup pictures from the front.....looks good.

I checked them out on Bark Busters web site and it appears they only attach at the bar ends instead of two locations like they do on your V-Strom.

Do you they feel as solid as they do on your V-Strom?

Do you notice more or less bar vibration with these on?

Thanks,

Jon...


Thanks Jon.
You are correct... the Storms only attach at the bar end, so they can never be as solid as the ones on my V-Strom. I mainly installed them, with the heated grips, for comfort.
I only put them on yesterday + the bike won't be 'on the road' for another month - I'm slowly getting it ready for a cross-Canada ride. So, not sure about vibration.
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:25 PM

Cool, thanks for the reply.

Have a fun and safe trip,

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:59 AM

Thanks Jon.
You are correct... the Storms only attach at the bar end, so they can never be as solid as the ones on my V-Strom. I mainly installed them, with the heated grips, for comfort.
I only put them on yesterday + the bike won't be 'on the road' for another month - I'm slowly getting it ready for a cross-Canada ride. So, not sure about vibration.


Oh, interesting. I didn't pick up on that, and just figured they were like regular bark busters. Still, since you are only really using them as storm guards (for wind and rain) these brackets appear they will be plenty stout enough to support the hand guards. This seems like it will be a pretty elegant alternative to the V-strom type hand guards.

What was the total cost?

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:47 AM

Oh, interesting. I didn't pick up on that, and just figured they were like regular bark busters. Still, since you are only really using them as storm guards (for wind and rain) these brackets appear they will be plenty stout enough to support the hand guards. This seems like it will be a pretty elegant alternative to the V-strom type hand guards.

What was the total cost?


I paid 105CAD + tax + shipping in Canada. Twisted Throttle distributes them in the US for 110USD + shipping http://www.twistedth...tview/5145/114/
I don't consider them expensive as they are very well made and imported from Australia.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:54 AM

Thanks for the closeup pictures from the front.....looks good.

I checked them out on Bark Busters web site and it appears they only attach at the bar ends instead of two locations like they do on your V-Strom.

Do you they feel as solid as they do on your V-Strom?

Do you notice more or less bar vibration with these on?

Thanks,

Jon...


I helped out a local guy install these on his FJR, and we couldn't get the bar-end side tight enough to solidly hold the bark buster in place (well, if I wanted to break off the head of the screw, maybe I could've). At speed, it would rotate up (or down), causing a distraction, not to mention being totally worthless. He ended up taking them off, and I think getting the V-Strom kit.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:16 AM

I helped out a local guy install these on his FJR, and we couldn't get the bar-end side tight enough to solidly hold the bark buster in place (well, if I wanted to break off the head of the screw, maybe I could've). At speed, it would rotate up (or down), causing a distraction, not to mention being totally worthless. He ended up taking them off, and I think getting the V-Strom kit.


I can see that could be a problem. However, I can only move these by grabbing them with both hands.
I didn't mention in my original post that I drilled and tapped the clutch side to 8mm (from 6mm) to match the throttle side.
Guess I won't really know until I go on a test ride - can't wait.
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