Handguards for a 990 (2007)

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  1. rama130

    rama130 Adventurer

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    Hello,
    I'm searching for handguards for a 990 from 2007.
    I've already used Enduro Eng in a Africa Twin and they're bullet proof.
    I've been trying to find out what are the most resistant handguards that fit the 990.
    I would like to ear about your experience and some pics ;)

    The options apparently are: Cycra, Barkbusters and Enduro Engineering.

    Cheers
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  2. xcflyn

    xcflyn Long timer

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    Look at Highway Dirt Bikes. Stout units but IMO you may need to have the ability to do some bending to get them to fit right. Myself and others had issues. Search OC there is a long thread or two on them. Mine hit the fairing, I gave up and will have to wait till I get to a place where I can do some bending. They are made very heavy duty,I have Cycra's on a couple bikes and they fit good,easy to install but on a big bike I would go HWD,even if they need a tweek.
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  3. RLCanon

    RLCanon Adventure Arrrrr!

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    These bad boys have held up to everything I've thrown at them and they work great with the Scott's damper. I ended up painting the bar clamp bits flat black to cut down on reflection and they took a bit of bending to get the perfect fit I wanted.
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  4. plumbtired

    plumbtired plunging into the farkle

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    HDB's here, some many diff bar config tweak to ur fit. Many say loose fittment to start then tighten down, search HDB for thread plenty of info there.
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  5. SierraJeep

    SierraJeep It's toast

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    I recently put the Cycra hand guards on my bike. An upgrade over the stock all-plastic units, but did require a little subtle modification (the use of thin spacers to clear the brake master cyclinder). The mount was still clean. The plastic hand shields are not much to write home about but work fine.

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  6. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    I have the Cycra's but when I buy another set it will be HDB for sure.. they are bulletproof..
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  7. Unkgd

    Unkgd Been here awhile

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    They have held up well on my 990 ADV as it has taken several dirt naps - a couple over 25 mph. Plastic guards are scuffed up - but I figure it adds character and they still work fine.
    As mentioned above - you have to put some spacers between the mount and bar to clear the master cylinder ( and I ground away a portion of the master cylinder as well to get the clearance I wanted).
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  8. CROM

    CROM Canuck del sur

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    + 1 for the Fastways.....160km/hr slide.....some aluminum ground off, but all the important stuff intact. No fitting issues for me.
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  9. rama130

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    Thanks guys ;) Other of the issues I must check is the existence of european resellers! Otherwise the customs will add a quite large amount of money to the bill.
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  10. syzygy9

    syzygy9 Been here awhile

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    No-one seems to mention the stock protectors (are they really that bad?) or barkbusters which (apparently) provide a trouble free (no mods required) fit.
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  11. SierraJeep

    SierraJeep It's toast

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    Since you asked...

    I don't think the stock hand guards are *bad* they do pretty good to protect your hands from branches and rocks (shot from your buddy's rear wheel when he's ahead of you). However, if you want *more* protection for your expensive master cylinders that are mounted at each lever - clutch and front brake - especially during a simple tip-over when you're on uneven terrain, then a hand guard with a metal structure is the next best logical step. The difference between the various popular brands is probably mostly trivial - other than those that provide a good fit. Some, like the Highway Dirt Bikes, even offer a wider area of protection.

    The other thing with the stock all-plastic guards is that they tend to swivel up (if not absolutely tight) under force. So during a fall they can slip up and then leave your expensive master cylinders or handy clutch/brake levers prone to damage during a tip over. If you only ride on the roads (most of the time) then the stock guards are probably just fine. If you ride on rocky or un-even soils then having a firmer guard is probably a good investment for your levers/master cylinders.

    That is all.
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  12. bairesman

    bairesman Road warrior

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    Buy HDB, you won't regret it. They are great quality and Paul is a very nice guy...
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  13. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    The Enduro Engineering plastic shields fit the Cycra hand gards and look a lot better.

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    I think Cycra are the strongest. I crash hard on my 450 and the Cycra just need repositioned after you get home. I had Acerbis on my last dirt bike and was alwasy replacing parts on them after a crash. My OE guards on the 950 are pretty damaged after one small crash on dirt. The OE one are just plastic, with the size of the 950 I would not expect them to survice one crash on real rocks.
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  14. rama130

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    Hi,
    the HDB are too expensive.. My indecision is about cycra, barkbusters and Enduro Eng (also because these are easily bought in Europe).

    According to the knowledge gathered:
    HDB, excelent quality, need some work to fit properly, expensive.
    FIT, excelent quality, expensive.
    Cycra need some modification to be properly fitted and are excellent.
    Barckbustrs, fit out of the box, but not sure about the material resistance. Good price;)
    Enduro Eng, no sure about fitting out of the box, excellent resistance, good price.


    Did any of you mounted enduro engineering in a 990 (the break master cylinder is huge)?
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  15. xcflyn

    xcflyn Long timer

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    And maybe the last set of guards you will ever buy :thumb . Not saying spend what you dont have, Like mentioned above-I have Cycra's on a couple bikes and like them. I have also had to tweek them on the trail a couple times because the have bent, Throttle side ( I try not to fall- but If I do- I fall right :p3rry ???) . I think I could put my 990 on a 1 point landing on my HWD guards and they wont move. I do like the shape of the Cycra plastic over the HWD but.... Still going to say HWD all the way for the big boy. You could put up a W2B post in flee market, maybe someone will pull a set off a bike they are selling and do a low budget trade or just have a set they never put on and need the money. I scored a few things on FM buy asking instead of just looking, worth a shot.
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  16. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    +1 on HDB

    I like them much better than the cycra I had.
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  17. Adamco2

    Adamco2 Part time adventurer

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    The E.E.'s have one major issue that I found out the hard way. The inboard connection to the handlebars loops underneath the hydraulic brake and clutch lines. A very minor tip over in a bad place resulted in a hole in my clutch pipe(as KTM calls it). The handguard moved up about two inches and pinched the line. Needless to say, HDB's will be on all of my bikes from now on. Much better design and a great person to buy from.
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  18. Flyred

    Flyred Who is John Galt?

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    Like the EE version, I have the Barkbuster Storms and the inboard mount in tight against the Brake pipe and close to the Clutch pipe. I'm not happy with that.

    I had Cycras on a couple of dirtbikes. A 125 2T of mine tipped over in the pits and the Cycra mounts shattered. They sent me a new one, but I never trusted them again
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  19. zracer

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    +10 for the Cycra's. I have installed many pairs in my day and they are the strongest aluminum in my opinion. I have put them on some bikes that required a little bending for the perfect fit and wow, they are strong. Like move the whole work bench that the vice was mounted to kind of strong. I have them on my adv for that reason and they have survived many gravity storms. To make them super duper strong put the thread inserts in the end of the bars.
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  20. aaronc76

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    Hello,
    I read a bit in the forums...

    My conclusions are:

    HDB are good. But... I got lost in their site. Not sure what to order.

    Barckbustrs Same as above. Couldnt find the right model for the 990.

    Cycra Same as above. Couldnt find the right model for the 990.

    FIT Didnt like the way they look.

    I really liked the ACERBIS. Are they any good? Would they fit the 990?

    Anything new besides these above?

    Thanks
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