HDB’s Ultimate Handguards and 10% discount

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by HDB, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    .... you buy the Highway Dirtbikes setup. Then go look for a bike to add to them. In that order - they're that good. If they are more expensive than the other stuff that's out there, it's because you can see by the quality, design, fit and finish that they cost more to build, and that they are worth it. I got my first set the other day for a brand new bike and they're just gorgeous. I love bombproof stuff - these are IT!

    Will second ASSFAULT's comments below - +plus 1.

    Thanks Paul.

    Stovey


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  2. ejtv

    ejtv Per ipsum

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    My set up with HDB is on the right, my son's set up with Acerbis on the left.

    After 8 days of riding (and crashing) in Utah in May, I can say, unequivocally that hands down, HDB is a superior product. Acerbis bars bent on some of the falls, interfering with the clutch or break levers. In addition, the standard mirror on the Acerbis bike broke off the clamp that holds the mirror to the handlebar/clutch. I crashed a few times with the HDB mirrors in the open position and they simply folded back. Visibility on the highway was as good as with original mirrors. In addition to protection, of course, the look is way cooler, in my opinion, and the switches/powerlet/ram-ball options for the top clamp are very convenient.

    Also, Paul of HDB is very responsive to emails, inquiries, exchanges, questions, etc. Customer service is outstanding.

    Overall, worth every penny. I highly recommend HDB vs Acerbis.
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  3. AlabamaCowboy

    AlabamaCowboy Been here awhile

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    I know this is a longshot... but is there any chance that a set of these in some form will fit a 92 Yamaha tdm 850 ??

    Desparately been looking for a handguard option for my bike.. Ive read and re-read the ole...650gs guards threads... I like these better... Just wonder if they fit or can fit , etc ??

    Any thoughts ??
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  4. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Im looking for a new set of hand guards for my BMW HP2. I destroyed the last Acerbis set. These look like they are worth a shot. Any body know what ones i need?
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  5. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer

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  6. EdGear

    EdGear Edventurer

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    Installed my new HDB Ultimate hand guards today. Very nice kit, thanks Paul.

    Installation wasn't bad, its just that the KTM heated grips and G2 cam caused some extra time.

    The KTM hand guards, at least on my bike, had a flange outside the bar end, under the grip creating a 9 mm gap under the grips when removed.

    On the throttle side I have a G2 throttle cam. The cam tube has an inner ring preventing the grip from being installed too close to the throttle housing. This forces the grip off the end of the throttle tub. A 6 mm spacer was installed.

    Some how I needed to get rid of 9mm of space at each end so that the HDB guard bar would mount against the bar end.

    The controls on both sides would not move inward because of the alignment holes in the bar. I didn't want to shave off the pegs to allow free placement of the controls. Not sure why I didn't do this.

    I put extra washers on the left one extra washer on the right and cut down the grip on the right. On the KTM heated grip there is a recessed channel near the bar end, intended for a zip-tie. I cut up to the outer edge of this channel. I only cut through rubber and did not touch the heating elements. There is a limit to how many washers/spacers you can add to the end of the bars because the guard bars will no longer reach the mount.

    The bar top plate is blank for now, as I decide that switches to put where and what type of power connectors I will need.

    I got black anodized everything to match the blackness of the bike. Black fasteners would make good sense when someone orders the all black option.

    The HDB hand guards look very cool and are very well built.

    I held off on the mirrors because I like the KTM folding mirrors.

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  7. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    Ed,

    Pity the tree or hitch-hiker who gets tagged by one of them bad boys!

    :clap

    Stovey
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  8. S1am

    S1am Adventurer

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    I know I'd want a set and bet there would be others as well.

    I believe it would require ~80 X 32 mm mounting. You'd likely wind up with a plate that fit loads of airhead models (I bet some people would buy just the dashboard to mount switches, even if they didn't want hand guards.

    Looks to be enough clearance on my bike for the guards.....

    Any one else interested?
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  9. Mike.C

    Mike.C Stelvio Dreamer!

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    Don't hold you breath waiting for an answer.

    No replies from Mr HDB since January to several questions in this thread and his other thread.

    I really wanted a set and was prepared to make em fit myself, even if it involved some engineering. I tried direct email and initially got a promise of action but I gave up waiting after several subsequent attempts over several weeks with silence being the deafening reply.

    So I bought a set of Bark Busters.
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  10. Stovebolt

    Stovebolt Team Ruptured Buzzard

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    That's not good - but I hope he's alright and not incommunicado for some reason that ain't good. He makes a great product in the handguards, top clamps, mirrors and turn signals, I've had nothing but success with my setup. Thrilled to death with it all....

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    You out there, Paul?

    Stovey
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  11. kailuasurfer

    kailuasurfer Dreamer

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    We were right in the middle of working on something and,... Paul has not been returning emails.
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  12. huzar

    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    He's still around and working on things... I have two e-mails from him in the past week. I'm waiting for him to finish risers for my V-Strom, and was told I can expect them next week :clap
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  13. kailuasurfer

    kailuasurfer Dreamer

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    Guess I will ping him again. Thanks.
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  14. mookymoo

    mookymoo Mookish Mook

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    Check spam filter too.
    Not sure why - but a couple of people I know had his reply emails end up in spam folders. Especially hotmail, it seems. :dunno
    Ive never had a problem getting responses to questions, etc
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  15. fred flintstone

    fred flintstone Been here awhile

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    Total single track noob here, and relatively new WRR owner. Well today I did something fun. 6 miles of Rainbow Trail between Bear Creek and Methodist Mountain. So now I suddenly get why everyone has hanguards, body armor, bash plates, disk guards, spares, etc. Managed not to destroy anything on me or the bike but I can see the very real potential to do so, especially ripping off mirrors and bashing bark/rocks with one's hands (and knees, owww). Oh yeah and had lots of fun.

    Been looking at HDB handguards & mirrors. I kind of don't want to get into fat bars yet (keep stockers). Is that stupid or what? If it is not, then can I get a twin powerlet top clamp with the stock bars? Not clear from the order page.

    Does someone have the measurements for the top clamp handy for the WRR? Also any other advice for the WRR/single track noob on these handguards would be appreciated. TIA.

    AJ
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  16. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Hey Paul I got the new top clamp for my 950 with the Emig damper on it. Put it on today. Works perfectly! :thumb

    Awesome set up and even better service!

    Steve
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  17. wesseld

    wesseld Adventurer

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    Has anyone fitted these handguards to a Triumph Tiger 955i (2006 specifically) yet?

    Don
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  18. fire_strom

    fire_strom Long timer

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    Also wondering about this...

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  19. supergper

    supergper Been here awhile

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    When I ordered mine a couple months back, I know Paul was super busy. He has outstanding customer service though and will make sure you are happy. I'm a life long fan given the quality of service I received...all my bikes will be upgraded with a HDB setup the day they come home :D

    I too switched from an Acerbis setup and got tired of bending bars and handgaurds with teh Acerbis. Since switching to the HDB, I've crashed harder than I ever did with the Acerbis and there's no sign of bending at all.
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  20. soloyosh

    soloyosh Dad and husband

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    Got mine today. I'll fit them after this weekend's ride. I realized I need new bars. The touratech F650GS Magura bar kit has the bar cut pretty narrow with the grips sticking off the ends to allow the BMW heated grips to work. So in reality my bars are narrow than I thought. I'll pick up some Pro-Tapers next week.

    Paul happened to have a 100x43mm top clamp to work with my Touratech/WP fork kit.:clap

    Cool Beans.
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