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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by lilmonkey, Oct 10, 2010.
Thought I'd share...
How do you like the barkbusters so far and the Kaoko? I'm thinking of going with this for my next farkle.
I love it.
First bike that I've ever had "cruise"...my wrists aren't what they used to be.
I'll have it on every bike from now on.
Barkbusters and Kaoko were my first farkles!
It's now a must have!!!
i just picked this up today from the Touratech store. only difference is i have the OEM handguards. cant wait to put this on. :)
So they go on without and modification at all?
Nice... I want to do this mod as well. I am running without. Thanks for posting.
thought i would add a shot w/ the stock handguards. only difference is that it is the throttle lock w/ the stock handguards only has the washer and the knurled part. it does not come w/ replacement bar end weights as posted on the TT site.
one thing that did surprise though, is that it does probably takes less than a 1/4 turn to lock the throttle in place. for some reason i assumed it would be a full turn?! it still however allows you to roll off the throttle with it in the locked position.
will post later when i test with the warmers turned on.
I installed a set yesterday and no modification (beyond removing stock handlebar weights) required.
Even without the super pix (far superior to instal instructions) the job is very easy!
I'm going to install Bark Busters with the kaoko in the next few weeks.
It's a real bummer that the barends are so wimpy.
I was wondering if anyone thinks it's a good idea to duct tape some wheel weights to the back of the bark buster deflector.
If you use flat wheel weights and cover them over with black duct tape, it shouldn't look that bad, assuming you have black plastic deflectors. Plus it will be on back of the plastic bark buster deflector, so who cares?
Would this work on reducing the buzziness introduced by the lighter bar ends? The weights wouldn't be directly attached to the handlebar, but I don't think that's an issue.
What is the difference in weight between the oem bar ends and the kaoko/bark buster ones? The wheel weights above are 1/2 oz (14.17 grams), so if the difference is huge and you need 100 wheel weights, this idea wouldn't work. There isn't enough room to stick them on.
This setup should withstand the elements just fine, I think. The duct tape should hold those suckers on.
I've seen examples where people do a tap and die for the oem bar end. That won't work for the right-side bar end, where the kaoko is.
Good idea? Should I just STFU and GTFO?
I think this might work. I can't do any fancy custom fab stuff or crazy drilling. Sad, but true. That link to harbor freight should have been a clue. Zing!
BTW, I don't think the f800gs is buzzy at all. It's much less buzzy than my yamaha fz6. It would just be nice to restore the original bar end weight.
I dunno about installing them with Barkbusters, but it looks like you've installed it backwards. Isn't the knurled part supposed to go up against the grip, like this?
The photo from the OP looks good. I just looked at my kaoko instructions. The plastic sleeve goes under the throttle part, then the knobby wheel, then the bark buster end.
Disregard my other stupid post above. I'm going to just fill my handlebars with lead shot. I might as well since I'll have the bar ends apart.
Well, don't feel bad. I'll be making a trip out to the garage, too. And it has worked so well (big sigh and ).
The kaoko meant to be used with bark busters is here:
The paper instructions I got with the kaoko definitely had it the other way. I'll just ignore those....
And I thought that you had caught the first mistake that I made this year!
Record INTACT! Only 28, ah, I mean 29 more days to go!
My only complaint about BB's and Kaoko is that it's a long reach out to the the Kaoko to operate the knob. Nobody's fault, since that's the distance they had to deal with, but I do have some trouble getting my wimpy little finger across the gap between the handgrip and Kaoko to twist that sucker. Knowing what I do now, I'd probably go with the OEM handguards if I was going to fit a Kaoko.
Here is part of the instructions that came with the kaoko that's made specifically for barkbusters. It's KAO.KBB700-S for the kaoko and BHG32 for the barkbusters.
You can see in Picture 3 that the "thrust washer" is on the left, then the knobby part of the kaoko, the friction nut, and finally the barkbuster.
Initially, I thought the thrust washer goes under the throttle grip. That's the way my throttlemeister worked on my sportbike. Now, I think it's the 5mm washer shown, which is used on the R1200GS. This was the source of my confusion.
The kaoko bar end is pretty lightweight. I may revisit the duct tape and wheel weight idea, like when there's two feet of snow on the ground and I run out of stuff to do.
I'm curious did it work with nut on the far side of the spacer?
In the instructions it says you can adjust the throttle play with the 2mm grub screw. Does anybody have a photo of this? The included instructions had some low resolution photos. Right now, I have to crank the Kaoko all the way off so the throttle doesn't stick, not a huge deal, but I wouldn't mind adjusting the play.