R1250 GS/GSA Handguards ?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Motorman, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. Motorman

    Motorman Been here awhile

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    Howdy Inmates

    So, what did you do with your hand guards ?
    Leave them stock ?
    Changed them for more wind/weather protection ?
    Changed them for more off road durability (if you drop the bike-will they survive? Or not ?
    Changed them cause you didn’t like the color (my GSA HP come with white hand guards-perhaps good for visibility & match parts of the HP but a true bug magnet-won’t be white long)?

    If you changed or added to them-what did you change them to (brand/model) and how do you like them ?

    Thanks in advance for all your comments and suggestions.
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  2. Covert

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  3. Dwit

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    I’ve been lusting after the mam ones. They are super cool for hot and cold weather. Plus if anything is strong enough to survive a hit from on of these heavy weights, it’s this. That said there expensive and if you ever have to replace one there’s no Cheap fix.
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  4. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist More Gelände less Straße

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    That depends on your intended usage. I don't do off-roading other occasional grave/fire roads so I kept OE with extensions for better weather protection as I do ride in the inclement weather.

    If you do tons of off-roading, you may want to explore getting Barkbusters either entire set or just the al frame and then reuse your OE guards around them... One or more of inmates have done later...

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  5. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    But eventually I will do this:
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    I added these for a friend:
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  6. igi2003

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    Added cheap Chinese transparent pieces. Not bad.
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  7. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    Really the stock ones are just fine unless you plan on crashing around.
    The MAM guards are burly and heavy duty.
    I just got the EBay extra coverage plastics for winter. (Second ones that Jim used).
    Good enough for SoCal winters.
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  8. ckindt

    ckindt Been here awhile Super Supporter

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  9. Dale402

    Dale402 The holder of what's unused Supporter

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    I have the MAM guards. My other choice is the Barkbuster with the VPS plastics for their adjustability. But the MAM guards look good and are exceptionally flexible.
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  10. Fosters

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    Machine art Moto...the only way to fly

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  11. OriginalTeamchaos

    OriginalTeamchaos Adventurer

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    I use MAM ADVance Guard on my GSA and I like them for their adjustability and style. I had Bark Busters on my previous GS.
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  12. nwcycle

    nwcycle Long timer

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    IMG_7936.jpg Had to make something quick, a used set off my desert racing bike, Maier , worked great... will most likely buy a new set and do the same at only $45.00 ;)
    drill a few holes with 3 zip ties
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  13. Motorman

    Motorman Been here awhile

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    Looks like it’s going to be MAM.

    Thanks for your comments.
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  14. Motorman

    Motorman Been here awhile

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    Went to order a set and they’ out of stock !
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  16. Motorman

    Motorman Been here awhile

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    Out of stock ! Again !
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  17. Chris183

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    Anyone crash tested the MAM handguards yet?
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  18. Covert

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  19. bigjohnsd

    bigjohnsd '14 BMW R1200 GS Adv Supporter

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    No crash but a garage "event", the plastic portion didn't make it through the drywall, MAM sells replacement plastic quite reasonably. DAMHIK
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  20. deep6blue

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    I went a little different route. On previous bikes I've made my own handguard extensions. I use Kydex, which is a plastic with a low melting point. It's typically used for gun holsters and such. But I make all kinds of stuff with it. You can heat it with a hairdryer or heatgun, shape it, and let it cool. My work is not museum or re-seller quality, but its functional and I made it. That makes me happy.

    I just did this with the OEM handguard on the 1250. I used a piece of kydex cut to about 4.5" x 6". Simply heat the kydex until it is just pliable (not like a wet noodle), then place it against the handguard and hold for a short time. If you don't like the shape, heat again and reshape. These pieces were reused from a previous handguard. They are attached using double siding automotive tape. This is the same stuff used for car trim.

    For this go version, I noticed the wind was coming off the handguard extension directly at my shoulders. So i used a small cardboard tube to shape it a bit. Now the wind is directed just away from my arm. That little curve made a ton of difference.

    I've used these homemade versions for over 30k miles in the Pacific Northwest. Through all 4 seasons and on long high speed runs on the interstates. No issues at all.

    Admittedly, once the Barkbusters arrive, I'll switch to the Storm covers. but in the interim, these are really great. And depending on the Barkbuster Storm cover effectiveness, I may reshape and add these to them.

    A couple pictures:

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