I did extensive research on the best aftermarket handguards for my BMW F800 GS. The bike comes stock with handlebar weights at the end of the bars, but no handguards. Dualsport riders, you know the drill: if you dump your bike in the dirt, your clutch and brake levers are exposed and prone to damage. This happened on my KTM 640 Adventure, and even with the stock plastic handguards, I bent a clutch lever which required replacing, and probably bent the master cylinder piston, which resulted in a leaking master cylinder. At first, I was interested in the Touratech plastic ones, which mount on the ends keeping the stock BMW handlebar weights intact. I wanted something with more protection, preferably with a metal bar for reinforcement. I also didn’t want to deal with making something fit that really wasn’t designed to fit, like some of the more moto-oriented ones out there. I settled on the BMW accessories model, made for BMW by Touratech. These are not sold in the Touratech catalog, and you can only get them through a BMW dealer. They feature a beefy tubular steel bar and a hardware kit that replaces the handlebar weights, but reusing the stock Torx bolts on the ends. Installation was a breeze, after a trip to Home Depot for a 40 Torx socket which was not previously in my toolkit. The instructions came complete in a dozen or so languages; I tried going Dutch, but quickly flipped around to find the English section. It took about 20 minutes, and after snugging up the bolts to the recommended Torque settings, I can say they are rock solid, and I hope I never need them. The plastic shields won’t do much good to block the wind, but there is an add-on spoiler kit for more hand protection, which I think runs about $40. Not sure if it’s worth it.
Next up for review: a post-trip account of my experiences with the Giant Loop Moto Great Basin Saddle Bag
Words I’ve Heard
"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z
"The only thing keeping us from going is leaving." --Ewan Mcgregor
"Adventures suck, when you're having them." -- Anonymous Rally Car Driver
"It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a twatwaffle."--RULE #4, Velominati.com
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."--W.C. Fields