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Offline Norumph

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Hand guards choice
« on: October 16, 2019, 12:10:38 PM »
My 800 roadie had skimpy, flimsy,one-point fitting handguards with LED indicators when I bought it, and I've been intending to fit better ones. A kind lady reversed into my parked bike last weekend and knocked it over, smashing the right hand guard, so now I need to make a decision.

I know Barkbusters are the strongest for off-road use, but I just want on-road weather protection, and was thinking Triumph.

My bike is 2012, which I gather from reading posts in this forum didn't have the best hand guards. In https://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,25869.0.html the 2015-17 ones look an improvement, but in https://www.tiger800.co.uk/index.php/topic,1947.0.html 1050 Tiger guards are recommended for the 800.
When I look up 1050 handguards on the World of Triumph website it gives two options: A9708108 Triumph Hand Guards at 101 (no picture), or A9708344 TIGER 1050 From VIN: 287504 to VIN: 570058 kit at 106.
Does anyone know the difference between these two, particularly with reference to fitting to an 800?
Would I be right in assuming the forum post most probably referred to A9708344?

Another factor is that I have a Madstad screen with the side wings fitted, so I won't be surprised if they foul the handguards on full lock, and I may have to add bar risers whatever guards I choose.

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Re: Hand guards choice
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2019, 09:35:21 PM »
I cant help you with the 1050 hand guards but I have a set off a 1200 Tiger on my 800 Roadie.They pop up on eBay from time to time quite cheaply.There is a bit of work involved in fitting them,I ended up buying the 1200 bar end weights and turning a small amount off them in a lathe to get them to fit how I wanted.

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Re: Hand guards choice
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 11:35:51 AM »
It seems 1050 and 1200 hand guards fit onto bar end weights which the 800 doesn't have, though somewhere I should have a pair I had on a Moto Guzzi V7 a couple of years ago which might fit.
Maybe it would be simpler to go for the 2015-17 Tiger 800 guards if they fit straight on?
Did the handlebar furniture change at all between 2012 and 2015? My 2012 800 doesn't have cruise control or ABS, but I can't see that would make any difference.

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Re: Hand guards choice
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2019, 11:40:59 AM »
Barkbusters are to my mind far and away the best option. Strong, better coverage etc. Go for "Storm" plastics
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Re: Hand guards choice
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2019, 01:45:02 PM »
Seconded for barkbusters, went from standard xc with Givi deflectors (which are good, but very brittle) to Barkbusters, and they're as good as having the Givi deflectors, or as close as makes no difference. I spent ages looking for a cheaper option but nothing else combines the strength with the weather protection.

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Re: Hand guards choice
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2019, 06:24:54 PM »
Thirded for the BBs and I would suggest adding the Blizzards too for extra snugness.   

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Re: Hand guards choice
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2019, 01:05:38 PM »
I've crash tested several Triumph ABS plastic handgaurds and the KTM ones I had fitted to my Versys and can confirm that they work fine, deflect Mondeos and white vans and don't cut your fingers off by permanent deformation, they also give much better weather protection than Barkbusters, which are mainly designed for low impact collisions with foliage off-road  :001:
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Re: Hand guards choice
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2019, 08:56:00 PM »
Any views on the differences between the various Triumph ones?

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Re: Hand guards choice
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2019, 11:02:25 PM »
Personally found the triumph guards to be shite.  Improved on by making extensions but went whole hog and bark busters with LEDs.
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Re: Hand guards choice
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2019, 09:03:08 AM »
After breaking two clutch levers with low or zero speed drops on the standard guards, fitted bark busters and storm handguards and never had a problem since. They have paid for themselves in saved replacement levers. Also have the barkbuster LEDs which give good visible width to the bike.

 


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