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    HANDGUARDS
    on: December 12, 2020, 04:41:14 pm
    December 12, 2020, 04:41:14 pm
    Hi

    Hope everyone is keeping safe during these difficult times.

    I am considering fitting handguards to my 2020 Crossrunner.

    Looked at the Honda ones and there big plus point is that they are very easy to fit - one bolt fixing onto the brake & clutch levers.

    Also considering Powerbronze or Givi, although both these require the original bar ends and their internals removed.

    Just wondering if anyone has any of the above fitted and what their opinions are of them.

    Also how difficult/easy is it to remove the bar ends and internals if I do decide on the Powerbronze/Givi guards.

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    Re: HANDGUARDS
    Reply #1 on: December 13, 2020, 08:56:47 am
    December 13, 2020, 08:56:47 am
    I have the Givi guards fitted and they work very well. They were easy to fit and I didn't have to remove any internals. I even retained the small Honda bar ends. The sequence from the end of the bar is Honda bar end > Givi foam spacer > Givi guard. Once fitted the bar between the guards and the mirror bases can be bent to suit your preference.
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    Re: HANDGUARDS
    Reply #2 on: December 13, 2020, 10:48:42 am
    December 13, 2020, 10:48:42 am
    As Corringdon says no need to remove original bar internals when fitting the Givi units, just fit the hand guards using the Honda internals and the bolt supplied with the guards, that's what I did.

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    Re: HANDGUARDS
    Reply #3 on: December 14, 2020, 02:06:29 pm
    December 14, 2020, 02:06:29 pm
    Thanks for your replies Stubax and Corringdon

    Think I will go for the Givi handguards seeing as they do not require the bar end internals removing. They seem more robust and secure compare to the Honda ones.

    Many thanks

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    Re: HANDGUARDS
    Reply #4 on: January 04, 2021, 06:10:09 pm
    January 04, 2021, 06:10:09 pm
    I am a bit late to this particular party so you may have already gone for the Givi handguards.
    FYI I posted about the Powerbronze guards here ....
    https://www.honda-crossrunner.com/index.php/topic,2192.msg15805.html#msg15805
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    Re: HANDGUARDS
    Reply #5 on: January 05, 2021, 09:15:10 am
    January 05, 2021, 09:15:10 am
    *Originally Posted by Corringdon [+]
    I have the Givi guards fitted and they work very well.

    That does surprise me. A (nearly) flat plate placed several inches in front of the hands will do very little to prevent the cold air from circulating around your hand as the air rushes back to fill the void behind the guard. Of course this is speed dependant to an extent. It's the same with rain - going faster means the rain may not hit your hands but in town etc it most certainly will. The 'best' way to keep hands clear of the cold air or rain is to use something like Oxford Bar End Muffs and the like where the hands are totally enclosed. I have used these for a short time on my old 98 VFR800; with the heated grips on, you could wear very thin summer gloves in sub-zero temperatures but they were so big they impinged on the controls too much.

    A half-way house are the Barkbuster handguards I have fitted now. Sadly, they don't make specific ones for the Crossrunner so these are universal and hence don't fit 100%. The top fabric impinges on the mirror stalk, effectively holding some of the cover back from your hand meaning that whilst they are an improvement on the OEM guards, they're still not as good as they could be. I've considered cutting the material to allow the fabric to surround the mirror stalk but I'm baulking due to the cost of replacement if they 'unravel'.

    If the requirement is for brake lever protection, that is a different consideration.
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    Re: HANDGUARDS
    Reply #6 on: January 05, 2021, 10:36:19 am
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    I tried the Oxford muffs as well on a previous bike, Skids, and I just could not get on with them. As you say they are very restrictive and in the unfortunate event of falling off/getting knocked off the bike you'd have to pull your hands free or get dragged along with the machine.
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    Re: HANDGUARDS
    Reply #7 on: January 05, 2021, 12:38:34 pm
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    *Originally Posted by Corringdon [+]
    I tried the Oxford muffs as well on a previous bike, Skids, and I just could not get on with them. As you say they are very restrictive and in the unfortunate event of falling off/getting knocked off the bike you'd have to pull your hands free or get dragged along with the machine.

    Same here m8, they did the job but the potential cost was too high.

    I'm just constantly surprised at the number of folk who fit the OEM-style guards hoping they will prevent cold hands or maintain dry ones in the rain.
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    Re: HANDGUARDS
    Reply #8 on: January 06, 2021, 09:09:39 am
    January 06, 2021, 09:09:39 am
    I must admit I installed the Givi handguards just after purchasing my CR in the hope that they would keep some wind off the hands. I can't say whether they do or not as in the winter I always use the grip heaters and wear Gore Tex winter gloves. In the summer it doesn't matter anyway.
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    Re: HANDGUARDS
    Reply #9 on: February 15, 2021, 08:09:11 pm
    February 15, 2021, 08:09:11 pm
    I cut my BB blizzards by pushing a sharp knife through in a cross. I then post the mirror through after removing the rubber boot from the mirror first. They seem to have survived so far.