Effect of Hand Guards on handlebar flex

Riding single track trail, I don't have to explain the benefits of mounting handguards. I'm talking about devices such as the Cycra Probend and others that are solidly mounted to the handlbar ends with the other end either clamped to the handlebars or triple clamps.

But it's occurred to me that this would tend to stiffen the bars somewhat. As I get older and wrists become more sensitive to impacts up through the bars, I'm wondering if I should shelve these units, go without or replace them with one that aren't anchored in the end of the bars.. Any thoughts?

What good are healthy wrists with gnarled fingers and hands? :excuseme:

Not to mention all the levers you'd get to replace.

It seems to me that most of any flex would be at the point where the bars meet the steering head clamps.

But, a quick search revealed these little dandies:


Guards: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cycra-Probend-CRM-Handguards-For-Fasst-Flexx-Bars-Blue-123249-/270856378946

Bars: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fasst-Flexx-15-Quad-Handle-Bars-Handlebars-Yamaha-YFZ450R-YFZ-450-09-10-11-12-13-/400318467783?pt=Motors_ATV_Parts_Accessories&hash=item5d34d70ec7&vxp=mtr

The best of both worlds. :banana:

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