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I'm in need of some good handguards. I've sucessfully bent each lever at one time or another. So far, i've been lucky enought to perserve my digets.

I have done alot of looking and seem to have setteled on cycra guards. However, the packs list as 100 each. I'm curious whether or not this is a pair of guards or just one side. If it is great! if not 200 for two aluminum bars and some plastic scares me :cry: I would love to spend some of that hard earned money on an exhaust.

Also for my information can someone help me understand the pros/cons of each of the mounting styles. front-pinch, side-pinch, regular. Do the triple-mounts and extra strength to the bar or allow greater bar interoperability?

Finally if you have any suggestions on alternatives, or testemonials i would greatly appreciate it.

(FYI i have a stock 7/8 steel bar (im pretty sure :cry:))

Thanks all very much, this is my first bike so be prepared for more stupid questions heh

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I just put some Cycra ProBends on my WR. Yes the $100+ price includes both sides. I purchased the GYT-R triple clamp mounts, because they have a slot, and therefore are more adjustable. You can get the Cycra brand if you want, and I think they are a little cheaper. Get the side-pinch triple clamp model. Also make sure you order the right mounts for the bar ends. I thought I ordered the ones for steel bars (mine are stock), but it came with the smaller ones for alloy bars. My bud had the right kind, so I just got them off of him.

I also ordered a different pair of hand guards (black), but a white pair came with them, so I'll find a way to put them on my son's bike. You might save some $$ if you order carefully. I got mine through World of Powersports, and I think there was some confusion.

All said and done though, I'm pretty happy with them. They are VERY solid, and I can't imagine losing another lever, even if the stock bars bend in a crash.

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pics of my Cycra's, some when they were new (bottom half) and then some close-ups of the mounting of the headlight bezel i took somewhat recently (top half):

http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/wr-handguards/

now they look a little battered but still very solid:

http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/riding/04aug2003-sixdays/pics-2/IMG_0051_sm.jpg

http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/riding/04aug2003-sixdays/pics-2/IMG_0089_sm.jpg

the best attribute of the Cycra's is of course "the bend"...

http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/riding/02aug2004-sixdays/IMG_1084_sm.jpg

http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/riding/02aug2004-sixdays/IMG_1136_sm.jpg

http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/riding/02aug2004-sixdays/IMG_1248_sm.jpg

http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/riding/02aug2004-sixdays/IMG_1327_sm.jpg

http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/riding/02aug2004-sixdays/IMG_1342_sm.jpg

this is what the triple clamp mounts look like with the headlight off:

http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/panoram-mounting/IMG_0956_sm.jpg

They are VERY solid, and I can't imagine losing another lever, even if the stock bars bend in a crash.

i used to think that too :cry: -->

http://losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/riding/29jul2002-sixdays/DSC00131_sm.jpg

it was an ugly crash, the bike fell off of a ledge and dropped about 6 feet onto the side of the bars. luckily i was able to jump off and thus didn't go down with the ship. i had to use a brick hammer and the class 3 tow hitch on my truck as an aid to straighten it all back out.

the Cycra's have held up very well and i would recommend them highly.

jim aka the wrooster

'01 wr250f

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(FYI i have a stock 7/8 steel bar (im pretty sure ))

ps:

you can use the Cycra's with the stock steel bar -- just get some radiator hose or similar and use it to increase the diameter of the angled bar-end expanders. this way you can use the Cyrca's with your current OEM handlebars (like i show in the first index of pics above) and then resuse the same mounts and guards when you get new handlebars (like the renthals and protapers in my later pics).

jim aka the wrooster

'01 wr250f

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I have the Factory 909 clamp on barkbusters. They have saved my hands many times but I still managed to bend a brake lever. I had just put a remote hot start on the brake perch and forgot to apply teflon tape. On a sidehill climb I smacked an uphill tree with the clutch side guard. The right guard was the first thing to hit the ground (really hard), it rotated but my lever didn't. Nothing else was damaged and I was able to finish the ride.

In that instance I think a triple clamp mount would have bent. They have a serious cool factor but I think they are too rigid. I guess my point is that nothing is ever totally crash proof.

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The Cycra Pro-bend's with the triple clamp mount should reduce the chance of breaking or bending a lever, but it is still possible. My stock brake lever snapped two weekends ago, it's wasn;t a fun crash. I'm going for a folding lever now. They do work great when going through the bushes though!! :cry:

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thank you all very much for the great info! It's so nice to come to thumpertalk and get positive, experience-driven responses :cry:

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I threw on a set of the moosehandguards, with my new set of renthals..i love them. I've crashed a few times pretty hard and no damage, most of all i love not having to keep a steady supply of levers in my toolbox!! I would think any of the guards would work well, but I don't see how the plastic guards could hold up to a crash, although on son's xr80 they are nice for the brush, roost, etc.

If you get just raw aluminum guards you can have them anodized to your liking if they don't offer the color you want from stock. My moose guards are just silver, they offered black and gold i believe, but I have access to green, gold, red, blue, clear, brown, and black, as would anyone who anodizes..anyway, just a thought :cry:

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Check out the powermadd racing handguards. They are sweet! I've run them on my bike and they look cool had work great. They mount to the handle bars and not the levels like some of the others. You can also get the wrap around end piece that mounts to end of the handlebar to keep them from flexing if you hit a tree.

Heres a link... Powermadd Handguard

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Thanks again all, i did end up ordering the cycra-pro bends straight from TT! TT deserves my money just as much as the next guy :cry: [plug]That and they have the sweetest 4-stroke forum on da net [/plug] :cry:

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