BarkBusters Storm Guards - 2018 Africa Twin

livingwellcfr

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I just tried to order some Barkbuster Storms from Revzilla and they say product discontinued and not coming back in stock:
"Discontinued Product! Barkbusters Storm Handguard Kit Honda Africa Twin / Adventure Sports 2018 has been discontinued and will not be returning". Had a Chat with one of their gear specialists and he was surprised by that. He went away for a while to investigate and all he could do was agree with me.

Maybe could buy the universal mount and guards individually. But want to be sure these would work on my 2018 DCT. Seems kind of strange.

The good news is I was finally able to place an order for my Outback Motortek crash bars (Crash Bars and Engine Bars). Since it is Christmas also ordering Motorcycle Adventure Gear's Bar Risers. Want to order the Camel Toe Side Stand but it is sold out right now as well. Now just need the OEM center stand to be available and my winter projects will be lined up...
I just ordered the Bark buster Storm kit from Revzilla. Maybe it was an error on the website, suppose to arrive on the 26th. I was expecting to see a close out or discontinued flag on the product??
 

dascooter

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I just ordered the Bark buster Storm kit from Revzilla. Maybe it was an error on the website, suppose to arrive on the 26th. I was expecting to see a close out or discontinued flag on the product??
Strange indeed. I just contacted Revzilla again this morning. They confirmed it was not available and directed me to Twisted Throttle where I placed my order.


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livingwellcfr

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Strange indeed. I just contacted Revzilla again this morning. They confirmed it was not available and directed me to Twisted Throttle where I placed my order.


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So just to satisfy my thoughts on this product not being available, I contacted customer service at Revzilla regarding the Bark busters. I spoke with Eric B. and he assured me that they are indeed in their warehouse and are available, I did ask him if they were model specific and he said DCT and manual are the same fitment. I haven't received them yet, hopefully tomorrow they'll be at my front door. I'll keep you posted.
 

dascooter

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So just to satisfy my thoughts on this product not being available, I contacted customer service at Revzilla regarding the Bark busters. I spoke with Eric B. and he assured me that they are indeed in their warehouse and are available, I did ask him if they were model specific and he said DCT and manual are the same fitment. I haven't received them yet, hopefully tomorrow they'll be at my front door. I'll keep you posted.
Hope it works out for you. Not sure why we are getting different feedback. Hopefully we are both happy once we get them. Here is the email I got from Ben at Revzilla. Might be able to buy the parts individually. But I felt more comfortable getting one they say was explicitly for the Africa Twin.

Ben

Thank you for reaching out to us! Unfortunately, we do not carry this kit at the moment but you can find it from Twisted Throttle.

Feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Best,

Ben

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Ben D.
RevZilla.com
 
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livingwellcfr

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Hope it works out for you. Not sure why we are getting different feedback. Hopefully we are both happy once we get them. Here is the email I got from Ben at Revzilla. Might be able to buy the parts individually. But I felt more comfortable getting one they say was explicitly for the Africa Twin.

Ben

Thank you for reaching out to us! Unfortunately, we do not carry this kit at the moment but you can find it from Twisted Throttle.

Feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Best,

Ben

--
Ben D.
RevZilla.com
This reminds me of when I lived In CA some years ago. I'd call the DMV, ask the same question to three people and get three different answers.
 

livingwellcfr

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Bark busters were on my doorstep when I got home today. Just finished installing them, these things fit great! Took about an hour to install them. I'm not sure why there would be any issues with these things fitting?
 

inexorable

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Seems there is no problem with fitting for the vast majority of people @livingwellcfr - if yours are good then that's normal - enjoy 👍

@DELLA - thanks for the comments and tips on bracket positioning - there's always something for me to learn here.
 

JimInOz

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To follow up on my installation.

I moved the brake/mirror mount outwards along the bar as far as it would go until it hit the throttle/switch block, then, after loosening all BB screws, repositioned the clamp frame/saddle until it was clear of the bend. This was great, no more clamping on the bend.

HOWEVER!

Because the clamp frame/saddle has now moved outward, the hole in the aluminium arm is now about 8 to 10mm past the matching hole in the clamp frame/saddle! I could loosen everything off, get it all together and then tension all the screws, but this would then introduce built in stresses, just as bad as the original problem.

In my case, I see the only solutions are:

1 - Clamp on the curve - Grin and bear it.

2 - Get the clamp frame/saddle in the right place and then modify the aluminium arm by drilling a new hole and cutting off the excess.

I might give BB a call on Monday and see what they think.

Final questions. Are all of the "problem free installs" on ATs or ATASs?

Are the ATAS bars wider than the standard AT?
 

Black99S

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Clamp it on the curve like BB designed it to be. Go ride. Fall down. All will be fine.

Always better to slide levers inwards to improve finger leverage. Sliding outward makes it hard to one-finger the clutch.
 

inexorable

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Sunday.
4:00pm.
December.
UK thinking about getting dark.
Pigeons getting ready to roost.

70mph+ (ish).
Particularly fat pigeon.
Left BarkBuster.
BANG.

Pigeon much dead.
Impact affects steering (a lot more than expected actually).
AT does a quick shimmy to the left.

Thanks to the BarkBusters I still have all my fingers (none muched off by a rapidly depressed clutch lever).

The OEM guards would have just exploded for sure and I'm confident my hand would be in pretty bad shape.

... and just imagine if it had been the other side - instant full on brake, potentially crushed fingers and a quick steering shimmy to the right into fast oncoming traffic.

Yup - my BarkBusters experience was a bit dodgy - but Sunday proved they were a pretty good idea - and not just for the drops folks! 👍
 

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That a once in a lifetime occurrence. Had a small bird bounce off my goggles once, shocking how hard the hit was.

Sunday.
4:00pm.
December.
UK thinking about getting dark.
Pigeons getting ready to roost.

70mph+ (ish).
Particularly fat pigeon.
Left BarkBuster.
BANG.

Pigeon much dead.
Impact affects steering (a lot more than expected actually).
AT does a quick shimmy to the left.

Thanks to the BarkBusters I still have all my fingers (none muched off by a rapidly depressed clutch lever).

The OEM guards would have just exploded for sure and I'm confident my hand would be in pretty bad shape.

... and just imagine if it had been the other side - instant full on brake, potentially crushed fingers and a quick steering shimmy to the right into fast oncoming traffic.

Yup - my BarkBusters experience was a bit dodgy - but Sunday proved they were a pretty good idea - and not just for the drops folks! 👍
 

inexorable

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Had one in the chest before but that was a much lower speed - it got caught up there for a while flapping then flew away. Funny funny moment - just not at the precise moment it was happening (or the cleanup).

... but yeah - this one though - I couldn't believe the force of the impact. Certainly wouldn't have wanted that in the head - lid or not!

Up to 450-500g (about a pound) google reckons - at over 70mph! :oops:
 

DELLA

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I hit a Roe deer that sprang off an embankment quiet literally right at me, for a moment you are just stunned by the force of impact. I was extremely lucky to only hitting its rear haunch a glancing blow, still had to call the forester to put it down though, Its sad to go through that.
 

DELLA

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Clamp it on the curve like BB designed it to be. Go ride. Fall down. All will be fine.QUOTE]

It's a Part's Bin oversight carried over by some Muppet at BB from another bike to ours. It's not just a curve its also a Taper, nobody designs a clamp to mount for a taper and on a curve.
 

DELLA

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This is what happens to the CRF part
if you clip the wall of your garage at 5 kmh

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So I for one would appreciate if Bark Busters would attend to the issue
and bring the product back on the market.
 

jkmcgill

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Seems there is no problem with fitting for the vast majority of people @livingwellcfr - if yours are good then that's normal - enjoy 👍

@DELLA - thanks for the comments and tips on bracket positioning - there's always something for me to learn here.

2019 ATAS DCT, needed an extra washer to get the throttle to clear and not bind. Thanks for posting, as I would have been stuck trying to sort out the issue.
 
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Hardtop

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Thanks for posting this. For me it was well timed. I purchased cycra hand guards for my 2017 Africa Twin having had a good experience with them on my Husqvarna TE16. Knowing how fragile the stock hand guards are, this was one at the top of my "to do" list. to cut to the chase, I did not like the look/fit of the cycra guards as I began installing them. I now have barkbuster storms on order.

I went for a ride yesterday to put the last 80 miles on the bike to get it to the 600 mile oil change. Turning around on a tight gravel road I had the front tire wash out while practically sitting still. I had to let the bike tip on over on the left side. The SW Motech crash bar protected the body panels just fine. The plastic handguard snapped off the inward mounts and my clutch lever was bent toward the steering head. Those who have said the plastic hand guards are worthless were right. Fortunately Honda made the clutch lever out of very workable aluminum. I was able to place a pipe over the end of it and bend it back to the original shape very easily. No harm done except for a couple of scratches on the crash bar.

Don't count on the stock hand guards to provide any more than wind and bug protection!
 
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vfmoore

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Hardtop, for what it is worth, I had to add an additional washer on the throttle side as well to get free throttle movement.
 
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Hardtop

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It will be interesting to see what the spacing on mine looks like. I had the dealer install factory heated grips so as to have them covered under the warranty. I installed an ATLAS Throttle Lock and ran into difficulty with the tight space between the grip and the switch cluster. I suspect the grip has been installed farther onto the throttle than the stock grip.

If I run into anything difficult I will post it here.
 

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