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Brake guards...

Has anyone fitted any? Not Rizoma ones, but the CNC oriental specials, like these:
Silver CNC Pro Brake Lever Guard Bar End for Honda CBR929RR FIREBLADE 2000-2001 | eBay

Looking at them, you could take off the lower wedge and screw direct into weights, but would like to know if anyone has yet, and great success or massive fail?

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Re: Brake guards...

It's the solution to a question nobody ever asked.

What is it meant to be good for? What problem have you had or nearly had which a flimsy piece of tat in this location would have avoided? It's rubber mounted so of course it's going to flip around if you hit dirt. The MotoGP ones would surely be hard mounted so you can pick up the bike after an off and carry on. These lookalikes will do nothing.
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Re: Brake guards...

I'm not after crash protection, they're not designed for that, more to protect the brake levers from being compressed by wing mirrors in that there London. I have had a few moments over the years, not many i grant, and i saw them t'other day in a mag. Probably right, more tat than use tho'.
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Re: Brake guards...

"The guard system also removes much of the air pressure applied to levers while riding"

seriously? lulz
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Re: Brake guards...

The only use I can possibly imagine for them is if you want to keep your handlebar muffs from compressing the levers at speed. Or maybe if you frequently park through a tight doorway or gate and keep scratching ends.

For general use they just look stupid. In the situation you're talking about I can't see them doing anything good.
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Re: Brake guards...

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It's the solution to a question nobody ever asked.

What is it meant to be good for? What problem have you had or nearly had which a flimsy piece of tat in this location would have avoided? It's rubber mounted so of course it's going to flip around if you hit dirt. The MotoGP ones would surely be hard mounted so you can pick up the bike after an off and carry on. These lookalikes will do nothing.

Have you seen what happens when a bike has an impact with the brake lever?
That is what this is supposed to prevent.

Rubber mounted? What makes you think that?

I cut my levers short so the risk is minimised over standard levers, but I have considered doing something similar. I don't run bar end weights and don't like having unnecessary junk hanging off the bars which has kept me from pursuing it further.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOwNOT-BlG8

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Re: Brake guards...

I don't think it's really relevant to us mortals though.

Anything that sells itself on reducing air pressure against the brake lever at high speed is clearly BS and deserves short shrift.
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Re: Brake guards...

I don't think the OP is looking at that at all though Amorti. They're looking at preventing the front brake being depressed by catching it on something, like a wing mirror.
If it's strong enough to deflect such an impact then it looks like a good idea if you spend the day filtering (or Lane splitting as they say over the pond)
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I don't think it's really relevant to us mortals though.

Anything that sells itself on reducing air pressure against the brake lever at high speed is clearly BS and deserves short shrift.

Although they do mention the air pressure I don't think that's their main selling point :-)
I think it does have some relevance though. Next time you're doing in excess of 200kph hold your hand out and feel how much pressure there is.

I expect it'll be very soon that we'll have to run them on track which is the only reason I've been considering making something. I am concerned about the possibility of it collapsing and trapping your hand in a crash though, I think a full bar that goes back to the master cylinder would be better.

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Re: Brake guards...

Will report on this as got one coming... sounds a good idea to me as I don't like the idea of catching the brake lever and doing an endo over the bars.
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Re: Brake guards...

I doubt you'd do an 'ENDO', however i'd be interested on the quality and fit.
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