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GS500F Handguards / Bar Ends

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by Infidelus, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. Infidelus

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 3, 2012

    Posts: 1,512

    Hi all,

    After clipping someone's wing mirror last year and shattering it into tiny pieces, I've been looking at getting some slim bar ends for my late model (2007) GS500. I've also been thinking of getting some handguards for the last few years.

    I've spent the last hour Googling around but can't see anything decent that'll fit in either department.

    The bar ends that came with the bike are 30mm.

    Any suggestions (short of buying a newer, faster, better bike :))?
     
  2. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: Aug 26, 2003

    Posts: 35,712

    Location: Staffordshire

    Posting in Biker’s Cafe?
     
  3. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 21, 2010

    Posts: 8,412

    Location: Derbyshire

    Learning how big your bike is so you can filter without destroying mirrors?
     
  4. Infidelus

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 3, 2012

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    Thanks for that helpful tip. If only I'd thought of it as I hit the pothole that made me lose my balance while filtering.
     
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  5. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Derbyshire

    In that case getting an eye test so you can see and avoid potholes, thus avoiding losing balance and destroying mirrors?

    In all seriousness, if its due to a pothole causing you to lose your balance I really don't think shaving 10 or so mm off the width will make much difference, I'd just chalk it up as what it was - an accident - and move on.
     
  6. Diddums

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 24, 2012

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    Location: London

    Am I understanding you correctly in that you hit one pothole which resulted in an off (or bit of damage), and now you want to remove your lovely big and safe mirrors in favour of some little postage stamp sized elbow-viewers? Bit overkill isn't it? Bar ends are generally crap, I wouldn't bother.

    Cookeh might be blunt but he's 100% correct. You had an oopsie. No need to go altering your bike, just pay a bit more attention in future :)
     
  7. Infidelus

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 3, 2012

    Posts: 1,512

    Thanks again. I have my eyes tested every two years regular as clockwork, but clearly having one minor incident in the 26 years since I passed my bike test makes me a rubbish rider.

    No, you're not understanding correctly. It has nothing to do with my mirrors as they're not attached to the bar ends and aren't going anywhere. After clipping the plasticrap mirror on the other vehicle I was just curious about smaller bar ends as, had they not been there, I wouldn't have hit the other car at all. Irrespective of them, I've actually been thinking about getting handguards for a much longer time and thought I'd ask the bikers on here for suggestions. I didn't come here particularly to get into a debate about how crap you all think I am as a rider, so thanks for that.
     
  8. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,324

    FYI i thought what you where asking for was pretty clear. I think the cagers are just being a tad sensitive today...

    Typically longer/heavier bar ends are said to affect bar vibration so thin/small ones may make the bars a little vibier. But I would just go on ebay and get a set of compatible ones, there are loads of 'slim' ones to choose from. I actually had "Strada 7 Racing CNC Handle Bar Ends" which are pretty thin on the SV650 after loosing a nice R&G one 'somewhere' (sorry if I smashed a windscreen!). Having 1-2cm less on your handlebars does add confidence even if it may not help much in real life.
     
  9. Diddums

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 24, 2012

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    Location: London


    Whoa, calm down sunshine, I was in you corner ;)

    Now I understand. You should be able to get little stubby ones but do keep in mind that if the bike goes for a slide it may be your tank that gets scraped rather than the bar ends. This is something I would definitely check out first (you can do this using a straight edge if you don't want to lay the bike down).
     
  10. Infidelus

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 3, 2012

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    Thanks. Most of the ones I've seen are max 22 mm and the diameter on mine is 30 mm which is why I was asking. I'll have another look. Are handguards pretty generic in size or is that something I'm also going to have a problem finding?

    Sorry, didn't mean to snap at you particularly, I was just irritated by the extremely unhelpful comments from the first couple of responses.
     
  11. Diddums

    Capodecina

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    You posted in motors though. Unless you drive a BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe GT M Sport you're not allowed to hang with the kool katz.
     
  12. Infidelus

    Wise Guy

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    You're right, I did originally post in motors. I ride a MOTORcycle. :p

    PS, if being cool means I have to drive a BMW, I'd rather be very very uncool (sorry, not gonna spell it like the kids do 'cos I'm not cool enough and still have a fairly firm grasp of the English language) :)
     
  13. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

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    I'm not sure what you mean, the diamaeter of the exposed bar end? That usually is realtively standard and doesn't have to be the size of your grips, in fact on alot of bikes it isn't. Bar mounted handguards are a bit of a mess, I've used the acerbis dual road handguards which are nice enough though I wouldn't bother again, and they do adapter kits for most bikes including my K1300R so i'm sure there's something for yours if you hunt a bit.

    Hey! I'm a bmw rider ;-)
     
  14. Infidelus

    Wise Guy

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    Thanks again.

    A BMW rider is a million miles away from any BMW driver, especially from a standing start :p
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2018
  15. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

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    Absolute scum! I bet you have a matching colour coded two piece and refuse to salute other riders just like all the other BMW "riders".

     
  16. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

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    Sadly any matching colour gear would mean I'd become a KTM wannabe! And why would I salute other non BMW riders? In fact if I could see their number plates I would only salute the bavarian ones, the others are just posers.

    p.s. Well played on the quoting, good you did because I was raging!