Barkbusters VPS Two-Point-Mount Handguards Review

Cycle News Staff | October 20, 2020

For a typical off-road bike, there are several companies that make universal handguards that fit and perform well. But if you have an ADV bike, you will likely need to get handguards that are made specifically for your model of bike. This is because most ADV bikes come with handguards standard and have unique handlebar bends and mounting points. Most of those stock handguards are not very durable, as was the case with our long-term Honda Africa Twin. Barkbusters is an Australian company that has been making handguards since 1984. They offer single- and double-point-mount handguards for just about any motorcycle.

Barkbuster VPS Two Point Mount Handguard Kit
This is the VPS system that we installed on our Honda Africa Twin. We went with the two-point-mounting system with plastic handguard and wind deflectors.

Barkbusters VPS Two-Point-Mount Handguards Lowdown

List Price: $136.80 (as tested)

Standout Feature: Durable design with great fitment

wheelie-up Durable aluminum guards that will hold up during tip overs, even on a big ADV bike
wheelie-up Great fitment with custom options for many popular motorcycles
endo-down The plastic guards will not hold up to a lot of abuse but at $36.90 they are relatively inexpensive to replace.

Barkbusters VPS Two-Point-Mount Handguards Rider Analysis

Barkbuster VPS Two-Point-Mount Handguards Installed on Africa Twin motorcycle
Our Barkbusters passed its first test with flying colors—they bolted right up to our Africa Twin! No hassles.

The Barkbusters website allows you to select the various options for your specific bike (or universal options that will fit many bikes). For the Africa Twin, they have one full wrap-around aluminum guard that uses the threaded inserts in the stock handlebars. From there, you can select one of several options of plastic guards to suit your desired amount of coverage. Barkbusters also offers a carbon fiber model. For this review, we went with their VPS (Variable Protection System), with plastic handguard, option for our Honda Africa Twin.

Installing the Barkbusters was easy due to great instructions and nearly perfect fitment. The plastic VPS deflectors mount up to the guards with course screws that thread directly into the aluminum. At first, we were somewhat skeptical that this mounting method would hold up but they have proven to be very strong. The plastic deflectors also include an optional short extension for added wind coverage.

The stock Africa Twin handguards broke the first time the handlebars hit the ground and we are happy to report that the Barkbusters can take a lot of abuse. We have yet to break ours.

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