|11-05-2012, 09:04 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: North Augusta S.C.
Hand Guards, Low budget version! Pic heavy!
Well, I know I live down South, but it gets COLD here too, or at least to us light weights! I have bought multiple pairs of gloves and tried different combos of them and my hands are miserable unless I wear my Ski gloves, and that SUCKS! So, I started looking into Hand Guards, come to find out, they are REAL PROUD of them! So, I started thinking, yep Smoke was boiling!!!
Well I found a link to a link and hit the ground running!
Here is what I did:
I started off with an Idea and a parts list.....fortunately it was a short CHEAP list.
Here is what I had:
That is about all I needed. I had to buy the Trash can, yes that is a $3.50 trash can from Dollar general, in Gloss Black
Next was some Scrap tubing(3/8") from work, about 3.5" out from base of the mirror then, about 7" long (all a matter of preference IMO).
I used Stainless bolts and Nylock nuts 1/4-20X3/4".
The Tubing is to be the bracket of course, I taped my Bench vise jaws to prevent scratching and messing up the tubing. I then gently flattened the tubing section that the guard will go on, like this:
Holes were drilled as shown.
Then they are ready to be put on the bike, simple huh!
Now for the shape, well I saw in the links somewhere that the guards should be 7.5"X10" well, I am not positive of my Exact measurements, I winged it to some extent. I found good ole high quality fine china to use to draw my template out
The template was cut out. I then used painters tape to cover most of the can to prevent scratches, I laid out the shape on the can and traced the outline. The 3 gallon can will make 3 of these guards if you are careful. I do not know the best/smoothest way to cut the guards out, but I used Tin snips, it worked OK, but, the edges are not really smooth when you are done, I still have some fine tuning to do on them.
Few more pics:
Holes were drilled and then the test fit...
Final product inside and out
They are not perfect, but I am really happy! They perform awesome, I rode to Church Sunday AM and wore a Golf shirt, yep, 70* and sunny!!! The initial review is outstanding, I did not feel ANY wind on my hands or arms until mid bicep, this is huge for someone as cold natured as me! I may tweak them a little maybe alter the shape or angle of them, but in the winter or rain, I know I want them on there!
Now I have to find a trash can to match the Bride's bike good enuff to make her some.
Hope this helps!
Here is the original link I looked at.
Total cost, $5
My Mistress 2006 VTX 1300R
Ride Bells By OldDad
Last edited by Coop; 11-05-2012 at 09:26 PM. Reason: Neede to change sumtin:)
|11-05-2012, 09:21 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Saint Michael, Minnesota
2009 Honda Shadow Spirit 750
-Mustang Seat & Backrest
-Memphis Shades Windshield & Lowers
-Saddlemen Highwayman Saddlebags
-National Cycle Paladin Highway Bars
-Show Chrome Accessories Radiator Cover
-Kuryakyn ISO Pegs (Driver & Passenger)
-Kuryakyn ISO Grips
-Honda Luggage Rack and Sissybar
-Honda Saddlebag Supports
|11-06-2012, 08:30 AM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: In your garage stealing parts off your bike
Coop, I got ya 'over yonder' ...... Nicely done dude!
Keep the rubber side down ... unless of course you have a rubber head!
My Road to Rod, 4° Advance Timing Mod, Tubeless Spokes, Walk Around Aced It
ACE Service Manual: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/106488173/ACE%20Manual.pdf