'09 R12GS handguards
[ Friday - January
2, 2009 ]
With LA weather being colder than usual, it's hard to keep on riding
without the hands wanting to freeze and fall off. At speed the
heated grips fail to work because of the wind chill factor. As a
final resort I've elected to mount handguards for the R12R. I've
seen plenty of folks mount the R12GS handguards on their R so why not
do the same. When I contacted the dealer, they told me that they
no longer sell the older handguards. They only have the newer
handguards. Once again I'm treading into new territory. How
different can it be? Right?
It turns out that my procrastination is paying off for once. Yes,
the new handguards are more expensive (e.g. $180) as opposed to the
older version (e.g. $75), but they are also better constructed and are
a little taller.
As for how I handle the bar ends, I've lucked out because I kept the
original Throttlemeister for the '05 R12GS. With a little
modification with an aluminum tube and Quicksteel, I created a new
spacer for mounting the Throttlemeister on the R12R. The fortune
of using a Throttlemeister for a R12GS is that I have handguard
Outside Throttlemeister handguard adapter. I substituted the bolt
with a standard M8 x 65mm from OSH.
It's not pretty but it works really well.
Inside Throttlemeister handguard
I had forgotten that using the Throttlemeister along with the handguard
adapter extends the handlebar by 1/2". As a result, the handguard
handlebar clamps falls a little short. I ended up creating some
extenders with stock aluminum strips I have on hand. With a vise,
I bent the aluminum strip at about 30-45 degrees and split the 1"
aluminum strip down the center lengthwise. I tapped two holes per
extender and mounted the handguard to the clamps.
The cool thing about this handguard is the ability to remove the gray
cover to allow air flow when it gets hot. So instead of removing
the handguard from the handlebar, it's just a matter of removing the
top section of the handguard. Cool beans!
Undoing this little screw allows you to remove the gray part of the
This give plenty of air flow for those hot days.
The test ride proves these handguards are really good. It's worth
the $s. Now my hands are warm on those cold days.
Written on: January 2, 2009
Last modified: January 2, 2009