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    Bark Buster Dangers ??

    A few weeks ago I was sitting on the sofa, nursing my bruised and torn hands/fingers, and thinking about my broken clutch lever, and front brake lever (bent right back against the bars),
    and the thought finally hit me, Bark Busters.

    I don't race, but I do a lot of woods riding, and I have a truly special talent for dropping my bike. So I informed my friends and parents that I was adding bark busters to the long list of things I want for my bike, when I can afford it.

    To my dismay, practicially everybody told me that bark busters were one of the most dangerous things you can put on a bike. I was told that my hands could slip down in front of the bars (which I have actually done many times) and that the busters could catch me and break my, arms, wrists, or fingers. And that in the event of a bad crash (especially OTB )if I got caught by the busters, could end up cartwheeling down the mountain along with my bike, instead of flying free. I must admit, in a scenario like that, I would rather fly free than be cuaght up in a flailing bike.





    So, my quetion is, what are your thoughts ,feelings and experiences with bark busters ?? Are they worth the risk?




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    They are absolutely worth the risk. I've used them for years and consider them essential equipment for woods riding. I do know one person who broke his wrist going OTB and catching his hand on the guard. But brands like the Cycra Pro Bend have a downturn that provides some extra clearance.

    Besides saving levers, the busters protect your fingers big time, they keep the front brakes from getting applied by a tree or branch, and they keep your hands warmer and drier.




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    i would crash and or break my fingers every ride if i didnt have bark busters. The cycras do have alot of room.




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    I've used Bark Busters or something similar since I first started riding and couldn't imagine riding in the woods without them. Every time I ride I end up thinking how glad I am I have them.
    Only once have I wiped out and had my hand get caught between the bars and my handguards in the way you described. My hand was bruised but not broken. Even then, I never considered removing them. I'd rather live with the possibility of a broken wrist in a freak accident than the certainty of broken fingers every time I ride.
    If you're concerned about not having enough room, try ProBend handguards. Their shape gives you alot more room. They are more expensive than your basic types of guards, so you'll have to weigh the cost vs. benefit for yourself.




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    I would never ride in the woods without them, but when I hit the MX track they come off. You can get your arms caught in them but it usually happens after going over the bars from a bad landing on the track.

    Like everyone else has said you have to weigh the dangers. Bikes are dangerous so do what you can to protect yourself in most cases. In the woods bark busters can protect you from smashed knuckles, etc as well as saving your levers in simple tip overs. I haven't replaced a lever since installing mine. Well worth the risk.



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    Another for hand guards.



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    I added handguards to my bikes a year ago. Glad I did, won't ride without them anymore.

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    I've only seen third- or fourth-hand testimony about broken wrists and whatnot with the bark busters (a guy told me about a friend of his brother's half-step neighbor-in-law . . .), but I have first-hand experience with them keeping my knuckles from getting busted on trees and rocks and whatnot.

    go for 'em.



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    I have Sunline Enduro hand guards on my 450..

    I went down yesterday in the woods, I hate the woods... The left side hit pretty hard, broke off the hand guard, but my hand was fine.

    I'd hate to think what would have happened had my hand hit first!




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    I use the Acerbis hand guards. Would not think of riding in the woods without them. They have saved my hands more times than I can count. They will pay for themselves by eliminating broken levers.

    I agree with the rest, well worth the risk.




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