Maier makes great fitting plastics for older style bikes. These fit great and looked great on a 1984 XR350. They are however not reinforced with aluminum so I wouldn't compare them to a Bark Buster. I also liked how deep they are allowing both levers to actuate freely with out rubbing anywhere.
Literally on for less than an hour! DIRT BIKE'S don't always stay upright- it's a fact!!!! the very first time the bike tipped and hit the gravel- the Maier Hand guards broke- the brittle plastic couldn't hold up to 1 minor impact- the Manufacture doesn't stand behind its product (because "they broke on impact with the ground") and I'm out the money!!!! Thanks Maier!
i have these gaurds on my wife and kids bikes since they tend not to crash as hard. overall i have had great results. they seem to stay in place on the bar and give just the right amount of protection. My issue is with the mounting hardware. It is kind of chincy. Some cast aluminum, so if you crank down on the anchor screws on the end plugs they can crack and break. Ask me how i know??!!
<br>Update: not sure if I want to go with these again. My teenage son whiskey throttled into a tree and the impact fell directly on the throttle side hand guard. the Hand guard snapped and he broke his wrist. I am not sure an Aluminum backed unit would have helped to prevent the injury in this instance? I think the twisting of the bars is more to blame for the wrist break?. Interestingly he complained of no knuckle or finger pain which is what I would expect given the nature of the direct frontal impact. So I guess they did their job? Choose according to skill level and how hard the crashes are.. ;-)
Not sure how they would hold up on full size bikes, but they are a life-saver on the mini-bikes and keep the briars off when riding the quad. GREAT value for the $$. On the mini-bikes they have taken some HARD hits without breaking, they will twist on the bar, but no broken or bent levers so far! Install is a bit of a pain or they would have had 5 stars.
I've put these handguards on multiple dirtbikes. They always wear very long & out of probably 10 sets, I've only had 1 break. I've always used these on standard size bars. The install is pretty easy, but depending on your bike & whats on your bars, you may have to do a little pushing & shoving to get everything to line up & screw snuggly into place. I haven't found a bike yet that these will NOT go on. Good product & I would; scratch that, I HAVE recommended these guards to other riders many times.
Great for the $. I've had three sets on 3 different bikes. WAY less expensive than the others and have worked well for me. Some fitment issues since they aren't machine specific. Had to do some cutting to fit around the master cylinder and controls on a couple of bikes. Cheap insurance in a crash. Haven't broken a lever yet.
My only issue is the clamps you have to "spread to get these to fit on the bars. These work on Polaris scrambler, trail blazer and trail boss atv's up to 2006 then they changed the Brake Master cylinder. I got them to work on my wife's 2008 Trail Blazer 330 but had to make an extension mount for the Master Cylinder side. They look great.
Switching from MotoX to woods riding and these work just fine and look good. Install was easy and they come with hardware for both 7/8" and 1 1/8" fat bars. Some of the other guards want the price of the whole Maier setup for just the hardware.
The plastics seems tough but I have not been down hard on them yet. They have held up just fine for the occasional run in with a tree though.
I'm actually upgrading my review to a 5 star. For the price you just can't beat these. Been using them for almost a year and they have held up great. The plastic is super durable. I had to modify the brake side some to get it to go around the cable and it took a high speed air grinder and a metal bit to chew through that stuff.
Only drawback I have seen is the bar mounts are a one piece split design so you may scratch your bars if you don't remove the grips and slide them on.
I was a little reluctant to try these guards because of they are made of plastic, but my skepticism proved to be unwarranted. The guards withstood a hard crash! The fit and finish of these guards are excellent. Well made, and were installed in about 15 minutes. Evidently, the plastic is very tuff.
I put these on my 06' WR450F. Fit and finish is excellent. One of the small clamps however was stripped right from the get-go. I contacted Maier and they sent out new hardware right away no questions asked. I love Maier and will continue to use their products. Awhile back I got some used Maier hand guards from a friend that were missing hardware. I contacted Maier and the lady helped me figure out what model they were and found hardware that would work and sent it out to me, I ONLY HAD TO PAY S.H.