Saturday, November 15, 2008

GS Handguards for Brigitta

In order to perhaps get more riding days with Brigitta, my 1987 R80 Airhead Beemer, I had ordered a pair of GS handguards for her. They arrived yesterday afternoon and I installed them onto the handlebars that evening.

I discovered the nut holding secure the right hand side mirror to be stuck and instead of risking damage to either the nut or the threaded portion of the mirror stem, I cut the plastic retaining ring on the handguard itself. I was able to mount it then and used wireties instead of the included hardware as I am still not sure I want to keep the handguards on permanently.

I took the following pictures yesterday afternoon, see what you think of how they change the looks of an R80 with an S fairing. I hope to get in a ride today with Brigitta to see how well they block the wind from my hands.


Unknown said...

To be honest, the handguards blend nicely with the style of the bike. Lucky for you that Brigitta is black in color, or you would have to paint the handguards.

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Charlie6 (Dom)

I have a new pair of these sitting in a box in the garage. My problem is that I am using aftermarket mirrors with shorter mounting bolts than the factory mirror stems. I need to find bolts that are an additional 1/2 inch long.

They look great on your bike, and will look good on mine too. The red and black nature of my K75 with the Scout fairing will make this addition look like stock.

Fondest regards,
Jack Riepe