Wildgoose Chase Moto Guzzi

General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Mayor_of_BBQ on January 12, 2015, 05:16:39 PM

Title: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: Mayor_of_BBQ on January 12, 2015, 05:16:39 PM
So I've installed some Moose Racing handguards on the breva

These are solely for weather protection.. Not bark-busting! If I graze a tree on the breva.. A few smashed digits is likely least of my worries!

I have the guards fairly on the level from my ProTaper bars on Sport1200 risers

I see these things set every which way from pan-flat to a severe downward lilt

My question is this: from a purely weather protection standpoint.. What is the best angle to start at?

It's important to mention these are much smaller & lesser profile than what you would see on a Stelvio or a GSA

I know what you are thinking "dude go ride it and try some different positions"

That's easier said than done.. Fitting these things around my high rise bars, huge m/c, switchgear, and sport1200 fairing was a huge PITA that I don't look forward to repeating

Also I am not so bold to ride in 35deg rain like some of you nuts!

So any guesses as to the best starting point would be much appreciated .. Since this is not just a 'loosen & rotate' proposition!


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Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: travelingbyguzzi on January 12, 2015, 07:49:11 PM
Maybe set up a fan in your garage. Sit on the bike (without gloves to better feel the breeze) and adjust to what might work for you.
While sitting on the bike, call out to your honey: 'Oh, Honey!'
When she appears in the doorway, say: 'Please bring me a beer. I am feeling very frustated'.
They like it when you talk about your feelings.
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: fotoguzzi on January 12, 2015, 08:50:59 PM


  from a purely weather protection standpoint.. 

It's important to mention these are much smaller & lesser profile 
you need big displacement if you want weather protection.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/IMG_1557.jpg)

the things on my Buell don't stop rain and wind much at all.

(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/Buell/GOPR1924ff_zps9ba0f014.jpg)
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: Scott of the Sahara on January 13, 2015, 09:08:37 AM
I have mine as level as possible. I think they look better that way. I think they work pretty well.
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on January 13, 2015, 10:55:58 AM
Maybe set up a fan in your garage. Sit on the bike (without gloves to better feel the breeze) and adjust to what might work for you.

I like this idea. In addition, you could tape/glue little pieces of yarn onto all the upper surfaces to watch airflow over various places.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: Mayor_of_BBQ on January 13, 2015, 12:19:49 PM
I am NOT putting a Clorox bottle on my bars no way! If it's cold enough to resort to that I ain't riding


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Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: boatdetective on January 13, 2015, 12:29:33 PM
Anyone can buy fancy factory handguards, but it tkes a real man to embrace his inner Redneck with Clorox guards.
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: Mayor_of_BBQ on January 13, 2015, 01:50:58 PM
I am such a wuss about riding in the cold..  was hoping these will get my tolerance down to 40 from 50 degrees

In a former life I was a pro bicycle racer and 4 winters of riding sometimes 30+ base hours a week in every hellish cold weather scenario really ruined cold weather riding for me
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: Sasquatch Jim on January 13, 2015, 04:17:23 PM
  The clorox bottles are a neat idea but how much does the added wind resistance slow the bike and decrease MPG?
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: Guzzistajohn on January 13, 2015, 06:23:19 PM
Better yet have the wife blow cigar smoke through the fan, pointed @ the bike. You'll have your own personal wind tunnell.
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: cwiseman on January 13, 2015, 11:46:36 PM
Why not fit a pair of Stelvio hand guards. They are not that much and work great.
I don't know what would be best but guess angled back at the bottom would be better
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: twodogs on January 14, 2015, 05:48:27 AM
I put mine on so that they would not interfere with the function of the clutch or brake, not so much into blocking cold air but they keep the bug juices of me hands ;D
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: Petrus Rocks on January 14, 2015, 07:57:47 AM
Hippo Hands or similar work great in the cold.  You can wear regular gloves underneath.  I use them on my Uly.  If someone sews you can cut custom openings and add Velcro.
Title: Re: Angle of the dangle : handguards
Post by: steven c on January 14, 2015, 09:37:56 AM
 These should help.
https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/962/42817/Moose-Racing-Foam-Handguards