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Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:16 pm



I'm calling this a PReview, because due to some extenuating circumstances (weather, vacation, illness) I haven't had the opportunity to fully document my testing of this fantastic new product.

Some of you may be familiar with Peter Sever, better known as WheezyRider. He is the guy who rode his GL1800 AROUND THE WORLD - literally. If you haven't checked out his blog at http://www.wheezyrider.com/ and have a few hours (or days) to kill, I encourage you to go read it through.

While riding, through heat and snow, he wished for something to better protect his hands. He tried a product that he thought might work, but it was junk, and he quickly discarded it, reworking his own design to do the job.

Once he returned home to Canada, he started thinking about those hand protection devices that he had made...and the idea took seed.

Several years later, the end result is the Perfect Ride Handguards. He's been showing me these during the development process for over a year now, 3D-models, during the design of the injection mold, and more. They are just about to be released, and he wanted me to have one of the first sets.

I've had just enough time to get them mounted and try one quick ride around the neighborhood before I head off on vacation tomorrow. So I wanted to get a quick "Pre-review" (i.e. P-Review) so people know just what an amazing amount of thought and design has gone into these quality items.

The handguards came to me in a bag with a stapled top - although I'm told this is a pre-production package:

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The handguards fit any GL1500 or GL1800 motorcycle. They can be fit to a GL1800 with an absolute minimum of tools, while the GL1500 takes a bit more work - a hole has to be drilled and tapped.

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Once installed, the handguards can be removed or reinstalled in minutes with NO tools.

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Installation instructions are a bit sparse at the moment, consisting of an installation video for the GL1800 (which is dirt simple) - and no instructions at all for the GL1500. That's going to change very shortly. There is an UNCONDITIONAL warranty - if there's one thing I've found out about Peter's love of this product, it is that he designed it with the absolute highest quality materials, and expects it to LAST.

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The handguards themselves consist of two round, high-impact plastic shells. They flow the wind around your hands - keeping them warm in winter, and something I'm very interested in: dry in rain! There is nothing more miserable than riding in rain with soaking wet gloves.

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The very tough plastic tabs fit on the top and bottom of the brake and clutch levers, while the included hardware replaces the OEM Honda clutch and brake lever pivots.

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There is a dizzying array of hardware included with the kit. From left to right:

- rubber washers, used to prevent the thumb wheels from coming loose once tightened
- knurled nut to fasten helmet pin in place - it includes a hole to allow it to be tightened using an allen key, screwdriver, or any other round thing you can stick into the end. These replace the locknuts on the OEM clutch and brake pivots.
- Knurled thumbscrews - these fit through the side of the handguards and screw into the ends of the motorcycle's handgrips. The GL1800 has existing threaded holes for this, the GL1500 does not.
- Washer and lockwasher for the knurled nut - this takes the place of the OEM lockwasher.
- Three sets of spacers - these are used to fit between the end of the handgrip and the inside of the handguard, depending on the type of grips you have installed on your bike.
- Stainless steel pivots/helmet locks. These are the key to the system: they replace the clutch and brake pivots, mount the hand guards in place, and give you a place to hang your helmet. They also have a hole in the top for use in tightening. Not only that, you can put a lock through this hole once the helmet D ring is put over the pin, allowing you to lock the helmet in place.
- Nylon slip washers - these are put in place at the end of the throttle grip, to allow it to turn smoothly without binding against the spacers.

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The pivot is truly a formidable piece of hardware. Machined from a piece of solid 316 stainless steel (the steel aircraft parts are made from), it is hard, tough, and corrosion-proof. Handling this piece, it is clear why the kit is guaranteed for life!

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The thumbscrew fits through the side of the handguard, and into the end of the grip. The knurled nut fits onto the bottom of the pivot once it is installed, locking it in place. Both are also machined from 316 stainless.

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I am so impressed with the construction and simple installation of these handguards, and I absolutely can't wait to get out and put them through their paces!

I expect to have a ride report - hopefully including a video - soon. In the meantime, I will include the demo and installation videos here, and a link to the Perfect Ride Website.










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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by offcenter » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:03 pm

Since no one else has commented on this, I'll post my thoughts....

These look like a very good quality product in the pictures.
Great idea and I'm sure they work. In fact the more I think
about it, they are a fantastic idea!!
But.....
Speaking as one of the "lower income" riders out here,
One hundred and sixty bucks for two molded pieces of
plastic and a few hardware pieces seems more than
a bit excessive. Definitely out of my price range.
Being rather handy with tools, often out of necessity,
I may try to make something like that myself.
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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by deadendbill » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:21 pm

At first I agreed with you on the $160 price being too high.... Then I thought about it and it is only that high due to volume of units made. I don't know but I guess that WheseyRider turns the stainless steel parts on a lathe and had the ABS molded for him. A low investment budget, high quality manufacturer just starting on production.... I believe the price is justified until he sells the idea to a major company that has deep pockets! BTW, I would have purchased a month ago but I leave at 4AM tomorrow for a trip back east from Vegas on my 'Wing. 6,000+ miles over three+ weeks; I could have used these for this trip, IT WILL RAIN! Maybe a pair after I get back home ;-)

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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by WheezyRider » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:46 am

Thanks for your comments folks. I fully understand and was admittedly concerned that the price of our HandGuards is high relative to other kinds online. You might be interested to learn why.

Two basic reasons:
(a) "The highest quality available" decision is an expensive one I made early on, plus,
(b) It is a model-specific product for GL1800/GL1500/F6B, hence volume will necessarily be lower.

As Scott correctly pointed out in his PRreview, the helmet post, end screw, knurled nut are solid 316 stainless steel machined one at a time (on amazing automated robot-like machines). I'm a retired high-end trans-oceanic yacht builder. 316 is the best outdoor metal by far, is visually lovely, it feels better than alternatives tactile-wise, will never rust, and must be machined versus cheaper production methods. Hence it costs way more. Ditto the quality of the injection mold, best is best but also more costly. Just the ejection mold for the plastic, for example, would be upwards of $30k in USA/Canada/Europe. It's less expensive to make molds in China of course but there are offsetting costs as well.

Notice there is no "adapter kit" so it can be made to fit millions of other bike models and handlebar styles worldwide. Rather it's very specifically custom-made for an OEM fit on Goldwings, period. So we must amortize the costs over a much smaller anticipated population (sales.)

Maybe you can justify the higher cost by the fact that this product is "forever." The warranty is lifetime, no-hassle and all hazards, period. That includes if you oops crash/fall and break a HandGuard, no problem, send it to us and we'll instantly replace it. Forever.

One small correction to Scott's excellent article -- only because I had an emailed comment from a customer -- the packaging is what it is, no plans to change it unless we discover problems with it. This is the most space-efficient method of packing and we think no one cares about the box anyhow, one less thing to recycle! For shipping of course the shipper provides a box. Remember the product is unconditionally warrantied and is exceedingly strong, it will not be scratched or broken from shipping, I can promise that.

Hope this explains a couple details sufficiently!

If GoldWingDocs readers have any questions or complaints whatever, the guy behind the product is very interested and receptive: That would be me. Peter@ThePerfectRide.bike

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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by Metal Mangler » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:05 am

Well I want a pair. I hope you keep us in the loop. Looks like a great design.
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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by Metal Mangler » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:16 pm

FYI they are on the Cycle max web site. 160 a pair.
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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by alwrmcusn » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:34 am

Looks like a nice cool/cold weather accessory. Also seems to be about $100 over priced.
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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by MikeB » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:43 am

They are on the Add-On Accessories https://addonaccessories.net/theperfect ... 0-f6b.html and Wing Stuff http://wingstuff.com/products/37730-the ... handguards sites as well as the Cyclemax site.

They are all listed at the same price, which I believe is as close to correct a price as you can get considering the cost of materials and manufacturing costs. I'm not saying I'd buy a set but I think the price is about where it should be.

Considering the price of a good set of gloves and/or the price of a good set of heated gloves and controller, it is on par with those items in price. Unlike the Perfect Ride Handguards, the gloves protect your hands when you are off the bike too. If you have heated hand grips your hands will be warm on the grips but Heated Gloves keep your hands warm whether your hands are on the hand grips or not.

The Perfect Ride Handguards are an ingenious new addition to the motorcycle accessory line up.
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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by Chris183 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:47 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like you have to ditch the factory bar end weights, is that correct?

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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by WheezyRider » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:09 am

Hey Mike B,

Sorry it took a while to notice your question. Answer is "Yes": You are likely to park the end weights because with our HandGuards attached the weights are redundant. For starters, the Honda weights are about half the HandGuards' weight. Plus the HandGuards actually do more than the weights to cancel any vibration. There is not just end-of-handlebar attachment, but also wind and mechanical pressures being applied. It's smooth as velvet with HandGuards attached, that's my bottom line after a couple years of road testing.

Do not toss the end weights, if you sometimes ride without the HandGuards which come off in 3-4 minutes a pair, you may (or may not) want to re-attached the weights. Personally I have never needed the weights and have some 300,000 km on three Wings (1x1500, 2x1800) including an amazing round-the-world ride.

But maybe your bike has some vibes mine don't, so I'm not dissing Honda's design.
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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by jeffmd2 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:27 pm

I have installed the PerfectRide hand guards. I rode in the rain this morning and had dry gloves at my destination. My only concern so far is not being able to grab onto the left grip to mount the bike or put it on the center stand. Also when turning in tight situations, the edge of the hand guard comes in contact with your wrist and will take some time to get used to. I am looking forward to riding in colder weather to test the protection against the cold. I do have heated gloves, maybe they will work better at a lower setting. So far I am very happy with the quality and ease of installation.

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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by WheezyRider » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:37 am

Hi jeffmd2 -- thanks for buying HandGuards and commenting about them.
Addressing the left HandGuard while (in my case occasionally) pulling the bike up on the centre stand.
Yes you are right, it is harder to pull the bike up with the HandGuards in place.

Solution: On the left side, remove the knurled thumb screw bolt -- a few seconds.
The HandGuard now swings on the axis of the HelmetPost, so just push it out of the way and lift the bike.
The whole on-off process of the thumb screw shouldn't take more than half a minute.
The HandGuards are fully warrantied forever, do not worry about damaging them by pivoting on the axis.

In terms of touching your gloves to the plastic in some steering situations, it probably takes some slight changing of hand position.
It hasn't been a problem for me after a few years using them but now I do not wear heavy gloves even in cold weather.
Big gloves are more likely to take up precious space inside the HandGuards. Is that possibly a contributing factor in your case?
Just a suggestion ...
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Re: Perfect Ride Handguards: P-Review

Post by jeffmd2 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:59 pm

WheezyRider: I have the handle bar risers installed which put the bars closer to me, this could be why I am feeling the pressure on my wrists when in tight turn situations. I will try the idea of removing the thumbscrew and rotating the guard out of the way. For putting it on the center stand this would be the way to go. I did put some blue thread lock on those thumbscrews due to the fact that they seem to thread in very easy. On the throttle side I had trouble finding the sweet spot, tight enough without pressure on the throttle to keep it from springing back. It was easy to get it too tight holding the throttle open and not allowing it to spring back. Overall I am very happy with them.



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