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These ($75 - $80)

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Are the same as THESE ($28)

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Same EXACT hardware, weight and materials. Both made in China. Both stamped/numbered in the same manner. My ebay no-name set came today and although I'm very happy with them, I'm none-too-pleased about the fact that I paid so much more in the past for same HGs, simply because they have the letters A-C-E-R-B-I-S on the front. :mad:

I've purchased 2 sets of the Acerbis rally pro x-strong handguards over the past few years and now see that I just wasted about $100 in the process of doing so.

So... If you're in the market for handguards, save yourself $50 (unless the word "Acerbis" really means that much to you).
 

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No those are not the exact same hand guards as genuine Ascerbis. A very good clone. Acerbis hardware comes with spacers for two sizes of bars and the bracket is curved so the cables or levers go on top or bottom. The brackets are also anodized. If these clones hold up and the guard bar isn't cast aluminum, as a lot of these cheap handguards have, which can crack when dropped then these are a good deal. And you are right Aserbis handguards are pricey. So far my wife has stress tested hers a number of times and they are holding up great.

TheJRM have you been using these chinese HG's and have you dropped your bike? How do you know they are as strong as genuine Ascerbis?
 

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I had the aluminum crack on a set of cheap $28 clones after only one tip-over. Granted , the bike did land on unyielding Moab sandstone. Mounting hardware was fairly poor also.
I threw those away and purchased D-flex handguards at twice the price but likely many times the durability. They are getting scuffed up from rough use but surviving.
My second bike came with an all plastic set of clones of the clones. One broke when the bike fell over in the garage. Pure plastic with no metal reinforcement. They shall be replaced.
 

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No those are not the exact same hand guards as genuine Ascerbis. A very good clone. Acerbis hardware comes with spacers for two sizes of bars and the bracket is curved so the cables or levers go on top or bottom. The brackets are also anodized. If these clones hold up and the guard bar isn't cast aluminum, as a lot of these cheap handguards have, which can crack when dropped then these are a good deal. And you are right Aserbis handguards are pricey. So far my wife has stress tested hers a number of times and they are holding up great.

TheJRM have you been using these chinese HG's and have you dropped your bike? How do you know they are as strong as genuine Ascerbis?
You are right. I do not *know* for certain that they are as strong, but I'll tell you, they look, feel and weigh (as measured on my hanging scale) exactly the same. For $28, I'll take my chances this time around.

Mounting was no easier with the "genuine" guards, although I do agree that the mounting hardware, in particular the spacers, seemed to be of higher quality. I cannot see any difference in the 2 versions outside of that though (granted, the bike has not been dropped... yet). I will report back in with results.

Regardless, I wouldn't spend $75 - $78 on the Acerbis X-Strongs again. Seems like there are far better options available for the money.

p.s. In my book, just about anything that comes out of China is prone to be re-branded by multiple manufacturers or sold by generic/no-name brands. There are SO many products that fall into this category. Given that we're talking about a bit of plastic and Aluminum, that comes out of China, I see no reason why the handguard itself (perhaps not the mounting hardware) wouldn't be the same. Once again though, the proof is in the pudding. I have no plans on crashing, but I'll report back in with results if and when I do!
 

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I like to hear about deals as much as anybody but I also think twice when I see such a click-bait subject line and then read a dramatic post about saving a few dollars on an item of questionable quality and blatant advice to not buy a known brand name who does the R & D for the Chinese rip off artists.

I rode with a guy who used hand guards that didn't hold up and crushed his hand between the bars and the guard when he came in contact with a tree.
 

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I like a good deal too. So lets us know how they do down the road.
 

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Say what you will, but I am willing to bet they are the exact same guards. And I'm not the only one out there who has made the same observations...

ACERBIS Rally Pro Handguards vs. EBay Handguards review



Regardless, the next set I purchase (and spend good money on) will be American made.
Not saying that you are wrong exactly. Just if you put up a subject line like that there needs to be some backup. Looks and weights don't add up to good reviews and good real life performance.
In this case we are talking TW200 and maybe that isn't as important in some situations to some people but good quality counts in critical situations, a review, good or bad, is worth the effort typing it out, and worth it to the ones reading it.
 

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Note: I have Acerbis hand guards on my KTM 500 and have been happy with them. Also have a different style Acerbis on the KDX - also good. I am also not biased towards the brand.
I was a Fox Shock fan until my Yamaha Wolverine had problems - springs bending and rubbing on shock - would not recommend them, but also letting Fox respond before I publicly trash them.

Would also like to hear about your experience with the eBay deal after some time with them on the trail.
 

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Will do. Based on my experience with the Acerbis guards (and now these), I can tell that neither is all that robust compared to some of the really heavy duty guards out there though. For my intended purpose (roads, class IV riding, double track & occasional ST), I think they'll be fine, but if I were doing a lot of hard off road work, I'd get something more substantial for sure.

Now I just hope that the temps go back up around here and that the ice and snow melts so that I can ride again! :)
 

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Acerbis hand guards are the best hand guards in the world. Nobody should buy any other hand guards than Acerbis. I have had the drop test (actually riding fall) and the tree test (actually a 4 x 4 sign post-It looked like I had plenty of room until I got there and slid around on the mud) . I got what I paid for. Everyone should put Acerbis hand guards on their TW. They mount up like nothing. They are like a helmet for my hands. MBW
 

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MBW.....You funny!!!!!!:evil4: I eventually want to buy the Tusk with the turnsignals built in!!!!! Do I remember right? Was it Tusk who offers these? lol
 

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Acerbis hand guards are the best hand guards in the world. Nobody should buy any other hand guards than Acerbis. I have had the drop test (actually riding fall) and the tree test (actually a 4 x 4 sign post-It looked like I had plenty of room until I got there and slid around on the mud) . I got what I paid for. Everyone should put Acerbis hand guards on their TW. They mount up like nothing. They are like a helmet for my hands. MBW
ooh.....but I really...really.....really, wanted to buy something else!
 
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