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Like having your thumb in the hole in the steering wheel of your 4wd, never had them, I try everything to not hit anything, if I do, I will pull my hand away quicksmart.
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So no one has issues with branch's pulling levers in ? I've tried multiple styles of guards but apart from the caning fingers thing ive had brakes and clutch pulled in .
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Personally I wouldn't ride scrub or enduro without them.

The only time (so far) I've broken my wrist was on a bike with no BBs fitted. By that logic, not having them was the cause.

I've asked a few pros why they don't run BBs and not one has said because of wrist injuries. Most say it's because the current trend is to use flag guards, a couple of others because they don't like the way it makes the bars a bit wider. Mostly is seems to be a trend thing.
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Mmmm interesting topic, my brother snapped his wrist after going over the bars and getting caught in the bark busters, whereas I have not just luck of the draw in my opinion.
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Personally I wouldn't ride scrub or enduro without them.

The only time (so far) I've broken my wrist was on a bike with no BBs fitted. By that logic, not having them was the cause.

I've asked a few pros why they don't run BBs and not one has said because of wrist injuries. Most say it's because the current trend is to use flag guards, a couple of others because they don't like the way it makes the bars a bit wider. Mostly is seems to be a trend thing.
Not the cool thing to have wrap around guards sounds spot on to me
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Being a bit of a fatalist (believing what happens was meant to happen), my thinking is - if you break your wrist between barkbusters and bars, who's to say you weren't going to break it when you hit the ground anyway??

For what it's worth I broke my scaphoid without crashing, just landed hard with my wrist in the wrong position. Didn't even lose grip on the bars.

There's plenty of "fors and against" mentioned in this thread. I say do what your comfortable with. For the record - I use them.

Thinking about it, my old 625sxc came factory fitted with wraparound plastic guards. They had no metal reinforcement bar at all. Best of both worlds
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My hands are wider than the grips. No barkbusters for me. I have run them and just got big blisters and sore spots from the opening not being wide enough.

My little fingers cop a bit of flack but I'm aware that I need to be careful.
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Mmmm interesting topic, my brother snapped his wrist after going over the bars and getting caught in the bark busters, whereas I have not just luck of the draw in my opinion.
He should think himself luck it was only a wrist.

I went over the bars at 140-50kph with bark busters and didnít break a wrist or lever only a fib & tib. I have had a lot of crashes and never got caught up in them or broke a lever.
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went over the bars with barkies and broke a wrist, still giving problems 20+ years later!!!

all happened so fast i have no idea if the barkies were involved though.
funny thing is i didnt even realise I'd done the wrist till all the ribs and knee the size of a football had subsided a bit.
the roo probably thought it all happened fast too. he didnt survive.
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