Twisted Throttle adds SW Motech seat rack, Barkbusters dual-sport handguards

Publish Date: 
Apr 11, 2014
By Bruce Steever

EXETER, R.I. - Twisted Throttle adds Barkbusters and SW-Motech products to its collection, especially those with a focus on adventure riding and practicality.

From the company that essentially created the original handguard design for dual-sport riding, Barkbusters has launched a new all-weather design for additional protection without compromised safety.

The Blizzard is made of a lightweight, semi-rigid material and abrasion-resistant textile fabric that encircles the grip and levers, creating a cave of weather protection. Unlike other muff-style products that might hinder the rider's ability to extract their hands quickly in the event of an emergency, the unique enclosure of the Blizzard is a balance between protection from the elements and safety, the company said. 

Additionally, the flexibility of the Blizzard material allows it to flex when contacting interfering objects such as windscreens and tankbags, thereby allowing almost any motorcycle, snowmobile, or ATV to be fitted with the handguards.

The design is rigid enough to prevent flapping at speed and even provides protection against small objects such as stones, hail or brush, the company noted.

The Blizzard guards can be fitted over the existing backbone of standard handguards. They can be attached or removed in minutes via a hook and loop strap on the control side of the handlebar, and a simple screw in the bar end, the company said.  Included in the $109.99 Blizzard kit is a wide range of hardware to facilitate mounting to handlebar weights, hollow handlebars, and existing aluminum handguard backbones.

On the other side of the bike, a new SW-Motech Seat-Rack adds luggage space for solo adventure riders.

The Seat-Rack is a luggage carrier that replaces the stock passenger seat and is secured using the bike's factory seat lock mechanism. In addition to giving the ability to remove the rack using the ignition key, the rack installs in seconds, without modification to the bike, the company said.

The 4mm black powder-coated aluminum Seat-Rack features various slots for securing gear and luggage using standard straps and webbing. Special rubber seals ensure fit and protect against sand, mud and water getting inside the bike’s tail section, the company noted.

The Seat-Rack retails for $189.99 and is available for select motorcycle models, including BMW's new R1200GS, KTM's 690 Duke and the 1190 Adventure, with more applications reportedly in development.