TBR7 Plastic Handguards Are Trashed

This post is about a dumb story, I was rolling the motorcycle backward(yes my own TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle, I paid with my own money), I slipped, and the TBR7 motorcycle pulled away. I didn’t have a good hold on the motorcycle, and the motorcycle fell.

One of the handguards shattered. Although I didn’t have a good grip to stop the fall, I did my best to brace the motorcycle for the impact. For such a low-energy impact, I cannot believe how badly one of the TBR7’s plastic hand guard shattered.

What Are Motorcycle Handguards For?

The obvious answer, to guard your hands. Typically the protection offered is from brush and trees when off-roading. Other purposes also protect the hand controls(the brakes, the clutch, etc.). Nice convenience handguards also offer they act as a windbreak for the hands. Dirt bike handguards have many functions, but the toughest seems to take impacts without failing.

What Happened To The TBR7 Handguard?

It broke into several pieces. When I put together the motorcycle, I thought to myself; these handguards look like nothing but oversized plastic spoons. Look at the design and material. Only metal parts were the fasteners.

Stock TBR7 Plastic Handguards
TBR7 Plastic Handguards, I don’t see any metal backing?

I share much of my opinion here, and I want to tell you, the handguards I broke were the stock handguards for my TBR7 bike.

I paid for the TBR7 motorcycle myself, so my experience only influences my personal opinion. I want to share something positive about the TBR7’s plastic handguards.

Did I like Anything About The TBR7 Stock Handguards?

They were straightforward to install. The handguards came with few fasteners and easily covered the handlebar equipment, and shielded the wind from my hands. I was being easy to install helped build my experience level working on motorcycles.   

The TBR7 Plastic handguards went on easy and functioned well as a windbreak for my hands. It’s still wintertime and cold out.

To Handguard or Not Handguard, That Is The Question.

I don’t use the TBR7 as a dirt bike, so at this time, I’m going to avoid getting handguards till I better research what products work best with the TBR7. There is a possibility as the weather improves, I will go off-road and will need decent handguards in the future. Handguards are rider protection device, so I hope I don’t overthink this.

FYI, I found these cheap handguards recommended on a few forums as cheap and effective after-market dirt bike handguards. Check the handguards out and please leave feedback in the comments section.

Thank you, and Ride Safe!

My Motorcycle Handguard Updates:

Picture of me, as a New Motorcyclist.
Just Me…Newly Licensed.

Hi I’m Tom, A New Motorcycle Rider and Blog Author.

I am a new rider(Pa Learners Permit at the end of 2020, and I received a Pa Motorcycle License in 2021 after passing a Motorcycle Safety Course).

I bought my first motorcycle, a TaoTao TBR7, at the beginning of 2021 and have been doing upgrades on that motorcycle since.

I added to my motorcycle collection by buying a Boom Vader Gen 2 in 2022, and that Grom-Clone motorcycle has been upgraded by me as well.

I continue to ride my Boom Vader Gen 2 motorcycle as well as my TaoTao TBR7 dual-sport bike.

Read more on my About Me page.

Fun Fact: I’ve only been on one group ride.

1 thought on “TBR7 Plastic Handguards Are Trashed”

  1. I cannot seem to find the angle of installing the right hand guard. Break line is always rubbing it. Very frustrating. Anyone else have this problem and solution?? 2021 tbr7…


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