Review: Givi HP1111 Handguards for Honda NC700X

I like the look of riding without handguards, but the weather just doesn’t get better, and it even started hailing in April!
I thus impulse bought some Givi HP1111 handguards that will fit my Honda NC700X.

Having a windscreen also from Givi (D1111ST), I looked up if they fit, and they did.

Fitment:
The fitment is so precise that it has around 1cm (and less) space between handguard and windscreen.
The handguards mount to the bar ends and mirrors. You can still use the original bar ends.
The other side mounts to the mirrors using a metal bracket and some washers.

Installation
I struggled with the install because there were no instructions, only numbered parts and an exploded view, but it is possible to do it only with the exploded view.
There are also a lot of different parts, which is totally unneccesary and can be made much simpeler when combining 3 different parts into 1.
There is also a third bracket for the DCT version marked with an “A”.

Protection
The Givi HP1111 handguards are mostly to use for wind protection and not for branches or trees. They do have an aerodynamic design, but they don’t wrap around the controls.
I hope I don’t have to make some handguard extensions just like with my old handguards :’)

Cost vs performance
I hope a lot of R&D went into making these handguards, because 100€ for 2 pieces of plastic and some miscellaneous hardware is to my taste a bit overpriced, but I’m happy these fit in combination with my Givi windscreen.

Pros:
– Keeps some wind from your hands, but not all of it
– Protects the levers a bit
– Fits perfectly in combination with other Givi accessories

Cons:
– Expensive (but they are cheaper than barkbusters and Touratech stuff)
– Unclear instructions
– Too much hardware
– Isn’t sturdy enough

A few pictures

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Freezing my hands off, how to fix it?

The blog wasn’t kept up to date, that’s because nothing special has happened for the past months. Just the regular “idiots on the road”, and some minor maintenance on the XF650.
It was freezing cold for about a week, and I bought some GoreTex gloves, but they aren’t as thick as I thought they would be.
Already having some handguards (from plastic) I thought these would protect me from the wind chill and rain. Boy was I wrong!

My hands were freezing, and when I turned up the heat on my heated grips, nothing happened, I didn’t feel a tiny bit of heat.
Now I know, heated grips only work with thin gloves, but the windchill was so hard that I couldn’t even feel it.

I went online and searched for handguard wind protectors, but they cost around €20,00, which was too much for me (I’m a cheapskate), and delivery will take a few days.
So I took a plant tray with some thick plastic (PVC), and snipped it with some generic scissors.

I then drilled some holes in it, and bolted it straight into the existing handguards that were too small.

This is the result:

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I thought they’d flap in the wind, but fortunatly they didn’t. It kept the rain from my hands, but the wind still finds a way into the handguards, but it isn’t that bad.

The extensions don’t look homemade, and it fits the grayish color on the front cowl.
I didn’t even have to turn on the heated grips and it was about 3°C.

This was a fun little project (which took me about half an hour) that you can do it yourself to your bike when you have the same problems as me!

Go on, make something and have a nice day!