Allroad Touring Enduro Hand Guards
Hand guards are a basic allroad touring enduro accessory which works in several ways. They protect your hands on the gravel roads against flying rocks from the bike close ahead of you. On the trails against tree branches and brushwood, but also in some extend when you crash. Hand guards protect also the clutch and brake levers in the crash, but there is a limit with everything. Until then you can ride on.
Just imagine how difficult it would be to brake when necessary or take off without the levers. For sure you can in most of the cases limb to the closest rescue, but the more challenging route you are riding, the more dangerous and difficult it would be. Offroad or on a bad trail you really need your levers in order to master your bike in every situation. Some of the allroad touring enduros allow to use the gears without the clutch, but still take off and any situation where you would need to slide with the clutch, are challenging. One less obvious advantage of bigger hand guards is the protection against bigger bugs and insects such as bees and wasps. This may come with the expanded allroad territory. When hot you might wear short and ventilated enduro gloves rather than anything wrist covering and hot. Therefore you would be in danger to catch a bee inside your sleeves which would create a quick change of focus and dangerous maneuvers.
Small and Big Hand Guards
There are basically two size of hand guards, big and small, but there also hand guard spoilers or extensions which can be useful for small hand guards providing less than adequate coverage. There are also hand guards with sliding spoilers which you can lift up when needed and slide down when not. Such features sound ideal. Anyhow if your touring enduro has no hand guards yet, think again, there are so many alternatives that I am sure you find a pair that fits.
Hand Guards and Coldness
The hand guards protect also your hand from the cold wind and rain as long as they are big enough. This is perhaps the most commonly used advantage of hand guards, especially when you tend to start your season early and end it late. Even if you have insulated GoreTex gloves, the rain and the cold wind can catch you. Along the hand guards, heated grips are the most efficient accessories against the coldness in allroad touring. An extra pair of touring gloves is also a good idea.