WHAT IS IT? ProTech fork guards directly replace the
standard OEM guards on WP-equipped KTMs, Husqvarnas
and Shercos. The Pro Tech guards offer much more protection from roost for the fork legs, and this vastly improves
the chances of your fork seals lasting twice as long.
WHAT’S IT COST? $47.00 (plus shipping from England).
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the ProTech full-wrap fork guards.
(1) History. Prior to the 2015 models, KTMs and
Husqvarnas came with full-wrap fork guards. This meant
that instead of just protecting the chrome on your fork
legs from rock damage from the front, they also guarded
against rocks ricocheting off the frame and roost thrown
off the trailing edge of your own front tire from the back.
Why is this important? Just one stone chip to a chrome
fork leg is enough to take a divot out of the plating. The
edge of that divot, which resembles a volcano under a
microscope, can tear the fork seal as it passes by. A torn
seal will spew oil like a Texas wildcat rig. The fix? New
fork seals, but only after you have buffed and polished the
ding out of the fork leg. And, if the ding is too big to sand
down, you will need a new fork leg. This is the important
part—prior to 2015, the MXA wrecking crew rarely had
to replace WP’s SKF fork seals compared to how often
we changed Showa or Kayaba seals. Why? Prior to 2015,
WP forks came with wrap-around fork guards. From 2015
on, WP forks came with the same-style fork guards as
Japanese bikes, and thus the seals blew at the same pace
as Showa and Kayaba fork seals. Even more aggravating
was the simple fact that the 2014 full-wrap fork guards
would not fit on the 2015–2017 WP forks.
We assume that KTM went to the newer, simpler,
smaller fork guards to save weight and make the forks
look sleeker, but it was a bad trade. In every post-2014
KTM bike test, MXA would say, “We vastly prefer the old
full-coverage fork guards. No, they aren’t as attractive or as
light, but they extend fork-seal life by stopping rock dings
caused by roost from the rear of the front wheel.” Our
complaint fell on deaf ears in Austria, but not in England.
( 2) The fix. A small British company understood the
problem and went to the trouble to injection-mold full-wrap fork guards for 2015-and-up WP motocross forks.
They are well made, strong and fit perfectly. It should be
noted that the ultimate protection for your fork legs would
be a plastic tube that completely covered the fork tube;
however, a tube would be a hassle to install and remove.
To facilitate putting the ProTech fork guards on and off,
there is a 1-inch opening at the back of the guard. This
allows the plastic to be flexed wide enough to pop over
the fork leg without having to remove the forks from the
bike. The small gap isn’t optimal, but the protection is
much better than with the stock fork guards. On particularly rocky tracks, the MXA test riders stick on a piece
of 3M number-plate background vinyl to close the gap
( 3) Fitment. ProTech full-wrap fork guards are available for KTM, Husqvarna and Sherco motorcycles. They
are offered in white, orange, blue and yellow.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We have no major performance complaints, but there is one thing to fret
about—ProTech does not have an American distributor,
which means that you have to order the fork guards from
England via the Pro Tech fork guard website. This increases the wait time and the shipping cost.
The MXA wrecking crew loves the Pro Tech
full-wrap fork guards. Who wouldn’t want to
protect their expensive forks, tubes and seals
from damage? Well played, Pro Tech.
PROTECH FULL-WRAP KTM FORK GUARDS
MXA TEAM TESTED