WHAT IS IT? Cycra Racing is a leader in the hand
guard business, which in motocross is more of a niche
market. Hand guards are considered taboo by most racers, which is too bad, because hand guards are smart
insurance against broken phalanges caused by roost.
WHAT’S IT COST? $79.95.
CONTACT? www.cycraracing.com or (800) 770-2259.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Cycra Racing Rebound hand guards.
(1) Benefits. Racers rarely utilize hand guards, but we
think they’re crazy. Why? A rock being shot off the rear
tire of a 60-horsepower 450 four-stroke can do serious
damage. In fact, MXA test riders have suffered broken
knuckles caused by roost—all because they were too
proud to use hand guards. Motocross is machismo, and
safety items such as hand guards are considered
unmanly, but in that case, why don’t we all race in
dolphin shorts and flip-flops? We would rather save our
knuckles in order to race next weekend.
( 2) Rebound. What separates the Cycra Racing
Rebound hand guards from anything else on the market
is the patented swivel that allows the guards to fold
in the event of a crash. Just like a folding lever, the
Rebound hand guards pivot forward upon impact and
return automatically once the bike has been picked up
off the ground. This is an excellent design, because most
hand guards shift and move upward in a tip-over. The
Rebound mounts remain stationary, while the guards
( 3) Construction. The plastic guards offer give, while
the soft rubber edge won’t gouge or scrape you in a
crash. The mounting brackets are composed of a sturdy
composite plastic that offers moderate impact-resistance.
Cycra’s Rebound hand guards are motocross-minded as
opposed to off-road-oriented. These are not bark-busters
by any means.
( 4) Installation. It took less than five minutes to
install the Cycra Rebound hand guards. Simply determine
whether you would like to mount the guards above or
below the handlebars. Fasten the hand guards to the
brackets using the provided hardware and a Phillips-head
screwdriver. Then mount the brackets to the handlebars
with a 4mm Allen wrench. It’s that easy.
( 5) Performance. Cycra’s Rebound hand guards are
the best in the business. Here’s why: (a) They move in
the event of a crash and return to their original position without any need to knock them back into place.
(b) Although not as rigid as bark-busters, the Rebound
hand guards don’t flex enough to chatter or bend back
and slap your fingers. (c) Installation is a breeze. (d)
The guards provide a medium amount of coverage without looking obtrusive. (e) Unlike most hand guards, the
Rebound guards stick out enough that test riders—even
those with paws for hands—didn’t touch the plastic
shields. They weren’t distracting.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Price, and price alone.
Do yourself a favor and buy hand guards to
protect your digits. And when you do make
that smart choice, pay the extra money for the
Cycra Racing Rebound hand guards. They are
worth every penny.
CYCRA RACING REBOUND HAND GUARDS
MXA TEAM TESTED