Another Reason for a Radiator Guard...
You know, I have read over and over about radiator guards that people put on for things like little rocks, twigs and such but never gave it much thought since I rarely ride gravel roads and definitely don't trail hop with my strom. Well, yesterday the wife and I went for a short ride and on the way back it started to rain like mad. Not a huge deal since we do ride in the rain when caught near home or on a trip (although it was a cold rain which I hate). All of the sudden it started to hail. Not the huge chunks but small, about half the size of a marble. I was about to stop and the hail was gone. Seemed like right after it started it stopped. Came home, lubed the chain (much of the lube was gone since it was raining buckets) and checked over the bike. Then I looked at the radiator. Wow, 8 or 9 dimples in the front where the hail smashed the fins over, dang (5 years and not one hint of damage to the front of it). Bent back as many fins as I could, very carefully since they will snap off easily. Luckily no other damage, i.e. a leaky radiator. With radiators now costing upwards of over $600 I WILL be making a guard, today.
Just a short experience since I've always been one of those people who never bothered with it. However, I never saw hail as one of those "reasons" for installing a radiator guard...:beatnik:
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