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post #1 of 25 Old 05-11-2010, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Radiator Guard / Shield Thread

I would like to start a radiator guard / shield thread. I am thinking of getting one, and thought maybe it would be a good idea to get some info on them, all in one thread.

I'm leaning towards the Touratech guard, just because I have a weakness for nicely fabricated aluminum goodies, and theirs looks really nice.

So maybe you guys can post a photo of what you have, where it came from, the price, and any comments - good, bad, or otherwise. Post away!!

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post #2 of 25 Old 05-11-2010, 03:40 PM
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I have the SW Motech Guard which I bought from Twisted Throttle for around $100. It was real simple to install and looks nice on the bike. Not certain there is any significant difference between the other versions that are available.

I will see if I have a picture of the guard on my bike but twisted throttle has a picture

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2117/203/

Just looked at the price of the touratech one and that is going for almost $160. Their stuff is nice but that is a big difference

This is the best picture I could find


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post #3 of 25 Old 05-11-2010, 10:19 PM
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I have Dan Vesel's radiator guard... looks absolutely sano and seems sturdy. Good price. What's not to like??
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I just installed a radiator guard from romatech.

Very easy to install, and cheap.
49 euros.
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Ordered a DL1000 radiator guard from Dan Vesel last night. $60 shipped. Hope it works out.

http://community-2.webtv.net/CHERDAN...omAccessories/

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I find that every guard from vendors has the same flaw, they let small stuff through. I don't care whether it is a bug plague, (June bugs, locusts, may flies, fish flies) a blast of clay, plant fluff from cotton wood or any of 100 other sources, it still plugs your rad and makes you get off to clean it. To be effective the guard must have some form of very fine screen like Hardware Cloth. The guard has to be located about an inch from the rad face or it will plug and cut off air to the rad. I also feel that most of them allow large enough particles through that can damage the cooling fins and render them useless. (dragonflies, bits of gravel, nails) So I did it my way again. The frame is 1/2" x 3/8" U channel aluminum. It simply contains a piece of 1/2' Expanded metal (to stop the biggins), and a piece of Hardware cloth, (not screen window cloth) to stop the shrapnel. The cloth is supported by the expanded metal, and the whole thing is held in place with two small brackets that just slip in behind the two bolts holding the fairing to the rad. The brackets have a slot cut in them instead of a single hole, to allow the guard to slip off for cleaning.





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I got mine from Cox Racing (I also used them for my Concours 14 radiator guard.) A first rate product in many different colors: $53.96

http://www.tobefast.com/cox-rad-gril...0-pr-4123.html

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I just installed a radiator guard from romatech.

Very easy to install, and cheap.
49 euros.
I like the fact that this one has the side mounts, *and* the lower mount. That looks nice.

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+1 on Cox racing, I got a silver one to match the bike.Cheers--BB

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post #10 of 25 Old 05-13-2010, 11:12 PM
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I like Dan Vessels rad guard. At the time I bought he was throwing in the oil cooler guard at the same time.

I like the Ventura Headlight Guards. I've used them on my ST1100's and like the way they protect the headlight and come off pretty easy for cleaning.

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