I know this could be a subjective questions with regards to my 650 but thanks in advance for your opinion. I believe this thread applies to the DL1000 as well.
I have a K8 DL650 - Gen 1 and a AL2 DL650 - Gen 2 with Gladius Engine.
Both are over 100 000 km in mileage. Both of them do not have radiator guard for past 14 to 12 years respectively.
I use them mainly for long distance touring about 350 to 550 km rides per day; average trip 4 - 5 days each time.
I am contemplating whether to install radiator guards on both DL650. Both guards will cost me about USD38 in total shippped from China to me ....
I can install these guards myself
Below are pictures of my radiators without guards and the aluminum thin guards that I am aiming for:
The oil cooler guard in 'B' is redundant in a way but theGen 1 guards comes as a set(2 pieces)
Both my radiators are still working fine without any leakage. My questions are below:
Will the installation of guards make the engine ran hotter because the radiator fins got less exposed front surface that
is in direct blast with the wind ?
Has anyone experience a damaged radiator due to an impact by flying object during a ride on a trip by acident ?
The radiators look big and exposed which leads me to the intention of installing these guards on both my Vstroms but I would not want to install them if they are not necessary.