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post #1 of 18 Old 08-06-2019, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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My bike came pretty equipped so as much as I love to accessorize ... Suzuki didnt leave me much to mess with.

I do have a question .. that exposed radiator makes me nervous. Should it?
I live in the land of HEAT, grit and gravel .. we replace the windshield on my car about twice a year. Should I worry that something will damage the radiator?

There seems to be several covers available but I would hate to block air flow. Its been 112 and better all week. I dont care much what it looks like since it sits way up under the bike so can I just shop price or is one cover functionally better than another?

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-06-2019, 02:49 PM
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I just added the Givi Radiator Guard, which I bought here :
https://www.twistedthrottle.com/givi...v-strom-650-17

And I definitely needed it.....while installing it, I discovered a recent ding on the rad probably when I rode down a freshly chipped and sealed FM road here in TX.
The Givi PR3112 is a nice piece of kit and looks factory. The mesh allows a lot of airflow, I went out yesterday and it was 94F with no issues. Very happy with it.
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-06-2019, 06:44 PM
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There have been several thread about radiator guards. One was from an office "IN" box from Target.
Google radiator guard in the little box at the top of the page. You can pay the biggie bucks or DIY on the cheap.
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post #4 of 18 Old 08-06-2019, 07:42 PM
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A homemade grill is cheap and effective. A steel mesh from a welding supply shop, (or Home Depot, etc.), some double sided tape, a couple zip ties for good measure.

In case you doubt the double sided tape, I used it on my last bike, SV, and after a couple yrs decided to pull the grill off to give the radiator a good cleaning. Had to pry it off the tape with a screwdriver.

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$2 from a local welding supply store, and $3 to have them cut it to size on their machine. (Would have been a tedious job with a hacksaw.) A couple bucks for tape, always have a couple zip ties hanging around. Been on there since August 2017, hasn't moved a hair.
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I love homemade solutions. I will do a search and get on the reading!

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I am on the west side of PHX and I ran across a deal on a used radiator guard that I couldn't pass up. sometimes that is a good way to go.
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So I think I am going to pass on home made but .. I have a question

So .. the ready made ones look like they have two hooks that go over the top and a hole to bolt through the existing brakeline mount .... Dont they rattle like hell??

I am looking for mesh since I think they will allow more air than the perf models
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Dont they rattle like hell??
Just add the two sided tape as if it were a homemade.
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Check out the GIVI PR3112. A little more expensive but it fits well and looks factory.
It comes with foam strips and pads as part of the kit.

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