Originally Posted by R3B
It *is* the protection of the tank, likewise the 660 sideparts are reletive cheap easy to replace "fenders", once invented by Honda on the ST, this (somewhat different) ST follows the same principle.
I presume the small black handrails under the "tank" just onder the fenderplates are even small parkingspillprotectors.
Reminds me of the pucks of the Buell Ulysses, or the tankguardxs of the KTM 990.
It's the same principle, the difference being they are upside on the Ulysses while they are on the lower side of the tanks on ST and LC8.
I am pretty sure it has been well thought of to avoid turning said radiator into a