Radiator Guards

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Newm, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. Newm

    Newm Adventurer

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    Looking for some radiator guards for the 800GS. Anyone have any advise as to which way to go? Anyone better than the other? Thanks
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  2. itsforrest

    itsforrest Ugly bag of mostly water

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    I've been thinking about this also.

    I have some pretty good scars on my bash plate, crash bars and hand guards. These obviously have saved the bike from further damage. However, I have seen no evidence of marks on the stock, plastic rad guard besides bugs.

    Has anyone NOT running a rad guard damaged or punctured the rad such that it may have been prevented by an aftermarket guard?
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  3. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

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    The FAQ on this forum has excellent information on guards. That might be why you are not getting many replies. Also what do you mean when you say radiator guards? If i't to protect the radiator when the bike flops over on it's side SW Motech and Givi make guards that are similar and work. If your worried about getting a hole in the radiator from a flying rock, home made guards made from chicken wire would work. I don't think this is a problem because the radiator is fairly high. Tourtech makes a guard that is similar - but they make a guard for all sorts of things that won't break anyway. Lastly if your going to Alaska and your worried about the copper sulfate that gets put on dirt roads bonding with the radiator with resulting overheating, that is not a problem on the F800 but is a problem on the 650 single. DaVE
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  4. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    I love the Kildala guard. Solid protection from rocks and branches. Better for mud guarding as well. Best product I could find. PM "Kildala2000" to order one.
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  5. Newm

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    I have spent many hours looking through the FAQ section of the forum but had not really found much talk about options for frontal protection on the rads. I know TT makes some but hadn't heard of to many other options.
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  6. Newm

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    Thanks I will check it out.
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  7. eddyturn

    eddyturn Wannabe

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    The Kildala is really nice. Gots me one too.
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  8. sarkmych

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    I purchased thw Wunderlich one first but found it very flimsy so I returned it and bought a TT one. Very good quality and easy to install.
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  9. kildala2000

    kildala2000 The GS Store.

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    Thanks for the comments guy's. :D After my holidays I'll have more in stock.
    Ride Safe,
    Rick
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  10. ride2little

    ride2little Riding Like the Wind

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    I have the...(uh, uhm...) Touratech. It was on the bike when i bought it.
    It's powder coated black so it kinda hides.
    I like subtleties, not in your face bolt-on looking stuff.

    Not my bike, but a good pic of how it looks.
    [​IMG]
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  11. mapuda

    mapuda Crash Tested

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    Best Rest sells the Metal Mule variant; $68.00
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  12. Bartron

    Bartron 'Tenacious B' the Bike Punisher

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    Sweet! Is this the updated design?
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