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Old 10-17-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Best radiator guard

Going to be doing almost 4000km on gravel and shale and need the best protection for my juices possible. Suggestions? I like the altrider one the best right now.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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Purchased SM Motech guards. They are same principle as Altriders except for welded inserts. I dropped Trophy twice in gravel and not a scratch on plastics. Also held up from impact and did not bend crashbars but even if it did it is worth investment. It is a must because as another Advrider inmate has already stated "It is not a matter of if, but when"!
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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More specifically the grill in front of the rad. Already have sw crash guard, already used them. Lol
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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I've got the Altrider rad gaurd and am happy with it. I too felt it was the best of the lot of what's out there.

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Old 10-17-2012, 10:28 PM   #5
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You could do a homemade one like JDrocks did on his Ninja 650 conversion. See the "some assmebly required" forum.

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Old 10-18-2012, 12:55 AM   #6
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Between the fender and OEM plastic cover dissipating any possible debris thrown up how likely is a stray to even do damage to the radiator? I'd think the hefty guards up there would be more useful to plow through brush and sticks that might spear through the plastic? I honestly have no clue, so tell me if that's so... I'm just trying to restrain myself more from the ever expanding weight of this bike. You know, the theory that just because Touratech makes it I need to bolt it on?

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Old 10-18-2012, 02:40 AM   #7
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Kildala is fantastic! I have run it for years. Great protection and good air flow. Great price of $100.
The Kildala is a true dirt bike style radiator quard when looking at it from the front wheel you cannot get a rock or poke a stick into any part of the guard.
The louvres direct air in from the side. The altrider design is more of a street grill to prevent large objects from hitting the radiator.

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:01 AM   #8
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I totally agree with the Kildala recommendation but it does not look like he has any for sale.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #9
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Between the fender and OEM plastic cover dissipating any possible debris thrown up how likely is a stray to even do damage to the radiator? I'd think the hefty guards up there would be more useful to plow through brush and sticks that might spear through the plastic? I honestly have no clue, so tell me if that's so... I'm just trying to restrain myself more from the ever expanding weight of this bike. You know, the theory that just because Touratech makes it I need to bolt it on?

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I wonder the same thing. I'm also curious if some sort of a screen to filter out brush and bugs that might clog the radiator would be more useful?
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:04 AM   #10
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Between the fender and OEM plastic cover dissipating any possible debris thrown up how likely is a stray to even do damage to the radiator? I'd think the hefty guards up there would be more useful to plow through brush and sticks that might spear through the plastic? I honestly have no clue, so tell me if that's so... I'm just trying to restrain myself more from the ever expanding weight of this bike. You know, the theory that just because Touratech makes it I need to bolt it on?

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I replaced the original plastic gaurd only after doing the high fender mod. Lots more potential for flying debris without the low fender, but it's a trade off I'm happy to make.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:47 PM   #11
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Kildala is fantastic! I have run it for years. Great protection and good air flow. Great price of $100.
The Kildala is a true dirt bike style radiator quard when looking at it from the front wheel you cannot get a rock or poke a stick into any part of the guard.
The louvres direct air in from the side. The altrider design is more of a street grill to prevent large objects from hitting the radiator.
I had that same question for the F658. I'm hoping to do Labrador next year and this one looks great for the roads up there. I just ordered it. Thanks for the advice
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:40 PM   #12
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I wonder the same thing. I'm also curious if some sort of a screen to filter out brush and bugs that might clog the radiator would be more useful?
I'm also now deleting a bunch of the side protection bolt on bits from my wish list. Basically going with the theory that everything that isn't a skidplate or crashbars on the "engine protection" section of the TT site isn't a net gain. For the small chance that one of those shiny pieces saves ya mechanically is it worth the weight? At some point extra pounds = an extra fall here and there (which in turn can cause something to break).

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/3...for-BMW-F800GS

I have the skidplate, skidplate extension (lame!) and oil filter guard in the engine protection section and I think that's all I need from there.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:00 PM   #13
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Not overly worried about rocks coming off my own bike but riding a long distance in a group and on trucking road there are a lot of airborne hazards
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:08 PM   #14
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Kildala is also made in BC Canada so you can get domestic shipping
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:47 PM   #15
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The OP was referring to the guard that covers the radiator from rocks etc. Not bars that protect if the bike falls on it's side. I never bothered to change the radiator guard. My bike has done Ruta 40 and quite a bit of dirt and gravel without a radiator problem. Has anyone experienced a radiator problem? The reason why I ask is I am thinking of doing Siberia next.

I don't have a good opinion of Tourtech. They love to sell you guards for stuff that wont break anyway. Dave
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