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Old 11-19-2012, 10:23 AM   #16
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Altrider

The altrider guard fits up easy, seems tough enough and looks the business. Added bonus - comes in black.

http://www.altrider.com/altrider-rad...-gs/pcid/679-4
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #17
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Question Who needs a radiator gaurd?????

My brand new 2012 F800GS purchased to replace a bent 2009 KLR650 for the Western TAT. The first oil change was after the Denver to Bend Oregon for a ??? 2012 KTM rally??? then we plowed the heavily laden beasts (a nod to Huge Rushs KTM990 vin#) through silt and sand until the 800 escaped the rutted sandy track and took out the radiator on some scrub or mesquite. I dont know desert foliage. Looking at the multitude of gaurds I'm leaning to the Kiladala 4mm outward louvers. I need a BMW guy to tell me if the 650 and 800 use the same radiator gaurd. Or does anyone have a better radiator and gaurd combo???
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:46 PM   #18
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I think the 800's radiator is wider, but I'm not positive.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:12 PM   #19
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. I need a BMW guy to tell me if the 650 and 800 use the same radiator gaurd. ???
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I think the 800's radiator is wider, but I'm not positive.
this is correct, the radiators are different dimensions.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:43 PM   #20
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rad guard

I would say a radiator guard is a must for anyone who even looks at a dirt road. There were far too many occasions where I had to patch up someone elses radiator with quick metal or re-route piping if it had twin radiators. I couldn't understand why they didn't have any protection from sticks etc. I guess they worked on the principle that "it won't happen to me"

I made mine out of woven stainless mesh. I guess it is an advantage to work in heavy industry where materials and equipment are on hand.
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Old 08-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #21
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For an example as to why we need one, I have a one WEEK old 2012 F650GS Twin and with less than 200 miles on it, have a couple of "dings" on my brand new radiator fins!! I have NOT been off the highway with it and it's already suffered some damage.

So, today I ordered one from Kildala! He has shipped it out and I will get it at the end of the week.

On another note, I figured that since I wouldn't be off in the rough stuff much, I wouldn't need a bash plate. Checking the bike today, I found 2 "gouges" in my oil cooler and the oil filter was dented! Damn!

So now I'll be looking at the Moto Overland next.

Hard to believe these were so vulnerable. I haven't even been OFF ROAD yet!!
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:05 AM   #22
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Rad guard, cooling and fan

Not meaning to get off topic here but was just wondering about the effect of reduced air flow on engine cooling. Seems to me anything in front of the rad must block some air. I know, that's what the fan is for. On the F650GS singles BMW would void cooling related warranty coverage if fork boots were installed.

Also, extended riding on dusty roads will cause the fan to jam. Had this happen in Patagonia on rented F650GS twins. After every dusty ride we would reach behind the rad and give the fan a few twirls to free it.

By the way, I will be installing fork boots on mine next time I have the forks off.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:34 AM   #23
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lucky you! He stopped making them for the 800. :(

k.

[QUOTE. So, today I ordered one from Kildala! He has shipped it out and I will get it at the end of the week.QUOTE]
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:33 PM   #24
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Update:

Got my Kildala radiator guard a couple of days ago....installed it.

Wow! What a beautiful piece! Really looks like it will keep out anything that could damage the fins.

I'm super happy I chose the Kildala!!!
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:48 AM   #25
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2012 F800GS question

Dear Inmates,

Is the f 800 gs and 650 radiator guard the same?
It only shows the 650 guard on the Kildala site.
Also does anyone have their phone number?
I didn't see it on their contact page....do they have phones in Canada?

I need a guard quick like a bunny. Trashed my radiator coming out of sandy ruts on the Western TAT last year. Oh my!!!
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:34 AM   #26
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My bad just read that the radiators are different

What's the ne t best option the Alt Rider or the TouraTech? What about a better mount? I ordered the replacement radiatir and mounts from Max BMW.
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