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Old 04-29-2014, 10:33 PM   #1
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gsaw headlight and radiator protector

Which one to get? I just got my GSAw and now I need to protect my fins and headlight.... I am local to TT but would like to hear from your experiences.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:45 PM   #2
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Is the headlight and radiator on a moto more 'open the the elements' than on a car?


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Old 04-29-2014, 11:08 PM   #3
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Is the headlight and radiator on a moto more 'open the the elements' than on a car?

yes and no. I thnink the radiator is more exposed, the light is the same. Just a couple of hundred bucks is a good warranty especially when in long trips
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:18 PM   #4
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I defer to your more extensive experience with big enduros. A headlight or radiator guard makes the bike more look the part. And if you like it, heck that's all that matters. Touratech does make some fine kit.


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Old 04-30-2014, 01:47 AM   #5
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For those of us who actually ride instead of sitting in front of a screen and adding to our post count they are both pretty good things to have on an adventure bike,

I went for the TT versions.
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:04 AM   #6
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Ok. If you need a prophylactic for your headlight, that's cool. 


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Old 04-30-2014, 04:03 AM   #7
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A dealer I ..dealt with last week, told me there is a new directive to remove rad guards..I just installed mine.
Any one else hear anything similar?
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:55 AM   #8
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For those of us who actually ride instead of sitting in front of a screen and adding to our post count they are both pretty good things to have on an adventure bike,
Sure. I've ridden bikes for way more than 200k miles now. Still have to have my first headlight damaged. If I had bought Touratech protectors for each bike, I could have replaced about two LED headlight clusters by now. On the other hand - I could buy a small 250cc dual sport for the same money and have some fun with it ...
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:59 AM   #9
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Please

I did not ask about the merits or lack off installing these parts;l I asked for advice and experience in the these parts.

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Old 04-30-2014, 09:12 AM   #10
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On the Hexhead I added a headlight protector. I HAVE had two headlights chipped by rocks, and they are glass instead of the plastic found on most cars, plus well over $400 and not easy to find used or aftermarket. To me a layer of film or a plastic guard is worth it. I can't say on the Wethead, but it cant hurt.



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As for the radiator guards, the Hexhead rarely sees issues, but it is high and less exposed than the Wethead with the radiators in line with potential debris tossed up by the front tire. Is there a high level of danger of an issue? , but a set of screen type guards are not going to block airflow, will look unobtrusive, and are inexpensive compared to replacing a radiator.


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Old 04-30-2014, 09:14 AM   #11
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I have the TT radiator protectors and they are nice and easy to install. the fins are angled, I suppose to aid air flow. I have not noticed heat issues, but it isn't summer yet either.

I have not decided on a headlight cover or whether I'll install one at all. Someone here on the forum showed pictures of what the headlight beam looks like with the steel grate protector installed and I decided that would be distracting to me.
I had a plexiglass HLP on my 800 (which was ridden off road most of the time) and it reflected light into the windshield at night. I had to take it off when it was dark.

The LED headlight lens on the GS is plastic and I'm thinking pretty tough...
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:17 AM   #12
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I did not ask about the merits or lack off installing these parts;l I asked for advice and experience in the these parts.
What you can read from my comment is: forget the headlight guard. You can keep riding with a broken headlight if that ever happens. With a broken cooling system it's not as easy. So, if you ride in areas where you get stones thrown at you from riders in front of you - protect the one that you can't afford to loose. If you want belt and suspenders, do the headlight, too.

If you don't ride behind fast riders in gravel, for me it wouldn't be worth the effort. Certainly not for the headlight. For cooler guards, better use mesh ones, like the ones from Hornig:

http://www.motorcycleparts-hornig.co...rotection.html

More airflow while still having better protection than most of the solid metal parts. If you really want to add protection to your headlight, add something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Rshield-Headli.../dp/B0058NVUOE

Add the fancy guards if you are in for the optics at Starbucks ...
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On the Hexhead I added a headlight protector. I HAVE had two headlights chipped by rocks, and they are glass instead of the plastic found on most cars, plus well over $400 and not easy to find used or aftermarket. To me a layer of film or a plastic guard is worth it. I can't say on the Wethead, but it cant hurt.
The headlight on the Wasser is $1500 if you have the LED. In my book this is well worth the money to put a 1st layer of protection in front of it.
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The headlight on the Wasser is $1500 if you have the LED. In my book this is well worth the money to put a 1st layer of protection in front of it.
I agree, I just meant I didn't know if it was glass or plastic. Plastic is generally more durable and resistant to impact!
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:24 AM   #15
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It's $1300. And again - if I had added $100 to each of my bikes over time, I'd be out two LED headlights. And I still haven't had a single damage to one. Sure it sucks for the person when it happens, but statistically it doesn't happen often.
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