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Old 03-03-2014, 06:48 AM   #16
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http://www.bs-motoparts.com/en/BMW/F...-parts-483.htm is pretty cheap.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:31 AM   #17
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60K kms with stock plastic guard before a rock got me.

I should have added that my repair was $75 so I feel I'm still ahead. I later found a 658 rad like new with fan and hoses for $100. It's not as wide as an 800 but mounts the same and will work fine if/when needed.

Whatever makes you happy. The plastic guard will work til an aluminum comes up at half in the classifieds like they always do, right yann?
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:33 AM   #18
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Then Altrider one fits over the plastic honeycomb on the '13 GS, don't know about GSA.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:17 AM   #19
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I am sure the plastic honeycomb can defeat almost everything within reason so that should suffice if you have it and the regular front fender etc... and just like people mentioned JB weld is awesome, they have a couple different varieties for different applications (cure rate/temp resistant etc..) I carry this with me every where! Bargain hunt or fab one up yourself. I made a mold for mine out of steel, I could have easily done it with aluminum that would be great, wouldn't look as nice as the Altrider ones (plasma cutter and all) but you can fab a lot of stuff if you're a cheap ass like me that enjoys making weird stuff.
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:06 PM   #20
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That's what I was thinking too... and I was wondering if anyone have had a problem due to the lack of radiator guard....
My 2013 800gs does not have any plastic protecting the radiator. .. I guess they put on on 800gsa.
This is strange. My 2013 f800 has a plastic guard.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:01 PM   #21
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This is strange. My 2013 f800 has a plastic guard.
Mine too.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:11 AM   #22
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Whatever makes you happy. The plastic guard will work til an aluminum comes up at half in the classifieds like they always do, right yann?

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Old 03-04-2014, 07:03 PM   #23
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To answer the OP. Do you really need to wear your seatbelt every time you drive your car?

FWIW, My C14 never had a rad guard, put 56,000 miles on her, never felt the need. As I ride the GS off road? I reckon it depends on how a person uses their bike.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:51 PM   #24
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F650GS rad guard

Has anyone adapted the OEM F800GS guard to the F650GS? 650 rad is smaller and attachment points don't exist on the 650. The OEM F800 guard is not expensive and would be better than no guard.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:09 PM   #25
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An 800 plastic guard fits on the 650 with a little mod and they come free when your buddy buys a shiny aluminum one......

Quoting myself again.
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:41 AM   #26
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"Guards." Once started down that slippery slope, it can get really silly.









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Old 03-06-2014, 09:34 AM   #27
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I'm not really a fan of rad guards and one thing to keep in mind is that most of them will restrict the airflow to the rad and may result in over heating issues.

My view is that the rad is most at risk from an oncoming vehicle or vehicle ahead of you throwing up a rock. That may bend some fins, but rarely cause any real problem. Large bugs do about the same amount of damage and the fins can be combed straight. I've yet to see a car or truck on the road with a rad holed from a rock thrown up, yes I'm sure it happens but rarely.

So like a lot of farkles its your nickel spend it as you wish.
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:25 PM   #28
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ALL THE FARKLES! I have no issues with heat in my home made concoction and imagine 99.9% of after market manufactured models have no issue with over heating. A properly designed guard isn't an issue there. Also if you off road there must be a reason why every single manufactured dirtbike on the market currently has a radiator guards. But I am only preaching to the weeping radiator gods.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:22 PM   #29
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My 2010 has done the Dalton, Ruta 40 and the White Rim Trail and other less famous off pavement places with the radiator and guard it got from the factory without a problem. So no, you don't need an aftermarket guard. Paranoia is good for Tourtec. Dave
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:11 PM   #30
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Thanks for the replies! Only after reading them I found out that I have a plastic one that come stock with 2013 800gs! I did not realize that… since it blends so well… After close inspection, I think the plastic stock guard is more than enough.
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