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I've got a new Versys 1000 that I plan to use only for touring. No off road stuff. I'm ordering a set of crash bars for the engine just in case I lay it down - but do I need a radiator guard if I'm only doing highway riding?

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I've got a new Versys 1000 that I plan to use only for touring. No off road stuff. I'm ordering a set of crash bars for the engine just in case I lay it down - but do I need a radiator guard if I'm only doing highway riding?

What do you think?
i made my own from a vent cover from loves for about $10 and its saved my rad from june bugs at high speed, at the very least it kept it from being caked in the cooling fins reducing efficiency IMO

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$640 radiator or $130 rad guard? Your choice

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http://www.radguard.com.au/products/...etCurrencyId=3



BTW RadGuard = top quality product, they will not rub holes in your rad and they do protect from damage. I have bought around 6 RadGuards and every one fitted easily and without trouble and are very well made. Worth every cent

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http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...tor-guard.html

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...- but do I need a radiator guard if I'm only doing highway riding?

What do you think?
Bert - I'd call a rad-guard "cheap insurance"....

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There's bugs, there's debris, there's gravel/rocks on the road...never know where you might wind up. Best to protect your investment!

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Several choices out there. I use the R&G rad guard and header guard combo.

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How did you fasten yours? Got any pics?

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In Canada I went to the Home Depot and got some gutter guard, exact size of rad, made of aluminum, wire tied it in place--7 years later it still works fine, a few small dents from stones and debris but that's it. Less than $20

One other thing, it is slightly larger vertically, so it is bowed forward, so a direct hit in the center will distribute the force to top and bottom of rad.

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How did you fasten yours? Got any pics?

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made some brackets and used the fan mounts to mount it

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Wizard, do you have a picture of your set up?
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Wizard, do you have a picture of your set up?
So I did a search for previous posted pictures----after much time it became apparent it would be faster to take new ones--here goes;

#1 is close up, observe the wire ties holding the rad guard, I used black 50 LB wire ties, also the curvature bowed out in the middle---side note I have the Denali horn with remote compressor and far side Thermo-Bob --very bottom right of photo is the Speedy Highway pegs mount

#2 another shot from same side

#3--well repetition

#4 shot from rad cap side showing Thermo-Bob and more wire ties----By the way this is aluminum painted black with aluminum approved paint
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You guys up north must have bigger gutters than the mid west, I can't find that wide of gutter material at my homecheapo.
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You guys up north must have bigger gutters than the mid west, I can't find that wide of gutter material at my homecheapo.
look for attic vent cover

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You guys up north must have bigger gutters than the mid west, I can't find that wide of gutter material at my homecheapo.
That was in with the gutter guards, naturally I can't find it online-----next time I am by I will look.
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I've got a '14 model and the front fender seems to be lower down than Gen 1 models, thus protecting the radiator, is that true? I've also read that people damage their radiators with ho-made covers and attachment screws. It looks like the Radguard fits up proper, but again, is it really necessary? It appears the fender protects the radiator from flying debris.


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Definitely worth-while. I've had them on all my street bikes. Prevents a stone flying up and poking a hole in your radiator. I've used the ones made by Cox on all my bikes, including my Versys. Good product.
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I've got a '14 model and the front fender seems to be lower down than Gen 1 models, thus protecting the radiator, is that true? I've also read that people damage their radiators with ho-made covers and attachment screws. It looks like the Radguard fits up proper, but again, is it really necessary? It appears the fender protects the radiator from flying debris.
fender didnt stop the huge june bugs i hit last year.... just me .02

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Maybe I'm running with scissors, but I've done probably 250 thousand kilometres with liquid cooled bikes and have never had debris- caused damaged to a rad. What I have done is install a Fenda Extenda on every one of those bikes, which definitely keeps the rad clear of debris kicked up by the tire.

I do admit that I get bugs in the rad fins, but a good soaking from a hose followed by careful use of a slight pressure from hose nozzle clears the crap out nicely. A plugged rad guard might be more detrimental to cooling?

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...It appears the fender protects the radiator from flying debris.
From looking at the places where the 'paint' has been sandblasted off the skid-plates on my '08 and '09, as well as dirt in the face of the rads... I DON'T think the fender's as good as you do.

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