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Ridin in the rain

Rode mine in the rain for the first time yesterday.
when i came home and stopped, my radiator was smoking big time.
the fender doesn't do squat.
called the dealer, and ordered a Fenda Extenda.
i ride to work everyday rain or shine.
My former 06 650 KLR was fine in the rain.( fender worked...)
we shall see how the new add-on works...

Question: does anyone know of an aftermarket Radiator protector/cover,
that will not impede air flow?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-13-2009, 11:08 PM
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hmmm, I'm all stock on the fenders, have ridden in the rain plenty of times, and have never encountered that issue... if you find anything else out about it, keep me updated.


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I rode in the rain for the first time today, stock fenders, no radiator cover etc - didn't have any issues? Even went through some pretty big puddles... The only thing I noticed was my rear shock and all that are now covered in grime Maybe a rear hugger would be nice. My old SV650 had a rubber flap that went between the rear tyre and the shock, did a good job keeping muck out. Wish Kawasaki did something like that too instead of leaving it all open...
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unique series of events

to elaborate further...
it was cold out, 34 F . i let the bike idle till the fan came on.
the fan cleared everything out of the radiator, then the smoke subsided.
still going to get the extender. and a Hugger in the future.
i guess this was just a unique event relative to circumstances.

thank you for the input everybody...
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hey bschmitty2009,
i just had the same experience. i just started her up two hours later and still saw the smoke/steam from the radiator. i was hoping everything would dry out. did you have any problems later? coolant level looks ok. i would greatly appreciate any feed back from on this matter... 09 Versys (blue, in case it matters LOL) with 2k miles...
thanks in advance.
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Smoke from the radiator? Do you mean steam? If you're riding in the rain the radiator will get wet and water will fill in the space between the fins. When you park the heat of the engine will start to boil off the rain water between the fins: steam. Perfectly normal.

Smoke is another story. Not sure what would cause that.


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Smoke on the water

No ! Me think its steam . Absolutely normal after wet run.

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34 degrees, rain, that's hardcore.
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hey bschmitty2009,
i just had the same experience. i just started her up two hours later and still saw the smoke/steam from the radiator. i was hoping everything would dry out. did you have any problems later? coolant level looks ok. i would greatly appreciate any feed back from on this matter... 09 Versys (blue, in case it matters LOL) with 2k miles...
thanks in advance.
skullroses,

I recommend the fender extender.
haven't had the issue since i installed it.
good luck, Bschmitty.
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My husband and I were in the NC mountains and we got caught in the rain then it started to hail. It rained and hailed on us for the 2 hr trip back to the motel. This was my first trip on the the Versys and I can say the worse 2 hrs of riding in my over 35 yrs. of riding. We have ridden in the rain before but never like this. I didn't have the finder extender on the Versys and the steam was coming up and fogging my helmet shield so bad I could not see. We were having to go 25 miles an hr. most of the way back. I got the extender when we got home and it has worked great. No more problems with the steam and fogging.
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34 degrees, rain, that's hardcore.
That was my first thought....damn.
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