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A different Radiator guard.

I have been admiring everyones guards but had an idea. I wanted mine to be a little different and didn't want to add anything shiny to my bike. The other bikes have enough chrome to keep me busy.

I fashioned this from a piece of expanded steel pulled from a one time use barbecue grill. The fasteners are stainless and it is painted with Duplicolor aluminum paint, a surprisingly good match for the argent color on the bike.

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Great looking grill, as well as the colour match

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Great job. Inexpensive and effective... Good upper wrapping on top of rad too.
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Radiator Guard

Here is factory painted black 6 inch gutter guard zip tied to the radiator I added as a guard. This product is designed to "clip" into the outside edge of the gutter and has a break (continuous bend) along one edge that I placed at the top so it stands off from the radiator body.
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I think black looks better---the silver stands out too much and the pattern just doesn't match the bike.
Good idea for a cheap solution...if I start doing some off road (my MT60 Corsas were purchased to explore a bit) I may just well add the grill guard

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the perforated screen used in security doors should look and work pretty good, too. If you have a bldg. mat'l's recycling shop in your area, or metal scrap yard, take a look.
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I looked locally for the gutter guard but everything I found was to narrow to cover the space I wanted enclosed.

Jury is still out for me. I tried the silver because it was closest on the shelf. The guard may well end up flat black. In person it does not jump out at you. I had to point it out to several friends that have seen the bike before but own other brands. The pattern of the steel matches the stock guard on my wifes Vulcan.
In the end form follows function. I'm not worried about debris being kicked into my radiator anymore and there is nothing shiny to polish.

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I think they both look good. Great solution!



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