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Cooler grille

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I have a question , anyone had ever any problems with the cooler I mean the damage from stones for example . I think about installing the cooler grille
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I have a question , anyone had ever any problems with the cooler I mean the damage from stones for example . I think about installing the cooler grille
When I first got mine, there were several who said they had busted radiators. I then installed the Evotech grill.
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I have a question , anyone had ever any problems with the cooler I mean the damage from stones for example . I think about installing the cooler grille
No visible damage in 10k miles on mine. I did add a fender extender early on, which helps with stuff kicked up from the tire. I thought about adding a cover, but they're all pretty expensive, and I really didn't want to restrict the air flow to my coolant system. Today is the first day in probably a month that it's been under 100 here. It was 110 a week ago
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When I first got mine, there were several who said they had busted radiators. I then installed the Evotech grill.
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I also have the Evotech AND a Fenda Extenda...because my fan got taken out once by a stray gravel rock that bounced off the engine and then jammed between the fan and the back of the radiator, burning out the fan motor. That was one freaky expensive gravel chip. If you've priced a new fan, you'll be in shock - you could buy a new dishwasher for what the parts houses want for one. (EBay is a better source.)

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Several of us have gone to a hardware store and gotten a piece of grating you'd use to keep leaves out of the gutter and cut it to size. Inexpensive and quick fix.

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I made two guards with laser cutting, I use one for the radiator that has a flap to reduce dirt in the middle line of the radiator and another to cover the rear suspension and engine, the cost was around $ 70




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I made two guards with laser cutting, I use one for the radiator that has a flap to reduce dirt in the middle line of the radiator and another to cover the rear suspension and engine, the cost was around $ 70


Lion - to MY eyes, you're leaving too many LARGE, unprotected areas. Here are two pics of what I made up.
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Thx you all for your replies , a lot of cool ideas but for now most I like its a Evotech grille btw very nice instruction Kirk. Currently motorcycle season in Poland is going to end and Versys is going to rest in a garage for 5-6 month So I'll have a lot of time to pick something :P
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I installed a RoMatech laser cut stainless steel radiator guard (won a used one in mint condition on Ebay... I outbid "MorganAnytime" at the last second, back when member names were fully displayed. I resisted the temptation to send him a message stating: "Anytime, Morgan... Anytime at all.") and a Fenda Extenda on my new Versys before my very first ride.

Some have had to remove the rad guard in extreme heat conditions to prevent overheating.
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To answer Heavy Water's question, never had any issues without using one in 30,000 but I don't ride huge miles on a gravel roads either. IMO a decently large rear mud guard is much more useful and maybe a front fender extender. The best protection you can buy for the Versys IMO is crash bars. You're a lot more likely to drop the bike on it's side than smash the radiator with a large rock at high speed. 99% of motorcycles don't have them, even dedicated dirt bikes, and rad issues are rare. Most cars expose the lower part of the radiator under the bumper to road debris too and don't have issues either.

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To answer Heavy Water's question, never had any issues without using one in 30,000 but I don't ride huge miles on a gravel roads either. IMO a decently large rear mud guard is much more useful and maybe a front fender extender. The best protection you can buy for the Versys IMO is crash bars. You're a lot more likely to drop the bike on it's side than smash the radiator with a large rock at high speed. 99% of motorcycles don't have them, even dedicated dirt bikes, and rad issues are rare. Most cars expose the lower part of the radiator under the bumper to road debris too and don't have issues either.
Ye the crash bars at first place and right after that protections for radiator :P all this because before Versys I was driving Burgman and he had hidden radiator
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To answer Heavy Water's question....
I BELIEVE that H2O2 would be hydrogen Peroxide. Isn't 'heavy water' H2O3?

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For the price it's hard to beat the rain gutter guard.



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When i got my bike, the rad fins were straight. Within a month of riding it, just roads and freeways, no gravel or off road, i discovered a few dings and bent fins. That, with fender extender bolted since day 1.

Plus, there were a few cases of punctured rads on versyses in my country, so i put one on almost immediately. Not an expensive accessory, considering the price of a brand new rad, imho. Plus if you think ready made ones are expensive, chicken coop grills, some bolts, nuts, zip ties, spacer tubes and washers arent really expensive, really.

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I BELIEVE that H2O2 would be hydrogen Peroxide. Isn't 'heavy water' H2O3?
Also, heavy water is still H2O... Just with a different isotope of helium.

Had to do it...

To keep my post on topic, I have the touratech radiator guard. It looks gooooooood. Depends on how much you want to spend. You can make one that does just as good (or better) of a job than mine, for maybe a dollar!

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/3...aki-Versys-650
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Also, heavy water is still H2O... Just with a different isotope of helium.

Had to do it...

To keep my post on topic, I have the touratech radiator guard. It looks gooooooood. Depends on how much you want to spend. You can make one that does just as good (or better) of a job than mine, for maybe a dollar!

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/3...aki-Versys-650
Not a chemist, but Helium eh?
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Not a chemist, but Helium eh?
Hahaha good catch! Correction: Hydrogen.

As you can see, I'm not a chemist either!
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Also, heavy water is still H2O... Just with a different isotope of helium.

Had to do it...

To keep my post on topic, I have the touratech radiator guard. It looks gooooooood. Depends on how much you want to spend. You can make one that does just as good (or better) of a job than mine, for maybe a dollar!

http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/3...aki-Versys-650
Nice one but expensive . I'm thinking of something cheaper, I talked a little private with fasteddiecopeman and I think I'll do something like he did.
for your reply

Btw I'm closer to hydrogen peroxide than to the heavy water
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