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Beowulf radiator guard stuffed my radiator

Fitted a Beowulf to the Versys back in 2010 and its fine, fitted a Beowulf for the Ninja 1000 in 2011 and it has warn the top left and right edges of radiator away.

My mechanic rang me up and ask if I was sitting down a he said a replacement out of Japan was $1060.00 NZ but he suggested I look on ebay and ended up with a clone version for $165.00 NZ including freight shipped from Hong Kong, so Hong Kong won that battle.




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Phil - did you have a radiator shop look at welding it? My rad on the '09 needed about $43 worth, to stop leaking. (And my leak was caused by a rad. guard that I made up....)

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Phil - did you have a radiator shop look at welding it? My rad on the '09 needed about $43 worth, to stop leaking. (And my leak was caused by a rad. guard that I made up....)
My mechanic is someone I trust and we decided due to the wear on both side a multiple holes it may of been possible to repair but no guarantees repair would hold over a longer term so I prefer piece of mind to start again.
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Hmmm...I have an Evotech, but this type of damage makes me nervous. I'll have to take mine off in the spring (bike is now stored for winter) and check to see if there's anything to worry about there.

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i made my own guard and now im glad i spaced it a couple inches away from the rad.
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The evotech does have spacers and mine has been on there over 25,000 miles with no issues yet. I will be doing a major service this winter so I will add checking it as well.

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Aussie (Coffs Harbour actually) made RadGuard on my bikes, the Versys has 37,000 km on it now no signs of wear on rad http://www.radguard.com.au/





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I'd made up some plastic spacers for my rad. guard, top and bottom. Where one of them touched is where the leak developed.
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I've been a member of this forum for a while and never heard of someone damaging a rad from flying debris. I think with the placement it is literally impossible for something big enough to cause serious damage to come off the front tire and hit it, especially with a front fender extender installed. I suspect a some of these rad guard designs, those made of sheet metal with small perforations, also restrict air flow causing the engine to run hotter.

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I've been a member of this forum for a while and never heard of someone damaging a rad from flying debris. I think with the placement it is literally impossible for something big enough to cause serious damage to come off the front tire and hit it, especially with a front fender extender installed. I suspect a some of these rad guard designs made of perforated sheet metal also restrict air flow causing the engine to run hotter.
havent on the V but on my ninja i ran over a strip of metal and it bent up and impaled my rad i dont think a guard would have saved it... just saying it is possible
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havent on the V but on my ninja i ran over a strip of metal and it bent up and impaled my rad i dont think a guard would have saved it... just saying it is possible
I agree, another solution without a problem. My '12 now has about 10,000 miles to include dirt and gravel roads with no signs of damage.
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I agree, another solution without a problem. My '12 now has about 10,000 miles to include dirt and gravel roads with no signs of damage.
oh i have no problem with a rad guard (i made my own) i do have a problem with one that damaged what its suppost to protect or causing more then 6X what it cost me to make it myself
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Kawasaki discourages the use of radiator guards on the Versys...if I was doing a lot of gravel or off road time I'd get one...my speeds on those stretches is slow too..I'm more worried about a drop than debris...the fender extender will go on this winter..a very good 35 buck investment...
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I've been a member of this forum for a while and never heard of someone damaging a rad from flying debris. I think with the placement it is literally impossible for something big enough to cause serious damage to come off the front tire and hit it, especially with a front fender extender installed. I suspect a some of these rad guard designs, those made of sheet metal with small perforations, also restrict air flow causing the engine to run hotter.
And I never thought that something would puncture the condenser on my wife's truck sitting up that high. Glad the condenser is in front of the radiator. We were able to drive 4 hours home with the windows down. The truck now has a new condenser and a grill cover that will keep anything bigger than a dime out.

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havent on the V but on my ninja i ran over a strip of metal and it bent up and impaled my rad i dont think a guard would have saved it... just saying it is possible
If you had a RadGuard on that would not have happened
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I made up a radiator guard, not to protect from stuff coming off my front wheel but from stuff coming from oncoming traffic. Over many years of riding I've been hit by some fast rocks, including one that left a sizable dent in my fuel tank. That one then bounced onto my knee, and I am very glad it hit the tank first.

This is my first bike with a radiator but that tank-denting stone encouraged me to do this with some intake mesh. It's got plastic car door protector strip top and bottom.


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