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Alternate Hugger and radiator guard options

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Has anyone here had any experience with this hugger I just saw on eBay?

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I don't know what the brand name is but it seems to be what I have been looking for : a simple hugger that is not integral to a chain-guard. (I like to remove my chain-guard when I service the chain and having a whole hugger/chain-guard assembly to remove just seems like more work.)

If anyone knows about this item or the people selling it (in Greece) I would appreciate your opinion.

I know the powerbronze huggers are seperate from the chain-guard and i really like how they look but they have a mesh insert that I think might be difficult to keep clean.

Also, anyone tried this radiator guard?

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Looks nice and is aluminum rather than the stainless one I saw before.

Thanks, John

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Not sure about that hugger but the radiator guard i liked the looks but with the long openings i didn't think it would offer the best protection and it shows two places on the top to attach to the bike but on my 09 there is nothing to attach to. I ordered my from England it shipped right away fits great and looks good with excellent protection

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"but the radiator guard i liked the looks but with the long openings i didn't think it would offer the best protection and it shows two places on the top to attach to the bike but on my 09 there is nothing to attach to. "

HUH? So what i got from what you typed is this.....It looks good, but you think functionally its kind of useless and there was no place to mount the top of it.
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Why the hell do these huggers cost so damn much? It's just a chunk of molded ABS, right?
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"but the radiator guard i liked the looks but with the long openings i didn't think it would offer the best protection and it shows two places on the top to attach to the bike but on my 09 there is nothing to attach to. "

HUH? So what i got from what you typed is this.....It looks good, but you think functionally its kind of useless and there was no place to mount the top of it.

You trying to be funny????

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weljo2001, I think you must have been looking at the wrong photo.



Jungmann1, I am also surprised at the price of these huggers. That's why I haven't bought one long ago. Especially after reading some other threads on here about fitting issues with certain huggers. I guess its the overhead cost of an injection mould vs the relatively small production run for each model.

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No on my 09 theres no place on top to mount After you click on thumbnail to make larger then Double click on photo to get closer look

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No i wasnt being funny. Serious question.
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I can't see them in that photo but they gotta be there. They are what mounts the top of your radiator to the bike.
How is the top of that radiator guard attached?
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weljo2001, I think you must have been looking at the wrong photo.



Jungmann1, I am also surprised at the price of these huggers. That's why I haven't bought one long ago. Especially after reading some other threads on here about fitting issues with certain huggers. I guess its the overhead cost of an injection mould vs the relatively small production run for each model.

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I really like the look of the Evotech Radiator Grille. It's the first I've seen that looks cool and stealthy rather than stick out like a piece of tinsel on a Christmas tree.

Now then, the photo of the Evotech Radiator Grille on eBay clearly shows it on a ER-6, but says it's for both ER-6 or Versys, but weljo2001's photo clearly shows no upper mounting points, so is the Evotech really going to fit the Versys?

As for the hugger, (rant coming) I too feel they are quite expensive for what they are, especially when it appears to be an essential piece of kit in order to keep all the road crap away from the shock and all the other components back there. I mean, most other bikes have some kind of cover there as standard, but we Versys owners have to go out and buy an expensive after-market piece of kit. What's with that?

BTW, not all huggers are made from ABS. I've seen at least one that was made from fibreglass that I personally would avoid. It's heavy and brittle. It also only came painted with primer ready to be colour matched. What a hassle. Personally, I'd like a carbon fibre one, and I know Powerbronze has one, but I too am not keen on the mesh look, and besides they don't appear to have the carbon one for the Versys.

Anyway, if anyone else out there has found any other hugger, grille, and even fender extender options, I'll be watching this thread carefully.

P.S. weljo2001: what make/model is the rear stand you are using in your photo?

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The radiator has a lip on top and the radiator cover comes bent to fit. Put 3 very small pieces of loc-tite double side tape on the inner lip so no vibration. The stand i got at Harbor Freight. Web-site had it listed for $49 at the store i believe it was $36 and they have the swing arm spools for $5 Its very light and works great

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Here's a pic of my 2008 from approximately same angle as the pic of the Evotech guard. Can very clearly see the same 2 mounting screws on top.

I can't speak for the 2009 but it seems they have omitted the upper mounting screws for the radiator. odd.

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Sorry jruh, but I'm not seeing your photo. Could you repost please?

Thanks for the links weljo2001.
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i edited the link. hope it works now but heres the pic as attachment also.
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Found the manufacturer's site for the Evotech Rad Grille (http://www.evotech-performance.com/a...info_7440.html), and it looks like it might work out cheaper to get it directly even for you lads in the US. Certainly is for me here in Japan, as they sell it tax free (-17.5%), and shipping is only ten quid. Think I might get one of these, but wish they had a fender extender and a hugger to match, so I could get them all from the same place.
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Hi,

Has anyone here had any experience with this hugger I just saw on eBay?

click here

I don't know what the brand name is but it seems to be what I have been looking for : a simple hugger that is not integral to a chain-guard. (I like to remove my chain-guard when I service the chain and having a whole hugger/chain-guard assembly to remove just seems like more work.)

If anyone knows about this item or the people selling it (in Greece) I would appreciate your opinion.

I know the powerbronze huggers are seperate from the chain-guard and i really like how they look but they have a mesh insert that I think might be difficult to keep clean.

Also, anyone tried this radiator guard?

radiator guard

Looks nice and is aluminum rather than the stainless one I saw before.

Thanks, John
I "won" one yesterday, let you know when I get it on the bike. Thanks!

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Element, was that the hugger or radiator guard that you just won on eBay?
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The hugger, paid 96 for it. Hope it works out, never heard of EDrive before, but I don't know aftermarket companies, only what I read on the forum.
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