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Old May 25th 2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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Radiator Guards?

I'm trying to find some guards to suit the bike, but have read mixed reviews of the R&G ones (attached using cable ties - seems a bit Heath Robinson for this kind of bike) and the quality is not great.

Similarly, for the Evotech ones - you need to buy two and from what I've read, the fit on other bikes (eg Ducati Monsters) may be a bit dodgy. However, the pic of the lower guard on their website does look quite good - but the mesh seems quite dense (perhaps restricting airflow?)

Cox Racing don't have one for the Pani yet, and I don't think there is a UK distributor.

Rizoma may have one in the pipeline.

Anyone have any other options? How difficult is it to make your own? What would you need? Are there any custom makers in the UK?

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Old May 25th 2012, 12:10 PM   #2
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I'm not sure they're a good idea. Looking at the evotech one, it's made of perforated metal plate (assume Aluminium) and looks like it will significantly reduce the airflow over the radiator. Given that there's quite a bit of heat around this area already, reducing the cooling efficiency might not be the best idea. Never had any rad damage without a guard, anyone else had a radiator damaged?
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Old May 25th 2012, 12:12 PM   #3
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Reduced airflow is a concern - good point to consider. I must admit I've never had damage to the radiator before.
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Old May 25th 2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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My take is a rad gaurd is essential after holing my 1098. Currently desperately in need of one as I do not want to hurt my new lady. Anybody else know of other makes available. Putting on with cable ties is not uncommon
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Old May 25th 2012, 01:10 PM   #5
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Paul - was it your upper or lower radiator that got spiked on your 1098?
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Old May 25th 2012, 01:40 PM   #6
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Husker1 (Is that a name? :-) )

It was the lower rad ... my oil rad and I know ouch ....I was ..... lucky but then the sun shines on the good.. Ducati aylesbury were great helping me through my time of need
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Old May 25th 2012, 02:51 PM   #7
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Husker1 (Is that a name? :-) )

It was the lower rad ... my oil rad and I know ouch ....I was ..... lucky but then the sun shines on the good.. Ducati aylesbury were great helping me through my time of need
The husker1 is a long story, which isn't that interesting...

Nasty injury to the rad - if you come across any decent guards, please post.
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Old May 25th 2012, 04:26 PM   #8
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Evo tech are showing pictures of their lower rad but not upper yet. http://www.evotech-performance.com/m...diator_1_1.jpg

Costs 56GBP or $105. I've holed the radiator in my GSXR 750 track bike and what a pain. This could be a good way to spend some insurance money?
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Old May 25th 2012, 08:35 PM   #9
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Evo tech are showing pictures of their lower rad but not upper yet. http://www.evotech-performance.com/m...diator_1_1.jpg

Costs 56GBP or $105. I've holed the radiator in my GSXR 750 track bike and what a pain. This could be a good way to spend some insurance money?
That looks awesome! Clean, neat and likely very little air flow obstruction.

I'll be looking into this as well as I've holed the oil cooler on my S4Rs and it was indeed a pain.

Thanks very much for posting.
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Old May 26th 2012, 08:20 AM   #10
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Why don't you guys make your own....... I did.!

Less than 20 Uk ( about $30 )

You'll find a "How to" in another thread.








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