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>104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« on: May 31, 2015, 02:44:05 pm »
Now after my sarcastic subject, my bike is 'prolly jinx'd!   :beerchug:

I told everyone when i bought the bike "ain't pinning bags, nor falling for time and $$$ for radiator protection".  The mad pow-ah of kiPass has me covered, and nowhere are the fins bent close to the "pipe", nor is my bike performing poorly or running hot during slow rides in extreme Florida or AZ heat

Here are the pics several have asked me for.  Sure, as Kawasaki designed it for, my bike has had some very hard hits on the radiator. The C14 has been on many many long  gravel roads. The dirt pile up and bugs on this radiator are more of a threat for overheating than anything that has hit it.



These are the same fins as first pic, the angle of the light and cell phone "glared" them.




And this is the type of terrain the unprotected radiator endures:







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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2015, 02:46:06 pm »
I'm not suggesting in the LEAST that you not buy or fab up products to protect your radiator. I'm just saying for my bike and the riding I do, thus far I have had no use for it for >104,000 miles

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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2015, 02:47:10 pm »
 :017: Radiator guard is cheap insurance. Get off your wallet Steve!  :beerchug:

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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2015, 02:49:24 pm »
:017: Radiator guard is cheap insurance. Get off your wallet Steve!  :beerchug:

Noooooo  sir, lets please see if it will keep on gettin' it to 200K (or engine grenading first) without it  ;D
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2015, 06:00:39 pm »
:017: Radiator guard is cheap insurance. Get off your wallet Steve!  :beerchug:


Noooooo  sir, lets please see if it will keep on gettin' it to 200K (or engine grenading first) without it  ;D


I wouldn't wish a holed rad on anyone Steve...but then I have a fenda extendah... and the mad powah of kipass...

but man, you just love to dance on banana peels in patent leather shoes bro... you are jinxing yourself man :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2015, 06:01:02 pm »
Hey some guys don't wear helmets and ride for years without injury.  I prefer a helmet-lol.  Yes,  I have a Radiator guard and a fender extender.  Something about ATGATT??  LMAO

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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2015, 10:18:33 pm »
You guys crack me up  :great:    :great:   :great:    :great:    :beerchug:
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2015, 02:41:24 am »
New radiator, $900. Don't ask me how I know  :-[. Luckily insurance covered it. Guard has been in place now for about 50000 miles. Good luck.
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 07:49:32 am »
This is like having an insurance policy. You go for years, decades without a claim. Start to wonder why you pay all that money. Then boom! It just paid for itself as you watch the body shop hook your car up to a torture device to pull it straight again.

Probability and statistics only tell us one thing for sure. What you roll on the die one time has absolutely no affect on what you roll the second time. In other words, history has no effect on the future in the world of chance and probability.

So your radiator will not be holed until it is holed. And then you will be sad.  :beerchug:
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2015, 09:42:09 am »
Steve your DOOMED  :-\
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2015, 09:52:12 am »
My money says he makes it to 200000. I lost a bag on the old C10 so I have those hook things to keep my bags safe and secure.
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2015, 11:43:18 am »
My money says he makes it to 200000. I lost a bag on the old C10 so I have those hook things to keep my bags safe and secure.


^^^^right on brutha.  Everyone was betting against Kawasaki and I with my unguarded radiator and unpinned bags making it to 100K, and we blew past that without issue.

But I may have jinxed it with this thread!? 
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2015, 05:52:35 pm »
My money says he makes it to 200000. I lost a bag on the old C10 so I have those hook things to keep my bags safe and secure.


^^^^right on brutha.  Everyone was betting against Kawasaki and I with my unguarded radiator and unpinned bags making it to 100K, and we blew past that without issue.

But I may have jinxed it with this thread!? 


No worry Steve, I know you are not stupid-ishes!    Did I get that right??  :)   :rotflmao: :beerchug: :beerchug:

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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2015, 07:01:02 pm »
Not to hijack this thread, but I bought a ProjektD radiator guard and a fender extender.  I installed the radiator guard, (super easy), but noticed the curve radius of the fender extender doesn't match the radius of the rear of the fender.  The fender extender has two adhesive strips but also comes with three tiny screws.  Seems like, with mis-matched radiuses, the three screws would be necessary.   

Any advice about this?  And it seems like it would be wise to snip off the points on those screws--if I have to use them.
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2015, 08:30:12 pm »
Everything would have been fine had he not written this simple post. Now Karma, bad luck, deservedness, insurance vendors, and FJR pilots are all lining up and hoping the worst for him. Good Luck! (fingers crossed lol)
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2015, 09:46:53 pm »
Everything would have been fine had he not written this simple post. Now Karma, bad luck, deservedness, insurance vendors, and FJR pilots are all lining up and hoping the worst for him. Good Luck! (fingers crossed lol)


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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2015, 10:31:47 pm »
I always figured that people who don't wear helmets don't need them.
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2015, 10:57:36 pm »
I always figured that people who don't wear helmets don't need them.

^^^agree in regards to helmets  :beerchug:
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2015, 11:33:26 pm »
Not to hijack this thread, but I bought a ProjektD radiator guard and a fender extender.  I installed the radiator guard, (super easy), but noticed the curve radius of the fender extender doesn't match the radius of the rear of the fender.  The fender extender has two adhesive strips but also comes with three tiny screws.  Seems like, with mis-matched radiuses, the three screws would be necessary.   

Any advice about this?  And it seems like it would be wise to snip off the points on those screws--if I have to use them.

I installed a fender extender on my other bike.  It had only between ¾" and 1" of a lip with some tape on it.
I didn't trust only using tape so I got SS screws and acorn (cap) nuts then drilled through both and attached with the screw heads to the fender's tire side
and the nuts facing outward.  I used red locktight and tightened them up.  Also I did use a few washers so that the screws wouldn't bottom out in the cap nuts.
No sign of any problems so far.   I have extenders on order for the Connie and expect to do the same to those too.

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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2015, 12:27:38 am »
Not to hijack this thread, but I bought a ProjektD radiator guard and a fender extender.  I installed the radiator guard, (super easy), but noticed the curve radius of the fender extender doesn't match the radius of the rear of the fender.  The fender extender has two adhesive strips but also comes with three tiny screws.  Seems like, with mis-matched radiuses, the three screws would be necessary.   

Any advice about this?  And it seems like it would be wise to snip off the points on those screws--if I have to use them.

TLR, I bought the ProjektD rad guard and fender extender, and did use the included screws to secure the extender. To my mind the adhesive strips are not gonna keep that thing secure, especially over time. No issues with the screw points fouling on front tire.

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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2015, 03:26:27 am »
My radiator still hasn't failed, the mad pow-ah of KiPass protects it per Kawasaki's design     :beerchug:
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2015, 01:39:06 am »
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #22 on: June 19, 2015, 12:35:16 am »
If you radiator was a chick, I do her!


Oh the visual 
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2016, 07:40:29 pm »
*bump* because this topic keeps coming up on the side of "radiator protection is a must have"  ;D :-X :o :great: :beerchug:
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Re: >104K miles, blah @ "radiator protection"
« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2016, 08:21:53 pm »
Timely bump stevewfl... I just ordered my radiator guard off Ebay and already have a fender extender on it. If you have the balls, take the $70 you saved, ride to Vegas, and put it on the OO green at 72:1 and turn it into some serious $$. If not, buy a tube of JB Weld and ride in fear of a fellow COG'er seeing you doing a repair on the roadside. Best of luck brother! LOL
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