Join Date: Jan 2016
Year/Make/Model: 2015 Vulcan S
Looking over my bike the other day, I began to notice some tiny dents in my radiator. Thought they were dirt/bugs at first, but it is actually getting a little damaged. This is annoying since I only ride fairly clean roads in good weather. Being my first liquid-cooled bike, I never gave a second thought to this. Kawasaki wouldn't hang a radiator out there if it couldn't take a few shots, right? After doing a little research, I found out that radiator damage from road debris is a thing, and can be expensive to fix and even cause a crash (if it gets punctured and spews coolant, sending you down). Rather than risk one or both of those things, I bit the bullet and got a radiator guard. R&G has a couple styles for our bike. I went with the black aluminum mesh style, rather than the shiny brushed aluminum, slotted version. Didn't really want to accentuate the radiator. If I rode on dirtier roads, I would've opted for the other version, as it should offer a bit more protection.
It weighs next to nothing, the install was super easy, and I think it looks awesome on the bike! Looks like a factory piece. Now I'm annoyed that Kawasaki doesn't provide something like this standard, since this radiator is pretty exposed, low and vulnerable. It's a bit pricey for what it is, but I figured it beats the alternative.