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Radiator Guard?

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.

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I put the R&G Racing guard on...it is fairly easy to install. I am also putting a "Fenda Extenda" on my front fender to eliminate the mud, dirt and debris being thrown up on the radiator by the front tire. It is a "Stick On" extender....will have to see...might put a couple of fender screws in it to just make sure.

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I put the R&G Racing guard on...it is fairly easy to install. I am also putting a "Fenda Extenda" on my front fender to eliminate the mud, dirt and debris being thrown up on the radiator by the front tire. It is a "Stick On" extender....will have to see...might put a couple of fender screws in it to just make sure.
IMO, the radiator guard is a must-have. It really should have come from the factory this way. I'm thinking about a fender extender also, mostly to keep the crud off my chain. I understand your reservations about a stick-on. I'd probably want at least 1 bolt on there. R&G has an extender coming out, but it's not available yet. No idea as to cost or how it attaches.

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IMO, the radiator guard is a must-have. It really should have come from the factory this way............R&G has an extender coming out, but it's not available yet. No idea as to cost or how it attaches.
My honest opinion, Kawasaki should have done the front fender bigger to eliminate the need for a rad guard and a fender extender. I'm not happy with the spray angle up from the road.

BTW the R&G Fen'stender has no visible fasteners leading me to think its adhesive stickers like the ebay version which coincidentally is sold just 3hrs north of R&G Racing HQ............you can't really extend the shape of the factory guard much different other than put a different badge on.
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My honest opinion, Kawasaki should have done the front fender bigger to eliminate the need for a rad guard and a fender extender. I'm not happy with the spray angle up from the road.
Yes, a proper fender would eliminate most of these issues. Fenda Extendas are made for almost every modern motorcycle, so the problem is certainly not isolated to our bikes. Unfortunately, appearance trumps function when trying to sell bikes, and stubby fenders are "cool".

FurEBear--please post about your experience with the extender. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's interested!
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Great thread and post on the RG install. Thanks
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I got my Fenda Extenda in today and tried to take off my front fender....not happening! There is no way to get the front fender off and out from between the front struts. It is mounted on a brace which I started to loosen but after close inspection determined it still would not allow me to get the fender off. So next I will try to install it on the bike.

So far I am satisfied with what I got...a little pricey but as it is contoured to the fender to almost blend in smooth I will hold my final judgement until it is installed. I can already see that I will need to get a couple of Wide Mouth Clamps to hold it on the 24 hours they want for the glue pads to cure.

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yea when i got my vulcan s wrapped my friend cracked my front fender trying to get it off !! sucks they made it the way they did
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I put the Fenda Extenda on my Bike today....pretty simple but dam the "Stickies" are really sticky. I think it looks pretty good and matches pretty close...looks like it will keep the mud and rocks out of my engine and radiator...
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Well I ordered the R & G installed it yesterday. Very simple install; it will do the job; yes it is pricey for what it is, but I figure it will cost less when debris strikes it.
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