I was at the dealership yesterday for another reason and took a good look at the wethead GS (still haven't ridden a wethead).
That's a good quality set of coolers, nicely made, good size, well placed, etc etc except ---
BMW cheaping out on any kind of protection. To call them vulnerable in stock form is an understatement. Those tubes are completely exposed, a relatively fragile material, and well positioned to catch bouncing stuff- their only protection is height but we all know highway crap bounces or is thrown higher than that with pretty good frequency.
Someone at BMW must own parts of Touratech and/or Hornig or they're even more asleep than I though IF they actually ever do a serious design review.
Were it mine I'd just make my own screen as I've done for various track toys- no rewards to BMW or accessory shops for this very deliberate choice to save a few $ in manufacturing. They have to know how vulnerable these things will be in the real world.
I doubt they'll get it right on the RT but it would be nice. Has anyone confirmed if the Adventure still has the rads open like this?
Judging from this photo, the GSA's radiators are equally vulnerable.
Priors: '13 K1600GT, '08 R1200RT, '04 R1150RT, '05 R1200GS, '73 R75/5.
I definitely advocate a guard.
Personally I am not a fan of the cut steel ones. The holes are too big, and the radiator is too fragile.
I like the foam idea, and it would likely stop smaller rocks. I also like the mesh,
Of course the odds are slim that damage would happen, but it would be expensive damage if it did.
Keep your old radiator. Any decent radiator shop could fix it and you have a spare.
I installed black Dog cycle works radiator guards my first day. They are well built and look great.
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You guys are to easy on the idiots who allowed the stock design to be manufactured in the first place. It aluminum, not brass or steel.
By that same great logic one could build a bike full of uninsulated ground wiring- it too would work a while.
Wonder what Forest Gump would say about it...
My 89 (cheap) Transalp has two (2!!) layers of protection between its similar placed rads and incoming objects and of course has never holed one. It is not expensive to engage brains when designing stuff.
I grew up riding two stroke liquid cooled dirt bikes with cheep plastic louvers over the radiators. Not only can I not understand why the factory didn't add the protection, I can't understand why no third party has come out with a cheep plastic set of guards to shield them from rocks and sticks. Why does everything in the aftermarket need to be stainless?
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