Protect your 1290 Radiator

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Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby OZsuperduker » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:11 am

This is an Australia business that I bought from in the past.
They offer great products and have great follow-up service.
My last so called unstopabble bike 2013 K50 BMW R1200GS coped a rock in one of the radiators 1200kms from home. One of these radiator guards could have saved me the trouble I had and a $1500 bill.
Because as we all know a rock in your radiator is an act of god according to the dealer. My claim than an unstoppable adventure bike should have guards fitted from factory was redundant
So I fitted this with no hesitation. Bike temp is unchanged and oil temp is unchanged. This might just save your life if you are unlucky enough for coolant to spill and make its way to your rear wheel

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KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE 2014 RADIATOR GUARD

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http://www.radguard.com.au/products/ktm ... guard.html
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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby dukepaul » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:23 am

I have a RAD Guard too

Did you need 2 people to fit as per the destucions?
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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby OZsuperduker » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:39 am

No, it's an easy 1 person job. There is a video on their site under that link above that walks you through the whole process. It only takes 5 minutes to do. You are basically taking 4 screws off, laying the guard over the radiator and putting the 4 screws back on. Piece of piss
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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby kevxtx » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:47 am

One of my first mods & it fits like a glove.

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby One KTM nut » Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:52 am

Thanks, just ordered mine online, took 3 mins
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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby sexparty » Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:29 am

Been keen to know the temp differences of it on vs off. If it doesn't make much of a difference I might get one also.

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby OZsuperduker » Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:53 pm

No change in the temp Bjorn just like on the other bikes I've owned. Just have to make sure you clean behind it and the radiator every 5000kms or so depending where you ride to make sure flies and bugs in general don't create a problem. Never happened to me, but I can see this being a problem on hot summer days on country trips
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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby sexparty » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:20 am

OZsuperduker wrote:No change in the temp Bjorn just like on the other bikes I've owned. Just have to make sure you clean behind it and the radiator every 5000kms or so depending where you ride to make sure flies and bugs in general don't create a problem. Never happened to me, but I can see this being a problem on hot summer days on country trips


Yeah fair enough. I'll get one soon, it looked great and fit pretty good. Good price to.

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby abc » Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:42 am

I ordered one of these based on other members posts. It arrived the next day and is well designed and manufactured, the fit is good all be it tight. The steering damper clears the mesh by about 1mm when steering on full lock. Must keep this in mind when ordering an upgraded steering damper for the 1290.
Overall it is a good product and there service is excellent.
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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby OZsuperduker » Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:29 am

Good deal. Wouldn't worry about the steering damper upgrade. You are only ever at full lock when wheeling the bike around for parking. This would never be a problem when riding I don't think.
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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby Hieronymus. » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:17 am

I have the Evotech one which looks awesome but the dampener taps on the guard at full lock. Was initially concerned but can't imagine there being any possible safety issue.
Rad guard looks good.

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby Oupy » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:12 am

Hieronymus. wrote:I have the Evotech one which looks awesome but the dampener taps on the guard at full lock. Was initially concerned but can't imagine there being any possible safety issue.
Rad guard looks good.


Contemplating getting the Evotech radguard but i find this info a bit disconcerting? Anyone else with the Evotech have anything to report?

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby MaximusVR46 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:06 am

I have the Evotech rad guard, Its awesome! and looks the part!
I prefer this one as it covers the whole radiator even the sides. I have no issues with it hitting the steering damper on full lock

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby BigBoost » Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:52 pm

I have this one and LOVE it. Perfect fit!!!

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby Joe Biker » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:40 pm

rad guard here cant even tell its on

very happy withe the product ordering
and shipping were fast !!!

highly reccommend !!!!!!!

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby AGRO! » Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:22 am

I just make my own cost about $20au. :D
I did buy a rad guard for my R1 back in 05 its a great product!

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby Oupy » Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:32 am

Hey guys, thinking about ordering a one of the rad guards. Any updates on how it is performing?

Living in Perth temps can get quite hot in summer, I'm slightly concerned that it may raise the temps too much?

Keen for some feedback.

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby jmann » Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:38 am

Comrade Oupy: The statements above look pretty positive. I'll give you my update - I've ridden mine since February and then all winter and never noticed any temperature difference. Maybe some kind soul will wait for a 45 degree day and then take his or her's off for you so they can observe what happens :lol:

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby ktmguy » Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:21 am

jmann wrote:Comrade Oupy: The statements above look pretty positive. I'll give you my update - I've ridden mine since February and then all winter and never noticed any temperature difference. Maybe some kind soul will wait for a 45 degree day and then take his or her's off for you so they can observe what happens :lol:


It gets pretty warmish up here and I had one on the 990 and now on the 1290, never had any overheating issues. Probably saved the radiator a few times on the other hand....
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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby OZsuperduker » Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:15 am

No issues here in 3 different bikes even on 45 degree days
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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby Oupy » Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:11 am

Fitted mine today, good quality item and fit.

One small issue, the steering damper slightly touches the rad-guard at full lock and rests on the rad-guard in the handlebar lock key position.

Is this the same for you guys? Anything to worry about?

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby jmann » Sat Nov 08, 2014 8:28 am

Comrade Oupy: Nope. It only just misses by a smidgen but it does miss. You can of course, adjust the steering lock stops but don't adjust by too much or you won't be able to engage the ignition lock. On the other side watch out for your thumbs especially in the sliding along the road position :wink: not that I've ever done that :roll:

Edit: Kevxtx (below) and I must have pressed summit within a second of each other.

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby kevxtx » Sat Nov 08, 2014 8:28 am

You can adjust the steering stops, just recheck that you can still lock the bike with the steering lock after the adjustment.

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby Oupy » Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:38 am

OK I've adjusted the steering lock nuts out as far as i could which would still enable the key to lock and its still touching :(

Seems to be only very slightly touching guess that is as good as it will get?

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Re: Protect your 1290 Radiator

Postby jmann » Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:22 pm

Oupy wrote:OK I've adjusted the steering lock nuts out as far as i could which would still enable the key to lock and its still touching :(

Seems to be only very slightly touching guess that is as good as it will get?


Comrade Oupy: I assume you mean the stop BOLT as the nut is a locking nut. If so, I'd have another look to make sure the lip on the top of the rad guard is seated properly behind the top radiator tank to ensure it is not fouling something. Also check that the damper is properly seated.

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