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Roy
01-13-2008, 06:41 PM
I took two rocks into the radiator today on a spirited ride following a couple of bikes. The Cox radiator guard has already paid for itself as you can see in the pics attached. One rock in the lower left hand corner was huge and would have left the big Bandit stopped dead in her tracks because this rock would have went through the radiator for sure. The other was on the right side about in the middle not really visible in the pic but a dent non the less. Yes we were on pavment, modern day street tires are quite tacky and pick up stones very easy. I already knew this and that is why I contacted cox to make a guard for the Bandit in the beginning. Best $90 bucks spent so far. See for your self below.
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r173/rholmes18/2007%20Bandit%201250S/Suzukidoublebubblescreen006.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r173/rholmes18/2007%20Bandit%201250S/Suzukidoublebubblescreen007.jpg
If you don't already have one I would say you are living on borrowed time the Bandit 1250 radiator is very vunerable to road debris.

Stook
01-14-2008, 09:46 AM
You don't need to be riding in a "spirited" fashion to take a rock through the radiator of most water cooled bikes. Even at low speeds, if you happen to hit one at the right (wrong?) angle, it can be propelled into the radiator at a speed high enough to puncture it.

Personally, I don't leave home without mine (radiator guard) :)

Roy
01-14-2008, 10:03 AM
You don't need to be riding in a "spirited" fashion to take a rock through the radiator of most water cooled bikes. :)

True, I was be melodramatic :rider:

I was tickled pink when I looked to see the damage and was happy to see the guard worked, like I knew it would. I knew I had been hit because I also felt an impact in the knee through my riding suit.

A1A
01-14-2008, 11:13 AM
Roy,

I was wondering if the rocks were throwed up from the rear tires of the bikes in front of you or from other traffic on the road?

:pirate:

Roy
01-14-2008, 11:26 AM
Roy,

I was wondering if the rocks were throwed up from the rear tires of the bikes in front of you or from other traffic on the road?

:pirate:

Richard the bike in front of me threw up the stones. Common around these parts with the crappy way they build roads and todays tires being so tacky. I have had it happen to other bikes that is why all my bikes have a radiator guard. Most everyone I ride with has one also. I am glad I had it on. I can pound the indention flat once I take the guard off for some reason in the future. I am not going to the trouble to remove it right now just to mash out the dent. One whack from a rubber mallet will have it good as new again.:mrgreen:

There is absoulutely NO damage to the radiator.:rider:

A1A
01-14-2008, 11:41 AM
Ok Roy, thanks for sharing the information and the pictures of the dents in the radiator screen. I guess I should look into some protection for my raditor.

:rider:

bones
01-14-2008, 11:44 AM
I was looking at the ones they are selling on Ebay and wondering the effectiveness and thickness. Look more of a pretty item to me.

I want that and sliders. Anyone? I saw Holeshots and the ones on twisted throttle, anyone else?

GregH
01-15-2008, 01:03 PM
Glad to see the Cox Guard is working. I bought mine the first week he made them available. Thanks for getting that little project set up for us, Roy.

boxter4ever
01-15-2008, 06:08 PM
i ordered mine last friday!:sun:

Roy
01-19-2008, 03:03 PM
I took the guard off today and flattened the dents out. Took about 5 minutes to do and it looks like new again. Great product!!