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Hi all - dealer recommended getting a radiator guard relatively soon. Any recommendations?

Also - do riders typically put anything on the fairings/plastic parts to protect the paint?

Any suggestions appreciated, thanks all!
 

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Is there a website for accessories for those of us in the US that someone would recommend?

I've ordered gear from Revzilla before, but they don't have a lot of the items I want such as:

1. Radiator Guards
2. Pegs (Not rearsets)

The Evotech Radiator Guards look great. Though ~$200 and a week+ shipping doesn't appease my instant gratification needs (Blame Amazon Prime...)
 

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Glad to help. Great thing about them is you earn loyalty points towards your next purchase. ;)
 

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Sorry I should have been more clear: I meant for top & bottom. I'm not sure how much shipping is or if they remove VAT tax.

Maybe I just need the bottom one...
As an aside, VAT gets removed if you're not from the EU. I order gear all the time, and it automatically gets taken off at checkout. If only the dollar was a little stronger...
 

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Hi all - dealer recommended getting a radiator guard relatively soon. Any recommendations?

Also - do riders typically put anything on the fairings/plastic parts to protect the paint?

Any suggestions appreciated, thanks all!
Those guards ara not really necessary unless you ride a lot when it is wet. In normal dry weather there won't be any dirt that can really hurt the radiators. Anyway I think that the Evotech is a good option. Solid build quality and easy fit.

For paint protection I'm going to try the Opti Coat 2.0. I've heard a lot of good thing about that. Look it up!
 

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Those guards ara not really necessary unless you ride a lot when it is wet. In normal dry weather there won't be any dirt that can really hurt the radiators. Anyway I think that the Evotech is a good option. Solid build quality and easy fit.

For paint protection I'm going to try the Opti Coat 2.0. I've heard a lot of good thing about that. Look it up!
That's interesting paint protection. Permanent sounds permanent lol

@DonSanto - What color 899 did you get? I'm wondering if Opti Coat would be safer for red than the matte white...

I will say that it does seem significantly easier to apply than the ClearBra/3M film...

Edit: Just found this for a Red Panigale 1199 - I'm not very intrigued..

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum...cati-1199-panigale-correction-opti-guard.html
 

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Those guards ara not really necessary unless you ride a lot when it is wet. In normal dry weather there won't be any dirt that can really hurt the radiators. Anyway I think that the Evotech is a good option. Solid build quality and easy fit.

For paint protection I'm going to try the Opti Coat 2.0. I've heard a lot of good thing about that. Look it up!
I have personally seen a rock come off the front tire and penetrate the radiator on an 1198. It has nothing to do with wet/dry or dirt. Things like this happen: Rock 1 - Radiator 0 - ducati.org forum | the home for ducati owners and enthusiasts

Punctured radiator - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums

radiator - Kawasaki Versys Forum

It could cost you MUCH more than the cost of guards and also leave you on the side of the road in an undesriable area. Think about it.
 

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I have personally seen a rock come off the front tire and penetrate the radiator on an 1198. It has nothing to do with wet/dry or dirt. Things like this happen: Rock 1 - Radiator 0 - ducati.org forum | the home for ducati owners and enthusiasts

Punctured radiator - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums

radiator - Kawasaki Versys Forum

It could cost you MUCH more than the cost of guards and also leave you on the side of the road in an undesriable area. Think about it.

Of course it has to do with wet roads. Then there is more dirt including rocks that can end up on the radiator. In 12 years I've never had one incident even close to ruin the radiator. Of course it could happen but its not likely to do so.

If it should happen the cost I would have to pay my insurance company is less than the cost of the radiator guards. That includes pickup if I'm left somewhere.







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That's interesting paint protection. Permanent sounds permanent lol

@DonSanto - What color 899 did you get? I'm wondering if Opti Coat would be safer for red than the matte white...

I will say that it does seem significantly easier to apply than the ClearBra/3M film...

Edit: Just found this for a Red Panigale 1199 - I'm not very intrigued..

http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum...cati-1199-panigale-correction-opti-guard.html
I got the red one. I'm no paint pro so I wouldn't know about the white one. But from what I understad and have seen I believe there is no problem.





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I have personally seen a rock come off the front tire and penetrate the radiator on an 1198. It has nothing to do with wet/dry or dirt. Things like this happen: Rock 1 - Radiator 0 - ducati.org forum | the home for ducati owners and enthusiasts

Punctured radiator - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums

radiator - Kawasaki Versys Forum

It could cost you MUCH more than the cost of guards and also leave you on the side of the road in an undesriable area. Think about it.
I've had a rock destroy my oil cooler on my 848. Radiator guards are well worth the investment.
 

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The lower radiator is definitely more at risk than the upper due to the fender keeping most debris off of it, but it can't hurt to protect them both. I had the R&G guards on my 1199 and am putting them on my 899 as well. One of the track we ride at has a lot of rocks on it all the time, so I've seen some pretty good dings in radiators over the years. Never had a puncture, but I figure it's cheap insurance to add some protection. Ducati Performance is actually making a radiator guard this year as well, just for the lower radiator:

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Those guards ara not really necessary unless you ride a lot when it is wet. In normal dry weather there won't be any dirt that can really hurt the radiators. Anyway I think that the Evotech is a good option. Solid build quality and easy fit.

For paint protection I'm going to try the Opti Coat 2.0. I've heard a lot of good thing about that. Look it up!
Anybody know if would works on flat paint such as the arctic white ?
 

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I got the red one. I'm no paint pro so I wouldn't know about the white one. But from what I understad and have seen I believe there is no problem.





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I should probably check my writing before posting. I meant I am now intrigued. (not 'NOT' intrigued). I can't edit it now. lol.

I did some research & saw there are some companies that product the same type of paint protection for Matte paint specifically. I'm considering it.
 

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Anybody know if would works on flat paint such as the arctic white ?
I found this on Amzn, but haven't had time to dig into it:

Dr. Beasley's MP31T04 Matte Paint Sealant - 4 oz.
Liquid formula will not fill in matte paint like some paste formulas
Lasts hundreds of washes. No need to apply often
Leaves behind a uniform, flat sheen
 
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