Ducati Sport Classic Oil Cooler Radiator Guard
Paul Smith Ducati Sport Classic Oil Cooler Radiator Guard
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Paul Smith is at it again! His
SportClassic fork protectors (review) have become so
popular that he's started producing and selling them
with a new company, CustomDucati, to handle the orders.
Here's his latest creation, and this one is just as useful: the CustomDucati
SportClassic Radiator Guard.
I've been scratching my head ever since the GT1000 entered the garage, trying
to figure out a way to protect those super-thin oil cooler radiator fins from
getting bent, knocked, bunged, bugged, crusted and generally abused.
The radiator sticks right out there, like the proverbial glass chin on a
wannabe boxer, just waiting to get slammed. And nothing looks worse than
bent and buggy radiator fins!
They're a pain to clean, and I have to grab the needle-nose pliers on a
regular basis to straighten them out. Kind of ridiculous, when you think
about it. After all these decades, we're still using flimsy radiators with
paper-thin cooling fins that can bend when hit by a little bug.
So I've been on the lookout for something I could drape over the front of the
oil cooler to prevent damage, while still allowing the maximum amount of air
flow, which is, of course, crucial.
I tried ginning up a piece of metal screen, using cable ties, but it looked
like heck so that idea was scrapped.
And then along comes Mr. Smith, with this very nice-looking and also very
useful Ducati SportClassic Radiator Guard. Just the ticket, and the bonus
is that it looks great! I think it actually makes the somewhat ugly
radiator look better, which is a real accomplishment.
Like the fork guards, this is easy as pie to install. The radiator has
two 5 mm hex-head cap screws holding it to the rubber dampers on the bottom.
The screws fit into what appears to be a titanium (can't be, can it?) special
Unscrew the bolts, slap on the radiator guard and tighten everything up.
I put a dab of blue Loctite on there just in case, figuring that with all the
vibrations on the front of the Ducati V-twin that the threads might need a
little persuasion to behave.
See for yourself; it's amazing, because it gives the front of the bike a much
more finished look.
This one is aluminum, and Paul says the radiator guard will also be available
in black. I'm sure Ducati owners will think of all sorts of colors (or is
that colours?) to paint it.
We put the cool Ducati logo on the front, a nice finishing touch, as an
example of what owners might want to do to dress it up a bit.
The CustomDucati SportClassic Radiator Guard.
Radiator guard, front and rear views.
The oil cooler radiator before installing the guard; the
bent fins and bugs are all too visible.
Radiator guard installed; the 5 mm HHCS and
titanium-colored washer can be seen on the left.
View from the left-hand side of the bike.
All it takes is a 5 mm Allen wrench (and
here's a review!) and maybe a drop of Loctite.
Lookin' good, no?
A must-have addition to any Ducati SportClassic, the
CustomDucati SportClassic Radiator Guard is now
available for the Hypermotard; Sport 1000 and 1000S;
the Paul Smart LE; the 2001-2002 Monster M750 and
M900; the 2003-2004 M800; the 2003-2005 M1000; the
2005-2007 S2R 800 and the 2006-2009 S2R 1000.
Probably more on the way, so check
CustomDucati for the latest. They also
feature SportClassic steering dampers, the
SportClassic fork protectors and more.
Ducati SportClassic Radiator Guard
Suggested Retail Price: £50 incl. worldwide
||Made in: Scotland
May 2009 Notes: Product provided by the
manufacturer for this review (more).
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