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07-05-2014 08:17 AM
TheSnowdenator Since we're already discussing radiators I'd like to pose another question. How often is everyone flushing their system? And what are we refilling with?
07-05-2014 01:04 AM
iride4u Since I am riding many brands of motorcycles I try to apply what I learn on one to the others. I am glad that the KLRs have no problem with plastic screens. With the K1600 it was a $1000.00 mistake. Thank heavens not mine.
07-05-2014 12:38 AM
650Stew
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Originally Posted by iride4u View Post
Be very careful what you put in front of the radiator. A metal screen may work well but a plastic screen may melt. Air-conditioning filters may work but they may block too much air flow. Over the last 9 months members of the BMW K1600 forum have been conducting experiments with different filter materials. We have a problem since our radiator is so low in the bike.
Metal screen seems to be some of the best.
Nope, mine is just typical plastic window screen and it hasn't even come close to melting. It's been on there since 2008 in all kinds of weather. My temp gauge runs cool all the time, I don't think it's even remotely close to melting plastic temps.

It's also not sitting right on the rad, it has the factory plastic guard keeping it off the rad. Different bikes may have different setups, but no probs on my KLR.
07-05-2014 12:12 AM
iride4u Be very careful what you put in front of the radiator. A metal screen may work well but a plastic screen may melt. Air-conditioning filters may work but they may block too much air flow. Over the last 9 months members of the BMW K1600 forum have been conducting experiments with different filter materials. We have a problem since our radiator is so low in the bike.
Metal screen seems to be some of the best.
07-04-2014 05:47 PM
650Stew
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And don't forget that insects can be scavenged from the front of the radiator/screen and consumed in a life-or-death survival situation. Just because they've been dessicated doesn't mean they won't still provide protein along with a satisfying crunch.
Yup! In a zombie survival situation I would be thankful that grasshoppers got their spiky little legs caught in the screen! Stew 1, zombies 0

Actually... With the price of meat in the supermarket these days I might have to go shopping on my rad screen more often!

07-04-2014 05:26 PM
planalp
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I have a piece of window screen in front of my rad, it catches all the big stuff and then I just hose off the rad when I wash it. Seems to work well, no problems so far
Now, this makes sense to me as about the best material one could use for this purpose. I never thought of that. Good idea, 'stew.

And don't forget that insects can be scavenged from the front of the radiator/screen and consumed in a life-or-death survival situation. Just because they've been dessicated doesn't mean they won't still provide protein along with a satisfying crunch.



07-04-2014 04:47 PM
johnnail
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Hydrogen Peroxide will help dissolve bugs.
Yes KLRs do run cool but you still do not want a plugged radiator.
What he said
07-04-2014 04:03 PM
650Stew
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I would like to thank every-one for their greatly appreciated input. I am absolutely anal about washing my bike. It is almost to a disorder level. I ride with guys that have never washed a motorcycle in their lives. ( cuts into their riding time ) and thatís O.K. I donít judge. However the radiator/grill area just escaped me. Had it not been for the temp guage I never would have went looking in that area. I think once I get my present situation sorted I am just going to make sure I pay attention to that spot also and that should clear the issue.
I have a piece of window screen in front of my rad, it catches all the big stuff and then I just hose off the rad when I wash it. Seems to work well, no problems so far
07-04-2014 03:35 PM
Festis I would like to thank every-one for their greatly appreciated input. I am absolutely anal about washing my bike. It is almost to a disorder level. I ride with guys that have never washed a motorcycle in their lives. ( cuts into their riding time ) and that’s O.K. I don’t judge. However the radiator/grill area just escaped me. Had it not been for the temp guage I never would have went looking in that area. I think once I get my present situation sorted I am just going to make sure I pay attention to that spot also and that should clear the issue.
07-04-2014 09:21 AM
iride4u Hydrogen Peroxide will help dissolve bugs.
Yes KLRs do run cool but you still do not want a plugged radiator.
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