Quality Of The Finish Has Been Tested

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  1. MEM62

    MEM62 Member

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    Took the T120 for it's first service yesterday and the weather for the 80-mile round trip was awful. The bike is absolutely rotten and it will be interesting to see how well it cleans up. The irony is I am having it ceramic coated but arranged for that to be done after the first service.
     
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  2. MEM62

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    Well, here is a, somewhat belated, update.

    The bike cleaned up well but the radiator has taken a bit of a pounding at the bottom. It looks like it is not fully protected by the mudguard. I have purchased a fenda extenda in the hope that will help. I might also consider putting some radiator mesh between the radiator and the protector but am wondering if this will impeded the cooling.

    I guess the good thing is that the radiator isn't stupidly expensive.
     
  3. Dartplayer

    Dartplayer Crème de la Crème

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    How has the ceramic coating helped?
     
  4. MEM62

    MEM62 Member

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    The coating was applied after the clean up so, no. I guess we will have to wait until the next time I get caught out to see how that performs.
     
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  5. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else
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    Some after market radiator protectors may impede the airflow.
    Had one fitted to my previous Tiger 800 and it definitely ran slightly hotter.
    I also have one fitted to my R nine t - a cheap as chips Chinese copy of the ridiculously expensive Wünderlich one.
    Owners on the forum complain that the engine temperature runs too hot (the BMW has an digital engine temp gauge, which is actually an oil temp gauge as the bike is air cooled).
    Mine only goes up by 2 degrees so cheap is not always bad! :D
     
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  6. littleade

    littleade The only sane one here
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    The BIG think IMO is to keep your bike clean AND protected with either FS365, ACF50 XCP or something else of your choice to suit how much you ride during winter/how clean you want your bike to look/how often you want to apply the protection. The key is to start doing this while the bike is still new BEFORE you get any corrosion. Same as @steve lovatt I have rad guards on my GS but mine are OE plastic BMW ones as they were cheaper than the likes of Wunderlich (I sold my Wunderlich ones for my 1200 for more than the OE ones cost me from M&P on ebay) the problem is if you get a hole in the rad it can mean you have to get recovered if it's water cooled, a hole in the oil cooler could end up with oil all over the bike and possibly the back tyre so not worth the Mavis risk IMO
     
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  7. MEM62

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    I need to do something. This is disappointing after 500 miles and only one trip in inclement weather.

    Rad IV.jpg
     
  8. Johnjo

    Johnjo Senior Member
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    That looks like impact damage from road crud. Usual story I'm afraid, front mudguard not large enough by design.

    Easily sorted by fitting a mudguard extension. I've just ordered one for my Tracer.
     
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  9. MEM62

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    I have bought fenda extenda, which I will fit at the weekend. Also, some R&G radiator mesh that will offer a bit more protection than the OE radiator cover. Shame, if I had known how ineffective the OE cover was I would have fitted these from day 1. Oh well......

    Any other vulnerabilities that I need to be aware of?
     
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  10. steve lovatt

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    Just fitted a Fenda-extenda to my Tiger 900 - just like I had to with the Tiger 800!:D
     
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  11. Johnjo

    Johnjo Senior Member
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    That's pretty much the basics covered Marcus. Any other bits you fit will be just " nice to haves ".

    Great name, BTW, named our eldest Marcus. :)
     
  12. Cupoftea

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    Fender extender and this

    IMG_20190302_142826.jpg
     
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  13. Callumity

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    There’s a big difference between SoCal and So’ton!

    If you peered behind the grill it’s just what your car rad looks like. My TS has been fully up armoured out of the same necessity.
     
  14. 45Brit2017

    45Brit2017 Well-Known Member

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    I must say, I don’t give my 2013 T100 any special attention, and the finish is holding up very well.
     
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  15. MEM62

    MEM62 Member

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    That is good to know.
     
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  16. MEM62

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    I like the look of that but the holes seem quite large. Does it offer better protection than the original factory-fitted radiator guard?
     
  17. Cupoftea

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    The fender extender does a good job, only get the bottom hose a bit mucky on bad days.
    Rad guard is good for looks and against stones.
     
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  18. Herman66

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    @Cupoftea where do you get the fender extenders?
     
  19. Cupoftea

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    Ebay
     
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