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I made this radiator guard for my CBR250R...

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Cost was less than $3 USD at Home Depot for a 36" long piece of galvanized rain gutter screen, which was already the perfect height to fit the CBR's radiator. It took less than 30 minutes to cut the screen, bend the upper and lower edges to fit onto the radiator frame, and safety wire it in place.




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Dang, DIY Bob Villa over here haha. That's very imaginative and resourceful! Now next step; can you paint that a color to compliment or match a bike!?
Not sure what you might have to do to prep galvanized steel for paint, but I imagine it can be done.

I'm not one for painting a bunch of stuff on my bikes. I much prefer the look of a stock motorcycle.

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Not sure what you might have to do to prep galvanized steel for paint, but I imagine it can be done.

I'm not one for painting a bunch of stuff on my bikes. I much prefer the look of a stock motorcycle.
Im with ya MotoMike. Ive never been the kind of guy to take my cars too far beyond stock, visually anyway, as I like the clean look. Which depends on the ride too. So im probably going to continue that mindset onto my bike(s).
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Bumped to the top... for those who might be interested in this (and didn't see it last year when it was first posted).
 
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Bumped to the top... for those who might be interested in this (and didn't see it last year when it was first posted).
It's funny I never saw the original post, but I did the same exact thing. Only I got the black rain gutter guard. Measured and snipped it with some tin snips and attached it with some metal zip ties.
 

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Awesome, easy and cheap! Thanks for sharing.
 
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Thanks Mike! Great timing on reviving this, I had just been thinking about protection for the radiator. A local group of guys I know just went on a weekend ride and two of them ended up with rocks through theirs. Looks like it's time to make a trip to the store.
 

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Here is my attempt, got bored this morning so dropped wife off and grabbed some ss wire mesh for a few quid, I was going to use the ally stretched mesh but it was very flat and i didnt want to reduce airflow. I cut it to shape and just zip tied it on to the raised section at the ends of the rad, this gives a good 15mm clearance to the fins and should not reduce airflow and still be easy to clean.
How it lasts or goes is any ones guess.

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Hey,
Here is my attempt, got bored this morning so dropped wife off and grabbed some ss wire mesh for a few quid, I was going to use the ally stretched mesh but it was very flat and i didnt want to reduce airflow. I cut it to shape and just zip tied it on to the raised section at the ends of the rad, this gives a good 15mm clearance to the fins and should not reduce airflow and still be easy to clean.
How it lasts or goes is any ones guess.

Mark
Looks like a neat job Mark, it's gotta help.
 

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They are 5mm apertures, the zip ties should be ok but I have ss ties in case not. With my stanchion protectors there is only a small area open to damage but I do have a few slightly bent fins (bugs most likely), hopefully it will provide some protection. I noticed it was slightly crooked so i straightened it, was thinking of a rubber trim but it looks better than the images show.

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They are 5mm apertures, the zip ties should be ok but I have ss ties in case not. With my stanchion protectors there is only a small area open to damage but I do have a few slightly bent fins (bugs most likely), hopefully it will provide some protection. I noticed it was slightly crooked so i straightened it, was thinking of a rubber trim but it looks better than the images show.

Mark
I've found that (aside from the protection from potential rock damage to the radiator), these simple DIY rain gutter screens also do a good job of preventing insect impacts from bending and clogging up the radiator cooling fins. I've noticed that my radiator fins still look like they did the day I bought the bike.
 

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I made this radiator guard for my CBR250R...

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Attached at the corners with stainless steel safety wire...
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Cost was less than $3 USD at Home Depot for a 36" long piece of galvanized rain gutter screen, which was already the perfect height to fit the CBR's radiator. It took less than 30 minutes to cut the screen, bend the upper and lower edges to fit onto the radiator frame, and safety wire it in place.




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Hi Mike, you've saved me some serious $$$. If you ever come to Chicago I'll buy you a beer.
 

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$22???? You get all the great deals!...:)
 
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Hey,
Here is my attempt, got bored this morning so dropped wife off and grabbed some ss wire mesh for a few quid, I was going to use the ally stretched mesh but it was very flat and i didnt want to reduce airflow. I cut it to shape and just zip tied it on to the raised section at the ends of the rad, this gives a good 15mm clearance to the fins and should not reduce airflow and still be easy to clean.
How it lasts or goes is any ones guess.

Mark
This is the stainless steel one I got to fit on my bike.
 
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