Tank shrouds -- Useless weight???

Are the tank shroud needed? I have tried searching thread archives for this question, pardon the newbie-ness but are t he tank shrouds of much use? Supposedly to funnel air into the air-cooled engine on BRP's (mine is a XR650L setup with stock knobbies and a set of laced hubs with 17" street tires including separate chain, sprocket and discs to make changeover quick...) I find the 17's all right for street riding but plan to go back to the 21/18 stock knobs for some pre-hunting season scouting around beautiful Alberta Canada... I have the shrouds in a spare-parts box,,, are they of much use? I seem to recall KLR's have similiar shrouds but not sure if they are deadweight? Please help....

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martin B in Edmonton, AB> Canada :)

There not that heavy IMO to remove them, I'm sure they help scoop air or they probably would not built them into the bike's design......... :)

You're prob'ly right,, I see your 650XR still has them on, but i see lots of Clarke tanks on this site with the shrouds gonzo... is that just cause aftermarket tanks con't have mount holes for shrouds? what means IMO?

Are the tank shroud needed? I have tried searching thread archives for this question, pardon the newbie-ness but are t he tank shrouds of much use? Supposedly to funnel air into the air-cooled engine on BRP's (mine is a XR650L setup with stock knobbies and a set of laced hubs with 17" street tires including separate chain, sprocket and discs to make changeover quick...) I find the 17's all right for street riding but plan to go back to the 21/18 stock knobs for some pre-hunting season scouting around beautiful Alberta Canada... I have the shrouds in a spare-parts box,,, are they of much use? I seem to recall KLR's have similiar shrouds but not sure if they are deadweight? Please help....

PS> where to find avatar? can digicam shoot down to 80x80? :D

martin B in Edmonton, AB> Canada :)

The XRL is very similar to the long retired air-cooled XRR. The biggest differences are the detuned motor and the less aggressive (read weak) suspension. Point being is that Honda never put those freakin' wings on the XRR.

About the only time the scoops are of any good is when you're riding over 25 mph. I pitched mine even before I got an aftermarket tank and never had any problems. Not as bulky, it looked cleaner and the bike just felt slimmer.

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Good luck & keep the rubber side down.

You're prob'ly right,, I see your 650XR still has them on, but i see lots of Clarke tanks on this site with the shrouds gonzo... is that just cause aftermarket tanks con't have mount holes for shrouds? what means IMO?

I don't think they play much of a part on air cooled engines. :)

dual dog,,, thanks for the advice,,, found something online avatar-wise, will replace with pix of real bike later,,, thanks for suggestion

My opinion...the shrouds are useless. I have a 650L and an oil temp gauge. I noticed no difference in temperature after the shrouds were removed. Anyone who installs a Clark or IMS 4.0 gal. tank has to remove them and I have seen no reports of resultant overheating. Rather than for cooling, I suspect another reason that Honda may have put them on the bike.

I think they may be for looks; to mimic the radiator and shrouds on the water-cooled models, silly if true.

They make a 25-50 F difference in my oil temp from about 25 to 45 mph.

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I agree with XR650L DAVE, they make at least a 20 degree temp difference for my bike.

In my case, I believe my weight (aboot 220) and the fact the stock fork springs are too soft for me, puts the front end low enough that the huuuge front fender blocks a lot of the breeze.

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