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MotoXRacer_19

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I happened to be in the market for some radiator guards for my 2010 KTM 250 XC, and I was looking for a reliable guard to use that would protect my radiators from both side impacts, and front impacts. I have to say these Flatland Racing Radiator Guards were some of the best I have ever come by. These guards helped keep my bike's radiators safe both around the front and sides, as well as provide sufficient air flow to keep my bike cool.

The price on these guards are definitely fair, they were $95 (compared to some of the other guards ranging from $80 to $129.99) on Rockymountainatvmc.com, and came very quickly. For the amount of material you get and the shape of these guards, I would definitely consider $95 a fair price, since there are some other brands out there charging around $80-$90 just for the front OR the sides.

Installation was not too much of a burden, just the typical of what you would except, mainly taking off the seat, tank, and shrouds. All in all it took me a total of approximately thirty to forty-five minutes to install, just because of the tedious work of installing and uninstalling the aforementioned items. One thing I truly admired about these guards is they came with a back support that connected both the right and left sides, which kept them sturdy as a rock. There was no way they could come off, they're seemingly indestructible. 

Now to the fun part, testing. On all my previous bikes, I used to run the Enduro Engineering radiator braces, but since I mainly trail ride and race hare scrambles, I was always hesitant of sticks or roost coming up and clogging or even puncturing the front of my radiators, since their braces did not protect the front. However, with the Flatland Racing Radiator Guards, it virtually eliminates the chance of those events happening since they are made of strong, thick aluminum and can definitely take a punch. In fact, on my very first ride with them on, I ended up having to lock up both brakes to stop because a new tree had fallen over the trail, and a branch tried to poke it's way through the radiators. Luckily these guards were there or I would have been left stranded 5 miles from my truck. The guards absorbed the impact incredibly well, and didn't even bend or get scratched up. I was truly mesmerized by how well these things actually held up. After that incident, they literally turned my bike into a tank, where I was confident to push through brush without having to worry about puncturing a radiator. Like I stated before, they're literally indestructible.

However, with all good things there are at least a couple bad. One of the negatives of these guards is they blocked a little bit of air flow. Now, if you ride in the desert or any open terrain, where you're going a pretty good pace, then this is not going to be a problem for you. In enduro and hare scramble, we all know air flow is crucial to success, and sometimes even being able to finish the race. If you ride in very tight or technical areas, these guards left me wishing I had a radiator fan, as there was a time when I was practicing in some very tight, technical fence row sections, and overheated because I was getting too little of air flow. Also, another negative thing about these guards is they do not come with the versatility to attach a radiator fan. Because of the way they are with the mounting bar, a fan could never fit behind the radiator. In my honest opinion that is a huge downside to these guards as if you are riding in the very tight and technical terrain for a while, you may just go through what I did because of the little to no air flow. If you have a fan these guards may not be the right style you're looking for as this is a known issue with them.

Also, with these guards, I felt like I had to wrestle the shrouds around them to bolt on. Don't get me wrong, I didn't feel like they widened the feel of the front end of the bike at all, but the shrouds just took a little bit more coaxing to get them to bolt into the the radiator itself, rather than if they weren't there at all. 

Overall I was very pleased with the Flatland Racing Radiator Guards. I would rate them a 4.5 out of 5 stars, but that is not an option on Thumper Talk. These guards were definitely cheaper than most options, and provided superior, almost indestructible protection all around the radiator. However, their only downsides were not having the versatility to mount a fan, and they did block some air flow. If I were ever in the market again for some new radiator guards, I would definitely purchase these Flatland Racing Radiator Guards again just because of their indestructibility. But with how mine have held up so far, I won't have be thinking of replacing them anytime in the near future.

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2strkPINGAS

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great protection

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michaelg131

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install was fairly easy I like the piece of mind.

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jblob

  

Heavy duty, reasonable weight, not even a little concerned about my rads in a fall

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Clutch250f

  

Love these Gaurds! Well Minus the whole cutting myself with a box cutter and seven stitches later part. But over all I've put these on my 2001 WR250f and they have held now for over a decade. So I expect the same quality!

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