PRODUCT: Black Dog Cycle Works’ radiator guards for
the water-cooled BMW R1200GS were developed to protect the expensive radiators from damage caused by flying
debris and rocks while providing proper airflow. They are
constructed from aluminum that has been powdercoated
with a matte clear finish and should offer good protection for years. Ease of installation is a real plus for these
guards, only requiring four bolts to be removed. There is
no need to remove the plastic shrouds or tank guards,
making installation that much easier.
POSITIVE: Replacement cost for a damaged BMW
radiator will set you back $329 if you’re lucky and only
damage the left side. Put the hurt on the right one, too,
and you’ll be coughing up another $346 big ones. These
numbers make $129 for a set of BDCW guards seem like
chump change. It’s cheap insurance, especially if you’re
miles away from a dealer or a trailer to haul you home.
Installation was very straightforward: remove two bolts on
each side, place guard in front of radiator, secure using
the supplied bolts, attach the tie wrap on the inside and
call it done.
Simply looking at the protected radiators offers peace
of mind, which means you’re focused on enjoying the ride.
Engine temps remained normal, even on a ride that saw a
lot of first-gear trails in triple-digit heat, meaning plenty of
air is passing through these guards.
the only concern we have is with the use of a
plastic tie wrap securing the inner side of the guard. Only
time will tell if this is a problem.
As a side note: these guards will not protect your radiators in the event of a crash. That’s what engine and tank
guards (crash bars) are for.
BOTTOM LINE: The radiators on the BMW are expensive and begging for a flying rock off the back tire of your
buddy’s bike to punch a fatal blow. Watching the green
blood oozing from his bike is something no rider should
have to experience. Check out their website for more cool
stuff for your ADV bike, as well as items for other brands
BLACK DOG CYCLE WORKS
CONTACT: www.ziptyracing.com ❏
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GOLDEN TIRE ZIP-TY RACING
PRODUCT: The Zip-Ty Racing GT 216 AA Golden “fat tire” is an F.I.M.-approved,
DOT-legal front racing tire. It was designed and developed for enduro racing and
has also proved to be excellent for motocross use on all terrains. It has a special
V-shaped tread pattern that offers strong cornering precision. Its lightweight,
flexible carcass with reinforced shoulder knobs guarantees a large contact surface
and good shock absorption against minor impacts on uneven terrain. With the
larger 90/100-21 size, this front tire has a larger-than-standard rolling diameter and
larger cross-section width (6mm).
POSITIVE: Getting the right front tire for the California off-roader is a love/hate
ordeal. When you find the right rubber to hook up in sand, it’s usually a handful
in the hardpack and rocks. When Ty shipped up this front tire, it was mainly his
enthusiasm that got us to mount one up. While the tire “looks” like any other
knobby tire, it is actually much bigger when compared side by side. The Golden tire
is very grippy in rocks (much like a trials tire) and steers in the sand far better than
our normal front-rubber choices. And for the dual-sporter, it may rate as one of the
best front tires ever since it is DOT legal.
NEGATIVE: Couldn’t dig up a negative thought.
BOTTOM LINE: Ty told us that this is a must-have weapon in your off-road
arsenal. We agree. In the off-road world of the California pilot and those who share
the highway, this is a superb product. It sells for $119.99