View Full Version : Rad Guards From Mikes "Grilles"
08-24-2003, 06:07 AM
Quick plug here for Mike's Grilles. (www.mikesgrilles.com) I've been looking for some decent radiator guards for my Tuono for some time. Most guards are made for the RSV, and don't work well on the Tuono, which has no fairing to hide the bracketry.
I found Mikes Grilles via Ebay UK. His product is great. I'd recommend his Tuono rad guards for any Tuono owner. These guards fix on with small zip ties and s/s wire. Sounds a bit hokey, but I did all three in 30 minutes and they look great.
Prompt and courteous service, good value.
Ted in Evanston
08-24-2003, 07:41 AM
Thanks for the tip. Which finish did you get? Gold or the powder coat black / silver? Can you post a pic?
08-24-2003, 05:41 PM
Gold is the colour! Doesn't matter if you have a Tuono or Tuono R. Looks great. The black rad behind it tones it down to a bronzey colour, except when the light hits it. I can't post a pic for a while because I'm off overseas before the weekend. There is a not very good pic on the website though.
08-25-2003, 09:15 AM
thanks for the link! I've been looking around for something like this!
08-25-2003, 12:00 PM
Nice! Can you post some pictures?
Yes Nick please post pix ...
Btw did you notice any runnig temp. increase with the grid on or not ?
08-25-2003, 07:35 PM
Alright already! :) I will post some pix. But you guys are going to have to be patient, because I don't get home until dark (it's winter here) and I'm overseas on business this weekend.
Manu, I don't think you need worry about temp rises. I've had this kind of aluminum mesh on my old 996 in an Aussie summer, with no problems.
Ted in Evanston
08-25-2003, 07:44 PM
Thanks Nick - thanks for posting the tip. we'll patiently await your return.:p
08-25-2003, 09:06 PM
I too am interested in any temperature rise and by how much over the normal temp with out the gards. I haven't put too many miles on my Tuono yet (only 200), but at freeway speed of 80mph, my temp stays right around 79 to 82 C, with an air temp around 27 C. I already wonder how much warmer the Tuono coolant temp runs than a Mille, which has a full fairing (that I am sure helps channel air to the radiators). I am curious as to what you average temp was before the gards, and what it is with them on. And if any Mille owners can report what their average temp is at around 80mph and at what air temp.
We had similar air temp running overhere lately in Belgium and my Tuono reached average temp similar to yours.
Faster pace or higher rev was usually enough to get it down to 76 C corresponding to the full thermostat opening.
08-26-2003, 08:19 AM
OK, you guys made me feel guilty. Here are a couple of pics of the Tuono with rad guards from Mike's Grilles.
The pix are taken at night, and yes, those are bugs, so no, I haven't cleaned the bike lately. :rolleyes:
I really think that rad guards like these aren't going to measurably affect cooling. One could argue that they represent an increase in surface area over the standard rad!
08-26-2003, 08:20 AM
08-26-2003, 08:59 AM
That looks very nice! Wonder if we can get those in the US?
08-26-2003, 02:29 PM
I just order a full set from him, they should be here in Colorado in 5 days or so, he is very quick to respond.
I also had some of these type of guards on a Duc 916 and never noticed any temp change over stock. :D
08-26-2003, 02:35 PM
Sorry, did not realize that the "mikes grilles" link was mentioned in the first post.
Ted in Evanston
08-26-2003, 06:57 PM
Thanks for posting those pics, bugs or no bugs. Looks nice.
08-30-2003, 03:29 AM
Just ordered a gold anodised grille-set (Mikesgrilles) for my black/red coloured Mille...........jamieee !
Thanks guys for the info !
08-30-2003, 06:00 PM
i made the same darn sets for my rsvr and tuono for $22.00, with edge molding just as his. i seamed the ends with black rtv and look as good as any $70/100/149 store bought system.
thanks to orchard supply hardware and mc master carr for the gold anodized expanded aluminum and valley injected pressure sensitive adhesive 3/16" edge molding.
09-03-2003, 01:46 PM
How did you attach them, and can you post pics? I am thinking of making my own also, and would like to see how others hacve done theirs. Thanks.
09-03-2003, 10:10 PM
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i'll send the pics of the install.
09-03-2003, 10:58 PM
steve, could you send that to me as well?
09-04-2003, 11:24 PM
post a pic...i can't resize, yet
09-05-2003, 11:46 PM
wow steve. these look exactly the same as the "store bought" ones.
09-05-2003, 11:47 PM
09-05-2003, 11:47 PM
09-08-2003, 04:05 PM
Just wondering how those two sets of gold grilles that you bought from me are working out. They look pretty good to me.
Plagiarism - The other form of flattery.
09-08-2003, 10:10 PM
IN THE WORLD!
all i need is to see something, and with my background and vendor pool its all over LOL!
i'm not out to put anyone out of work, so the few that i've made will not kill you...i hope;)
i helpped nike with their mfg issues in the pacific rim, and to see a pair of shoes selling for $100+ here in the states and costing $1 for labor and then another $1 for materails....well you get my point, i hope:)
if i were in it for the money, you would see them here for $40 shipped within the us48, and that's with a 40% profit margin in units of 100 in black/blue/gold/alum boxed for shipment. maybe i can help you?
i work as a project manager, working 4hr/day pulling 6-figures.
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