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Don't clean them in any way that involves physically touching them. The fins are very fragile.

If you must clean them, spray the radiator with some sort of aluminum-safe household cleaning solvent (Mr Clean, Pine-Sol, Castrol Superclean, etc) then aim the garden hose at the radiator under low pressure only.

A radiator-guard, even if home-made, can save your bacon ... and reduce the amount of crap that builds up on the radiator itself.
 

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Don't clean them in any way that involves physically touching them. The fins are very fragile.

If you must clean them, spray the radiator with some sort of aluminum-safe household cleaning solvent (Mr Clean, Pine-Sol, Castrol Superclean, etc) then aim the garden hose at the radiator under low pressure only.

A radiator-guard, even if home-made, can save your bacon ... and reduce the amount of crap that builds up on the radiator itself.
Dang dood. I gently touched them with balled up tshirt. Dont think i bent any but some are bent.(shown in pic). Can damaged fins be repaired or should i get new radiator?
Ok. I tried the stuff you said. Didnt work. Lightly cleaned it..
That didnt work but i did notice its repulsiveness.
Radiator guards add weight and restrict airflow!
 

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I seriously can't figure you out... Are you a "troll" looking for screen-time???? I enjoy helping all riders out, but you seem like you might be playing a game of sorts.... I really can't imagine anyone having all the mechanical issues you seem to have with one R3? These bikes require very little maintenance, and will easily last 50K+ (even with several years of neglect). You don't seem very happy with your current R3. Maybe consider buying a newer version of the R3. It really is a nice bike. I wish you the best-
 

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I have another motorcycle which currently has 111,000 km on the clock, and I have never done anything to the radiator other than aim the garden hose at it for a few seconds while washing the bike. Nothing else is necessary.

Even if the radiator gets caked with mud due to riding on dirt roads - just aim the hose at it until enough dirt gets rinsed away for airflow to get through.
 

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I seriously can't figure you out... Are you a "troll" looking for screen-time???? I enjoy helping all riders out, but you seem like you might be playing a game of sorts.... I really can't imagine anyone having all the mechanical issues you seem to have with one R3? These bikes require very little maintenance, and will easily last 50K+ (even with several years of neglect). You don't seem very happy with your current R3. Maybe consider buying a newer version of the R3. It really is a nice bike. I wish you the best-
Why are you trying to figure me out? No games my guy. Im as real as it gets. Ive had an older r3 less then a year now. I like the bike and want to learn more about it. I would like a new r3 but cant afford it now.
 

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I have another motorcycle which currently has 111,000 km on the clock, and I have never done anything to the radiator other than aim the garden hose at it for a few seconds while washing the bike. Nothing else is necessary.

Even if the radiator gets caked with mud due to riding on dirt roads - just aim the hose at it until enough dirt gets rinsed away for airflow to get through.
Ok my dood. I got it good with the water hose today! Saturated it for about ten minutes and went on 80 mile run. She seemed a little cooler.
good job. 👍
 
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