What's this thing on the Kawasakis?

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10/6/2020 8:39 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/6/2020 8:43 PM

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What is the shroud behind the radiator?
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10/6/2020 8:43 PM

I believe that's where the factory Kawasaki team runs their oil cooler.

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10/6/2020 8:54 PM

How many times are we gonna go through this

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10/6/2020 9:02 PM

hubbardmx50 wrote:

How many times are we gonna go through this

Every year 😂

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10/6/2020 9:12 PM

All that time, money, and work to shave weight from these bikes just to add it all back.

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10/6/2020 9:14 PM

Flux Capacitor.

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10/6/2020 9:27 PM

8 track CD player.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

10/6/2020 9:35 PM

Ram air, warm air intake.

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10/6/2020 9:46 PM

MaxPower -- Troll much?? It's 2021. There is no way you have been a member since 2006, with over 2000 replies, and don't know what this is...LOL!

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10/6/2020 10:07 PM

Pop Tart toaster

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10/6/2020 10:45 PM

Gills for mud races.
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10/6/2020 10:51 PM

Finally, the time has come... again

In two words: lousy engineering

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10/6/2020 11:26 PM

Its where Tomac stores his desire to win, and AC stores his extra pointy shoulder sockets. No one else can win if they reach down and grab supplies

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10/6/2020 11:28 PM

#434 wrote:

Finally, the time has come... again

In two words: lousy engineering

I really don't understand the hate for his piece that we see every year, it looks well done to me and it's located in an area that's generally just dead space anyways.

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10/6/2020 11:32 PM

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Don’t piss off the old people - the older they get the less “life in prison” is a deterrent for them!

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10/7/2020 12:18 AM

#434 wrote:

Finally, the time has come... again

In two words: lousy engineering

JM485 wrote:

I really don't understand the hate for his piece that we see every year, it looks well done to me and it's located in an area that's generally just dead space anyways.

Sure, it's well made, but the engineering behind it is flawed. The way the cooler is mounted and fed with air means that it runs very inefficient. I bet if they measured the actual airflow that goes through the cooler, it would be very little. The cooler could work better and/or be much smaller if mounted properly. Just my two cents..

And it's fun to bash it every year! Maybe Eli's bike would have survived the mud with a better cooler tongue

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10/7/2020 1:14 AM

bvm111 wrote: Photo

It's not the second page yet !!

Primi bear.

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10/7/2020 1:49 AM

It’s a pancake.

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10/7/2020 2:01 AM

Johnny Depp wrote:

Flux Capacitor.

Its like a Yamaha Boost Bottle,YEIS.
Although Kawasaki call it, KFSCS.
( Kawasaki Forever Slip Clutch System )

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10/7/2020 2:15 AM

#434 wrote:

Finally, the time has come... again

In two words: lousy engineering

JM485 wrote:

I really don't understand the hate for his piece that we see every year, it looks well done to me and it's located in an area that's generally just dead space anyways.

#434 wrote:

Sure, it's well made, but the engineering behind it is flawed. The way the cooler is mounted and fed with air means that it runs very inefficient. I bet if they measured the actual airflow that goes through the cooler, it would be very little. The cooler could work better and/or be much smaller if mounted properly. Just my two cents..

And it's fun to bash it every year! Maybe Eli's bike would have survived the mud with a better cooler tongue

I get where you’re coming from, but there’s no way factory Kawi hasn’t monitored oil temps and they must be happy with the job it’s doing in its current configuration, even if it is a compromise.

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10/7/2020 3:13 AM

JM485 wrote:

I really don't understand the hate for his piece that we see every year, it looks well done to me and it's located in an area that's generally just dead space anyways.

#434 wrote:

Sure, it's well made, but the engineering behind it is flawed. The way the cooler is mounted and fed with air means that it runs very inefficient. I bet if they measured the actual airflow that goes through the cooler, it would be very little. The cooler could work better and/or be much smaller if mounted properly. Just my two cents..

And it's fun to bash it every year! Maybe Eli's bike would have survived the mud with a better cooler tongue

CPR wrote:

I get where you’re coming from, but there’s no way factory Kawi hasn’t monitored oil temps and they must be happy with the job it’s doing in its current configuration, even if it is a compromise.

For sure they get the result they want. Like I said: It's well made, it works, but it's still inefficient. The guy that designed it has no clue of heat exchangers.
I'd like to know where the advantages of this setup are compared to just mounting it behind the radiator.

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10/7/2020 3:25 AM

At the speeds they are running at the cooling effects are negligible. I’d say if you run that in a wind tunnel at the top speeds round thunder valley it wouldn’t drop oil temps much as your shrouding warm air exiting the coolant rad.

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10/7/2020 3:31 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/7/2020 8:11 AM

Minefield explosive detector

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10/7/2020 4:18 AM

#434 wrote:

For sure they get the result they want. Like I said: It's well made, it works, but it's still inefficient. The guy that designed it has no clue of heat exchangers.
I'd like to know where the advantages of this setup are compared to just mounting it behind the radiator.

Well shit make them an efficient one guy

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10/7/2020 4:26 AM

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10/7/2020 5:31 AM

Backup ecu

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10/7/2020 6:52 AM

Its a supercharger. You know kawi is putting that on all their bikes now

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10/7/2020 6:59 AM

So let’s see some pictures of properly executed oil coolers since people seem to think this style isn’t. I remember seeing them on FC Honda’s at one point.

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10/7/2020 7:07 AM

It’s an oil cooler. They’ve used them for years.

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10/7/2020 7:20 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/7/2020 7:23 AM

HondaFan33 wrote:

So let’s see some pictures of properly executed oil coolers since people seem to think this style isn’t. I remember seeing them on FC Honda’s at one point.

A more typical arrangement would be like Desalle's here:
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