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post #1 of 6 Old 05-29-2011, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Gen 2 front fender

Bolting the bike back together after having the side farings painted. Decided to do a little experiment with the front fender. I know it's a known piece of info that the front beak on the gen 2 bikes cause some issues with stability on the highway. So I thought about tweaking it. Let's see what y'all think.

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Setting on the fork brace. If I go this route I will be trimming up the stock fender or else replacing it with a supermoto style fender.

Just plain removed. It gives it an odd look but I think I like it. Did about 250 miles of highway riding today with it off and it really makes a difference. The bike didn't steer itself in windy conditions and has noticeably less headshake at speeds above 70. I'm leaving it off for the time being. See if it continues to grow on me or not. What do you guys think?


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Heres a couple better shots of the bike with the fender off.



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I think you'll be suprised the first time you ride on a wet road how much water comes off the front tire and over the shield.
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I like the way it looks, but you gonna get wet brother.




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Interesting. Give us a report on what you experience in the rain. I would say from your signature line, that's a regular occurrence for you. Gotta admit, it does look kind of cool.



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It hasn't happened in awhile but it's bound to sometime. But that's why you buy good rain gear isn't it? Plus the windshield risers and touring windscreen makes it tall enough that I can go down at any speed with my visor on my helmet up without becoming teary eyed or anything. It creates a pocket behind it that fits me perfect. After riding yesterday and today with out the fender I'm going to find it hard to go back. Highway stability is so much better. Which is 90% of my daily commute. So I guess you win some you loose some. I'll take better highway stability all the time vs better rain protection for the maybe 3 days a month I end up riding in the rain. I'm still toying with the idea of a small supermoto front fender down on the fork brace. Either buy one of the aftermarket suppliers or try making something myself I do not know yet. But I think the beak is out in my book.


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