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post #1 of 5 Old 12-02-2015, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Options for replacement front fender

looking for options for a front fender for my 2011 KLR650
Just wondering what others have used. How they like it, and if it made any difference in front end control at higher speeds, and protection from water being kicked up as opposed to the stock fender.
Any problems in fit and installation.

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-02-2015, 08:16 PM
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Larry,

It's a trade-off.

I configure my bike for the majority of use.

Every ride I go on I run into wind. It might be real wind, or it might be the turbulence coming of a semi-truck.

I seldom run into rain and, if I do, the water that comes at me from the front tire is just adding a bit of insult to injury. Mud is something I run into even less frequently; it wipes off.

My recent trip was pretty typical. In 1500 miles of riding I ran into all sorts of wind and turbulence (coastal breeze broadside, interstate trucking turbulence, 20mph crosswind for 10 miles on I-5, and mountain breezes that got tacked through in the twisties), no rain, and ran through about a quarter mile of muddy road. I wouldn't trade the 1499.75 miles of good wind performance for not having mud sprayed on me for a quarter mile. The mud kinda looked good on the KLR anyway.

The stock fender is really pretty good for mud and rain protection, but I found it pretty sensitive to being knocked around by the wind. That knocked the bike around pretty violently.

I swapped it out for a Cycra fender like this one and have been happy with it. When it comes to cross wind performance with that fender the bike gets knocked into a slight countersteer that leans it quite naturally into the wind. I used to really hate riding in the wind. Doesn't bother me a bit anymore.

I've heard good things about similar KTM fenders.

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I put the ktm one on my 2008 and love it! Had to modify the bolt holes a little but looks sweet and works great at highway speeds. 5030801020030 is the number on the label.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-03-2015, 01:16 AM
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I trimmed the stocker to lose the front beak and side flaps.

Much more steady in goofy weather.

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-03-2015, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Front fender

I'm going to give this a try.
https://www.denniskirk.com/616272.sk...ad=40839806709
Hope it will go on without major fit problems.

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2011 Kawasaki KLR 650 (Orange & White )

My KLR Page..http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm

Mod's to KLR:
Power socket, L.E.D. Battery Indicator, Camera bag holder
Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
Cut down seat with Custom pad.
Go Pro Camera mount.
Doo-Hicky

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