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post #1 of 22 Old 07-14-2018, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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How much extra water spray from fender mods? More appealing fender suggestions?

I was planning on removing the rear sub-fender and changing the front fender to something more appealing. I have a rear rack mounted hard case. How much extra water spray can I expect? Can anyone suggest more appealing front and rear fenders?
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-14-2018, 09:48 AM
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Water spray from what?

Rain? You want all the fender you can get, and you want the front fender mounted low.

Stream crossing? Doesn't matter, it's going to be pushed away from you and the only thing that is going to get wet is your feet. Not much you can do about it except lift your feet.

There really isn't any rear fender replacement for either Gen without going extreme towards the motocross look. Useless as boobs on a boar.

For the front fender you could consider something like a Cycra SuperMoto or similar from Acerbis. "More appealing" may depend on what Gen you have. Looks don't matter much to me, but I think the Gen 1 looks a bit odd with a supermoto fender.

I ride a fair amount in the rain. I have removed the inner fender at the rear and don't have any problem; I also have a hard box on the tail. In the front I use a UFO SuperBike fender, which, of course, is mounted low.


When I know that I will be off-road I swap the fender out for a high-mounted Cycra SuperMoto.

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post #3 of 22 Old 07-14-2018, 10:00 AM
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I like the Polisport freeflow.....not personally a fan of the supermoto or the low mounted fenders for that matter.

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Sorry, Gen 2, 2014 for primarily rain water. I donít ride a ton in the rain and donít go above 60 if I do. Thanks for the replies. Iíd like a more modern rear MX look but it sounds like Iíd get soaked. Anybody ever try it?

On the front I too donít prefer the supermoto look on this particular bike or the low mount especially since Iíll be running 50/50 tires and want an MX look. I think the stocker is too wide and thick and looks like I hit a tree and kinked the leading edge down. The length doesnít bother me as much. I was thinking a modern MX front fender would be an improvement in looks but I canít find many pictures. Anybody have pictures with a KX450F or similar fender in place and how is the rain spray? I have seen the smaller Polisport and KTM fenders. I searched for pictures with a modern MX fender but couldnít find much.

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The polisport freeflow is a fullsize fender. not the best pic but;







....edit; sorry, I'm on a tablet and can't get the pic to load

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post #6 of 22 Old 07-14-2018, 06:48 PM
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Stock fender mtd. low, with Eagle Mike brace.
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I have done the rear fender delete and did not notice any difference. It was easy to do, looks better, and has had no negative impact. I have now also replaced the front fender with a Cycra SuperMoto fender. It's smaller and you'll get more spray, but it has not presented any problems for me. The spray I do notice is off and up to the sides where it doesn't bother me. I installed the Cycra SuperMoto because it improved the stability of my KLR at highway speeds at and in excess of around 75mph. Many folks have argued with me about that, but there is no question that I had a wobble around and above 75mph with the stock fender that completely went away with the Cycra SuperMoto installed. So, it may be specific to my motorcycle, but that was my experience after checking everything else on my KLR.

If you really want to address spray, lowering the front fender is the way to go. There are lots of examples on this forum of that with the stock and other fenders.
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I have done the rear fender delete and did not notice any difference. It was easy to do, looks better, and has had no negative impact. I have now also replaced the front fender with a Cycra SuperMoto fender. It's smaller and you'll get more spray, but it has not presented any problems for me. The spray I do notice is off and up to the sides where it doesn't bother me. I installed the Cycra SuperMoto because it improved the stability of my KLR at highway speeds at and in excess of around 75mph. Many folks have argued with me about that, but there is no question that I had a wobble around and above 75mph with the stock fender that completely went away with the Cycra SuperMoto installed. So, it may be specific to my motorcycle, but that was my experience after checking everything else on my KLR.

If you really want to address spray, lowering the front fender is the way to go. There are lots of examples on this forum of that with the stock and other fenders.
Can you fire up a pic for me?
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I was having some trouble getting the pictures to upload. So, let me know if they don't show up here and I'll try again.

I was sort of lazy about this and just took pictures of the bike in the garage, but I did try to get multiple angles for you.
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NEED MORE PICS!!!

THIS...



IS MY REAR FENDER DELETE!



NIIIIICE, HUH!!!

Yeh, that's the way I bought it!!!
And Fender/Rack/InnerFender are all replaced (eBay... CHEAP if patient), just awaiting final TBL (TrukBedLiner) and Install.
I did cut the InnerFender backAbit so the BackTar won't 'catch and eat the license tag' on a big jump (ANOTHER KLRForum.com TIP!!!).

I have to say that I am a fan of OEM and the fact that most Manufacturers knowing far more than me (despite DOT and EPA and, And, AND having their say in 'standard' equipment as well), so I tend not to 'tear out' OEM too often, like on the InnerFender? Keep/Delete/Cut way back... I go for 'Keep' with a mod to account for this bike's ability to occasionally crunch the tag in a perfect storm. I'm pretty sure with deleted and kept 'InnerFenders' we'll end up with the same results, buuuuut just in case the InnerFender does INDEED perform a necessary function, I'll keep it.

I'll try to remember THIS Thread to bring the updated photo in as well... just need the Bike back together!
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