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post #1 of 29 Old 10-06-2006, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Front fender...???

Hi guys:

Has anyone put another front fender on their bike at a closer position to the wheel? As to let it follow the wheel up and down instead of having it wave around a mile above the front tire creating a wind sail effect...making the bike a bit light at higher speeds..??
I just picked up a fork brace today and thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to mount a fender onto it and let the fender follow the tire instead of where it is now???

Anyone else have a thought on this idea???

If so please post up a pic and let us know how it is working out for you.

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Some have and I forget the parts used. It sure looks worse than the stock unit, but keeps mud off you better I imagine.

I like the motard fenders. Much stiffer, but you still get dirty/wet easy.

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A lot of guys have the "low' front fender. Some say it helps, and some claim they run hot because the air doesn't hit the rad through the vents of the stock fender.
Eagle Mike sells a fork brace that has the holes pre drilled for a low fender. I want the air throught the vents myself.
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I was thinking that if you had the fender close to the tire the air would flow over the fender and into the rad instead of through the fender also making the fender less of an air foil lifting the front of the bike making it lighter at higher speeds.
Perhaps getting it like a street bikes fender but with a bit more room for the occational mud bath??? It would be OK for those of us who ride primarily on the street I would think , wouldn't it???
It was just a thought on how to keep the front end from getting squirly at highway speeds..??

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Willys, what do you think about this? Is that kinda what you had in mind?

More fool stabilizer, please.
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Yes ...that's it!!!

What is the general concensis on this fender???

I sort of like the looks of it but not as much as the stock one, looks only, but I would think it would handle better not caching so much air as the stock fender.

What are your opinions???

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Personally, I've yet to ride a bike with the UFO Superbike fender on it. There was kind of a rush on these some time back and I do remember the guys reporting a major improvement in aerodynamics. It sure looks the part.

Myself, I like a high fender and the Acerbis KTM style is what I have. It doesn't sail like the OEM does and I'm happy with it.

More fool stabilizer, please.
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A lot of people say the hand guards are the big proble with stability.


about the low fender, some say it causes the bike to run cooler, and some say it causes it to run hotter. I have heard both discussed, but I just think the high fender fits the KLR better.
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I remember back when lots of folks were putting low fenders on that there were a few that said the fender would pack with mud and eventually lock the front wheel. Seems like I remember someone even saying that they were launched over the handlebars. But if you don't ride off road this may not even concern you. :lol:
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Myself, I like a high fender and the Acerbis KTM style is what I have. It doesn't sail like the OEM does and I'm happy with it.
Which one do you have and where did you get it? I've seen a few pics with them, but can't find them and don't know the name.
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