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Ok, seriously, I see this in threads over and over and over again about the front fender causing some sort of aerodynamic anomaly making our rigs break dance down Americas infinite spans of concrete and tarmac.
I don't get it. I keep trying to notice any issues. I ride every day around 70-80mph to and from work. And I've ridden behind cars and trucks that cause wicked turbulence that bounces my head around like a pinball. I've ridden past semis that displace enough air to shove buildings off the road and the wind...oh man, the wind in AZ can get really movin some times and I gotta be honest. I've had no adverse handling at any speeds.
So, what gives? Why do so many people seem to have issues with the front fender, yet I have none?

 

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I rode with the stock one for a long time. It works. It's one of those 'you won't notice the difference until it's different' things. Trust me, though, it makes a big difference.

No reason to change it if it doesn't bother you...I liked the stock one, good in rain, etc. It's just too windy here.
 

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I have a blue 08 and I'm going black. Ordered the Acerbis for the front and a black 09 OEM for the back. At $90 each, I'm going to opt for the Fusion on the side covers. Now I just need to figure out the cover up decal for the blue at the bottom of the tank....
 

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The issue was more pronounced on the Gen I bikes. The factory fender shared aerodynamic similarities with a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood, carried by a one armed midget, against the wind. The Gen II bikes have a different designed fender, which is similar to the Acerbic after market fender that the Gen I people upgraded to.

Most riders, for the most part, simply learned to handle and deal with the stock fender, and respond in unison that "they all do it". Ever hear of the "dream catcher"? We have a wind catcher. I believe the issue is more of a "becoming accustomed to", than a need for modification. However. I do know there is no dissuading the rider intent on farkling. It is the unspoken code that we support these actions without question.
 

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Interesting. So, then there is no issue with the Gen 2's fender? I'm pretty sure it's not me being used to it as I've owned other bikes.

Also, I'm just curious as to what these after market fenders look like on the KLRs. Can someone post some pics?
I'm looking to replace my reds with some blacks when I remove the stickers. So, I'm willing to look at some non oem replacements if they look better than the factory front, which I think is rather handsome.
 

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There's a before and after here, it's the Cycra fender. It is shorter, with less of a 'beak'.

Somewhere LJ has some pictures of the Acerbis.

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Nothing. LJ came up with a rather brilliant solution, though.
 

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Hmm, looks nice. What did you do with the cable/line restraints?

I didn't install it on my Cycra fender, no problems the speedo cable doesn't flop around without it.

Of course I don't have a chain guard, lower chain guide, or gulp... no pin in the back axle nut either.

Danger is my middle name... :28:
 

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I can make my '08 wobble if I lower the front tire pressure to less than 18 psi and follow a semi at 70+, but when the tire pressure is correct it is rock steady even in the West Texas wind.
 

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I can make my '08 wobble if I lower the front tire pressure to less than 18 psi and follow a semi at 70+, but when the tire pressure is correct it is rock steady even in the West Texas wind.
True story. I read it on the interwebz.
But ya, that's pretty much my experience thus far. But since I started this thread, I can't stop trying to find a problem every time I ride. Grrr...
 

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Try taking it off (four bolts) and riding and see if you notice a difference.
 

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I'm curious to see what you think. My bet is you'll notice a difference, but I've bought snake oil before. ;)
 
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