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Old 04-15-2011, 07:53 AM   #1
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Wicked Extended Carbon Fiber beak.....Help me design it....

I have been thinking about this for about a year now. A few fellow inmates have asked recently as well, and with our resident bike basher/tester laying his down, there has been a great interest.......and rightfully so.... to rid the bike of the lower hugger fender. I have not ridden this bike much in mud, but people that have.......are flagging issues. Then the high fender kit......and subsequently the dual brake like....eliminating the crossover. That said, and left up to each individual..... Perhaps eliminating the hugger all together.....will do for some. Some have done this with the addition of a back flap....protecting the rad`s......some have mounted a whole fender, but as was first suggested by GPRacer to me......a while back......what about making an extension to the beak in the amount of 3 inches. More have suggested about 5 inches....... But instead of an extension.....I would take the old beak off......and simply make a new one....trying to follow the lines of the stocker. If I recall correct...the very front plastic is removable....... If this is the case......I`d make the new fender in such that said front plastic could be re-installed on the new 5-6 inches longer composite beak....... As usual....before I make anything..... I ask people that knows more about the particular piece to be developed, than I do. The collective of rider knowledge here is an awesome thing, and I`d like to put it to use........ Wadayathink.....?????.....


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Old 04-15-2011, 08:09 AM   #2
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so you're thinking of making a whole new beak, of just a larger version of the black bit that goes out in front?
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:12 AM   #3
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so you're thinking of making a whole new beak, of just a larger version of the black bit that goes out in front?
The whole thing......essentially from there the stock beak bolts on the front.......then just reusing the very front plastic.....( if doable). I don`t think it would be possible to retain the nice look of the stock front part if I just made a front 6 inch attachment...... I personally think it would look ehhh....bad..... and be hard to secure it.

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Old 04-15-2011, 08:39 AM   #4
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I am sure it will end up looking something like this.



They seem to always resemble Spy vs. Spy.
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Old 04-17-2011, 01:41 AM   #5
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I am sure it will end up looking something like this.



They seem to always resemble Spy vs. Spy.
Me and a mate always say the front of his KTM 690SM looks like Spy vs Spy. If I was to get one, I'd get a white one, just for the comedy value of the contrast with his black one.


EDIT: I have been looking at the new G650GS the past couple of weekends. On that, the beak rotates with the front end, rather than staying "straight on" the way larger GSes do. I wonder if with a more upright angled beak (like the F8's) and with an extension on it, you could just ditch the lower fender entirely. Modding the F8's to operate in this way would be rather tricky, but not impossible. The only thing I wouldn't like about it would be the aesthetics when the bike isn't going in a straight line (IE every time it is parked with the steering lock on/cornering), but I'd be prepared to sacrifice that for the functionality.
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:37 AM   #6
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Me and a mate always say the front of his KTM 690SM looks like Spy vs Spy. If I was to get one, I'd get a white one, just for the comedy value of the contrast with his black one.


EDIT: I have been looking at the new G650GS the past couple of weekends. On that, the beak rotates with the front end, rather than staying "straight on" the way larger GSes do. I wonder if with a more upright angled beak (like the F8's) and with an extension on it, you could just ditch the lower fender entirely. Modding the F8's to operate in this way would be rather tricky, but not impossible. The only thing I wouldn't like about it would be the aesthetics when the bike isn't going in a straight line (IE every time it is parked with the steering lock on/cornering), but I'd be prepared to sacrifice that for the functionality.
Yeppers..... That is where this is going..... I`m not sure it`s for me........ But several that has voiced their dis likeness for the lover huger fender..... Wanted a longer beak, so they could ditch the hugger altogether...

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Old 04-16-2011, 07:11 AM   #7
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I'm sorry, if I would have known in time I would have gladly volunteered my old beak for developmental purposes. Unfortunately I sold it already.


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No worries Finn.... I will use the stocker for comparison.....

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:00 AM   #8
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I guess I was one of those who asked about it to begin with.

I'd definitely agree with your idea of reusing the stock beak extension; that was exactly what I was envisioning. I'd suggest not following the same angle as the stock beak, it's probably a bit too steep. I think that if it were five inches longer on that angle, it would end up too close to the tire.

I think that some kind of ribbing underneath, or some other way to add rigidity, would be nice for the extended length. A beak isn't heavy, but it would probably help.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:10 AM   #9
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Just for ideas...

You've seen this one?

This should be another cool project! Can't wait to see what you come up with!
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:17 AM   #10
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:14 AM   #11
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You've seen this one?

This should be another cool project! Can't wait to see what you come up with!
I don`t think this is much longer than stock....... and ....umm.....the designer should umm.....walk the plank.....imho....

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Old 04-16-2011, 07:12 AM   #12
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I guess I was one of those who asked about it to begin with.

I'd definitely agree with your idea of reusing the stock beak extension; that was exactly what I was envisioning. I'd suggest not following the same angle as the stock beak, it's probably a bit too steep. I think that if it were five inches longer on that angle, it would end up too close to the tire.

I think that some kind of ribbing underneath, or some other way to add rigidity, would be nice for the extended length. A beak isn't heavy, but it would probably help.
You could be right..... I just got home last night...... On a/c unit to install....and assemble one dining room table and 6 chairs..... The beak is third on the list......

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