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Old 01-21-2007, 09:45 PM   #1
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Question Dakar Low Fenders

I was just watching the 2007 Dakar Rally on TV. I noticed that all of the bikes had low fenders. I didn't see any with high fenders. What's up with that? Why wouldn't rally riders want high fenders? ...anybody have knowledge of that reasoning?

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Old 01-21-2007, 09:57 PM   #2
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I have wondered this as well. My only thought is that even though they are low fenders they probably have more clearance then what comes stock on a 950. The reasoning? Well maybe because the low fender allows for better airflow to the radiator as well as doing a better job at keeping debris from coming off of the tires. I suspect that there isnt a lot of gooey sticky mud during the dakar....at least I have yet to see one where there is any substantial amount of mud to stick to the tires, build up, and stop the wheel from turning.
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:13 PM   #3
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better airflow and more stable at high speeds in the desert, if you saw the 1st 2 european stages many of the bikes had high guards and they changed to low ones in Africa. Not much mud in Africa so the clearance isn't a drama but as its winter there's often mud on the european stages
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:19 PM   #4
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The low fender helps with airflow and in the desert (where they don't need to worry about mud) it works well to keep the sand away from the rider ... atleast this is what I have read on the subject.
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I have wondered this as well. My only thought is that even though they are low fenders they probably have more clearance then what comes stock on a 950. The reasoning? Well maybe because the low fender allows for better airflow to the radiator as well as doing a better job at keeping debris from coming off of the tires. I suspect that there isnt a lot of gooey sticky mud during the dakar....at least I have yet to see one where there is any substantial amount of mud to stick to the tires, build up, and stop the wheel from turning.
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