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Old 05-08-2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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Wunderlich Short Beak Conversion for F800GS

A few inmates have asked for a few more photos of my F800GS after my post yesterday.

At the risk of receiving hate mail from BMW engineers, I must admit I’ve never been a big fan of the GS beak. I discovered the Wunderlich short beak a while ago and always wondered what it would look like on the F800GS. Maybe I was inspired by ChiTown breaking the mold with his Storm Trooper Bike build, but I decided to order the short beak and give it try. The short beak is starting to grow on me and I definitely like the look better than the OEM beak. I know the short-beak look is not for everyone.

The fit and finish of the short beak is pretty good. The paint match is decent, but not exact—I’ve heard it’s difficult to match BMW metallic paint. YMMV with the other short beak colours available. If you look closely at the photos below you’ll see a few dried paint drops. The ABS plastic and aluminum bracket are well-made. Next time I have the beak off I’ll paint the aluminum bracket black.

The links to the Wunderlich site are here and scroll to page 260 in this PDF catalogue.




I never thought I would be doing a photo shoot of my bike in the garage, but here it is:














Be safe.

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Old 05-08-2011, 06:06 PM   #2
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Looks pretty sharp; I like it!
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:50 PM   #3
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Benefit

Excuse my ignorance, but what benefit does the short beak offer?
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:01 PM   #4
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If the bike came like that, it would probably look fine. But as it is, it really looks like something is missing, no?

+1 on the question, what benefit were you looking for? I could see one maybe being visibility, being able to see your tire easily in really gnarly stuff?
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:02 PM   #5
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Excuse my ignorance, but what benefit does the short beak offer?
Cosmetic. Quite simply, to some, it is less ugly than the stock beak...
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:10 PM   #6
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Benefit? A light wallet?

I will be the first to admit the beak conversion is mostly about aesthetics. As I said before, I never liked the design of the OEM beak.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:39 PM   #7
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To each his own... I prefer the factory git-up.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:05 PM   #8
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Thanks Moto. I think that may be a nice way to finish off the front end when going to a high fender as well.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:19 PM   #9
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Thanks Moto. I think that may be a nice way to finish off the front end when going to a high fender as well.
My suggestion exactly. I've commented before that the high-fender conversions that folks have done look unfinished. This is a pricey item for what it is but it's worth every penny if you like it.

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Old 05-08-2011, 08:29 PM   #10
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It looks like a genetic defect.

I guess it's got a face only a mother can love, or in this case, a father.

As long as you're happy with it, that's all that matters.

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Old 05-09-2011, 04:02 PM   #11
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Although I don't like it, I wonder if using it with a high fender would change that opinion.

I agree with markymcd that the high-fender bikes thus far (except ChiTown's and gpracer's) look unfinished.
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:28 AM   #12
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I ran my f8 without the beak for a while when I put the light bar on... I find the bike ugly with or without the beak.... It's just two different types of ugly, but no preference for me....
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:37 AM   #13
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I'm not particularly competent in the dirt, but I've never really been fussed about being able to see my front tyre, so the stock beak obscuring the front tyre doesn't bother me. I personally also don't like the aesthetics of this on a "normal" bike, such as the OP's (although to each his own).

Where I think it would look absolutely brilliant, compared to the alternatives, would be when you have done a high fender conversion (like ChiTown's bike). In setups like that, no beak looks a bit weird and creates a gap between the rest of the tank fairing and the new fender. Conversely, leaving the OE beak in place looks weird and redundant and I would imagine in some instances could even cause clearance problems with the new fender. I think fitting this would nicely fill the gap, but not look too silly with a high fender under it and would keep the bike looking relatively factory.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:39 AM   #14
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You must note that conversions like Chi Towns work much better because of the Touratech tank. It's a little harder to make it look right when you've got the stock panels, which is why this might work. If it was only $50 it would make much more sense.

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Old 05-10-2011, 04:22 PM   #15
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You must note that conversions like Chi Towns work much better because of the Touratech tank. It's a little harder to make it look right when you've got the stock panels, which is why this might work. If it was only $50 it would make much more sense.

Mark
Exactly. I would love to see someone come up with something like the TT tank that isn't a tank, just a cover, which would allow us to do a decent looking high-fender conversion.
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