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Old 07-19-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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Wicked Front fender half Carbon Fiber Fender.....

As I am readying the GS for RMAR in Silverton, CO next week, I needed to make a front fender half, to protect the radiator. Actually I have had no issues with the rad, except the fan tends to seize, with all the crud that it slings up ( Known issue on the GS) So I thought I'd whip up a quick one. I would/will post the pics here, but as I have so many photo's @ photobucket, I have reached my monthly bandwith, and thus will not be able to post again, until the 22'nd. I did not want to let you hang, so I will enclose a link to my FB page, where they are also hosted, and upload them here on the 22, as the account resets.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...e=3&uploaded=1
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:01 PM   #2
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huh?

i guess im not getting it. my front fender i used hangs down past the radiator and protects it completly, does yours not?
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:46 PM   #3
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i guess im not getting it. my front fender i used hangs down past the radiator and protects it completly, does yours not?
The 8GS does not have "traditional front fender" but a hugger front fender, like a road bike. They have been known to splinter while riding, with brake lines crisscrossing it, they lock up the front wheel, and you ....ehhhhh... wipe out. It also tends to clog with mud, and block the tire from spinning. By removing that low hugger fender, and route the dual brake lines like a mx bike you solved one problem, but created another. The front wheel ( now slinging up everything) will seize the rad. fan over time, thus need for some protecting is still there. The "half fender swinging aft of the tripple will remedy this.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:47 PM   #4
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see how mine goes down past the radiator in the back? did you just not put a new fender on at all? if you didnt then hell yeah itll gum up a radiator! u catch a big rock and itll do more than that...
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:18 PM   #5
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How many broken fenders have you heard about?
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:25 PM   #6
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I know a few people have posted regarding the front fender breaking. There is a good video floating around from a helmet cam where the fender breaks and sends the rider flying.... I think the other big complaint about the F800's designs is that the fender will get gunked up with mud, the front wheel will seize, and you are screwed
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:29 PM   #7
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see how mine goes down past the radiator in the back? did you just not put a new fender on at all? if you didnt then hell yeah itll gum up a radiator! u catch a big rock and itll do more than that...
I did not know you had done the mod. Sorry, I did not mean to come across as schooling you on the 8GS, I simply guessed you did not have one, and guessed wrong..... Yeppers.... a few thousand miles in the dirt with no fender......
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How many broken fenders have you heard about?
Two, here on the forum. One crashed pretty hard, other one fared better. Then a few more who says they knew someone... etc.
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Sorry, I did not mean to come across as schooling you on the 8GS
bring it on man. i just got the bike, the more i learn the better ! !
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:48 PM   #10
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Two, here on the forum. One crashed pretty hard, other one fared better. Then a few more who says they knew someone... etc.
Mine cracked first single track ride I went on, less than a couple hundred miles on it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:30 PM   #11
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bring it on man. i just got the bike, the more i learn the better ! !
Awesome.... I thought I saw you attending RMAR..... we can share war stories then.....
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:31 PM   #12
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Mine cracked first single track ride I went on, less than a couple hundred miles on it.
Yeppers..... I was ancious to remove it, but simply wanted to retain the beak..... And have not gotten to it..... Next will be a 2-3 inch beak extension, to keep the front splatter to a minimum.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:14 PM   #13
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Two, here on the forum. One crashed pretty hard, other one fared better. Then a few more who says they knew someone... etc.
I saw the video from the roadie. (trying to remember his handle, lost, roadie in motion) Not coming to me. That was the only one I had heard of.

I figured you might have done some research and found if there were others. Mines still intact with 27K miles.

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Old 07-19-2013, 08:54 PM   #14
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I saw the video from the roadie. (trying to remember his handle, lost, roadie in motion) Not coming to me. That was the only one I had heard of.

I figured you might have done some research and found if there were others. Mines still intact with 27K miles.

David
As were mine when I took it off, but are not wanting mine to be exposed.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:04 PM   #15
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I thought you just wanted to change the looks.

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