Originally Posted by rpet
I'm probably not the first or last to point out that in Engelond, where cafe racers were invented, they probably kept their fenders on...
Actually we substituted a light alloy guard for the usually very effective but heavy steel one. One some bikes this lead to interesting front fork effects because the heavy steel guard acted as a fork brace.
I couldn't envisage riding a bike at speed without a guard. No guard = poser IMO.