"Beak" on a KLR?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Wolfgang5320, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Wolfgang5320

    Wolfgang5320 n00b

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    Anyone ever installed one of the beak fenders for a GS on the bottom of the fairing on a KLR? Love the look of the short fixed fender on the GS but don't have $5K (yet) for that 650 Dakar. I'd like to have some insight before I blow $250 on something I can't make work & look decent....
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  2. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    Wait, look decent and KLR in the same post?
    That's a first.
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  3. Wolfgang5320

    Wolfgang5320 n00b

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    No shit right? The fairing on 'em is god awful, but it's been a damn good first bike (first street-legal anyway).
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  5. Wolfgang5320

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    I have, the XS Twin isn't currently in production (it's the only one with a fixed fender). Also, even new from BMW, I'm under $250 for an upper front mudguard fender as opposed to the $550+ they will want for their redesigned fairing when they roll out again sometime next year.... What I really need I guess is inside dimensions of the beak to compare with the under headlight/bottom side-sections of the fairing before I light my debit card on fire over a piece of plastic that I feel I *NEED*. The 1150 fender looks to be the one that will match up the best, though I'm only going off of pictures.
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  6. Krasniewski

    Krasniewski I don't ride much.

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    Are you thinking of getting a low fender for the KLR or go with a beak only? The beaks are pretty worthless in terms of functionality, more of a looks thing methinks.

    I assume we're talking current gen KLR, but a KTM SM fender doesn't look the worst.

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  7. Beezer

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    a more practical option is a lowered fender. easy to do with an Eagle fork brace because it is already drilled (unlike the one I used). there is less mud in the face, and if the replacement fender doesn't have the slots like the stocker, there is way less mud in the radiator. and more cooling air I might add. I don't know what fender it is I put on there... the guy in the shop didn't know either but thought it was UFO, I paid $20 for the fender (7 years ago).


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  8. DPelletier

    DPelletier Been here awhile

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    To each their own, and not to offend, but those GS "beaks" are one thing that I hate about the beemers as far as aesthetics go...

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  9. Ditch

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    Maybe put your location in and someone near you will have one you can look over.
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  10. rpet

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    I've always thought a motorcycle shouldn't really need 4 fenders.
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  11. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    +1 - :clap

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    Before and after...:evil

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    and the front...

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    The mud on the headlight is the perfect demonstration of why most aftermarket fenders are a waste of money.

    We did a trip a couple of weeks ago. Two 2nd gen bikes along, one stock, one with an Acerbis front fender. It was easy to see how much dirtier the Acerbis was, and how it covered the headlight in mud.

    Save your money.

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  13. VikB

    VikB Been here awhile

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    No having to look at the seagull front end of my KLR and the improved highway aerodynamics make the $25 KTM fender mod well worth it. Saving my headlight from some mud spray is not a high priority...:evil

    Plus it takes no time to go back to stock if I ever felt the need for a specific ride.
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  14. DPelletier

    DPelletier Been here awhile

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    I think the small fenders look goofy...to each their own, I guess.

    Dave
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  15. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    my beat-up, ridden hard and put away wet and thoroughly loved 05 KLR looks just fine from the seat . . . I suggest it is the best place from which to view your motorcycle.

    ;-}
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  16. Wolfgang5320

    Wolfgang5320 n00b

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    I had given up on this thread, glad I checked it.
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  17. Wolfgang5320

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    The low fender with stabilizer is a plan. But taking the high fender off makes the goofy fairing stand out even more I think (maybe it's just me). It almost seems like there is a part missing off the bottom of the stock fairing if you look at your pic. (Once again, maybe it's me).
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  18. Wolfgang5320

    Wolfgang5320 n00b

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    No, not current gen. 2002 model.
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  19. Hannda

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    I can't say I like the look of this, particularly, but I'm thinking about how much less wind it must catch on the highway. Less like the sail that came stock on the pre-'08s and more like something to keep the mud and water off of your helmet's face shield. :thumb
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