Front fender half Carbon Fiber Fender.....

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  1. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    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/....1073741834.437413126297979&type=3&uploaded=1
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  2. txtallywhacker

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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?
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  3. ebrabaek

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    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:D. 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.:clap:clap
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  4. txtallywhacker

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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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  5. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    How many broken fenders have you heard about?
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  6. DoWorkSon

    DoWorkSon Been here awhile

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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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  7. ebrabaek

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    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.....:D Yeppers.... a few thousand miles in the dirt with no fender......:D:D:freaky
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  8. ebrabaek

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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.
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  9. txtallywhacker

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    bring it on man. i just got the bike, the more i learn the better ! !
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    jengel451 1 Cool MotherF#$cker

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    Mine cracked first single track ride I went on, less than a couple hundred miles on it.
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  11. ebrabaek

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    Awesome.... I thought I saw you attending RMAR..... we can share war stories then.....:D:clap:freaky
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  12. ebrabaek

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    Yeppers..... I was ancious to remove it, but simply wanted to retain the beak..... And have not gotten to it....:D. Next will be a 2-3 inch beak extension, to keep the front splatter to a minimum.
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  13. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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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.

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  14. ebrabaek

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    As were mine when I took it off, but are not wanting mine to be exposed.
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  15. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    I thought you just wanted to change the looks. :lol3

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  16. ebrabaek

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    LOL..... Not this time. Ironically, i don't do the CF for the looks. I actually believes that the looks is a benefit, that comes second to the usability..... Not kidding either. I have had many people mocking me over the years, but it is the truth. For me to make anything, it has to be practical, other why it is a no go. Remember the first piece I did on the GS.... the airbox cover. It was not done for looks, as many thought, but to pave the way for the dashboard/usb charger....:D I was testing the fender'less setup for a few thousand miles, and was astonished about how little gunk that was thrown up into the rad, until I saw the fan siezed more than once. Then it became a priority. I guess, I am old and stubborn... No wait... just stubborn.....:lol3:lol3
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  17. ebrabaek

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    Done.......
    As the PB unlocks on July 22 I will post the pictures here.
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  18. txtallywhacker

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    so there is room under the airbox cover right, i was thinkin what if you made an airbox cover that has a little door on it that you could press to open and keys and maybe some folded up gloves or a cell phone could go in there? kind of like where the ktm adv's fuses are. just thinking out loud..
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  19. ebrabaek

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    Yeppers.
    That is an option, that I have toy'ed with. I do believe I mentioned that in the build thread. I just have not prioritized digging yet. But that was the final idea. A quite nice on, so as to have access to fuses, as you mentioned, as it is a pain to have to remove the cover, because your trail compressor busted the 3 amp fuse, and you had to install a 5 amp unit...... Dont ask how I know this, and I wasn't even airing up my own bike....LOL.:clap:freaky
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  20. JRose

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    It's the 22nd.... :rofl
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