Vstrom fender removal mod

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by choccoloco, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    Doesn't take much to damage your numberplate doing simple fire trails, on one of my last trips saw this happen

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    the plate was nearly off, just with the vibrations it ripped large holes.

    So apart from asthetics, I'm not worried about the additional roost affects, so here's what I did.

    First I bought some of these screws with LEDs

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    I had this hanging around that I thought would be a good brace.

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    Roughly where I want it.

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    A couple of holes for mounting

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    Cut the fender in a reasonable shape.....cuts like butter. Then mounted;
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    What do ya think?
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  2. badmanners

    badmanners Umm, yeah, no.

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    Gee, I wouldn't be too worried about the back end of the bike, looks like everything but the headlight is missing from the front! :lol3

    Will take more than a dodgy old piece of gal sheet metal to fix that! :pot

    Cheers, Scott.
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  3. Tony T

    Tony T Long timer

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    Dear Mr. Loco
    Thanks for that. I like it. Might have to get a set of those light thingys.
    Are they an eBay item or being MCS I guess my local shop could get them?
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  4. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    I have mine cut in roughly the same spot. Be prepared for the rear wheel to throw muck up into the lock of your top box.

    Jamie
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  5. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    Hey TT, yep, your local shop will have them about $30, there's probably cheaper options and different types but this was available at the time for me.
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  6. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    After destroying my last top box heading to a rally, I don't take this top box with me if I know I'll be travelling plenty of dirt. So I guess my gear & myself will cop it. :ricky:lol3
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  7. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    Touche :wave

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=543402
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  8. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Heee He.
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  9. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Some guy on a blue BMW F800 waved at me this morning - I was on the scam:scratch

    So its a one etyed beast now?

    Hows the new humanoid?
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  10. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    :lol3

    This week, I've been getting nods from all sorts, lots of hogs too....:scratch

    The new humanoid is doing well, but I would like some sleep, it's a bit of a struggle at the moment with boy number 1, his routine is way out & is driving us nuts. I need this household in routine again so I can start travelling.....:ricky
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  11. Tony T

    Tony T Long timer

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    Everybody says that, but I had a carbon Touratech rear guard on mine for a while (which is waaay shorter than and modified one I've seen) and I've never had the problem................ :huh
    I don't ride fast enough for crap to fling up off my back wheel. :lol3
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  12. War Hammer

    War Hammer Evil Monkey

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    I did a similar chop job on my Vee. I used the LED plate bolts, as well. I do get more crap thrown up into the lock/latch area of my top box. I'm thinking of fabbing up a little shield out of Kydex that would pop into the top box lathc area to keep it cleaner.
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  13. 4critter

    4critter Walking sucks.

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    I just took a few inches off the rear of my dl1000. removed the plate and cut right under the license plate mount plate then rounded the corner w/ a file. Could have even made it cleaner by removing the metal license plate bracket and mounted plate right to the fender/rear rack brace, but I kinda like having side reflectors for now. Big Puss, I know.

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