Why no rear mud guard like the old 650 single did and 1200 still does?

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  1. Excite-Bike

    Excite-Bike Been here awhile

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    It seems they removed it from the new G650GS as well.
    And what was it even for? Protecting people behind you?

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  2. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    I always thought that the rear mud guard was a legal requirement, something like the tire can't the item that extends the farthest. If the upper plastic didn't stick out that much, the manufacturers put one in so that they get approval. On the F800GS, the license plate holder is further away from the tire, so BMW didn't have to add one.

    Usually, the rear hugger is the first thing to get taken off. I don't think it helps with spray in the rain. It's an eyesore, and dead weight.
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  3. Bayner

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    They break off in short order once you leave smooth road surfaces. No real loss in my opinion.
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  4. jessehere

    jessehere Ridin'

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  5. 97707

    97707 addicted to placebos

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    They are a feature required by the motorrad Department of Redundancy Department (der Abteilungredundanzabteilung)

    Kinda like they have the front fender and the beak.



    Can somebody explain what the beak is good for, really?


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  6. tkaak

    tkaak Alaskan Adventurer

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  7. RightCoastBias

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    The beak is for ADV styling. Damn near every manufacturer that makes and ADV throws the beak on to prove that their bike is indeed, and Adventure bike.
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  8. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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    This is pretty entertaining. But does anyone have any real information on the purpose of the beak and the rear mud guard?

    For the mud guard post number 2 makes the most sense to me.

    Also for the beam someone mentioned jokingly that it's to know when you're too deep in the water.
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  9. GR3Y

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    The beak actually keeps some of the mud off the headlights and windscreen. As for the rear I don't have a clue:huh
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  10. greenthumb

    greenthumb b00b

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    This reminds me of this old thread!
    Certainly entertaining and full of facts! :lol3
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  11. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    The rear mud guard is the first thing to break off in mud anyway, so better not to have it there.
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  13. mosey.levy

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    Bookmarked!
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