MachineArtMoto and Maier Rear Mud Guard Comparison.

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by JimVonBaden, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. JimVonBaden

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    Thank you for this thread and that link! Just bought mine for $40CAD VS $120CAD to get a Maier from the states. Saved a good chunk of coin.
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    I bought a Maier and it was destroyed on the first big bump. Rear tire contact. Save your money and pass on this one.
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    I was actually going to ask the question if there was issues with these splash guards when going over bumpy terrain (I.E. them coming into contact with the bike when the suspension was loaded/swingarm moving)
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    3 months ago, after carefully measuring clearances (recommended), I put TKC-80's and a Maier guard on my '15 GSA before a 1200 mi tour of Baja (1K mi off pavement).

    The terrain was stand up all day every day, sandy, *rocky* (pea gravel to baby heads and much larger), consistently very rough and often extreme -- enough to regularly bottom both F&R suspension.

    No clearance problem whatsoever. Very pleased with the Maier guard.
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  7. M33

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    Perhaps slightly off topic but definitely related:

    - I installed a Maier on my GSW, it worked great during the wetter winter months (shielding the $$ rear shock, etc -) but was then dealing with "EXCESSIVE heat-hot right side" during the hotter times of the year (over 85 f) literally scorching my leg, I always use descent boots (Gaerne, Aerostich Combats or sim-) and KLIM pants. I attributed some of the excessive heat to the mudsling NOT letting air free flow the heat out, as mentioned here in one older thread, it did not matter how fast I rode and we regularly - heck almost always - exceed the "recommended" speed, so this year I not only took it off this summer, but for good measure also "ceramic coated" my header's and muffler (I had a new extra set picked up at SS "winter" garage sale for literally pennies), so far so good but I haven't tested in any really high temperatures i.e.; 95-100 f+ degree weather yet - but in the high 80's where I was previously starting to get scorched - I am not anymore :-) so for me, removing the mudsling for the summer, and adding the ceramic coating, seems to of resolved the hot right foot issue for those that suffer the same thing!

    I wouldn't waste the extra $ on the more expensive mudsling, they both do the job IMO and even if it did touch the tire its touching in the same rotation direction as the tire rotation and at the most would wear down the bottom edge of the relatively light plastic sling and COULD NEVER - IMO ever cause a problem as someone mentioned (perhaps that person was just blowing "hot air" - pun intended :) - then again I never had the "fitting issue" as was also mentioned.

    So if you have a hot right foot and ride a GSW with a mudsling remove it in the summer (4 cable ties) and if that doesn't work then have your muffler and header ceramic coated (under $2 small boat bucks) - happily working for me.
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    I took off the MAM mud guard two days ago while on a trip. Too much heat on my calf. Never had that issue (at least not as bad) with my 2014 GS, but the 2018 GSA was bad. Taking the mud guard off only moved the heat flow further back though, it's still there, just doesn't bother me as bad anymore as my right calf is just on the edge of the hair dryer like hot air flow.
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    Bought a cheap chinese Maier look-alike off eBay (or possibly an "out the back door" original, depending on whether they have outsourced their production). Looks fine. Definitely not MaM quality, but I paid MaM shipping price to get the thing including shipping to my door. Original intention was to rivet a rubber flap to the existing inner fender, which still doesn't sound like a terrible idea.

    Anyway, trimmed it a bit to ensure that there would be no clearance issues with the TKC-80's and that's about all there is to tell. Just trying to keep some mud off my fancy new suspension. Any problems, and I'll clip the zip ties and trash it at the next gas stop.
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    I notice the increased heat on the right side as well. Not enough to take the mud flap off though..
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    I hadn't noticed it too much until this trip where temperatures have been on the high side a few times and I had some loooooong and boring stretches through Nevada. Tomorrow will be interesting, forecast is 49C/120F for part of my route ...
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  12. JimVonBaden

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    I'm 260 pounds, and over three years with the Mair have had no issues at all.
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  13. JimVonBaden

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    The GSAw is an issue for that, the GSw isn't.
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    Agreed.
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  15. M33

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    Well Jim (JVB) it was/is an issue with my GS (W) ... see my post above and is NOT limited to GSA's.
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    Out of curiosity: What year is your GS?
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    Maybe you are just particularly sensitive to heat? Any bike puts off some heat in summer, especially in traffic.
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  18. M33

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    It's a '13 GS LC that wasn't ridden much (PO) for its first 2.5 yrs and no I'm not "overly" sensitive to heat - I've talked to a couple other '13 owners and they have had similar issues with the inside Maier type mud slings on, so I know I'm not Z only one.

    Regardless now resolved - for me

    (as previously described - remove guard in summer - for good measure ceramic coated the exhaust & muffler - puts off less heat looks good :)
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