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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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anyone know where to get this front wheel fender

does anyone know where to get this front fender?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yROTf...::interesting:
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-16-2012, 11:23 AM
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The video says "This accessory designed by me", so I guess you'd have to contact him. One of the first things I plan to do when I pick up my new Versys, is to make a fiberglass beak for it.
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No Versys is complete without a fibreglass "beak"!
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I just bought one of these Malaysian beaks and what a steaming, ill fitting, POS.
Note the big hasp clasps on the front beak bit!! The one I bought does not have the hasps, but it is easy to see why they are needed as the entire beak is cantilevered off the side pod and not the way I would do it

Nothing fits properly,especially the big uneven gaps where the new side pods blend into the stock anteater nose. Brackets are flimsy and IMHO just not up to long term use and vibration.

To my knowledge there are 3 Vendors and perhaps they are all not like the one I got, but that is it for me and ripped off once, twice shy

A total waste of money (200 USD landed at my door in Thailand) and the Vendor is taking the typical SE Asian attitude of 'very sorry but no returns". Sorry for what - knowingly selling something that is not proper?

It has pissed me off so much that I am now using this useless POS as a basis to do it right. It is now all cut up, and fibreglassed in place on my bike so that it fits, and the final body work is being done now, so that a proper mould can be made.

I hope to be able to offer the Versys community a proper product that I use on my own bike around Christmas time.
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I just bought one of these Malaysian beaks and what a steaming, ill fitting, POS.
Note the big hasp clasps on the front beak bit!! The one I bought does not have the hasps, but it is easy to see why they are needed as the entire beak is cantilevered off the side pod and not the way I would do it

Nothing fits properly,especially the big uneven gaps where the new side pods blend into the stock anteater nose. Brackets are flimsy and IMHO just not up to long term use and vibration.

To my knowledge there are 3 Vendors and perhaps they are all not like the one I got, but that is it for me and ripped off once, twice shy

A total waste of money (200 USD landed at my door in Thailand) and the Vendor is taking the typical SE Asian attitude of 'very sorry but no returns". Sorry for what - knowingly selling something that is not proper?

It has pissed me off so much that I am now using this useless POS as a basis to do it right. It is now all cut up, and fibreglassed in place on my bike so that it fits, and the final body work is being done now, so that a proper mould can be made.

I hope to be able to offer the Versys community a proper product that I use on my own bike around Christmas time.
Sorry Bro. hope yours turns out well. At least you face our ASIAN FACE.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-17-2012, 12:00 AM
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Waffak!? 200usd!? How much for shipping?

I was offered about 115usd (no shipping, self collect) but wasnt quite keen on it.

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RM 500 for the beak + RM 80 postage + 700 Baht tax = about 211.00 USD

This was the cheapest way and DHL freight was RM 200
The Thai tax at 700 is 22 USD
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I just bought one of these Malaysian beaks and what a steaming, ill fitting, POS.
Note the big hasp clasps on the front beak bit!! The one I bought does not have the hasps, but it is easy to see why they are needed as the entire beak is cantilevered off the side pod and not the way I would do it

Nothing fits properly,especially the big uneven gaps where the new side pods blend into the stock anteater nose. Brackets are flimsy and IMHO just not up to long term use and vibration.

To my knowledge there are 3 Vendors and perhaps they are all not like the one I got, but that is it for me and ripped off once, twice shy

A total waste of money (200 USD landed at my door in Thailand) and the Vendor is taking the typical SE Asian attitude of 'very sorry but no returns". Sorry for what - knowingly selling something that is not proper?

It has pissed me off so much that I am now using this useless POS as a basis to do it right. It is now all cut up, and fibreglassed in place on my bike so that it fits, and the final body work is being done now, so that a proper mould can be made.

I hope to be able to offer the Versys community a proper product that I use on my own bike around Christmas time.
Sorry to hear that. I'm a bit surprised that considering the Versys is made in Thailand and with so many Somchai shops, no one here has actually made a beak for the Versys.

In any case, keep us updated with your progress and if you're in Bkk, I'll be interested to take a look as well.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-17-2012, 08:26 PM
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Making one here requires skill and original thought, but you can bet that once I get it right, Somchai will be copying it. That too will piss me off, but alas that is the way of life here

I am in Chiangmai and no problem to EMS you one
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Saw 2 shops here in Malaysia and they come decent with matt black or carbon look.

Anyway, since you're be mass producing them, the Guys can get it from you. Cheers!
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see the post above and my thoughts on the Malaysian one I bought.
Perhaps the ones you saw are better, but given the cultural norm of copying someone else's work I suspect not
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Saw 2 shops here in Malaysia and they come decent with matt black or carbon look.

Anyway, since you're be mass producing them, the Guys can get it from you. Cheers!
ST, shops in Penang or KL by any chance? Might take a look, get some idea of prices and share with Hoghead to see if there is a market here in Thailand.
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Making one here requires skill and original thought, but you can bet that once I get it right, Somchai will be copying it. That too will piss me off, but alas that is the way of life here

I am in Chiangmai and no problem to EMS you one
I'm hoping against hope that I will get the opportunity to ride up to CM between Christmas and New Year. Need to take my little sprog back to Yasothon together with the nanny and now deciding with my other half where to go riding during that period - whether to ride around Isaan (boriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing or go all the way up North). I had just returned from a 4 day three night trip to Petchabun, Uttaradit, Lampang, Kamphaeng Phet and just love the roads and twisties up there.
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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is there a distributor in america? i am from quebec canada
if not how much does it cost including shipping from malaysia?
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Jeff, i'm afraid you'd be in for some disappointment just like what hoghead went through.

Even i myself decided to pass after seeing it myself. It's a POS in stock form. Just too much work to make it look good on the bike, with refittings, sanding, painting and the likes.

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Jeff - I am a Canadian living in Thailand and will have the mould finished after New Years should the hangover ever end. The test panels are on my bike now

It is a 3 piece affair with the 2 side filler panels and the beak so that you can buy just the bits you need. for example I prefer it without the beak bit, but others go for the full GS style look

I am only doing this because the Malaysian one I bought is a steaming POS and since I had to completely redo it for my own bike, I decided to do it right

See the thread on the beak
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys i sent a message whit pics to kawasaki , if they could make it a 1 piece part in the accessorie catalogue it would be a blast.
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