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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Is it dangerous or harmful to not have a front fender?

I got hit about a couple weeks ago snapped my pegs and front fender as a result and the bike was out of commision for a 2 weeks. Anyway fixed my peg up and took the old broken plastics that were still attached off. Something happened... I really like the versys with no front fender. I have a new one but i'm thinking i don't want to put it on. Any risk of running it like this?

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Without the fender Your gonna get a lot of pebbles and crap hitting the radiator. As well as when the roads wet its gonna get nasty. So maybe get a Radiator Guard and a Pressure Washer.

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Hm don't know how I feel about the rain bit. I'm a daily rider and I get caught in the rain quite a lot. So will the rain come splashing upwards in my direction or what? Maybe I should just put it on..
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I had none on my bobber...and never had any issues. That said, it was a sunday ride bike and it's never seen rain or gravel/dirt...

If you stay on the road, I wouldnt worry too much about it.

As for the rain, yes it will be a mess hehe specially when turning the front wheel

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As documented in another thread, I'm one of those unlucky riders that got an on-road gravel chip bounced up between the fan and the radiator, resulting in the fan motor burning out. That made me a believer in the fender plus the Fenda Extenda...which extends the rear of the fender a few more inches to keep stones out of the engine area. Price a factory fan or radiator - it will shock you. You can find alternatives and make them work of course, but I'd rather avoid the whole problem again.

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I had none on my bobber...and never had any issues. That said, it was a sunday ride bike and it's never seen rain or gravel/dirt...

If you stay on the road, I wouldnt worry too much about it.

As for the rain, yes it will be a mess hehe specially when turning the front wheel
Nice looking ride. I'm guessing you don't have to worry about puncturing the radiator though.

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I would think your cross-over brake line is a bit vulnerable now.
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Nice looking ride. I'm guessing you don't have to worry about puncturing the radiator though.
Is that bobber, water cooled, in the first place?

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I wouldn't do it, but it certainly gives the bike that really naked, industrial look. An end of the world, ride all over look. Pretty cool actually.
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Beside splash and debris shield function, you need the front fender to secure the brake lines and keep them away from the spinning tire.
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I'd be surprised if there weren't registration/licensing issues - and you'll get covered with crap thrown off the front wheel!

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Even if you ride on nice days only on good pavement.

You are going to get crap thrown off the tire!





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Like to think the fender acts like a lower brace for the forks.
Mostly will be pelted by rain water and pebbles on the radiator and oil filter.

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beside splash and debris shield function, you need the front fender to secure the brake lines and keep them away from the spinning tire.
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Is that bobber, water cooled, in the first place?
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It was air cooled indeed But still, if you don't ride in dirt or gravel, there shouldnt be much stuff flying off the wheel
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Removed the fender on my Sportster and there was a constant stream of dust thrown up in may face that a fender normally stopped. It looked very cool but just not worth it. Chopped the front fender on my DR650 and the same thing happened. Leave it on.
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you're on a gravel road in the picture
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you're on a gravel road in the picture
If you're talking about my picture, no, it's an old asphalt country road.
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Nice job on the Bobber Kawa!

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