I know it has been discussed a lot on the forum, but I am looking at options for a high mount front fender. First, I'll admit it is mainly for looks. I have the OE tires at the moment, and even if I change to a taller dirt oriented tire as I intend to do when these wear out, I can just raise the stock fender a litte. I just like the looks of the ones I have seen done.
I will be leaving the brake lines as they are until I wear out the first set of pads, then I will get dual lines from the master cylinder to the calipers. Also with any option I will be addressing fork protection in some way, and that is part of what makes my options different.
First is the easiest, just moving the stock fender up to the lower triple clamp. This has been done as seen in this picture from MountainMan.
I think it looks pretty good, its the cheapest method, but not quite what I am after.
Next is the common Acerbis SuperMoto fender as seen on the bike of Thumper (among others)
I like this a lot, and it would be fairly cheap to do. I would probably replace the PVC fork guards with some KX fork guards as done by Trailslapper
and chop the tip off to make it a little bit sleeker as done by a lot of people on the supermotojunkie forums a la this picture:
Now I saw another post on the boards where someone was questioning a Buell Ulysses front fender setup. This intrigued me a lot, and after looking at them, would provide good protection, as well as the look I want. Here is a picture on the Buell.
I did a quick MSPaint photo chop to see what it would look like on the Versys, and came up with this.
I think it looks nice, maybe the angle of the upper fender needs tweaked a little bit. So get some Buell parts and away I go, right? Well not that easy. There don't seem to be many secondhand parts available, and the parts from the dealer would be about $280, while they last (some have been discontinued).
I put out some feelers on Buell boards as it seems people with Ulysses sometimes replace the fender system with a conventional one for touring, but I haven't had any hits yet.
I did get someone respond saying they had a Buell STT fender setup for sale (and very reasonable), and it is on its way to me now. It is the same upper "beak" fender, but with conventional fork protectors.
I will need to make an adapter bracket for the fender mount, but that is not a big deal. In the mean time I will continue looking for a Ulysses lower fender.
So, what do you think? Like the look? Seem like too much effort?
Hopefully will have real pictures within a week or so.