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China Hugger?

Has anyone installed one of these? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-...xaOTOS&vxp=mtr

Had a weak moment on ebay and bought one new for under $50 including shipping. ABS construction. Most brands are well over $100 plus shipping. Hopefully it is not total crap. Buying stuff from China can be a real hit or miss. Hope this is a hit, I will report back after it arrives in about a month.
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would be interested in hearing your opinion about this.
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Thanks for your post. I am interested to see how this works out! I checked it out, $36. for the item. but the shipping....Yikes! It really drives me crazy that these manufactures get $100. on up for a chepo piece of ABS plastic that costs them pennies. Of course, this should have been included in the original design of the bike. Looks good!

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Thanks for your post. I am interested to see how this works out! I checked it out, $36. for the item. but the shipping....Yikes! It really drives me crazy that these manufactures get $100. on up for a chepo piece of ABS plastic that costs them pennies. Of course, this should have been included in the original design of the bike. Looks good!
I didn't think the shipping was too bad at $17.00 from China, I offered $32 for the hugger so the total with shipping was just under $50. It would cost me more than $17 to use USPS to ship that same item from Georgia to South Carolina!
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Thanks for your post. I am interested to see how this works out! I checked it out, $36. for the item. but the shipping....Yikes! It really drives me crazy that these manufactures get $100. on up for a chepo piece of ABS plastic that costs them pennies. Of course, this should have been included in the original design of the bike. Looks good!
The pennies for the plastic & time to mold are not an issue, in fact if they took that out of the pricing there would not be a noticeable discount. The cost of the tooling, equipment to operate, and having a facility in the first place is what drives the pricing. I cannot imagine how they can perform the logistics for shipping (18 bucks to travel halfway around the world??).
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...I cannot imagine how they can perform the logistics for shipping (18 bucks to travel halfway around the world??).
Recently I bought several items from China that cost LESS than $2 INCLUDING shipping!!!
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The pennies for the plastic & time to mold are not an issue, in fact if they took that out of the pricing there would not be a noticeable discount. The cost of the tooling, equipment to operate, and having a facility in the first place is what drives the pricing. I cannot imagine how they can perform the logistics for shipping (18 bucks to travel halfway around the world??).
Exactly, so if Kawi put a hugger on every versys those up front costs would be distributed over thousands of units bringing the cost per unit way down. Instead we have multiple vendors incurring those up front costs for a relatively low volume resulting in a high per unit cost. Many will agree a hugger should have been standard on this bike.
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Has anyone installed one of these? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-...xaOTOS&vxp=mtr

Had a weak moment on ebay and bought one new for under $50 including shipping. ABS construction. Most brands are well over $100 plus shipping. Hopefully it is not total crap. Buying stuff from China can be a real hit or miss. Hope this is a hit, I will report back after it arrives in about a month.
It appears to be the same item as the Kappa. Bought one and installed last week after previous one was damaged in accident. Have not ridden with it yet. Quality seems decent. They (huggers) keep crud off of the bike and in particular the spring/shock and voltage regulator (mk1 and mk2 bikes). They may even make the rear shock last longer because of less mud pushing on the shock seals.

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The pennies for the plastic & time to mold are not an issue, in fact if they took that out of the pricing there would not be a noticeable discount. The cost of the tooling, equipment to operate, and having a facility in the first place is what drives the pricing. I cannot imagine how they can perform the logistics for shipping (18 bucks to travel halfway around the world??).
Thank those giant container ships that you see plodding by the Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate bridge on stock footage...
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I'm also interested if it, or the Kappa, will fit/clear speedy's lowering kit.
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I'm also interested if it, or the Kappa, will fit/clear speedy's lowering kit.


On my 09 when i mounted my PowerBronze Hugger i had to cut a small section out with a Band Saw to get it to work with the Lowering Kit. Took a few seconds....

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On my 09 when i mounted my PowerBronze Hugger i had to cut a small section out with a Band Saw to get it to work with the Lowering Kit. Took a few seconds....

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Thanks.Thats' a great help!
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Don't buy a hugger if you think it has a practical purpose. It doesn't.

At most it may have an esthetic value.
So if you are not into that, move on to something else.

I got one. All the crap still flies over the hugger and into the shock and over the muffler anyway.
It comes from the top of the wheel.
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Don't buy a hugger if you think it has a practical purpose. It doesn't.

At most it may have an esthetic value.
So if you are not into that, move on to something else.

I got one. All the crap still flies over the hugger and into the shock and over the muffler anyway.
It comes from the top of the wheel.
I respectfully disagree. I've ridden my bike both with and without a hugger on the street and it makes a significant difference. Nothing however is going to keep your bike dirt free if you ride through mud or wet dirt roads.
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Don't buy a hugger if you think it has a practical purpose. It doesn't.

At most it may have an esthetic value.
So if you are not into that, move on to something else.

I got one. All the crap still flies over the hugger and into the shock and over the muffler anyway.
It comes from the top of the wheel.
It doesn't have esthetic value either, it is just wheel foreskin!
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I've ridden my bike both with and without a hugger on the street and it makes a significant difference.
Then by all mean tell us what difference it makes.

'Cause I have one and I certainly don't see it, nor feel it, nor hear it, nor smell it...and I refuse to taste it.
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Don't buy a hugger if you think it has a practical purpose. It doesn't.

At most it may have an esthetic value.
So if you are not into that, move on to something else.

I got one. All the crap still flies over the hugger and into the shock and over the muffler anyway.
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Then by all mean tell us what difference it makes.

'Cause I have one and I certainly don't see it, nor feel it, nor hear it, nor smell it...and I refuse to taste it.
I find it hard to believe that huggers donít make a difference. They come standard on tons of street bikes and sport touring etc.. I canít see manufacturers adding the cost of a hugger with no function. Because of what and where it is located it does not have any real cosmetic value. Well I guess I will find out for myself soon enough, hoping it will reduce road crap on the shock etc.
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I can agree with one thing:

Judging by how thick water at high speed splashes "up" on the front wheel, I can imagine the hugger would block that on the rear. But it would typically rinse, more than cover with anything.

I'm not particularly concerned with water. It's mud I would like to block. I think fasteddie's trick (pad going down from seat into swingarm) is the best.
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I never put a hugger on a bike; I don't ride off-road but I ride in rain and crap. I wonder if they might help with winter salt?


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