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Fender trim

When I first saw the V at the dealership I thought; why did they put the rear reflector way down there? It was one of those things I was, and finally did do away with.



With my trusty Dremmel in hand, and some tape to make a straight cut...



This is how they should have finished the rear fender.





I'm done with all the mods for the bike, except for a power port on the dash.

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Very nice. Looks clean. I'm still trying to decide if I want to trim or not, but yours looks good without losing the whole fender.

I took the whole thing off my 250 and didn't think it was slinging anything up on me, until one day I got back from a ride and the rear seat was covered in mud. Nothing on me, but very close. I don't want to lose the function of the fender, but it doesnt look very good.

Can you take a picture a little farther away?
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Yea, the factory reflector location looked like a hemorrhoid. I thought I was done with my mods, but I was just looking some pics of the rear huger fender and may want one. One far shot coming up shortly.

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How did you soften the rough edges after the dremmel?
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How did you soften the rough edges after the dremmel?
A fine file to get the edge straight, then fine grain sandpaper and a 3M pad finished the job. You have to get very close to see it's not factory molded that way.

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I did something similar. I have only had my bike for a few weeks and decided to chop it up already. Didn't like the look of the rear end. After I chopped it up, I took the reflector and placed it on the license plate light cover.

Hopefully you can see from the pic.
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A fine file to get the edge straight, then fine grain sandpaper and a 3M pad finished the job. You have to get very close to see it's not factory molded that way.
True. I'm impress with the result, nice mod!
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Some long shots...





And speaking of reflectors, I did away with the hideous factory reflectors on the forks. I was going to find some of the reflective orange tape, but I had these bicycle rack reflectors I never used. I still may seek out the reflective tape.




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Its almost too bad the license plate covers up your handy work.
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Agreed re: reflectors...think I'll do something similar.

Q: Did your V come with white tail lights? Mine are yellow and I'm thinking of changing them.

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Agreed re: reflectors...think I'll do something similar.

Q: Did your V come with white tail lights? Mine are yellow and I'm thinking of changing them.
Factory change to white on the 09's, Yellow on the 08's.

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Oh...I like 'em better...maybe Kawi listened for a change ;o)

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Its almost too bad the license plate covers up your handy work.
Yea, but that's the price ya pay.

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Check this out



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and this side view

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shoot still getting the hang of pics

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Nice clean look, but tough to do with the pannier brackets/bars. How did you attach the license plate? Do you get any spray from the tire in the rain?

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I did something similar with my old KLR650. I used the Lightnin' Bolts to light up the tag.

I thought about going that route, but settled for keeping the factory license lamp.

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That's what I did with my 250 also. I want to keep more of the fender this time, like the OP.
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