I created my own tailtidy.
If you're the handyman type it's not to hard a job.
Here's a pic of the job in progress. I have more on the versys.co.uk site in my picture folder. I also have the drawing of the Ali tailtidy if you want.
Just finished my version of a fender eliminator. I will probably still purchase an undertail at some point in the future, but this will do for now.
The process involved a hacksaw, drill, Dremel (rotary tool), Philips screwdriver, 8mm and 10mm sockets, a front license plate bracket from a 70 VW Bus, the original license plate bracket, and some screws, washers, and rubber wire grommets from Lowes (hardware store).
1. I removed the license plate, license plate bracket, and turn signals.
2. I cut off the bulk of the rear fender behind the license plate light extension (hacksaw).
3. I removed excess fender material (Dremel), which allowed easer access for precision cutting.
4. Using the Dremel I cut the remaining fender material from just below the turn signal mounting points, following the existing curve in the remaining fender material.
5. I made a cut across the remaining fender material (just under the tail light), tying the previous cuts together. (If I was able to do this over, I would leave slightly more fender material in this area for support.)
6. I fashioned a mounting bracket from a 70 VW Bus front license plate bracket. I bent it in a U shape, leaving 5” across the middle. This allows the bracket to fit between the turn signal mounting points.
7. I drilled new holes and attached the original Versys license bracket to the new bracket (inverted). I also drilled two holes in the sides of the new bracket for the turn signal wires.
8. Next, I reinstalled the turn signals into the original mounting positions. Then, I ran the turn signal wires through the new bracket; placed the bracket between the turn signals, and butting the center section against the inner fender, secured it to the turn signals using longer screws (hex head) with large (relatively speaking) flat washer and lock washer. I also used some silicon between the points where the bracket and inner fender meet for extra stability and vibration control.
9. I am using a small LED to illuminate my license plate, purchased from a local cycle shop.
I can't remember which kit is which - I did a lot of looking at that time. I made my own version, and that worked okay. But I eventually purchased a Tail Tidy. It worked great and I was able to get it state side from the guys listed below. It's kind of funny - it was the only thing I salvaged after crashing my bike a couple months ago.
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