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kensiko

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Rear wheel fender
« on: March 31, 2014, 07:53:41 PM »

Hello,

I finally had my first ride of the year! It was over 0 Celcius on Saturday here and I had 1 hour to ride, so I took it! The snow was melting so there was a lot of water on the road. This water included also salt and gravel. I felt the water in my back while driving and when I arrived, I saw that I was a lot of dirt on the bike and at the back on my coat.

My last bike was doing this but I think this one is worse.

I assume Zero sells a bigger rear wheel fender at a premium price. Any suggestion?
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014, 08:35:23 PM »

I have the same problem when riding through a damp puddle.  The rear fender sucks and I am pretty sure that Zero does not make an alternative.   :(   (When did fenders become just two long rods holding up a license plate?   ??? )

On the other hand, the Zero accessory rack and top box work pretty well for intercepting rear wheel-flung debris. Maybe that is the accessory rear fender you were thinking of? ::)
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 09:11:50 PM »

Maybe, that's 500$ right?
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 11:54:00 PM »

Maybe, that's 500$ right?

More like $550, I believe.   ::)

P.S. The new Givi top boxes will not work on their older mounting plates, as I found out this weekend when I tried mounting my Zero-supplied Givi E340 top box to my R1200R's Givi mounting plate that I bought about 5 years ago.  A couple of miles down the road, it fell off and then kept doing so every 1/2 mile all the way back home. (It is pretty rugged and bounces nicely on the pavement.  The resulting scuff marks are not too obvious on the flat black plastic finish and the box still functions fine.)   It turns out that the new box has a reinforcing bulge on the bottom of the box's metal locking mechanism, which requires a corresponding small cutout in the plate's plastic hook.  My old model plate did not have that cutout and therefore the new box would not lock to the plate as it was designed to do.  However, my old E30 box will work on the new plate just fine. Live and learn.   ::)
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2014, 12:42:53 AM »

Can you still bring the wife with this box installed?
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2014, 01:24:10 AM »

Can you still bring the wife with this box installed?

The backrest included makes this pretty obvious, but my girlfriend is more comfortable with a top box on, simply for the assurance that she won't fall off the back!
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2014, 01:41:38 AM »

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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2014, 02:42:04 AM »

Can you still bring the wife with this box installed?

My wife would never agree to be taken anywhere in a box!
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2014, 07:21:47 AM »

Sorry I think I didn't use the correct word, how should I say it ?
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2014, 02:35:51 AM »

I have the same problem when riding through a damp puddle.  The rear fender sucks and I am pretty sure that Zero does not make an alternative.   :(   (When did fenders become just two long rods holding up a license plate?   ??? )

On the other hand, the Zero accessory rack and top box work pretty well for intercepting rear wheel-flung debris. Maybe that is the accessory rear fender you were thinking of? ::)

I agree all over the rear up the back seat and on your back also the heat sink on the motor controller.  That fender hugger needs to be be extended. 
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2016, 07:28:56 PM »

I found out last week that very fine silt from a moderate rainfall on asphalt easily makes its way into the key hole (even past the teeny little door) of the Givi side-cases.  So I'll be working on something that not only keeps water/mud from splashing up on my back, but also from splashing sideways.

(I think it's deplorable that Zero considers the bike more of a fashion statement than a commuter).
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2016, 08:38:32 PM »

I found out last week that very fine silt from a moderate rainfall on asphalt easily makes its way into the key hole (even past the teeny little door) of the Givi side-cases.  So I'll be working on something that not only keeps water/mud from splashing up on my back, but also from splashing sideways.

That has not happened to any Givi cases of mine in eight years. Check the case locking fit in this case before you go designing something. Usually I find that it's not closing fully because I've shoved too large gear into it.
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2016, 12:04:44 AM »

No, the case closes just fine.  It's just that the lock mechanism now has a bit of very fine silt or clay in it.  Just a bit more friction in there is the only obvious difference. However, I'll definitely need to shield it before too many more rain days.  In the short term, I suspect a bit of WD-40 will flush the grit out.
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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2016, 08:57:27 AM »

No, the case closes just fine.  It's just that the lock mechanism now has a bit of very fine silt or clay in it.  Just a bit more friction in there is the only obvious difference. However, I'll definitely need to shield it before too many more rain days.  In the short term, I suspect a bit of WD-40 will flush the grit out.
That's how I fixed mine...WD-40 after power washing the top box and making sure to spray the key hole...I only had a problem after winter ridding but no more problems after a little WD-40.  I imagine I'll have to do it again after this next winter.

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Re: Rear wheel fender
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2016, 10:32:41 AM »



(I think it's deplorable that Zero considers the bike more of a fashion statement than a commuter).

This is partly true. 

The majority of moto riders are fair weather riders.  You are hard core and a corner case.  You do the same thing I do and only crazy people ride in the rain!

The stock rear tail on a S/SR does block any direct water fling off the tire.

Zero does sell a fender extender that may do something, but water spray is always going to get around.

What it does not do is prevent aerodynamic turbulence that swirls spray all over the place.  The fender
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