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droidish

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How is that rain guard?
« on: July 29, 2017, 11:02:58 AM »

Does anyone here have the Zero factory accessory rain guard on their bike?

If so what do you think of it? Is it effective? What do you think of how it looks on the bike? I've seen the photo on the Zero website, but it only shows it from one perspective.

I want to keep the road guk off of me, the shock, the controller, the belt, and the motor. The hugger needs to be extended rearward, as does the front fender. The rain guard could be one piece of the puzzle I'm trying to put together. Unfortunately Pyramid Plastics doesn't have anything for a Zero. Yet.

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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2017, 11:09:45 AM »

In the rain, it keeps road mud off the tail light and top case. Of course, it can't do anything about the motor or shock.
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2017, 02:18:43 PM »

It's better than nothing, but I agree with you that for best result you'll need to get a better hugger and perhaps a possum scratcher.
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2017, 10:13:12 PM »

It's better than nothing, but I agree with you that for best result you'll need to get a better hugger and perhaps a possum scratcher.

Possum scratcher?!  ???
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2017, 12:03:50 AM »

"Possum scratcher" probably means a tire-hugging mudguard...

There are a few people (including myself) who've installed this and are mostly getting reasonable results:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071HYZPRJ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2017, 07:39:40 AM »

I have the factory rain guard on my 16' SR. It looks better than the bike without it, and it works well.  Rode in some nasty rain this summer with wife on the back, it protected her and the back of the bike well. Good investment for $25
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 09:18:38 AM »

That's it! That is what I wanted to hear. I'll order one on Monday.

Thank you all.
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2017, 02:38:18 AM »

"Possum scratcher" probably means a tire-hugging mudguard...

There are a few people (including myself) who've installed this and are mostly getting reasonable results:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071HYZPRJ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Correct! It refers to the ones that are on BMW GS-es.
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2017, 08:47:53 AM »

I just installed the rain guard yesterday on my 2017 DSR. It sure does make the back "thong" look better. It does a decent job at keeping the wet from shooting up. Definitely worth the $25. I have ridden in the rain half of the 700 miles I have put on the bike since buying it 2 weeks ago. I also find the swingarm fender does a good job. Keeps a decent amount of stuff off the shock and motor. I never had a bike that cleaned so easy however. Because all the dirt doesn't get baked on an exhaust, hot motor and such.


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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2017, 04:46:17 AM »

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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2017, 06:42:45 AM »

Colin Russell posted on f---book that he trimmed $5 mudflaps. See photo.

"Enhanced protection for the controller and underside can be achieved successfully by extending the OE duckbill guard with an automotive rally mudguard. Less unsprung weight and cheap as chips.

"The rally guard is a SPARCO plain sheet of black polypropylene obtained on ebay for £5 a pair. I made a template and cut to size, then pop riveted to the OE duckbill."
« Last Edit: October 26, 2017, 06:48:15 AM by togo »
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2017, 07:16:08 PM »

I would just let the rain hit the motor/controller... Helps keep it cool. lol
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2017, 09:41:07 PM »

I would just let the rain hit the motor/controller... Helps keep it cool. lol

Kinda my thinking too...  ;)
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2017, 01:22:31 AM »

Made a short video on how to install it:
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Re: How is that rain guard?
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2017, 05:33:30 AM »

Thanks Erasmo, that is a great video.  :) I ordered two rain guards, one for me and one for my daughter, over a week ago.  I am still waiting for them to arrive. I thought it was a really good deal for only $25 each, considering how much stuff you get in the package.  If I had been buying it from BMW, I bet it would cost about $250.  But no doubt it would have come with a 40-page set of operating and installation instructions, along with appropriate legal warnings - in 20 different languages.  So I guess that has got to be worth something. ::)
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