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post #1 of 9 Old 11-25-2006, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Another Shortened Rear Fender

I really hated the long rear fender on my new DL650K7 so after reading some posts by other Strommers I decided to do a fenderectomy.

I first headed out to grab some supplies. I bought a hinge from the local hardware store, some rare earth magnets from an electronics store and an LED tail light and number plate protector from a motorcycle accessories store. I also added some red reflectors after to keep the bike legal.

I took off the bottom of the rear fender (with a saw) and shaped it using a file and sand paper. The fender plastic is quite soft and very easy to shape using the saw and file.

I then screwed on the hinge and number plate. The LED tail light was then added to the flat area of the fender and wired into the old tail light wiring. Finally, I attached two small rare earth magnets to the top of the rear fender for the number plate to attach to. At first I just stuck the magnets to the fender using epoxy glue but the magnets came off after about 24 hours. The plastic fenders have a coating that epoxy doesn't bond well with. To solve this I screwed two small screws into the fender and then epoxied the magnets to the screw heads. This works well and no problems now after 4 weeks on the road. I had to move the registration label around to the left side of the bike and used one of the rear fender allen screws. Next year (when rego is renewed) I might use a tube type label holder and mount it under the top rack.

This was a relatively easy mod and gives the bike a whole new look that is more sporty. When I first started talking about this mod the wife give me some weird looks and was trying to talk me out if it. But now she is impressed and reckons the bike looks way better too.

My only concern is that the LED tail-light doesn't light up the entire number plate evenly. However, I rarely ride at night so I don't think this will be too much of a problem. If the cops give me trouble I'll probably just get a second LED tail light and angle them so that one light shines on the left side and the other on the right side of the plate.

Here's some photos after the job...

From the side:


and from the rear showing the magnets in behind the license plate:

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-25-2006, 01:39 AM
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Nice and neat mod you got there. Looks like that rack is a quick removal thing ???

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-25-2006, 05:58 AM
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Coppers may also sticker you for not having the fender at 45 degrees to the rear axle (our law in WA)

I reckin its worth the risk though, certainly does look schmick!

Let us know how it goes in the rain, should put up a nice rooster tail!

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It looks like your chain is too loose. Maybe it's just the picture.

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post #5 of 9 Old 11-25-2006, 08:53 AM
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That's 1 CLEAN bike...... nice fenderectomy too....:mrgreen:

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That registration thingy is huge. Why can't they just make it a sticker like we have here? I'd don't know why bureaucrats can't come up with practical solutions. </end rant>

I noticed some spray on your luggage rack. Do you get spray on you when riding in the rain? That's what has kept me from chopping mine.

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Looks good, but now you are illegal, at least in the USA. You don't have a plate lamp, to light up your tag at night. Or is that some kind of light that I see, pointing upwards toward the plate? I also chopped mine off but not as much as you did. You ARE going to have a very wet and dirty back, if you are caught in the rain/mud.

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Thanks for the comments guys. In answer to your questions?
  • The rack is a Ventura rack system (made in New Zealand). I had a similar rack on my previous bike (a Kawasaki ZZR-250) and got a new one as soon as I ordered my new DL650. The top section of the rack can be removed and replaced with other items such as a grab rail for the pillion.
    http://www.ventura-bike.com/
  • I checked all the necessary laws in NSW before making the chop and we are a little luckier in that our laws are not as strict as other states. I know that the registration plate laws in Victoria would make this illegal.
  • Yep, chain was too loose. I checked it after I took this photo and it had 2 inches of play. I tightened it up straight away.
  • I've ridden a few times in the rain and haven't noticed any difference. You'll see some dirt on the tail but it always looks like this after a shower (even before the fenderectomy). I think dust settles on the bike and when it rains it just turns to mud.
  • The rego sticker is huge but I have seen bigger (especially in Europe). I do have a plan to fix this though at the next rego renewal. In our state, the law states that the rego sticker must be attached to the rear of the bike (near the license plate) and readable by someone when required. I'm going to install one of these (it's a plastic tube that you use to insert your rolled up rego label):


  • There is a small LED tail lamp that sits underneath the license plate so that the bike is legal.

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I like it. Nice work.

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