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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 16-Nov-2016, 12:06 AM (254)
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Another angle

Mmmmnyeah i guess..... I spose the coconuts ok if there's nothing else. It's not cheap. Might give the peanut a go...
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OT hijack, sorry...
what is the purpose of that part, Poppy? Is it just to prevent spray behind you? Most bikes don't have it. Is it something dictated by some government, or - ? I took mine off because it really really blocks the view of the rear tire for damage.
Over 8k miles without it and have not been tempted to replace at all, but am I missing something?
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I feel the guard has 2 functions. Splatter protection for rear lights and tag and a very major cool factor part. Can't help but love the uniqueness of this model and the beast appearance. That part is like body armor. Personally I won't ever take pieces off my bike unless replacing them with better "stuff". I discover unknown features constantly. My '05 is a hunk of mystery to me and just looking at it is just as much of a hoot as riding it.
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I have used a product called Back to Black on black plastic parts on autos and the ATV. It works well and lasts a long time. Have not used it on the bike to date.

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OT hijack, sorry...
what is the purpose of that part, Poppy? Is it just to prevent spray behind you? Most bikes don't have it. Is it something dictated by some government, or - ? I took mine off because it really really blocks the view of the rear tire for damage.
Over 8k miles without it and have not been tempted to replace at all, but am I missing something?
Saw somewhere, maybe on AdvRider forum, this is called a "Possum Scraper". Not many of those creatures around here, so I can't say if it works or not.
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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 16-Nov-2016, 12:30 PM (771)
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Is it just to prevent spray behind you? Most bikes don't have it.
Yes, it is to prevent spray so you are not fouling the vision of the driver/rider behind you. Most bikes have a lower rear fender than the GS and thus don't need an add on device. I *think* it is added to meet German law. If you look at various vehicle codes you'll find many have a reference to fenders although many don't say much more than some kind of fender is required.
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Like the appendix, Doc

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OT hijack, sorry...
what is the purpose of that part, Poppy? Is it just to prevent spray behind you? Most bikes don't have it. Is it something dictated by some government, or - ? I took mine off because it really really blocks the view of the rear tire for damage.
Over 8k miles without it and have not been tempted to replace at all, but am I missing something?
Someone put it there, but no one really knows what it does.... But seriously, I think it's to do with Compliance, and a touch of Southpaw's cool factor. I've taken it off, but it just doesn't look right - kinda like grandpa walking round the house in his loose-fitting white Y fronts...
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two things:

Not at all like grandpa walking around in his loose Y fronts--thanks for the image and I remember a Gary Shandling routine that was similar, but you got a laugh.

and re "cool" factor...Cool, like Beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. I think it looks far more badass without, thus cooler. The R and the RT have similar rears without the hugger.

I've ridden through thick wet slimy red mud as well as water washing over a road and there was no appreciable collection of grime on the plate (US plate) or the taillight.

Even if all that is true though, for me, and ymmv, being able to more easily see and inspect my rear tire for damage is far more important, and I removed it just for that reason.
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I used this on all the black plastics and coolant hoses on my S1000R and it works better then I expected with no residue.
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I use 100...

Engine Brightener. Designed to bring back the look of crinkle finish on some engines with this ornamental finish, also seems to work a treat on black plastic bits.

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