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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Fender eliminator

I'm absolutely loving this bike, and have put over 1,000 miles on it in the three weeks I've had it. I spent the last 10 years riding an FJR with an Ohlins/Race Tech suspension, Remus exhaust and Power Commander, but I wouldn't trade back for anything.

Has anybody found a kit or devised a way to relocate the license plate and rear directionals up under the tail light to eliminate the rear fender (if that's what it's called)? That's the one design feature I really don't care for.
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Has anybody found a kit or devised a way to relocate the license plate and rear directionals up under the tail light to eliminate the rear fender (if that's what it's called)? That's the one design feature I really don't care for.
I think tail tidy is the term you're looking for. Have been on the lookout for similar myself, even emailed a couple of firms in Italy, only one bothered to reply and that was in the negative.

R&G do a kit that eliminates the fender part but doesn't relocate the reg plate and indicators. Not what I'm looking for.

There's certainly potential for such an item though re-routing the wiring might be an issue for some. Additionally the part would need to be quite long to clear the panniers and still allow their removal so a particularly solid mounting position would be required to cope with the cantilever. Maybe sandwiched between pannier mounting lugs on the subframe?

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In the US it's called a fender eliminator, in EU people call it a tail tidy, I think.

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In the US it's called a fender eliminator, in EU people call it a tail tidy, I think.
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One downside to fitting a tail tidy is the amount of rain and muck flung up by the rear tyre willl dramatically increase.
Not a thing to be doing imho in climates like the UK, so think hard before rushing to try this mod. Might be great in California, not so in my neck of the woods

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One downside to fitting a tail tidy is the amount of rain and muck flung up by the rear tyre willl dramatically increase.
Not a thing to be doing imho in climates like the UK, so think hard before rushing to try this mod. Might be great in California, not so in my neck of the woods
You have a point there Jimbo. Though I'm not convinced that the arrangement as it is out of the factory does a particularly effective job of preventing spray. Relocating the indicators after they all failed due to water ingress was my primary intention. Though moving the plate and eliminating the small mudguard for aesthetic reasons was also in there.

ISTR that this style of rear mudguard came about on the GS originally to satisfy German automotive regulations rather than for a purely practical reason.

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Massimo Tamburini, an Italian motorcycle designer called "Michelangelo of motorbike design" and the influence of Castiglioni, in my eye has made a beautiful tail on the TVL. I love what they did with the tag and left the tail clean. The rear is one of its best angles.

I am not a big fan of the panniers, although for panniers, they do look good.

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Massimo Tamburini, an Italian motorcycle designer called "Michelangelo of motorbike design" and the influence of Castiglioni, in my eye has made a beautiful tail on the TVL. I love what they did with the tag and left the tail clean. The rear is one of its best angles.
I believe that Massimo Tamburini wasn't involved with the Turismo, he died from lung cancer in 2014. Adrian Morton was the designer responsible for the TV, although I think he worked with/under Tamburini prior to that.

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Chas is 100% correct, Tamburini was not involved with any of the modern MV designs after the first gen F4, the TV is an Adrian Morton design.

The fender on the TV is functional if not pretty, having ridden the TV in some awful weather it does the job, but I cannot ever say it's a nice feature.

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Chas is 100% correct, Tamburini was not involved with any of the modern MV designs after the first gen F4, the TV is an Adrian Morton design.

The fender on the TV is functional if not pretty, having ridden the TV in some awful weather it does the job, but I cannot ever say it's a nice feature.
I totally agree with Jimbo - two weeks ago I rode the TV in a long day of heavy rain, and the rear mud guard (fender?) did a very good job. But its ugly as hell . . .

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