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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 02-21-2008, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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about 3 weeks ago a lady backed into my Bonne...$1800 worth of damage...nice huh? Real nice feeling hearing a crunch, turning around to see my bike hitting the pavement and sliding backwards.

It has been in the shop for 3 weeks and all the parts are in with the exception of the front fender which is on back order until when then don't know. It should all be put back together tomorrow.

Question is this: Any one ride without the front fender? Given the obvious...the tire slinging stuff, I can deal with that..is the front end rigid enough with out it? I told the shop I wanted to pick it up and ride it and when the fender came in I would bring it back for them to install. They did not say "you can't ride it without a fender" so I am guessnig it will be ok.

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Old 02-21-2008, 09:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You're the ultimate authority on weather you'll ride without a fender. I say go for it, but I'm an enthusiast.

I just wanted to comment on the turn around time on repairs. My bike's in the shop again and I'm frustrated with the lack of "get 'er done!" that insurance companies and dealerships seem to display. Does everything take a month? I could fix it myself in an hour and a half! I wish they had an express lane, I want to ride!
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I run without a front fender. I don't do much riding in the rain if I don't have to though



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Old 02-21-2008, 10:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bottle fed. I see you have a fork brace. Have you ridden the bike without the brace and if so how was it? Stable?
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Yes I have and it's stable. I got it for something to mount the crossover brake line for the front F3 brakes and rim I'm putting on it. I really didn't notice the fender was missing in terms of handling.

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Rigid?

The front fender is not going to provide any significant ridgity to the front end.
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Old 02-21-2008, 10:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My speedmaster is the first bike I've ever had that had a front fender on. They keep some water out of your face if you hit puddle that's about it to me.
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The front fender is not going to provide any significant ridgity to the front end.


I disagree, the fender bracket is pretty hefty, around 1/8" steel, and something that strong that bolts the forks together should add some stiffness, whether it's noticible or not is another question.
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I disagree, the fender bracket is pretty hefty, around 1/8" steel, and something that strong that bolts the forks together should add some stiffness, whether it's noticible or not is another question.
I absolutely agree with you Jeff!

To the point that I run a reinforced fender bracket in my Bonnie with no need of fork brace at all, and you know that I have some power in my Bonnie!
Great call Jeff!
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Thanks for the info. I know I want to run my cb750 KO without a fender when I finish the Cafe build but know that they can get a bit squirrly so a brace will most likely be in order. I think I'll pick up the Bonne and run it...it's going to be a great weather weekend in central Texas!
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