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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-03-2017, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Wet roads and a Tail tidy

Hey guys, I'm riding a street triple.
On wet roads I find that the rear wheel likes to fling up water.
I was imagining a tail tidy would bring up the number plate closer to the rear seat and prevent that.
Does it make sense?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-03-2017, 09:45 AM
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While that may help, it probably won't help enough that you will notice the difference.

Perhaps you might try a fender. They used to be standard equipment on motorcycles and I think they are slowly coming back.



If you do put a fender on, be prepared for a lot of ridicule.
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Tail tidies make it worse. The wheel sticks out behind the number plate and it throws the water straight up and forward. My mate and I have Street Triples, I fitted a tail tidy and he hasn't yet. The back of my bike is always a lot more filthy than his.

Sad to say you have to decide if you prefer practicality over looks.
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Tail tidies make it worse. I fitted a tail tidy and he hasn't yet. The back of my bike is always a lot more filthy than his.
So is the back of your jacket!😁
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Too true mate.
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Put a tail tidy on my CBR and removed that sucker after the first rain storm, YIKES>
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-05-2017, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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I see!
I think I kinda figured it out. Because of the way the stock is designed.
The license plate is extended by this 'stem' thing. So inbetween it's kinda exposed. I guess that's where the water comes from.
But thanks anyways guys for your input!
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The majority of the water comes off the crown of the tyre so even the narrow "sting" does reduce the spray up the back.

I believe at one time there was a thing produced by Triumph that clipped onto the sting and filled in the gaps. Although I have not seen it advertised in the UK.

There was a topic on the www.street-triple.co.uk forum about wet backs that shows what it looks like.

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The majority of the water comes off the crown of the tyre so even the narrow "sting" does reduce the spray up the back.

I believe at one time there was a thing produced by Triumph that clipped onto the sting and filled in the gaps. Although I have not seen it advertised in the UK.

There was a topic on the www.street-triple.co.uk forum about wet backs that shows what it looks like.
Even the water coming off the very center of the tire hits the "sting" and is diverted only slightly. Then it gets sucked forward onto the bike and your back, because nature is trying to fill the partial vacuum created immediately behind you. It's the same reason hatchback rear windows get so filthy and need to have a wiper.

The only way to effectively reduce the splatter is a genuine fender such as the one Charles made. It would be even better if one could somehow attach some durable defusing material to the inside of it to reduce spray, like you see on some semi-trailers these days (lorries).

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Not sure if they still make them anymore as the law changed a little while ago, but Australian motorcycles were required to have giant "mudflap" looking fenders until recently. My 2015 Street R has one, but I haven't seen the new 765 model in the flesh so I can't tell you if there is an OEM part available.

It works OK, the bike still gets filthy but my back and backpack are generally clean enough...
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