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    Fender extender

    I have used an extender on my GS and 14 RT and had planned on using one on the newer RT. After fitting it up I decided not to use it. With the bike having that low front engine spoiler my concern is the if the extender would loosen it could slide down and create a nasty clash with the spoiler. I am now thinking along the lines of a tear off plastic laminating sheet to ease in keeping the front clean. Anyone have ideas on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramble View Post
    I have used an extender on my GS and 14 RT and had planned on using one on the newer RT. After fitting it up I decided not to use it. With the bike having that low front engine spoiler my concern is the if the extender would loosen it could slide down and create a nasty clash with the spoiler. I am now thinking along the lines of a tear off plastic laminating sheet to ease in keeping the front clean. Anyone have ideas on this?
    I have used front fender extenders on all of our bikes in the past but the front fender on the RS is too flexible and there was some rubbing problems with some of the extenders and decided to do without. The RT does not have this problem.
    We have somewhere in the 55,000 to 60,000 mile range on our bikes and the front of the engine is not sand pitted like I thought it would be by now.
    The engine coating is pretty tough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    It's going to be hard to do a good job on covering the front cover.
    A small rectangle piece over the flat area where BMW is molded might work.

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    Lee,

    That's a photo of the new RT engine spoiler??? It looks like a GS with no engine spoiler.
    Ramble was talking about an RT.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    Lee,

    That's a photo of the new RT engine spoiler??? It looks like a GS with no engine spoiler.
    Ramble was talking about an RT.


    I used the picture to show the shape of the front engine cover on the R1200/1250 engine.
    It's difficult to show that cover on the RT because of all the body work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I used the picture to show the shape of the front engine cover on the R1200/1250 engine.
    It's difficult to show that cover on the RT because of all the body work.
    Isn't that bodywork (engine spoiler) what he is trying to protect?



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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    Isn'f that bodywork (engine spoiler) what he is trying to protect?



    About all a fender extender does is protect the front engine cover.
    Does the RT have a painted belly pan?
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    To me it appears the front engine cover is exposed on the RT the same as the RS.
    I don't think a extender will protect the little side pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    The pictures are blocked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    To me it appears the front engine cover is exposed on the RT the same as the RS.
    I don't think a extender will protect the little side pieces.

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    I guess he could just put a couple strips of silver duct tape over the engine case if he doesn't want to clean it after every ride.

    I'll go back to the Flying Brick section where I know what I'm talking about.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    I guess he could just put a couple strips of silver duct tape over the engine case if he doesn't want to clean it after every ride.

    I'll go back to the Flying Brick section where I know what I'm talking about.


    It's hard to see that area in a lot of pictures
    Here's a close up picture I took of a R1250RS that shows the front area better.

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    A blasphemy on a Beemer but that may be a good solution. It would hardly be noticed and a new piece after rainy/gooey rides. The silver colors are almost identical .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    It's hard to see that area in a lot of pictures
    Here's a close up picture I took of a R1250RS that shows the front area better.

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    What I see as a good solution, is to replace the two bolts below where it says BMW with longer studs and a couple standoff sleeves so you can mount a flat piece of abs or plexiglass to the engine. That should wipe off pretty easily if it was super smooth.

    Of course I'm more thinking of damage from sand and gravel. Mud and muk usually just take washing and waxing. After all, if one part of your bike gets muddy, chances are some of the rest of the bike is too.




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