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I am up in the air about it, not sure i want to loose the protection incase i get caught in the rain not that i won't get wet any way but i won't have the stripe up my back?
 

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I agree for same reason.Question then is,how to blend it in?
I am going to purchase the SW Motech rack as soon as its available and Im thinking
that it will help blend in the oddball tail.
 

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I never modify anything unless it will make me safer.
I never modify anything unless it will make me....FASTER!!

but, in answer to the original question....I don't plan on doing a tail tidy per se', but I will eventually replace the big turn signals.........cuts down on wind resistance ya know! :cool:
 

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I am up in the air about it, not sure i want to loose the protection incase i get caught in the rain not that i won't get wet any way but i won't have the stripe up my back?
I can vouch...just after I installed my tail tidy I went for a ride where there were a lot of wet roads...even going through puddles in a parking lot got gunk all over my jacket and seat. I imagine that at a certain critical speed that the droplets coming off the tire will not be able to catch up with the forward movement of the bike because of wind resistance...

It's a sacrifice I'm willing to make
 

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I'd actually like a real mudguard like bikes used to have. Does no one test this stuff out in cold wet weather riding through dirty puddles? Or is it all about styling? Yet that parts bin stock plat holder will not be winning any beauty contests anyway. You still get all wet and dirty on your back and sides of butt and thighs so tail tidy or not it still makes a mess either way. Do we need special motorcycles designed for riding in rain now, will that be a new niche?

If Rizoma does one of those tire guards that mount to the swingarm and covers the back portion of the tire I'd be into that or a more full coverage hugger as well as a longer fender extender for the back of the front wheel as well.

Another thing to consider is if you do want to put on saddle bags a tail tidy would get in the way. The stock location is far enough back to not have any interference of turn signals or plate if you hang any bags over the side of the pillion "seat?"

But yes I'd be more interested in making this more of a functional almost touring bike then having it be a hooligan poser bike, but that's what's nice about naked standards you can build them up any way you like.
 

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Ride in the rain??? Not me, at least not on purpose, unless I'm coaching at a track day, then we have to. Only "real" riders ride in the rain anyway, so I'm out!

Here's the ticket for riding in the rain on the track. Can you get a knee down with these.....ABSOLUTELY!

 

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But yes I'd be more interested in making this more of a functional almost touring bike then having it be a hooligan poser bike.
Different strokes for different folks. I have no plans to take a month long cross country mc tour, I wish I had the time for that...if I did I would pick a different machine. Aesthetics were the driving factor for me getting rid of the tail, I am going for a compact and streamlined street fighter. Not because I care if other people think it looks good, but because I think it looks good. Pretty sure I'll never 'pose' with my FZ.

Heck, there was a guy on this board who blacked out his rear sets and brake/shifter pedals...it looks awesome, but it's purely Decorative. Does this make him a poser? Why get a helmet with graphics? It's ok for people to like different things
 

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Just remember though, it's OK to like different things, but only "real" riders ride in the rain!!! :cool: ....At least that's what I hear!
 

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I've been caught in the rain before many times, to the point where you have to dump out your boots.
For me, it's generally a miserable experience.
My rides these days are limited to an hour or 2 excursions after work or on the weekend, when the forecast says sunny skies.

But going 2 up on a cross country ride on comfy sport tourer sounds like a blast...maybe 1 day when I get to the average age of this forum's members :)
 

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when I got caught in the rain I didn't notice anything on me anywhere...?
Really the whole back of my jacket was wet and grimey,gritty. If you ride in the wet you're gonna get wet anyway that's way rain gear is for but I can tell the difference between raindrops and road spray. Also I've ridden when it wasn't raining anymore but roads were still wet and I still got sprayed.

I'm no real rider but I actually do enjoy getting geared up and find a peacefulness riding in rain.

Maybe you ride so fast that you out ride the spray.

All the dirt on back of my rain jacket is from FZ roadspray getting kicked up from the ineffective mud guard.


 

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I've been caught in the rain before many times, to the point where you have to dump out your boots.
For me, it's generally a miserable experience.
My rides these days are limited to an hour or 2 excursions after work or on the weekend, when the forecast says sunny skies.

But going 2 up on a cross country ride on comfy sport tourer sounds like a blast...maybe 1 day when I get to the average age of this forum's members :)
Yea, there is a bit of sarcasm in my "real rider" comments, based on this quote from FJRider....

FJRider wrote:
The real riders suit up, ride the Dragon and see how wet they can get on the Cherohala Skyway just for kicks.
Sheesh!
 

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I am up in the air about it, not sure i want to loose the protection incase i get caught in the rain not that i won't get wet any way but i won't have the stripe up my back?
Just a quick tidbit... but the OEM tail dose a horrible job of keeping rain/debris from shooting up at you.
My wife and I rode last Saturday and the roads were pretty wet from all the melting snow and her behind was covered.

Personally I'd rather have a cleaner looking rear end and suffer a little bit of extra dirtiness... because as the saying goes: God made dirt and dirt don't hurt.

Different strokes for different folks. I have no plans to take a month long cross country mc tour, I wish I had the time for that...if I did I would pick a different machine. Aesthetics were the driving factor for me getting rid of the tail, I am going for a compact and streamlined street fighter. Not because I care if other people think it looks good, but because I think it looks good. Pretty sure I'll never 'pose' with my FZ.

Heck, there was a guy on this board who blacked out his rear sets and brake/shifter pedals...it looks awesome, but it's purely Decorative. Does this make him a poser? Why get a helmet with graphics? It's ok for people to like different things
Pshhhhhhh! This is my hooligan/sport tourer/commuter/grocery-getter/etc. bike.
I'll be doing a 2,000 trip/loop from CT to the gap and back this coming summer. :cool:
 

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Does the FZ really make you have a stripe up your back if you ride in the rain or through water? I took that retarded looking thing off my R1 2 days after I bought it and have no issues with water spraying up my back. I don't plan to ride in the rain, but get caught all the time in summer pop up thunderstorms in the mountains. If you're riding in the rain it don't think it would really matter since you're going to be soaked anyway.
 

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I have a tendency to change everything. I'm really trying to wait a bit with this bike though. I'm afraid that if I act to quickly, I'll see something better later on. I've been told that patience is a virtue. If I go with a box or bags down the road, it may be a mute point.
 
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