front fender extension is a good way to protect the bike.
I can tell you that my bike is totally trashed down there
- the paint is mostly gone from the fairing where it crosses
behind the tyre, and the pipes usually have dirt baked on
em Lastly the engine itself gets pretty dirty. Every
few months I do a really good job of cleaning the pipes, the
metal, and plastic on the front of the engine. I am sure that
a fender extension would have saved the paint and caused me
less work these past 18 months.
are several solutions I think you can fashion an extension
from many other types of cycle fenders, especially dirt bike
fenders. Just trim, drill, and bolt 'em together. If you have
done this have pics/ideas to share, please
send them to me
found a company called M&G accessories that
makes a custom fender extension for the RT. However,
this company has since been sold and the new owner is not
yet producing the fenders. Stay Tuned!
reports that the fender for the K1200LT fits right on the
RT and provides superior protection to the RT. Its a costly
option but a turn-key solution. See Marc Almgren's documentation
on this below.
opted for the M&G extended fender but with one modification.
"In my earlier message to you I indicated I did a fair
amount of riding on gravel or older roads. When I got the
fender it appeared to be made of a light plastic (polycarbonate
?) material so I took an old inner tube from a car tire and
cut out a section and used this to line the inner part of
the fender extension. The curve of the inner tube fit the
curve of the fender nicely. To hold the inner tube rubber
in place I used silicon glue. The instructions for the fender
said if LOCTITE is used not to get any on the fender as it
would cause cracking. I reasoned that the organic solvent
in the LocTite was the problem and silicon glue was the only
glue that I could think of that does not have organic solvents.
decided to get an M&G extended fender for my RT: Heres
how it looks in comparison to the stock one off the bike:
and what each look like on the bike:
July 2000, the M&G fender is no longer available (NLA).
Went with the LT fender and was pleased with the way it came
out. "Recently, on the R1100RT BBS, I read how some owners
modified their RT's by removing the stock front mudguard and
replacing it with one from a K1200LT
(BMW P/N: 46-61-2-307-911, $59.26).
Being concerned about mud, water and rocks hitting my engine
and lower fairing, I investigated. Visually, the parts looked
like they would line up
mudguard looked like this:
Once replaced, the newly-installed LT mudguard looked like
can see, the new mudguard provides about 4" increased
coverage and does not interfere with the side-to-side wheel
movement. There is still a small gap at the bottom, but I
believe that the increased length will provide significantly
just completed my first test ride with the new mudguard, and
have seen no problems. I give it a "thumbs-up"."