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That's a good looking bike but I'm curious about something that maybe everyone in the group can help me with.

What is the preference to going fenderless on the front wheel and many times on the rear?

To me, it gives the bike an unfinished look and limits the usage. Driving down a gravel road for even a short distance is sure to tear up that pretty powder coated frame and engine?

It is just the current fashion statement? We used to run those funky tiny fiberglass things that you hose clamped to the forks. They did do much in the way of protection but it gave something of a finished appearance and a moderate amount of protection.
 

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MNellis said:
What is the preference to going fenderless on the front wheel and many times on the rear?

Maybe the guy couldn't come up with a fender that worked?? A stock XS fender would look pretty funky, this bike is pretty sharp.
Looks like a way bigger tire than stock, plus double disk.
A Street Tracker theme might not have a fender - a proper road racer would probably have a fender.
So who knows????
Buy it and put a fender on it...........
 

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MNellis said:
That's a good looking bike but I'm curious about something that maybe everyone in the group can help me with.

What is the preference to going fenderless on the front wheel and many times on the rear?

To me, it gives the bike an unfinished look and limits the usage. Driving down a gravel road for even a short distance is sure to tear up that pretty powder coated frame and engine?

It is just the current fashion statement? We used to run those funky tiny fiberglass things that you hose clamped to the forks. They did do much in the way of protection but it gave something of a finished appearance and a moderate amount of protection.
The bike pictured looks pretty good except for the lack of fenders, but I've seen lots of bikes on "Cafe" forums that have been shamefully butchered to give it what they call a "strictly business look". Some seem to think all you need to do is throw out the mufflers, fenders, wrap the pipes, rattle can flat black on the tank, and a pair of clubmans, and you got a Cafe Racer. Other than looking unfinished, it makes me wonder what else was left off.
Real cafe bikes looked a little bit more well kept.
just my two cents
 

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I think in most cases going fenderless is just an appearance preference.

I can however attest to the benifits of running a front fender. I ran a harley with a 130X16 front tire without a fender for awhile. Even the 160 miles or so in a downpour, ten of which was tore up for resurfacing didn't make me put the fender back on - what did was that rock I kicked up that caught me right in the knee cap - ouch!

Ernie
 

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Some seem to think all you need to do is throw out the mufflers, fenders, wrap the pipes, rattle can flat black on the tank, and a pair of clubmans, and you got a Cafe Racer.

thats what we here call a "rat bike". strictly GO FAST without the color or frills. i'm a rat lover at heart but maybe not for everyone. but i'd still run a fender or fork brace danWI
 

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[quote="tbpmusic]

Maybe the guy couldn't come up with a fender that worked?? A stock XS fender would look pretty funky, this bike is pretty sharp.
Looks like a way bigger tire than stock, plus double disk.
A Street Tracker theme might not have a fender - a proper road racer would probably have a fender.
So who knows????
Buy it and put a fender on it...........[/quote]

As I said, I think the bike is a clean example and would be a nice addition. I just use this as an example to comment on what I see as a trend in the short time I've gotten back into this sort of thing, and that is the tendancy to leave off the front and rear fenders.

My guess is that somewhere the street tracker morphed with the cafe look and this is what the result is. It's not my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the basic mechanical foundation. However, it does look like this particular XS needs some front disc work. :)
 
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