R100GS Acerbis High Fender
Let's get something out of the way right up front: If conditions are so bad that you're worried about mud packing between the front fender and the wheel, you've got no business on that road with an R100GS. A high fender on an R100GS is just poseur hardware. But when your factory low fender gets mangled beyond recognition, you're left with a choice between high and low. More out of curiosity than anything else, I chose high. Now I had to decide on which fender. If you look hard enough, you might turn up a used Paris/Dakar fender, but I wasn't overly enamored of the bulbous tip at the front and lack of vents at the rear. You see, I'd decided to relocate the oil cooler so I could install an H.I.D. driving light on the right crash bar, and the new location was right behind the new high front fender. While I was at the Touratech-USA web site ordering the oil cooler relocation kit, I noticed that they also carried the Acerbis high fender. Surprisingly, it was modestly priced (~$40) so I snagged one. They call it the BAJA, and it comes in white. All the better for re-painting, I though to myself. I remembered my buddy Louis complaining that the high fender on his R80G/S caught the wind and made the bike weave at high speed, but that he'd installed a brace, also from Acerbis, that fixed the problem. I couldn't find it at the Touratech site, but a call down to Mike at Fremont Cycle Salvage had one on the way.