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Ultimate Fender Eliminator Guide: How To Un-Ugly Your Rear End


Your motorbike is your life. There's nothing quite like waking up to feeling the open air blast against you, racing on a long straight during a hot summer's day. Our bikes do an exceptional job at making us look absolutely cool, so it's only fair you return the favor by modifying your bike to look like a true champion.

The number one aftermarket modification for sport and road-going bikes is something known as the fender eliminator. As popular as this mod is, there are still plenty of people confused by it:

What's the purpose of a fender eliminator? What exactly are you "eliminating"? And why would you want to eliminate it?

In this post, we'll explain everything you need to know about this modification.

Purpose of the fender eliminator 

In short terms, the primary purpose of a fender eliminator is to make your bike look awesome. It's the same reason people like to paint go-faster stripes down the sides of their car, only the eliminator is less cheesy and in-your-face (and actually looks cool).

Your fender is that ugly, sensible-looking plastic thing that hangs off your bike's tail to cover your back wheel.

messes up the sleek lines of the bike, no?

The fender eliminator kit gets rid of that large unstylish plastic piece and basically instead mounts the lights and plate right under the tail piece. Doing this mod will no longer cover your back wheel. It makes a bike look more slick and "race-y". Some might also argue that eliminators shed a little weight, but really, this modification is strictly cosmetic.

This is what your tail end looks like after the modification:

much cleaner (the license place is mounted between the lights)

A huge reason why fender eliminators are the go-to product for body modifications is their easy-on-the-wallet price, mostly costing no more than $200 and even as low as just $30. It's one of the cheapest and easiest modifications you can do that make a large impact on appearance.

Are there any issues?

Now there's the question that's going to help you decide whether to buy one. While fender eliminators undeniably look sportier and make your whole bike appear more streamlined, there are a few issues you should consider.

Water and Dirt Become a Bigger Issue

That ugly fender that came pre-installed on your brand new bike? It's actually there for a reason. They frame your back wheel to act as a shield. When you're tearing over wet or dirty roads, the tread in your tires serves as a reservoir to make sure you have sufficient grip, and then they throw everything they collect into the air - and not always behind you.

Your wheels are spinning at mightily fast speeds, and after the rain has created a nice slippery road surface, the speed at which your tires discard collected water and dirt means at least some of it is going to land on you.

Some people only want their bikes for racing or recreational sport. As a result, they don't head out into the soaking wet very often, and this why this type of rider may see no reason to keep their bike's fender.

Drivers behind you may get it too

That fender isn't there just to prevent your back from getting wet; it's also to protect vehicles behind you from having to literally eat your dust (and water, and rocks). Cracked windshields on cars are often caused by stones and small bits of debris impaling the glass.

Truth be told, keeping your stock fender doesn't eliminate the risk of that happening. Most windshield cracks aren't caused by bikes - largely because there are fewer bikes on the road. But it's also because car tires perform in almost the same way as bike tires.

Your license plate may be an issue

That stock fender is also there to attach a license plate to, easily visible to other drivers, and most importantly, to any police patrolling the streets.

A fender eliminator on the other hand, gets rid of this hanging piece. It comes with a mount for the license plate, which usually has it tucked in under the new tail piece. Make sure that the kit you choose have a LED license light and turn signals. And be careful that the angle of the plate doesn't reflect the light into the eyes of the driver behind you.

R&G Racing kit: license mount and lights on the ZX10R

Which brings us to the next question:

Are they Legal?

The legality issue of making this kind of modification to your bike comes down to: 1) your license plate is not as visible anymore, or 2) it's not as well illuminated anymore.

The answer is that they are usually legal. Though this largely depends on where you are. Before you purchase a kit, make sure you check with your state, because in some states (Oregon, for example) fenders on all wheels are a legal requirement.

If you live in a state where removing the fender is okay, make sure that your license plate is still clearly visible (ie. not mounted way under the tail piece) and that your plate is well lit. Not only that, but make sure it's by a light that will not startle any driver behind you. That usually means dipped at a slight angle facing the plate so that the reflecting light isn't going to bounce directly into somebody?s eyes. You can buy additional accessories for your eliminator if this is the problem.

Most of the top brands (discussed below) manufacturer eliminators with all the features you'll need to comply with the laws in most states, such as LED rear lights, turn signal hardware, and an acceptable holder for your registration plate.

You should check what the specific laws are in your state to make sure the product you choose complies with local laws. Some states are more relaxed than others in this particular regard, but making sure everything is installed and set up correctly is a good idea for your own safety, never mind the man in blue.

Our recommendations

Competition Werkes: Competition Werkes is no doubt the most recognized name in the fender eliminator market.  Started in 1984 by Ward McKee, his idea of eliminating the rear fender to enhance the look of his sport bike became an instant hit, and by 1996, his Fender Eliminator Kits were distributed to dealers all across the U.S.

Shop for Competition Werkes Fender Eliminators here

Targa: Targa was started in 1983 to improve the styling of today's motorcycles. Their Fender Eliminator kits provide an affordable solution to clean up the tail end of motorcycles with many kits providing short-stalk style aftermarket turn signals. In addition to fender eliminators, Targa also manufacturers half tank covers/bras. 

Shop for Targa Fender Eliminators here


R&G Racing: R&G is a European boutique sportbike accessories brand providing innovative and functional bolt-on accessories. Their European design style really sets their products apart from the crowd, with high-quality material and top-notch engineering quality that lasts long and looks amazing. The most notable items within their product range are Fender Eliminator Kits and Frame Sliders. The Brits call them a Tail Tidy!

Shop for R&G Racing Fender Eliminators here

Conclusion

So is a fender eliminator right for you? While this modification certainly makes your bike look awesome, it depends. If you use your bike primarily for going to the track or the occasional joy ride on a warm weekend day, getting rid of that unsightly stock fender and slipping on one of these slick bad boys will instantly up your ride cred. However, if your bike is your main mode of commute, whether rain or shine, you may feel bothered by the increased water and dust kick-up over time.

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Have you done this modification on your bike yet? What do you think and what are some downsides you experienced? 
By Daniel Relich

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