Just bought my first "big bike" (CBF500, very excited ) and it's 'naked' as the day it was born. I'll be using it for an all-year, 50 mile round trip commute and want to look after it best as possible. I've ordered a fenda-extenda and hugger, but the belly pan is £135+ and I just want to be sure it's worth it. So, that's my question - what protection do they really offer and is it worth the expense?
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They are more cosmetic than offering protection, and in a few cases they can redirect air flow away from the engine causing engine overheating which is not good.
If the bike is purely being used rather than a show item I would say leave the belly pan off.
assumption is the mother of all f*** ups.
You've already bought the useful bits.
Mine has a belly pan. I got it free when I bought the bike so had it fitted but I think it's only there to catch rubbish and make it hard to keep the bike clean underneath. I wouldn't bother unless you like the way it looks. Why not wait for a second hand one on ebay?
The only extras I bought were the fender extender, the hugger and an R&G shock sock and a scottoiler. I use the bike most days to get to work. I use lots of ACF 50 and try to clean the bike every weekend.
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The hugger is fine and serves a purpose, but don't spoil the nice clean looks of your bike with an ugly lump of plastic. Use the £135 for something else
Well that decides it, money will be saved for something more useful, thanks guys! Bike arrives tomorrow. Bit excited.
I've got an ER6n and the best bit of kit I've bought is a screen. For long blasts up the motorway in p*ssing rain and ball-aching frost it's a must. I've got a Puig sports one that takes 5 mins to remove when the weather warms up in spring. Cost £80 and doesn't detract from the 'naked' look.
Belly-pans are more cosmetic than anything truly useful but fender extender and rear hugger do their job as well as 'arguably' enhance the look so you've got the right kit first.
yup, got a puig screen on order too so all set! looking forward to my first overtake of a lorry without having to wait for a downhill or tailwind!