Saddle bag mudflaps


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bikrbob1
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Saddle bag mudflaps

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Hello guys, I am getting ready to paint my GL 1100 and was trying to clean up the body work I'm wondering if the saddlebag mudflaps serve any purpose if not I'm going to leave them off.


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jeffcosmo
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Re: Saddle bag mudflaps

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Aerodynamically, I believe they keep a bit of road grime off the back of the 'bags.
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Re: Saddle bag mudflaps

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Thanks, one is broken so didn't know if it was worth tracking one down.
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Hoosier Jack
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Re: Saddle bag mudflaps

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Considering our extreme speed, keeps the bike from flying. Downforce.
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Re: Saddle bag mudflaps

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I could never see any reason for their existence, perhaps to redirect dirt away? I'll tell you what I used them for: I cleaned them, then applied a strip of highly-reflective 3M tape to each one:

https://www.amazon.com/3M-Scotchlite-Re ... ingdocs-20

The 1100 has very limited reflective area to the rear at night - just a little spot on the taillight. If you were to be broken down on the side of the road at night, cars coming up on you see only a tiny square of red to let them know you're there. Adding this tape adds two big, bright red stripes reflecting back.

They also reflect back when just riding around at night, giving you much more visibility from the rear in the dark.
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Mr moe
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Re: Saddle bag mudflaps

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Present rebuild 1982 GL1100A Goldwing

Don't part them out ---- Restore them.
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Re: Saddle bag mudflaps

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The reflective tape is a great idea, for now I am going to leave them off. I have 12" red LED strips strapped underneath the saddle bags which reflect nicely off of the mufflers. I also have the LEDs under the false tank lighting up the carbs, hard to see in the day but it looks great at night.


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