I got caught in the rain the other day and thought I should take a few pics of the bike to prove to those doubters once and for all... that if you're runnin' without a front fender, a bandanna will stop the rain... and from you turning into a drowned rat!
The proof, as they say, is in the puddin'.
In this pic above, you can see how much road grime, dirt and debris is on the bandanna.
You will also notice that not only do I spread the bandanna from the bottom of the trees to the tire... but it's actually touching the tire.
Here is a shot from the backside. The bandanna is sopping wet and you can see how it takes on the outline of the fork boots or gators as they are now referred to. Yup, I just used a simple knot to tie it together. The reason I mentioned that is because I read a post on the XL-Forum site, and a guy was asking how you tie the bandanna to the forks.
As I was driving I looked down at the front end and the water was just streaming down the forks to the front wheel and onto the ground.
It's a simple solution but it really works well. And who doesn't have a bandanna handy??? They're like 2 for $1.00 at the dollar store.
When I'm not expecting inclement weather I wrap up the bandann as I would as if I were going to wear it and position it at the bottom of the gators. You can see what I mean here in this picture (when I had the bike on the lift to paint the lower legs).
As you can see, he also allows the rag to hit the front tire. If you want to read up on the bike, I've added the link to the Street Choppers website.
Four words: Dirt in your teeth!
If you're still a non-believer, this snap above should make you at least think about trying it out. It looks as if this guy was wrestling a fire hose in the mud the entire trip and lost the battle.
Whether you're running with a fender or not, what ever you do... watch out for the bandanna police!!!.
(Ya... I have no idea what that means. I just found this pic while searching the web and thought I'd throw it in here as well. I have no idea why he's holding a paint brush and rattle can)
Again, another shot of the front of the bike and the effectiveness of the bandanna.
And hey, when you're done riding or your drawer is full of old bandannas, just do what this guy did... make a shirt out em'.