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So I am cleaning my new to me bike last night for the first time...I just picked it up on Tuesday. I noticed that the small plastic piece that mounts at the base of the front shock is broken off on the right side of the bike. This plastic piece is just there to protect the shaft of the shock from road debris.

No big deal I think to myself...get a new one, it can only be $10-15 part. I just got off the phone with a dealer...wait for it...$48.00 each for what they call a "front shock flapper".

The parts guy even said he was embarrassed to tell me the price but that he had 3 in stock. Is this piece that important? Does anyone run without them?

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I have one. 15 shipped to you.
 

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Even though they are an after thought as far as construction, you definitely need that protection. They serve to keep debris from scarring the forks and helps to prevent premature seal fail. I went with a pair of fork guards from a Kingpin which was stock for them, made of chrome plated steel. Not cheap, but will not break like stock ones, and will last forever. I'd suggest calling Paulie at Honda East for a good price.

Parts #'s are:
GUARD-FORK,LH,CHR 5247013-156
GUARD-FORK,RH,CHR 5247014-156
 

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I installed the Kuryakyn 7123.
 

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Yes, the bean counters and designers at Victory ought to be (but I'm sure they aren't) ashamed of themselves for:

A) Putting cheap-ass plastic stuff on like that. You don't see them using plastic fenders, or having a flange on the bottom of the gas tank; my point being that they have demonstrated with other parts that they do know better.

B) Charging so much for cheap-ass plastic stuff.

A search of the assorted Vic forums will reveal that you're not alone in breaking these things. And that the aftermarket sells some pricey replacements, but at least they're metal.

Here are three pics for you:

1) KewlMetal's black guards ( Plain, Black, Fork Guards, Victory - $142.95 ) on my bike, which I sent out and had Goody (Midwest Customs) paint to match the Sunset Red on my bike.

2) A pic from the Dec. 2014 New York City Cycle Show. Take a look at the Vic proudly displayed on the stand.

3) Now take a better look at that Vic.

Paul is to be commended, and you should take him up on his offer. I did the same sort of thing, and IMHO everyone who buys metal fork guards ought to pass along the one they have left.
 

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Great idea Bill! I think I'll borrow it when I paint the side chin covers.
Thanks, Bob.

I had it a little easy, because the KewlMetal guards were a gift to me, from a rider friend (from Canada, of all places) who's an occasional house guest. I had discussed with him one time how Vic owners have to be super careful when cleaning the fender. Even though I hadn't broken the cheesy plastic, he had the metal guards sent to me as a present.

So I only had to pay for Goody's work. Which, I may point out, was reasonably priced and came out perfectly painted and color-matched, including the metal-flake aspect.
 

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So I only had to pay for Goody's work. Which, I may point out, was reasonably priced and came out perfectly painted and color-matched, including the metal-flake aspect.
Also good to know but since I'm learning (do we ever stop learning?) how to paint professional level paint jobs; I'm going to be doing these myself. Perhaps in time I too can help others with smaller parts to be painted. The hardest part will be to figure out how much to charge. I'm hoping to be done with the Kingpin's paint this week. I miss riding it.
 

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OK...three things.
1 - Paul...thank you. I am near Hamilton. I have a niece in Nepean that I might be seeing soon. So if I am heading your way I will look you up. Thank you again. I am sure your generosity is worth at least one cold refreshing beverage on me.
2 - Bill...that looks great. Funny to see a broken piece on a show display. Not very professional.
3 - Since I just bought the bike...I had to promise my wife that I would redo the rec room and put a new deck on the house to do it...I am going to start building my slush/bike fund again to upgrade to something much nicer than a piece of plastic but until then...I might be riding to see Bill.

Thanks everyone.
 

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I am near Hamilton. I have a niece in Nepean that I might be seeing soon. So if I am heading your way I will look you up.
Not a problem. It's here for you.
If you decide you want it quicker we could always meet half way, perhaps Belleville or something.
Let me know.
Paul
 
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