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So I'm 41 and never ridden a day in my life and moved out to a very small remote town in Colorado. Perfect place for a motorcycle. Saw a TW200 one day and fell in love. Took me about three months of looking before I bought a 2001 with 8k miles for $1200. Bike was in damn near perfect shape besides a few paint scrapes and some worn out tires. I had my mod plans all laid out before I even bought the bike.

The day I brought her home
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One month later....
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I am having a hard time deciding what color to paint the tank. Some suggestions would be great.

Am getting some spray from the rear tire up my back when riding through rain and would like to know exactly where and how much I need to add some fender to the back tire to fix it.
 

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Welcome, fellow Coloradoan!

No suggestions here, as my only suggestion would have been not to remove the fender -- but it seems you have gone for a particular look which requires less plastics.

i love going to the DOW/BLM range out in BV. when I get a hitch carrier again, I plan to take the TW!
 

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Cherry red

You could probably knock up a fender from the stuff you took off - the rear tire is pretty wide, so it's not just about overhanging the tail, it's about the sides as well ....

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Welcome from the state next to yours.....with much less glamorous riding venues. BV isn't that small. Granted, it's not Denver or the Springs, but it's a nice little town. And lots of good fishing close by. Best of luck with your fender issues, and finding the perfect color for your hollow mod.
 

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Here is what seems to be cut-down factory plastic: TW-butterfly-3.jpg

While none of these will keep you dry here are some more bobber fender options from the internet:

Extending the seat line with a custom fender is more common: f8bb4490dcb785cfeb38033b3ad5aee7.jpg maxresdefault.jpg

Third option is a mini fender that hits the rear tire: a76389_9b86e878aa9242739bc38f910c525344.jpg

As far as paint selection use your imagination, maybe create a unique theme. a7234f576b87708d83bd11f15a9cd155--yamaha-tw-big-wheel.jpg
 

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I know everyone is different but IMO that thing looks goofy as heck with nothing on it. As your finding out some of what you removed is there for a purpose. Good luck on your mission
 

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Heck, the OP is just getting started. Might continue to tinker with it so it'll look like the below TW once day. Until then this may just be the beginning of a love affair with the TW.


Made a "Ridged" TW and lowered it. This TWSportster looks kind of cool. I'd wear one of those Snoopy or Red Baron leather helmets if riding a TW that looked like this one.
 

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Errtu, I'm thinking you are not going to have the luxury of only MacGuyver'ing the rear fender once, as you are doing a "build" that is trying for the "hollow" look. The rear tire on our TW's is PHAT and SASSY, aka Splashy in the water. The spray from the tire is going to need pretty good coverage to keep off your back and britches. Just sayin'.
 

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What Tom says above seems pretty much spot on. The complete, unaltered factory rear cowl plus black fender is your best bet to reduce most, but not all, of the water tossed up on wet roads. None of the bobber fenders will keep you dry.
The bobber style is popular for its looks, not functionality.
Unfortunately to really stop most of the spray thrown up by the tires they need to be much more enclosed.
I say embrace the spray, or avoid wet riding altogether. 7.5 White Dark Horse.jpg
 

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Those are some cool bikes you found Fred. I would say as far as making a rear fender try mocking up temporary shapes out of card board and duct tape and do trial and error to find a shape that is the best compromise. Anything much different from the stock fender is going to be a compromise.
 

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Bike looked pretty damn good when you purchased it...looks great now, especially for it's age...."paint the tank"? WHY?:glasses11:
 

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Heck, the OP is just getting started. Might continue to tinker with it so it'll look like the below TW once day. Until then this may just be the beginning of a love affair with the TW.


Made a "Ridged" TW and lowered it. This TWSportster looks kind of cool. I'd wear one of those Snoopy or Red Baron leather helmets if riding a TW that looked like this one.
Here you go Admiral....Fred Moab, 2015 :p

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A rigid TW conversion is crazy even on the street only. I painted my shocks on the Radian one time, nothing will stick to slick oily metal, except Rustoleum Hammered paint I found out. That made a rigid ride. You hit the brakes and the bike slides, around a corner the bike slides. If you don't absorb the shock with your legs the bike hops across imperfections. That rigid bike above looks nice but I would leave a shock.
 

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I would never, never, never make a bike with shocks rigid. I think the drag racers do that, but I'm not a drag racer, nor am I a fan of bobbers with a rigid rear end. Suspension is great.;):glasses9:
 

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Welcome and nice bike. If you ride on the streets like me, I recommend choosing a color scheme that will make you more easily seen. Cheers and enjoy.
 
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