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Offline Athame57

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Fork gaiters on 400/4...cool or naff?
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:19:41 PM »
I'm getting some things done to my CB400 tomorrow and it's the right time to fit the fork gaiters I've got waiting. Feel a bit on the fence...they were never standard at any point (?) but I like the way they add to classic looks...but for better or worse? Your thoughts.....
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Re: Fork gaiters on 400/4...cool or naff?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2018, 05:23:27 PM »
They look totally naff on a CB400/4 but, that's just my opinion.
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Re: Fork gaiters on 400/4...cool or naff?
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2018, 05:53:16 PM »
Don't do it unless you are planning on riding in the pouring rain, snow, ice, sleet etc. They look awful although they do go well with a trench coat and sidecar when fitted ::)
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Re: Fork gaiters on 400/4...cool or naff?
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2018, 06:24:19 PM »
I have no opinion on how they would look whether cool or naff, sorry.
Only that it's your bike and if you're not hung up on originality which seems to get some people's knickers in a twist and if you feel they'll enhance your enjoyment of riding it who cares how they look.
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Re: Fork gaiters on 400/4...cool or naff?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2018, 05:19:02 PM »
...funny old thing, they look fine on my 750K2. And by default, I guess they wouldn’t be objectional on my 400F. From an engineering POV they make good sense... particularly if using the bike regularly /  in all weathers.
And for me... that would be the deciding factor.

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Re: Fork gaiters on 400/4...cool or naff?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2018, 06:02:06 PM »
And its a naff from me. Too much can go on unseen under gaiters.

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Re: Fork gaiters on 400/4...cool or naff?
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 11:19:53 PM »
Took my bike in for the work to be done...left the gaiters at home!!
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Re: Fork gaiters on 400/4...cool or naff?
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2018, 09:42:44 PM »
I wouldn't bother.   I used to ride in all kinds of shitty weather as I didn't have a car, so fork gaiters would have been useful back in the day. 
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Re: Fork gaiters on 400/4...cool or naff?
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2018, 10:58:00 PM »
I'm torn between the devil and the deep blue sea, they used to look good on previous Hondas that had shrouds on the top part of the forks, ( CB 250/CB750), but ain't too sure about the 400 even though I agree with the reason for fitting. As I ride my 400 whenever I can, I'm seriously thinking about fitting a pair of Halcyon bar-end mirrors because I don't think my elbows are very attractive any more, and I want to see what is going on behind me. Same quandary, will they look naff, and do I care?