I noticed that after every ride the back-end of the GL1800 gets very dusty and with water on the road it gets worst. I realize that motorcycles attract road dirt, but I wanted to cut down on it as much as possible. Fellow wingers suggested that a mud flap would help reduce the amount of road dust to the rear-end of the GL1800, so that is what I did. I searched the Internet for a suitable mud flap. I found that there was little selection and was surprised of the cost. Some of the mud flaps had fancy names like Debris Modulators; I guess to justify the cost. The mud flaps looked nice, but my wallet is small so I decided to make one my self.
|Pep Boys Auto Parts||Mud Flap for RVs/ large trucks||$9.99|
|Pep Boys Auto Parts||Reflectors||$4.69|
|Home Depot||Aluminum 1/8” x 3/4” x 36”||$2.79|
|Home Depot||Machine Screws/with nuts #10-24 x ¾”||.89|
|Home Depot||Cap Screws ¼” x 1-1/2” stainless||4.24|
I bought a set of large mud flaps the are designed for RV/large trucks. I looked for a mud flap that was not too heavy. I trimmed the mud flap to be about 10” wide and 11” long.
The mud flaps come in pairs; I only used one mud flap, so I have a spare and in the future I might add some chrome and LEDs to the spare mud flap, you know, make it look like a Debris Modulator.
At first I wanted a plan mud flap with no lights or reflectors. I wanted to keep it simple, and then I saw some high reflective material that is almost paper-thin and weights almost nothing. I decided to give the reflectors a try and see how well they hold up.
Home Depot has a selection of steel and aluminum plates in all different sizes. I bought two pieces of 1/8”x3/4”x36” aluminum. I decided to go with aluminum, for the following reasons:
I used 5 pieces of aluminum to make the mud flap bracket.
I used 1/4”x 3/4” stainless steel cap screws and c-clip nuts to secure the mud flap horizontally. Machine screws/with nuts (#10-24 x ¾”) were used to screw the mud flap to the braces.
I hope you get the idea. Times like these I wish I had a digital camera.