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My wait for a proper device to protect the rear spring from mud 'n crap is about to be rewarded. MachineartMoto of Frenchtown, New Jersey has asked me to test the prototype of the F800GS MudSling before they commit to their tooling, and they expect to ship final product to the public before the spring riding season.

If you follow the link to the GS Mudsling, you will see that rather than keeping the mud next to the tire like a Hugger, it allows debris to fling free just like the rest of the rear-wheel area of an off-road bike. It shields the spring at the proper distance as a continuation of the BMW's inner fender. One wonders why BMW doesn't offer the solution.

Well, let's keep our fingers crossed, eh? I don't have it yet. Now I'm hoping to ride in some nice wet (i.e., not frozen) mud!

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I just returned from riding in Costa Rica and emailed MachineartMoto for an update on 2 Feb 2009, and they replied the same day as follows:
It will be a few weeks before I can ask you to try the MudSling on your 800. We are making some revisions and I will be in touch.
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The prototype was installed, and fitment is simple and effective. Mud and crap is shunted downwards, and is not kept next to the tire like a hugger on a street bike. It is exactly what is needed. The shape anticipates full extension and compression of the suspension, and proper clearance is provided throughout the arc of the swingarm's travel.

I am unable to post photos or manufacturing details, but I think it won't be very long. The perfect fit of the device (thanks to modern CAD design and unbelievable production methods I never knew existed until today) should have it on the fast track to full production. If you wish to see the quality, look at the Mudsling currently sold for the R1200GS.

These are produced by industrial designers who also ride, so they apply their expertise and resources to making these accessories for their fellow riders, diversifying the business a bit. I saw some of their other designs, and I was very impressed. Watch for press releases from this outfit over the next few weeks.

In any event, I will share information as soon as I can. Meanwhile, I am about to test the F800 Mudsling in the mud and muck for a week or two.

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Having checked the web site for a while ... wishing I had one for my 800 ... I can't help but wonder who else is like me ... waiting with credit card in hand? :)

They look great and I'm eager to hear the test results.

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Ben, have fun screwing in that screw at the left front of the swing arm when installing the Wunderlich crap flap and when installing the little nut on the right inside of the swing arm next to the upper run of the chain. :( The first is slow and the second is messy.
 
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Tooling ordered and going into production

My riding with the Mudsling is complete, and it does the job with flying colors. It is not a hugger device attached to the rear swingarm as unsprung weight. Rather, it is an extension of the inside fender that shunts mud and crap downwards and out through the swingarm in front of the tire. However, it clears the swingarm throughout the suspension's travel, following the same arc. It attaches using two existing bolts, one on each side, plus an zip tie on each side that you hardly see once you snip off the excess.

I was riding in the Micheaux State Forest today getting things good and messy on neglected forest roads. Potholes and mudholes and all sorts of fun. I wouldn't have wanted the orginal dual-sport Battlewings for this ride! I saw plenty of ATVs, but no other two wheelers.

Here are a few photos of the beta part. It should be available very soon, at the same price as the R1200GS Mudsling from:

MachineartMoto
17 Slacktown Rd. #3
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
U.S.A.


www.machineartmoto.com

If any F650GS twin rider wishes to beta test the Mudsling and lives in the eastern PA/NJ area, contact Andrew though the foregoing website.

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Got the first one

Andrew installed his first "ready for production" Mudsling on my 800 this am. Perfect fit and finish.


 

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Now sold on eBay

Hey Frank! Check this out. Adventure Designs is selling the Mudsling on eBay, but check out their photographs. They're of your F800GS and mine! (Let me see...photo royalties at 1-cent per hit. Hmmmmm. Kidding!)

I don't know what advantage there would be, since it is only offered at a Buy It Now price equal to MSRP, plus shipping.

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