Chopper front fender (mudguard)

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Chopper front fender (mudguard)


Post by clubs » Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:37 pm

I am restoring a 1952 panhead chopper in a late 60's style. While I appreciate from my extensive research that most choppers of that era ran with no front fender, in the UK its hard to successfully choose the dry days! :?
The bike came to me with a 90's Sportster fender on the front and I think it doesn't look right.
The few pictures I have seen of 60's choppers seem to have a narrow chromed fender. The 'Billy' bike in Easy Rider also had one of these 'mystery' fenders. They are as narrow as a sportster fender and all seem to use a kind of 90 degree brace which appears to belong to them in their previous use.
I have guessed at a chromed Harley Hummer or early Honda, but I am stumped. :(
Any of you 'old school' chopper builders or ex builders help me with this?
Thanks for reading..

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Re: Chopper front fender (mudguard)


Post by hogboy52 » Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:03 am

I think it was common to use a "fat tire" bicycle fender.

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Re: Chopper front fender (mudguard)


Post by jarhead » Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:04 pm

Early honda motorcycle is most common. Also most early Japanese bikes had chrome front fenders. Might have to fab the brackets some...

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Re: Chopper front fender (mudguard)


Post by RUBONE » Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:39 pm

Those fenders were common from almost any aftermarket source in the late '50s through the mid '70s. They were motorcycle fenders and were sized for various diameter and width wheels. Most were English made by companies like Wassell and were sold as replacements for English motorcycles. They show up on eBay regularly and are still available out there in the Brit bike world along with the generic fender braces for them.

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