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So had a meeting with a deer the other night long story short only real damage seems to be to front fender and the tire. The tire got some small Maybe 1/16 of an inch new tread grooves cut in it when the fender got pushed into it. Removed the fender today took a test drive everything else seems fine so my question is will I do any harm bybriding without the front fender until I can get a new one. Thanks
 

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Glad you are OK and what sounds like no major damage. Other than tire picking up road debris and throwing it up no harm. Lots of people take the front fender off when they make their bike into a bobber.
 

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Ya, it's just going be throwing rocks and water up into the headlight and at the underside of the gastank, maybe even the front of the gastank, depending.
 

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Thanks for the info guys anybody know a good source of aftermarket oem parts. I know I could possibly have the original repaired but kinda Look in at cost don't wanna use my insurance and the deer was obviously uninsured and left the scene lol
 

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Also if anyone knows can I just leave the fender stays off if I find another oem fender would look better I think opinions anyone?
 

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Are you talking about the fender support circled in picture? I've read that the weight of the fender needs support not to crack the supports at the forks due to normal road vibration. I can't find where I read it, maybe someone else will chime in.

 

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my default answer is: the engineers at Yamaha put those on the fender because it was necessary. Of all the things that you dont want to happen on a motorcycle, the fender coming off the front wheel and getting thrown in front of it is near the top of the list.

You are right about finding used parts. Vstar bikes are incredibly reliable, you can expect the engine to last 100k miles without splitting the engine case open, but some people do manage to run them out of oil, or never adjust the valves and eat one... so there are bikes being parted out all the time.

Fenders get bent and mangled, check a website like bikebandit.com and you should be able to see what an OEM replacement will cost - that can be your worse case baseline if you shop around for used parts.
 

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Can't find the fender itself at babbits or bike bandit tried jp cycles as well. Saw a custom fender at low and mean which is kinda cool just not sure which way I wanna go thanks for the tips and the response
 

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Can't find the fender itself at babbits or bike bandit tried jp cycles as well. ..
That is disconcerting that OEM fenders for the bike apparently are sold out and not being made anymore.

Manufacturers have to supply parts for a limited number of years, so that bikes can be repaired and hold their value. Sounds like Vstar bikes are already falling off that time limit, and once the OEM parts are gone, they are gone forever.
 

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Just an update drove the bike down to my local shop today gotta get two new tires (rear needed replacing soon anyway.) The front was actually gonna run it but I picked up a nail so oh well just replace. Hopefully I will have it back by the weekend. As for the fender a friend knew a guy that does good body work so dropped the fender off with him today hopefully get it back in about 1.5 weeks so if all goes well should be back to normal in a couple of weeks lol. Thanks so much for all the input and advice
 
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