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Dropped Sprint Finally Fixed

I have written before about the day that I dropped my Triumph Sprint and described how I had picked up a replacement fairing panel.

All it needed was cleaning, preparing, painting and “logo-ing”. I estimated £100 for the paint and £25 for the decal.

Here’s the finished article:

Not altogether a happy ending as the (financial) damage was worse that I had estimated (and to be fair, worse than my dealer had imagined as well). Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great job and I would have gladly plugged the paintshop on here, but at £150 + VAT (£176.25) it’s not a million miles away from the price of a brand new part from Triumph.

Total cost:
Panel: £13.50
Decal: £26.97
Paint: £176.25

Total: £216.72

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All that’s required now is to cut the hole for the heated grip switch and fit the fairing panel.

More photos to follow.

[I have appended this post to the end of the original “Oops” post in order to maintain a complete story]

Who Needs A Fender Extender? (Update 08-Mar-10)

It’s that time of year again. This is the state of the rear of my bike when I got to the office yesterday after 100 miles of pissing rain and English roads. I have to remove my backpack from the topbox which involves getting wet and dirty hands. Not the best way to show up for a meeting whilst trying to maintain the image of year-round bikers as anything but idiots! (What do you mean we are?)

Dirty Box

The Triumph rear fender extender is about £8 so I bought one this morning. Interestingly the front fender extender (which is much smaller) is about £20! ???


Easy. Three socket head screws and bolts straight on (once you’ve removed the number plate and drilled the holes in the plastic rear mudguard)


Fender Extender - Before


Fender Extender - After

It looks a bit weird – but does a brilliant job of keeping the crap off the topbox.

Update: 8th March 2010

I have been on the lookout for a front extender since I wrote this blog in November 2009. You see them sometimes on eBay where the seller is selling a “Front Fender” but the photo shows the Triumph extender fitted.

As this is a £20 part, I’m happy to bid on these even if I don’t need the whole piece.

I’ve also blogged about motorcycle_recycle (eBay seller) before, as they supplied the 955i engine for my Sprint. Last week, one of these came up on their shop and I got it for the only bid of £7.99

Now I have to remove the four plastic pop rivets, find some replacements and fit to my Sprint.