Hornig BMW Mudguard Hugger
by HBC for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
Part 2 of 2: In addition to offering guided tours
in Germany and the rest of Europe, Hornig GmbH sells a huge
array of accessories for BMW motorcycles.
Well-known and highly regarded in Europe, Hornig products
are also available in North America through selected BMW dealers.
We chose two items from their large catalog, the
Hornig BMW wheel cover
for Chris' R1150GS (Hornig P/N 0210) and this Hornig rear mudguard
for HBC's BMW F800GS (P/N 40100).
This extremely attractive and very functional
rear mudguard is another great offering from Horning, a company
that seems to have an endless offering of farkles and bling
for virtually any BMW ever made…although they do make and market
stuff for other moto-machines as well.
The Hornig mudguard, or "hugger", is precisely
molded and virtually flawless in its finish, fit and function.
It is, without a doubt, one of the most eye catching accessories
that could be added to the F800GS, or any other machine for
I’m going to gloat a bit here – while
the Horning Logo BMW
Wheel Cover Hubcap that Chris B. installed and reviewed
a while back is a nice piece of bling, the piece that I got
to play with is a bit larger and more functional, in its own
To many Beemer owners, including myself, Horning products
are well known and usually considered to be near the top of
the accessory heap. Many of us wouldn’t think of ‘accessorizing’
without spending time, sometimes a significant amount, on the
Horning website or fingering through the small, but packed with
goodies catalogue that currently has 407 pages.
Functionality, at least for me, will always take precedence
over most other factors, but for the Horning rear fender guard,
I’ll make an exception. The piece is superbly designed and virtually
flawless in its execution and as I found out, a perfect fit.
The Rear Mudguard component received, Horning Part Number
40100, is actually an integrated rear fender hugger and chain
guard. This GRP version is made of fibre-glass reinforced with
plastic, while a higher end product is also available, made
of carbon-fibre. The GRP unit installed weighs less than one
Nothing other than the guard was included in the box that
the Editor sent my way with the guard and a few other goodies
inside. The box suffered some damage during shipment which I
suspect caused the minor scratches on the outer top surface
of the guard. But the marks are minor and with mounting, very
hard to see.
Where Is That Easy Button?
A lack of instructions
was not a hindrance in any way. Once a visualization of the
steps involved had been completed, it took me longer to position
the machine, clean off the mounting points and assemble the
necessary tools as it did to install the component.
A T30 socket removes the two outer chain guard fasteners:
they are put aside for reuse. My trusty folding Torx-set tool
saved the day by providing the critical ‘through the hole in
the upper chain-guard casting ’ access to the inner front mounting
With these three fasteners removed, the stock chain guard
can be moved out of the way. The only other fastener requiring
attention is the left side stay that holds and protects the
rear brake line and CAN-Bus harness running to the rear hub
This fastener takes a bit of effort to remove and the plastic
stay itself needs to be pulled out of its front alignment slot.
But, it all goes back together much easier.
With the work surface prepared, the Horning piece is carefully
slipped into place on the right and a gentle slight lifting
of the brake and CAN-Bus harness allows the left side lip of
the piece to slide underneath the harness and into place. This
is where the precision cut and fit of the component is so obvious
The finishing work is simplicity itself – reinsert the stay
into its front alignment guide, align the holes in the stay
and the guard molding with the threaded hole, reinstall the
fastener and tighten it down.
Finally, replace the two outer fasteners on the right hand
side and tighten them to the specified torque. All done.
I just had to push my Staples/Business Depot “That Was Easy”
gizmo at the end!
The chain guard, with three mounting locations, bolts to the
BMW F800GS chain guard (next photo).
Mounting points for the Hornig chain guard portion of the mudguard.
Left side of F800GS swingarm, showing mounding location for
Note how the moulded section of mudguard covers
the top of the swingarm.
Anything that can be installed in less
than 30 minutes using two simple tools is a good thing, especially
when it is something as attractive and functional as this is.
Have I said how well designed and executed it is?
After a full week of use, the guard is far dirtier than it
was, but most of the parts that it protects are not: testament
to its effectiveness. No matter where the yellow F800GS goes,
comments about its beautiful black fender guard are sure to
follow. I don’t intend to paint it.
Before I forget, the guard provides sufficient clearance
for street and multi-purpose or hybrid tires like the Metzeler
Tourance or Michelin Anakee (which came installed on the yellow
Others may want to try it, but I don’t recommend using enduro
or knobby pattern tires with this component for obvious safety
I must admit that this is the first Horning accessory that
I have installed, but outside of appreciating the effort and
costs involved to get the stuff, it won’t be the last. I’m impressed.
Product Review: Hornig Rear
Hornig Motorcycle Accessories
€ 189.00 (GRP); € 239.00 (Carbon Fibre).
||Made In: Germany
Date: May 2009
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From "G.M." (6/09): "Here's
another choice fro the F8GS (The Mudsling). It goes on in 5
minutes, according to (these)
Editor's Note: Just a note, the
Mudsling isn't a full fender and chain guard, just a sort
of mud/dirt protector for the rear shock. The manufacturer claims
10 minute installation.