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
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
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 point.
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 assembly.
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 – perfect.
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
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
Left side of F800GS swingarm, showing mounding location
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 F800GS).
Others may want to try it, but I don’t recommend using enduro or knobby
pattern tires with this component for obvious safety reasons.
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.
Review: Hornig Rear Mudguard Hugger
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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