How Do I Keep My Front Fender From Rubbing on My Tire on Bumpy Roads?

by Sally
(Shelburne, NH)

How do I keep my Keeway Venus from rubbing? OK, so I weigh 200 lbs., but the manual says the scooter is good for 300. My '08 Venus "bottoms out" when crossing railroad tracks, frost heaves (I'm in NH), and even when slowing down suddenly.

The tire has worn a hole as big as a tennis ball on the back of the fender. The local motorcycle repair place says there's no place to adjust the shocks either. Do I just keep replacing the fender every 200 miles? I can't imagine it's good for the tire either.

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Aug 19, 2009
Got it fixed!
by: Sally Baldwin

It turns out this scooter doesn't have oil in it's front forks, but the shop was able to tighten the springs nonetheless. It's a bit harder ride now, but so nice not to be hearing the hole being made any bigger with every bump! The shop says it may not be a permanent fix, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

FYI for other Keeway Venus owners, there isn't a way to change the oil in this puppy... it just uses injection oil that you fill when needed. The manual for this model is terrible! Didn't even have the right diagram for the controls. Good thing I figured it out despite never having ridden a cycle before.

Aug 12, 2009
Heavier Oil
by: Jim Zeiser

You said your front forks, right? You can find a motorcycle dealer that actally knows something and have him put in a heavier weight fork oil. That will keep the forks from diving so hard. He might also be able to make up a shim slug to preload the fork spring so it rides higher and counteracts your weight. Not exactly rocket science. That's why I say go to another shop.

Aug 11, 2009
Holes in the fender
by: Ron Goldwyn

My fellow New Englander, I have now idea why this happened to only you. Seems like your tire is too big, but that is not a solution.
There is an old saying that goes,"If you can't bear them, -Join them." Well if we can't prevent the hole, lets make it larger and do some fender work on the outside where the wheel will not make contact even on rough roads.

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