I am a trained auto/truck/heavy equipment mechanic with 36 years experience. I have nothing against safety. I just have an issue with things that were put there to protect me from myself that I learned to ride without decades ago. I believe certain things need to be learned, and once they are, then you will be safe. I have a hard time believing new riders today are not as smart as new riders were 50 years ago, though they may lack the commitment to lean to ride properly. I have read a lot of totally unsafe ideas from newer members on this forum, like someone who wanted to raise the back of a Rebel by installing longer shocks? Maybe some people do need to be protected from themselves. An unsafe bike, or car, on the other hand, is unacceptable. In this case the front fender serves as more than a way to keep water off the rider in the rain, it is also a structural part of the front suspension and steering systems. I have seen a lot of people on forums build unsafe bikes, just because they like the look.
Brand new 2016 Honda Rebel
"I refuse to believe in a risk free society where the thrill of living is traded for the safety of existence." — Nick Ienatsch