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    Hi,

    My Motorrad dealer kindly fitted my Puig rear wheel hugger prior to me collecting the bike. Thinking back I've always notice a bit of a loud rattle whenever I ride over a bump in the road and often wondered what it could be. So after a ride out today (on the country road with very bumpy surfaces) and while cleaning my bike it suddenly dawned on me that its the hugger that's making this awful sound.

    The reason being is that its not fitted rigid and there's play / movement where its fitted to the rear shock bolt. You can hold the hugger by the rear tip and wobble it about up and down so its definitely moving around all the time I'm riding and making this plastic clashing with metal sound. I didn't look at the instructions as I didn't have to fit it, but I'm thinking that this movement / free play is correct and part of the design as the instructions are clear and the mechanic must have fitted loads of these.

    Can you do me a favour please? If you have one fitted can you check if yours moves around too or is it rigid in which case mine hasn't been fitted incorrectly.

    This is my model........

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    Yep I've got one of these fitted, did it myself. It's rock solid and has never been a problem, works well.

    You need to give the mounting bolt a good looking at, try fitting spring washers to tighten the bolt up if you're getting some vibration.

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    Thanks Ron. I too am very happy with the product and offers loads of protection. Its not so much vibration as quite a lot of play / movement. Like you said (and I've mentioned above) all the huggers on my previous bikes have been rock solid. However after saying that some things are designed to have some movement / play and I wasn't sure if this was one of them.

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    Mine hardly moves.
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    OK..........so, having read the above from Ron & Daboo, I've decided to get it sorted for one last time. After examining all the fixing I've had the back wheel off to give me a better view of the area and it didn't take long to discover that the allen bolt (the middle one of the 3 in the image - in the sunlight that screws into the swingarm) had only been half screwed in by the highly trained Motorrad technician Once I had added a spring washer and screwed it in all the way the whole hugger was as solid as a rock! No movement / play. If you want something doing?..................
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    Quote Originally Posted by Banus View Post
    OK..........so, having read the above from Ron & Daboo, I've decided to get it sorted for one last time. After examining all the fixing I've had the back wheel off to give me a better view of the area and it didn't take long to discover that the allen bolt (the middle one of the 3 in the image - in the sunlight that screws into the swingarm) had only been half screwed in by the highly trained Motorrad technician Once I had added a spring washer and screwed it in all the way the whole hugger was as solid as a rock! No movement / play. If you want something doing?..................
    Brilliant Kev, we love a happy ending!

    Great bike the GT, light as a feather on the move, great on fuel, goes like a train when pushed, comfortable with great handling, very underrated in my opinion, one of BMWs best bikes and I hear they are to discontinue the model....belt drive is as almost as good as shaft and yet no one likes it, what's going on???

    I say no one likes it, but they've sold three thousand to someone haven't they!

    And we all like it !!!!!!!

    And I had an RT for 5 years, but the GT is as good and costs a fraction of the money to run and own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rontheretired View Post
    Great bike the GT, light as a feather on the move, great on fuel, goes like a train when pushed, comfortable with great handling, very underrated in my opinion, one of BMWs best bikes and I hear they are to discontinue the model....belt drive is as almost as good as shaft and yet no one likes it, what's going on???
    Agree with all of the above plus faired looks, centre stand, hard luggage option which is why after 2000 miles I have already decided on my next bike................another one of these or so I thought! Just when I thought I'd found the perfect bike for me they stop making them - brilliant!

    Anyway back to my rattily hugger woes. Test ride completed - PERFECT

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    my 2 cents. have had 2 brackets broken very near that allen screw to swingarm. both after around 6 or 7 K miles. 1st one Puig sent new bracket warrranty. latest one holding so far at 6 k now, keep checking it though. just rtrnd from 1200 k trip and still good. fitment to shock bolt must be well aligned and properly torqued I think? my thinking is this: swingarm and shock opposing forces. strain at weak point. Puig still best looking and wish us all the best. Quality problem I say. Not much goes wrong with these bikes.
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    Thanks for that and I'll keep an eye on it.

    The fitting that goes through the swing arm bolt appear to be free floating. With the plastic hugger removed you can rotate that bracket up and down around the swing arm bolt which is fully torqued up. Its the allen bolt that fastens to the swing arm that appears to hold everything in place and rigid.

    So in my case (surely thy must all be the same?) there shouldn't be any opposing stresses as the swing arm part of the bracket can move freely. Not easy to explain but as I said I'll keep a weather eye on it!

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    I understand that Puig made a change to the design to make it free-floating after a number of these broke, so hopefully that will solve the problem.

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    Excellent. That would explain the free floating design and confirm that the dealership did fit it correctly after all!

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    I had one but the movement eventually caused the rear bracket to snap due to work hardening. It well and truly rattled then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrydml View Post
    I had one but the movement eventually caused the rear bracket to snap due to work hardening. It well and truly rattled then.
    I’ll bear that in mind as I’ve just fitted one.

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    Resurrecting this as my Puig bracket has failed, it's been on there since 2016 so might be pre any updating they may have done.

    Bike was booked for MOT, the bolt that screws the bracket down to the trailing arm wouldn't budge so ended up with a wood chisel and hacksaw removal. Plenty of Plusgas will be applied later. Did notice lots of granite chippings had wormed their way between the bracket and suspension unit, possibly been flapping around for a while - the bike has not moved for 20 months.

    Anybody have any experience with the Pyramid glassfibre hugger? Might try one as it looks longer than the Puig, might be a bit on the heavy side though. If not that then will get another Puig.

    I've been worrying about the bike and whether I could still manage it or replace it with something a bit more suitable for one of my age. Nah, 5 miles on it have cleared any doubt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbaker View Post
    Resurrecting this as my Puig bracket has failed, it's been on there since 2016 so might be pre any updating they may have done.

    Bike was booked for MOT, the bolt that screws the bracket down to the trailing arm wouldn't budge so ended up with a wood chisel and hacksaw removal. Plenty of Plusgas will be applied later. Did notice lots of granite chippings had wormed their way between the bracket and suspension unit, possibly been flapping around for a while - the bike has not moved for 20 months.

    Anybody have any experience with the Pyramid glassfibre hugger? Might try one as it looks longer than the Puig, might be a bit on the heavy side though. If not that then will get another Puig.

    I've been worrying about the bike and whether I could still manage it or replace it with something a bit more suitable for one of my age. Nah, 5 miles on it have cleared any doubt!
    If you want I'll remake a New Puig bracket for you identical to look at but thicker therefore stronger. Its what I do well! PM me your contact details if your intrigued? Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigcraft View Post
    If you want I'll remake a New Puig bracket for you identical to look at but thicker therefore stronger. Its what I do well! PM me your contact details if your intrigued? Eric
    Thanks for the offer but in my desperation to get the bike back on the road and just minutes before I was due at the MOT station I made a real mess of the hugger itself.

    I still like the stock look of the Puig so will probably get another and see if the bracket has been updated. I'll bear you in mind if another one shows the strain.

    As the bike has done nothing for nearly 2 years I'm not averse to spending a bit on it as it will be kept. Finally ordered a low seat and will get a can for it as well as the hugger. Nothing much more to get for it without making it into a Christmas Tree.

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    I bought my Puig Hugger last year, and I believe it has the improved bracket. I rode for a year with it without any issues.....it is slightly wiggly as it only mounts from one side as a result of the swingarm being one sided.

    A couple months ago I went to Suches, Georgia and was riding around the curvy mountain roads in a "festive" manner for several days. On the third day I noticed some scrapes in the plastic at the bottom of the fuel tank near the swing arm. After looking things over I determined it was the sharp edge on top of the Puig bracket that had hit the tank bottom. The Puig bracket is not broken and is solid as it was new - but evidently there was some curve or pothole or combination that caused the nick. I cranked in a bit more preload on the shock adjustment and switched to the sport mode.

    The next day we went to an Auto Parts store and bought some plastic door edge guard and I cut off a piece the length of the bracket and installed it on the top of the bracket - this plastic will prevent the sharp edge of the metal bracket from scraping on the plastic tank. Seems to work fine so far - however the nick that I got in Georgia was sort of an anomaly anyhow, as it took more than a year to find that pothole that caused the scrape.

    I have plenty of this edge guard for anyone that wants a piece........PM me and if you send me a self addressed/stamped envelope I will send you a piece cut to fit your hugger.
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    Good idea, I've loads of edge guard as use it for the edges of legshields on Honda C90s (Passport to you!)

    That area was exactly where mine had collected granite chippings.

    Ordering another Puig now. Thanks

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    Chris, if the Puig hasn't changed in design, you may wish to beef it up prior to installing it. Many people have had issues with the Puig failing on them in the past. Not recently though, so maybe they have fixed it.

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    What is the advantage of a rear hugger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoAl View Post
    What is the advantage of a rear hugger?
    It is supposed to keep the underside of the fender cleaner. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard230 View Post
    It is supposed to keep the underside of the fender cleaner. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't.
    In 2007, I opted for the Ilmberger carbon fibre hugger for my ST. Subsequently transferred to '13 and '19 GT's. Still going strong after approx. 90,000 miles use on the 3 bikes. Clear coat became chipped by stones so have had it re sprayed gloss black twice but otherwise ok.
    Doesn't keep underside of fender clean BUT does keep bulk of crap off the spring / damper assembly.

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    Update on the 2nd Puig hugger.

    The bracket has indeed been updated considerably and now has more meat attached to the part that was broken off creating a channel effect. Hope the pics show this.

    Will see how long this one lasts.

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