Anyway, for many riders the short fenders were protection enough for their purposes. For others, it was strictly a matter of appearance. But so what? I see all sorts of wailing and gnashing of teeth on this list over items whose only importance is appearance. I suspect that many people who deprecate(d) the users of short fenders often rode in the rain without any fenders whatsoever, all for the sake of looking like "real racers". Such is the way of human beings... Cheers, Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)
I missed most of the posts dissing shorty fenders... just as well.
I love them, purely for appearances-sake. They make the perfect finish detail for certain bikes, and I have them on a number of bikes. If all they do is add a certain panache to a bike, they're worth the price of admission. As to whether they actually protect you from the elements..who cares? The bikes I have them on, I wouldn't ride in the wet anyway.