This was a reminder of how exposed you are as a motorcyclist. I was following a very safe distance behind a pickup truck on the interstate. The truck ran over an errant piece of retread tire or similar debris which hit my front fender and broke the fender base where it attaches at the fork leg. This causes the fender to flap in the breeze and generally risk interfering with the wheel or the brakes. Not good. Fortunately it felt much more significant than it actually was, and I was able to safely get onto a wide shoulder. After a brief roadside think, the solution was to finish breaking off the fender so it was at least safe. That plastic does not feel very strong, but try ripping it off and you will conclude otherwise.
Safely back home, the full potential sank in. It could have been much more serious. Ebay to the rescue, and a week later a new to me fender base was installed and the painted fender beak was reinstalled.
like it never even happened!