Hello and welcome Alf!! There are some great folks here from Germany. Check out Zman's posts. Be cool if you guys were close and could do a ride.
There is no need ever to worry about your English. If some one doesn't get some thing you say, they will just ask. Personally, I am very impressed with any one who is multilingual. (I can order a beer in 23 languages. As long as it is called "beer" lol)
Fender failure is one of the leading causes of crashes and injury! Until you can really secure them, just take them off. Please, please.