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Old 09-22-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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opinions on a minimalist fairing

I am thinking as fall approaches I will really appreciate some wind protection. This was my first draft. Tell me where to improve.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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Wow, nice rat. Does it run?
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:51 PM   #3
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oh yah runs great...well it will run great again as soon as i replace the intake boot that has a hole in it. Doesnt want to idle very well. ran great before that developed. Just put new brakes and tires on it and when I get the lights figured out It will be my commuter.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:10 AM   #5
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I think that screen might do a marvelous job of decapitating you in the event of a collision.

Good luck!
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:54 AM   #6
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Fairing Ideas

You might try picking up a couple of old sportbike windscreens from a motorcycle junk yard and using one to make the top section of your fairing. I turned an old windshield upside down, trimmed it to shape, painted it black, and used it as a windscreen/windblocker on my '87 Honda Elite. Do a forum search for "Elite windscreen", and you can see what I did. Good luck!
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:55 PM   #7
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I think I would get rid of the windscreen up by the bars. I too think it could do a real number on you if you get in a crash. The rest of the fairing I would radius all the corners with at least a 3/4 or 1 in. radius so you have no sharp corners to stab you if you fall or get in a crash. Nice Mad Max style to the scoot. You can get a scooter windshield at www.scrappydogscooters.com for $30.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:28 AM   #8
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Wind screens are funky. A lot depends on the shape of the screen and the lip at the top of the screen. My wife's Reflex has a nice screen on it. Even in the wet, I can stay pretty dry by ducking down behind it. However, the air coming over the top of it plays havoc with the bill on my Arai XD3 (my other full face helmets, w/o bill, are fine).

Since you want to make something out of metal (instead of plexi or acrylic), you might want to experiment with more of a barrel shape with a lip at the top. Kind of like the fairings found on Dakar bikes:



That way, you can still see over it yet the air is directed up and over your head. If you would like to protect your hands, too, I would suggest Hippo Hands or Tusk Hand Mitts. They're less expensive and do a great job.
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