Dual Sport fairings from Britannia Composites

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Ian B, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Bad Company

    Bad Company Don't call me Shirley

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    +1 for the twin headlights. Headlights something like the africa twin but keep the KTM looking upper portion of the faring.
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  2. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    I think it's easy to stray away from the original objectives here. The XS was produced to improve several issues that have been regarded by many as important to the way they wish to use their KLR.

    Firstly, many seem to add a large screen to make highway travel more comfortable. This rarely works, instead it increases the buffeting, gets in the way off road, increases instability and I'm sure no one added it for looks!!
    From the reports back from the 60+ KLR owners that have one, the XS solves all of this and more.
    Secondly, many seem to like to add numerous gadgets (in particular GPS's) to their bikes and find themselves stuck with strapping things on the handlebars etc. The XS solves all of this with a proper dash enabling all instruments to be where they should be - up in front of you.

    Lastly, many find the instability issues uncomfortable (the famous fender waggle). The XS tracks like an arrow at whatever speed the engine will take you to.

    The last issue was lighting and here the XS offers nothing, which will soon be addressed.

    The looks really never entered into it particularly, although many emails to us asked for one that retained all of the benefits of the XS, but had the conventional fender and better lighting. The model shown here (and remember it's just a mock up made of molding filler) is just one take at solving those remaining requests at a more affordable price. Feedback from here unanimously suggests new lights and I agree but, even with wholesale purchase pricing, it's difficult to see how decent lights are going to come in any less than $140 fitted, but we'll have to see.
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  3. TomN

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    Looks way better than the first one, I would like to see a pict of the instrument cluster is possible.
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  4. Rode2Nowhere

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    That's awesome. Sig line material!

    I too prefer the XS (wish I could part with the $$), and would be anxious to see the dual headlight version.
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  5. johnwesley

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    +1 I love mine
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    Here is what my dash use to look like
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    This has been a awesome improvement to my klr. If you rarely do over 65 or pass semis or drive in unstable air. Then you may not see the big benefits of it. I will put on 15-20 thousand miles a year on mine and ride interstate, trails and everything in between. This has been a great mod for me. With the stock fairing I lived with the front end woble at speed not that big of a deal, until passing a semi on the interstate the dirty air threw the bike into a tank slapper. That wasn't any fun and bothered me enough that I was cautious when passing large Trucks that move a lot of air. With this fairing that isn't a problem.
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  6. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    See www.britanniacomposites.com
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  7. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    XLR pilot, watching.
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  8. BikerDave

    BikerDave Greybeard Rider

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    I personally love the looks of the XS fairing, I may have to hold off a little while and check out the twin headlight version!!
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  9. dlab07

    dlab07 n00b

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    I don't care too much about how the KLR looks, but I need more room behind the windscreen. I'll buy one to fit the stock headlight.
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  10. The PacRat

    The PacRat I'm that other guy

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    Without trying to be offensive - BOTH of them are F-U-G-L-Y.

    The XS fairing makes the bike look like a KLR-Helix. I am not sure what you were after with the second one. Maybe you should look at some of the old Windjammer designs. If this is a for-profit venture, I am afraid you aren't going to sell a lot of them. Maybe if Klingons start buying KLRs... :rofl

    Also - don't forget you are trying to appeal to KLR riders. A real tight-assed bunch who would rather buy parts at Home Depot. $355 isn't going to attract a lot of guys who would just as soon fashion a fender out of rain-gutter.
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  11. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    That's f***kin' hilarious advtek, & true.:lol3

    I've put a lot of expensive farkles on my KLR, still enjoy inventing new pieces from the hardware though.

    I'll stick with the original, good effort Ian.
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  12. intheways

    intheways Been here awhile

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    Hey Ian,

    Have you thought of trying to something a bit like the new Tenere. Personally, I really like that design. I realize that trying to design and produce a good-looking, functional fairing that cheap KLRistas will fork over some cash for is a difficult venture.:rofl

    I appreciate your efforts.

    Thanks
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  13. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    If you talking about the new 660 Tenere - I think thats awesome. Much too good for us over here though ! I mean, where would we ride such a bike ? Much more useful in all those 'wide open spaces' in the UK !!
    No wonder companies like KTM and BMW are stomping all over Yamaha in sales in this sector !!

    The problem with that one is where could you get a headlight like that ? Thats the problem.

    If your talking about the original Super Tenere, then the twin light version we're working on now is quite similar. If fact it's coming along pretty well and we should have the basic mock up done by the end of the week. Biggest issue at the moment is the length of the lights. These modern projector lights are nearly six inches long and trying to thread them through the KLR headlight frame pipework is a bit challenging !!
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  14. dlab07

    dlab07 n00b

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    I think what it comes down to for most KLR riders is a question of form vs function. The KLR is clearly not a good looking bike, so why worry about what the XS fairing looks like as long as it gives you more room for instruments and reduces wind buffeting? And how much time do you really spend riding at night? I'm in for one with the stock headlight. JUst put a brighter bulb in and you'll be fine.
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  15. intheways

    intheways Been here awhile

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    I agree. The expanses in th US can't quite compare to those in Europe. No offense to anyone in Europe, just Yamaha marketing. I guess we're just stuck with DRs and KLRs.:lol3
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  16. The PacRat

    The PacRat I'm that other guy

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    I beg to differ - the KLR is a beauty. It's look says: "take me out and ride me wherever you want and I won't complain. Drop me on the ground and I will forgive you by not falling apart. Strap a cooler on me and call it a topbox and I won't argue. Forget to wash me and I will still look handsome."

    How much more beautiful can you get?
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  17. humvee

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    When ya coming out with the Tengai plastics? :ear

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  18. wayne00001

    wayne00001 Got Dirt?

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    I like what I see. Would the small dash fit the new fairing to allow keeping the stock gauges? Want to see one painted to get a better idea of true looks.
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  19. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    Yep, both dashes will fit with each of the fairings. Here's the small one to fit with the stock clocks.
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  20. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    And here's the full size one that replaces the clocks.
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