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Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Ian B, Mar 15, 2008.
Waiting for updated images of the new fairing...
Well, this is the plan. Whilst it makes for a 'spirited' debate, clearly showing pre production models tends to bring more ridicule than anything and the point of the functional aspects of these efforts gets lost.
So, we've decided to wait until all three of the new variants are finished and tested before showing 'em off.
There will be four versions available.
1) Will provide wind protection via the sliding screen feature and accomodate both dash options. Your OEM fender (or aftermarket) is retained and there is no additional lighting. This will be the cheapest, hopefully around $200.
2) The existing XS, which has all the benefits of the above, but is much more stable at highway speeds, but with no provison for lighting, you're still straining your eyes to look for bambi !! This has been more expensive to produce, but we are hoping that economy of scale brought about by the whole range, will enable a decrease in the current price.
3) The twin projector headlight version of the first one, which will probably add between $ 100 -130, depending on what wholesale deal we can get on the lights.
4) The XS with twin headlights. Again, adding about the same for the lights to whatever the XS price comes to.
All share the same sliding screens, dash options and will come in the OEM colour choices + white. All fit straight on to the existing mounting points and we're hoping that the twin headlight versions will not require any modification to the headlight frame to fit.
We are trying to get all three of the new ones ready for production within the next 3 weeks, depending how the testing goes.
We're pretty excited about it and when we've done these, we're moving on to other makes that could do with 'the treatment'.
Ian - thanks for the great work. I think they're all an improvement in both form and function over the goony stocker. Makes me wanna keep the old girl instead of trading her off. I'll wait long enough to see the whole lineup before deciding.
I like the track you are on and what you are tying to do. I think the nonpainted mock up is where your flack is coming from. Painted to match the bike could I feel open a whole didferent view from the gang here. I like the idea just hard for me to see the big picture with the frog green and blue. :huh
Like I said I'm likeing the idea
Thats a good point. Whilst we are already manufacturers of composit parts, when we first created the XS last year, after the first ride with it on the highway, I sold my 1150 GS, because it no longer had a function for me.
It just edged the KLR nearer to the 'one bike solution' for me.
Looks like your useing a double windshield here?
I like it . looks like you could confinger it to fit the need.
You can remove the second windshield, it's mounted with dual lock tabs. The shield is a left over laminar lip from the stock fairing. It fits great
I can only speak for myself but I'd prefer an easily removable frame mounted version. I'm in the process of putting a frame mounted KTM 950 fairing on my 610 as we speak. I think if someone wants to add the weight of a roadbook, etc. it's better to stick it to the frame than wear on the arms. What are you thinking for an attachment to the steering tube? I've got a prototype mounting bracket out for quote but the prices are making me think cheap steel weld-on vs expensive machined aluminum.
Jeez, if I'd have seen this thread earlier maybe I wouldn't have spent all that dough
The one I have is easy to remove. Three screws and the fairing is off. It leaves the dash mounted so you can get to the wiring behind the dash. It is obvious that there has been alot of testing and refining that has gone into the kit for the klr. Things like how the front fender is just deep enough for a fender bag with 2 tubes. How the underfender keeps all of the rain from spraying you and the way the air flows around the rider. I know that this fairing has done what the after market shields could not, and that is take the wind pressure off and reduce buffeting at the same time. With the added benifit of more stability at speed, something the KLR need.
I like the idea of the dual head lights and look forwad to seeing what he comes up with. It would be nice to have better headlights
Yeah, there's more to doing all this than appears at first. Coincidently, I had a 950 and thought about trying the fairing on my 610 (before starting the KLR project last year), and came up against the frame attachment issue. From a manufacturing point, it's key to try and identify what sort of riding the fairing is for, so that the right functional features can be built in.
I agree, if you need the full compliment of Rally instrumentation and the use is going to be hard, then you've got to go frame mounted, in which case the fairing becomes frame mounted as well.
Our experimentation on my 610 will start with 'how far can we go' with a steering mounted unit that provides lights, some highway wind protection and at least enough instrument room for the GPS up front. We will be aiming at the Dual sport/ recreational use, not hardcore racing - leave that to others. If we can't achieve that on the steering without it being cumbersome, we'll concentrate on frame mounting a smaller unit than the KLR.
We decided that to create a 'brand', all of our units will incorporate 'real' improvements in the 3 key areas of variable (or removable) wind protection, GPS accomodation on the instrument panel and good lighting aimed purely at recreational dualsporting. It took months of testing to 'get it right' with the XS (it's a tough job, but someones got to do it etc............!) and we're anticipating many 'challenges' on the Husky,KTM conversions as well.
I think your idea of the 950 fairing on the TE is great and if you're doing it just for yourself, I would use whatever metal mounting medium that you find easiest to work with and go from there.
If that was a quick easy detach peice I would buy one. I ride my KLR to nasty Single-track and do really tough trails. I don't like any screen for that. I modified my stock fairing so I could easily take it off if necessary, and put wingnuts on the stock windscreen bolts so I could easily remove it in about 1 minute. I hide the screen in the woods while I ride the S-T. If I could get that whole fairing off in a few minutes, that would be perfect.
The screen you see here slides down in front of the fairing for off road use(so you don't see it when your in the riding position).
Saves losing it in the woods !
Feel free to come down and see my xs fairing. I'll show you how easy it is to take off. 3 bolts and disconect the signal wires, your done; it's off in just about 2 min. Matter of fact come take it for a ride and see how you like it.
I tried hard to make my KLR look better too. I found it very fun to do. Love your work Ian.
Just to add my 2 cents to the equation...I'm all about either a single round headlight or a dual round headlight option for the KLR. I've been trying to come up with my own, but don't have the resources at my disposal...
I don't think you will be disappointed with whats coming out of the shop as the new twin headlight version. We're testing it with the new lights this week.
That looks like a really good job and you're right, we wouldn't have attemted it if we didn't already have a full composite facility here anyway. Well done Do we get any more pics ?
Here is another pic.
I made the fairing out of aluminum, the windshield is from an unknown bike with a round headlight hole, I used the turn signal housing for some off road lights, and pieced the low fender together from 3 fenders and attached it to the fork brace. it just seems to fallow the lines of the bike better. I've been asked what kind of bike it is by guys riding the same bike.