F800GS / F650GS Britania Composites Fairing

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Ian B, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. endurorazor

    endurorazor Adventurer

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    Nice Fairing Ian. What is the length from the top of the headlight to the top of the screen in the full up position? I may have missed that in reading through this.
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  2. The Griz

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    Ian, I too would like to point out that it is a VERY nice fairing. I LOVE how the fairing itself looks. I just think that the dash part needs to be just as refined as the fairing itself. As it sits right now it looks like two completely separate designs. When the fairing and the dash gel as one, you'll be receiving my $500.:thumb

    Also, on a side note. I would definitely use the upper dash part to mount my GPS. However, I'm concerned about rigidity up there. As in, if I mount my GPS to the upper dash, will it vibrate and wobble a bunch? Is the construction up there good and stiff enough to support the weight of a good GPS or other screened electronic device? If it does vibrate and wobble, it will make the GPS screen unreadable while the engine is running and while riding at speed due to wind hitting the fairing. It might be worth actually mounting a GPS or similar weight screened electronic device to test it out and make sure the upper dash part doesn't vibrate and wobble.
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  3. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    The dashes on Ian's fairings are VERY solid! You can see the two bolts at the top and between all the mounting points it creates a solid structure. This is a common trait on all his fairings.

    You could mount a small LCD screen there and watch TV...but only cagers need those cause it's sooo boring in those :lol3

    He's no spring chicken to this and has been making fairings for a few (3?) years now.

    Dave
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  4. Y E T I

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    I'm wondering how many people who bought Desierto 3's are reading this thread and thinking about how many tires they could have bought with the money they saved. :amazon
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  5. anodyne

    anodyne Been here awhile

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    Meh, gotta spend money on something since a replacement Heidenau 150 can't be found.

    On a serious note, this looks like a nice fairing and I would consider it if I was in the market. That said, I've enjoyed my Desierto for awhile now. I guess I should be happy it arrived in one piece. :clap I've had some minor crashes with it and it only shows a scuff or two (likely not hit very hard). If I should destroy it and Touratech decides not to throw a little goodwill replacement discount my way :lol3 .... I might check this option out and save some change.
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  6. GB

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    Ian, it's time for you to start a thread in Vendors regarding the 800GS fairing and field questions and post pics there.
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  7. rockinrog

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    Make sure you post the link to the vendors thread so we can follow it over.(please)
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  8. thleon

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    Realy nice and interesting fairing, but for us living in Europe the fairing is not so low cost comparing to the Desierto.

    I can buy in Greece the Desierto 520 Euros and this fairing will cost not less than 400 euros + taxes.

    I was hopping that it would be cheaper in first place :waysad
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  9. JavaJude

    JavaJude Adventure Awaits

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    I got my bike back from Ian at Britannia Composites with the very first fairing for BMW 650/800 GS.

    In a word, it is AWESOME!! The fairing makes a huge difference when riding on road and the windscreen slides down beautifully for riding off-road. I was surprised at just how much of a difference this new fairing makes.

    Thanks Ian, you did a wonderful job and I'm so happy to have the first one.

    Here are a couple of photos:

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    Here is a photo of the dash. The instrument panel is directly attached to the dash and the space above is perfect for a dash mounted GPS.
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  10. Aether

    Aether Been here awhile

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    Please post what the heights are from top of headlight to top of shield in the lowest and highest positions.

    How's the noise and/or buffeting at highway speeds?

    Ease of adjustment?
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  11. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    The distance between the top of the headlight and the top of the screen (in it's fully raised position) is 21". ( 13" in the lowered position)

    Noise and buffeting are very subjective. In my experience, a naked bike is actually quieter at 100k than any bike with a fairing, but when testing Judy's bike, I wouldn't use earplugs at speeds up to 140kph and you don't need to put the visor on your helmet down until you're doing over 120 Kph.

    The adjustment system is very simple and is the same as we use on all our fairings. We find that if you adjust the clamping correctly, you can actually pull the screen up or tap it down whilst you are riding if you want.
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  12. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    I was concerned about the stiffness issue at the outset, not because of the fairing, but the fact that the plastic headlight subframe moves a bit.
    The fairing does vibrate very slightly while the bike is ticking over, but this disappears as soon as you go off tickover. There was no problems when it got tested with a 276 mounted up there and they are about the heaviest unit out there I think.
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  13. GB

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    Pruned and moved from GSpot: PU
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  14. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    Plenty of space for more sockets and switches on the dash. We haven't had any really tall guys test it yet, but it should be fine at around 6'2".
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  15. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    We hope to start shipping at the end of the month and we should have it up on the website next week. We already have a lot of pre orders, so if anybody is keen to have one sooner rather than later, then contact us directly at britanniacomposites@shaw.ca . The price is set at $490 USD/CAD plus shipping.

    Ian
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  16. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    Some guys were disappointed with the dash (earlier in the thread), particularly feeling that it seemed a bit large. This puzzled me a bit, because quite a lot of people have now seen the whole thing for real and have expressed the complete opposite !! Looking at the picture I posted up, the dash certainly looks more dominating than it is in real life, so I've attached a picture of an actual side view of the fairing and you can see that (other than the GPS perch), it is tucked well into the fairing itself and the side profile looks more in balance. ( I think !)

    Ian

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  17. eddyturn

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    Ian... looking good and I am foaming at the mouth now. How did you mount the 276 into the unit? I have a 478 and not sure when looking at the photos how I would mount the GPS unit. Cutaway a hole and put it inside? Just curious as I really want one of these but need to wait and see how a Garmin big unit mounts in there. Cool.
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  18. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    Ian how will this fairing work with BMW large hand guards? Any interference you might be aware of? We also have a Garmin 660...have you inserted any of the bigger GPS in the upper part?
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  19. Ian B

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    The GPS's surface mount onto the perch. You just bolt the mount to the surface. It was designed to accomodate units like the 276 and Zumo, but you can mount anything up there, even if the unit is slightly bigger than the perch.

    You can see from this pic that it is easy to get at the back of the dash to access any wiring (or bolts), because the dash remauns on the bike when the fairing is removed.

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  20. Ian B

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    Is a 660 the same as a Zumo ? If so, then yes it has been mounted. The platform is 3-3/4" from top to bottom and there is no prblem with the unit being another 1/2" deeper than that, before it visually interferes with the speedp in the riding position.

    I am not sure of the dimensions of the large TT handguards, but the TT handguards that were on the bike we modeled it on, cleared by over an inch on full lock.
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