Fairing and fender question

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by kellymac530, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    My bike will be a garage build...not some Dakar factory team.

    I do not see the need for that much work to go into a headlight system.

    I can see people doing stuff like that to keep weight off of the handlebars and then adding a steering dampener which makes the steering feel heavy to me. I see the need for dampeners at high speed desert runs, but I hate them in anything twisty. I took mine off of my 530.

    To go to THAT much work to take weight off of the front steering and then add a dampener is ludacris....

    I will probably start with a small mask type headlight to get my bike on the road, but build a dakar style rally fairing as time goes on. I will run some small bullet flood lamps or spots mounted on the lower triples. I always want to have at least SOME light pointed where the wheel is pointed.
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  2. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    What seems crazy to you is perfectly sensible to me. Oh, and you know you can adjust most steering stabilizers to almost completely eliminate any/all low-speed damping right? Not trying to sell you one, it's just that they don't have to slow down the steering at all. Depends on how you set them up.
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  3. kellymac530

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    I could not slow mine down to anywhere near "off". Even the lowest setting was still too stiff for my taste, then they are a PITA to change while riding. The GPR I had sucked for changing settings, it was the best for really high speed desert stuff, like tapped out top gear through the rough because it slows down steering in both directions. The Scott I ran for a while was a bit better in some ways, It was easier to adjust on the fly and dampened well on the deflection but was easier to steer because it has no {or minimal} dampening on RTC {return to center} so the feel is a bit lighter, but still turn in on a corner is heavy.

    I forget the brand, but I knew a guy that had a cool dampener on street legal CRF450 that had a thumb control right under the throttle, almost like a hot start lever. It was EASY to use and its lowest setting was almost completely off, but that puppy cost him $1200....this is a budget build. :eek1

    What ever I do fairing wise, it will be as light as possible. Fork mounted or steering neck mounted frontend weight is bad in rough terrain and soft terrain.

    I do not need a lot of stuff. I will probably use an Endurance or Vapor style with minimal stuff. I do not need a gear indicator and all of that stuff like my RT has. I am a dirt bike guy and DS guy....minimalist.
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  4. kellymac530

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    BTW Jesus the Cat,
    I did not mean to sound as if an idea you like or want to use or already have on your bike is crazy or bad. Sorry if I sounded like that.
    The idea is awesome, just way beyond what I want to do. If you do it, please post up some build pics and fabrication shots and a finish photo. I would love to see it.
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  5. larryboy

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    XR650R

    "fairing" is a stock BMW windshield cut down.
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