Low cost, high quality alternative to Desierto III...

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  1. Mollygrubber

    Mollygrubber Eschew obfuscation

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    I've read alot of good reviews of the Desierto III, but $800 USD is a bit rich for my blood. Well, actually I'm OK with it, but the S.O. is definitely not. She hates it when I say "that's what credit cards are for, honey". :evil

    A Vancouver BC manufacturer of dual sport screens (Brittania Composites, you've probably seen some of their fairings around on KLR's and DR's) is preparing to release an adventure fairing for the F800GS, very similar to the Desierto complete with adjustable screen and dashboard to mount switches etc.

    Ian tells me the price will be around $500 Can., and the release date is somewhere around September. If I get some info I'll pass it along, until then here's a linky:

    http://www.britanniacomposites.com/
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  2. JRWooden

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  3. dendrophobe

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    :lurk Can't wait to see it!
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  4. geno2w1

    geno2w1 Vagabond dreams

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    I can't eat popcorn and wait with anticipation! I'm about 3 weeks from riding to TT and forking over the cash for a D3 (far less than 800 clams here). If this amazing sounding product is just on the horizon I might hold off if someone "leaks" a few pics and specs!

    I'm all about supporting small business. BCL isn't Apple with a new iWhatever so some prerelease info would probably bolster sales, not hurt them.

    <passes the puck to Ian B>
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  5. Ceri JC

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    If this ticks the following boxes, I'll probably buy one instead of the DIII I had in mind.

    -Takes stock headlight unit without drilling/modification.
    -Allows TT headlight shroud to be used (or has an effective equivalent built in)
    -Is adjustable with a wide range to allow for both on motorways and off road.
    -Doesn't look terrible
    -Has decent mount options to put GPS/night vision/rear camera monitor/equivalent high up above the clocks in the riders' view.
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    Same here. Even if you couldn't leak a photo, maybe they could give us an idea of what "other model" they make that it closely resembles (thinking the red one on the front page of their website is kind of DS3 looking).:evil
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  7. Mollygrubber

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  8. matho...

    matho... Μιά ζωή OnOffάς!

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    Sounds interesting for me.So we have to wait a bit to see it installed-I want to see the design of that making-and then it's going to take some $ from our wallet to install it on the F8's :freaky
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    Can't wait to hear about this :ear From Canada to boot :clap
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  10. Ian B

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    The test rides are now done on the fairing and it will be in production around mid Sept.

    As with our Lynx fairings, The design features a dashboard on which the OEM speedo unit is relocated and incorporates a platform for a GPS above it in the 'head up display' position. The dash is a structural part of the fairing and acts as a brace, so we have eliminated the need for separate metal bracing (when you make things from composites, you don't like metal !).

    The design features the same variable and slide away screen as used on our other designs, but we have formed a lip at the bottom of the screen to increase the ram air effect behind it to further smooth out the airflow.

    Testing showed that we could ride quite comfortably at speeds up to 120kph with the helmet visor cracked halfway open ( Shoie Hornet) and then went on to flat out at indicated 190 kph :eek1 without any issues. (closed circuit of course !!)

    Overall, I'm really pleased with this one and it's certainly turned some heads locally.

    Not finalised, but should be around $500 and available by the end of Sept.

    Here's a pic of the Prototype
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  11. thleon

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    Hi Ian can you put more picts of the fairing ?

    One pict of the front and one of the dashbord
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  12. Ceri JC

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    I like the pic of this and I like the sound of the GPS mount. Have you got a distributor in UK/europe lined up?
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  13. Ian B

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    That was the only pic taken before it was taken apart and the molds are now being made. The prototype dashboard is also now with our manufacturer being formed into a production unit. It will be another couple of weeks before we will get the opportunity to get detailed photos.
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  14. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    We currently send our fairings direct to Europe and the cost of shipping on this unit will be similar to our Lynx, which is around $55. If we do decide to go via a distributor, then it will probably be the UK as it is my homeland and I understand the sense of humour !!:1drink
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  15. Ducksbane

    Ducksbane Quaaack!!!

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    I like the look of your prototype, I reckon that an 800GS needs an adjustable screen so you can cover both road touring and off road use.

    I much prefer dealing direct with the manufacturer for things like this ... A distributor just adds another layer of cost to the item. Appointing distributors all over the world is just so 20th century. :gerg
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  16. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    I am with you there. Additionally, dealing direct allows us to offer more choices to the customer. For example, our Lynx fairing has 8 colour choices, plus the option to upgrade the lights to HID, plus headlight protectors. This would be a nightmare for a distributor to have to stock.

    Equally we may also offer an OEM matched colour choice option on this fairing, although I think it is going to look best in a carbon colour.
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  17. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    Damn !! -- we were going to call it the i-fairing:D
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    Will it stop working properly if I hold it the wrong way? :lol3
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  19. Mollygrubber

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    If it's upside down, my guess would be yes.:evil
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  20. OverlandHank

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    Thanks for posting this. It's nice enough to make me hold off pulling the trigger on the DS3. I can't wait to see what the dashboard looks like.

    Subscribed.:lurk
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