New Lynx Fairing for the KTM 690 from Britannia Composites

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Ian B, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    It's my observation that when the screen is all the way up, the air just spills around the sides instead of going over the top of the screen. Air, like water & electricity, seeks the path of least resistance.

    If a committed user wanted to play around with aerodynamics, it would make sense to add vertical "winglets" to the screen to create a channel which would direct a more-coherent stream of air over the rider's head. Just a thought...
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  2. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    I think that is quite right and we have experimented with such a system. It does improve the airflow, but we concluded that the "winglets" would probably have a short life in the bush ! I guess it's all a compromise.

    Ian
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  3. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Ian I'm still on my mission to find the best possible headlights for on and off road and I think I found a winner.

    Can you sell the fairing with no lights, and secondly does the mounting plate that the lights actually bolt on to adjust up and down? Any chance to get a picture of it?

    Thanks
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  4. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    There is a mounting plate bonded into the fairing, but it's made to specifically fit the Hella adjustment mechanism. I'm fairly sure that no other lights (even other Hella models) will not fit it.

    So, you would need to create your own mounting plate and bond it into the inside of the fairing, but other than that we can supply it without lights.

    Ian
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  5. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    Considering the Lynx and am wondering about a thing or two.

    Does it take long to get used to the "adventure" fairing? When riding does not being able to see the front tire bother anyone with a Lynx? I know that when standing this issue would become moot. At 5' 11" about how far ahead of the bike might the ground appear when seated?

    I could make my own observations with these bits of info.
    How high above the handle bars at the risers does the dashboard rise. Also how far in front, of the same bar from a verticle line, is the top of the dash?

    The quartz lights would be a huge improvement over the stock, HID..wow. Extending the season with the fairing would be a huge plus.

    If anyone has or can get this info, it would help me decide.
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  6. BackCountryCruizer

    BackCountryCruizer Gnarled Adventurer

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    Get the Lynx!! You will not be disappointed.
    My last KTM was a 950 adventure and this is a lot easier to see around then the stock fairing on it was.
    When seated in a normal seated position, not attack position, I can see the ground about 5'6" in front of the bike. That's measuring from the center of the front axle. I'm 6' with an 32" inseam.
    The fairing is 12" to the furthest point forward (the "nose"). It is 6.5" to the top of the dash, measured out horizontally and 7" to the top of the dash, measured up vertically. All 3 points measured from the center of the bars and are approximate.
    I'm just getting over having that nasty flu that's been going around but did get out for one short ride after dark and the HID is a very dramatic improvement from stock, but of course that doesn't take much! With both low and high lit up you will not have any problems seeing what's coming at you when cruising at a pretty good clip.
    I haven't had the chance to get out for an extended ride yet so I still can't comment on how well the wind screen works but hopefully that will change this coming weekend. Hope that help's you decide.
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  7. ridepjride

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    Will the Enduro (non-R) instrument panel mount OK?
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  8. Para504

    Para504 Spam, Spam, bacon & Spam!

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    Here's the Lynx on a 690e ('08 model), from 5'11" rider's perspective... The '08 computer/Tach fits well. I could have mounted it higher, but this works with my riser for GPS & routesheet setup.

    As to the front wheel, its a non-issue. Your eyes will be tracking well out in front, and even in nasty terrain where you are feathering the clutch in first gear, its easy enough to pick your line over a tricky spot.

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  9. BackCountryCruizer

    BackCountryCruizer Gnarled Adventurer

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    We finally had a day with out rain here in moss country. It's rained 28 out of the last 30 days. I did a 110 mile loop, headed out southeast from my house on pavement for about 20 miles of back country roads at 55 - 65 mph. After trying different heights for the wind screen I found I got the least amount of wind noise with the screen about 2" from maximum height. Really with the screen in almost any position except all the way up, the air felt clean and quiet. It definitely takes the bulk of the wind off the torso. I left the wind screen at that position on the fire roads and it worked great![​IMG]
    Once again I have to rave about the Lynx fairing. The installation was easy with clear written instructions. It fits like it could have come from the factory as is and I think it makes an already awesome looking bike look even better. And ..... it does what it's suppose to do.
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  10. Bartron

    Bartron 'Tenacious B' the Bike Punisher

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    Does anyone know if this fairing will work with the Highway Dirtbikes clamps and hand protectors? Thanks in advance.
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  11. pottsygs

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    Having installed my new fairing I wanted to share a few comments, thoughts and tips. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

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    Is it any good? - The short answer is yes, however there are some issues surrounding the installation and build quality.<o:p></o:p>
    • The lighting is fantastic, even without an HID upgrade<o:p></o:p>
    • The screen works well, allowing higher speeds for longer periods<o:p></o:p>
    • The dashboard placement for GPS is perfect<o:p></o:p>
    • Internal space is available for an Autocom or similar intercom<o:p></o:p>
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    Installation - Relatively straightforward, it took me about 2.5 hours. Care needs to be taken in re-routing the original loom and relays as well as making sure the long metal light adjusters are not going to rub any insulation away. The instructions provided with the kit are adequate but flawed in these 2 areas:<o:p></o:p>
    • I would suggest that you cut the plug off your lights and fit it to the fairing’s loom, rather than follow the instructions and cut the plug from the bike - if you want to re-fit the old unit (maybe when you sell the bike) it is possible to buy the short lighting loom from a KTM dealer and this method leaves the front section of the fairing easy to unplug for removal.<o:p></o:p>
    • The kit includes 2 allen type cap screws to fit the fairing bottom to your lower triple clamp and the instructions tell you to use these rather than the originals. This is wrong for 2 reasons - small screw heads without washers will cut through the composite and no access is available for a ball ended allen driver. I suggest using the original bolts which have built in washers to spread the load and allow access with a combination spanner. If you use the ring end and then alternate the direction of the open end you can eventually do these fasteners up but this is a bad design and I am going to make a QD alloy plate for the bottom of mine.<o:p></o:p>
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    Build / fit – Given the price of the unit (and the fact that it is marketed as ready to use) this was disappointing but can be fixed:<o:p></o:p>
    • When I first rode with the unit fitted there was vibration at low revs because the profile of the rear dashboard does not accurately follow the inside of the front fairing panel. The bottom corners of the dash needed to be reduced by around 4mm to fix this.<o:p></o:p>
    • With this sorted I rode again but found the unit bounces a lot on bumps, even quite minor ones on the road, and when this happens the front and rear mouldings collide loudly. I have slit and fitted some thick walled fuel hose to the dash panel’s lower edges and this prevents the banging but in the longer term, especially for off road use, the 2 halves need to be joined with a rubber block screwed to each side. I will make something up myself, unless Britannia fairings respond to this issue themselves.
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    Summary – I would recommend the unit to anyone who is prepared to do the work needed to make it satisfactory but not to someone who wants an out of the box solution.

    Note to Britannia - please get in touch about the required improvements - info@stephenpotts.co.uk
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  12. Ian B

    Ian B Fairing Manufacturer

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    Thanks for the feedback on your 690 instal and here's some info on what we've updated recently, which address most of the issues that you came across

    1) Good point on the OEM plug for the headlight and will update instructions accordingly.

    2) We have recently switched to a Hex head for these as they are much easier to tighten with a ratchet (as you suggest)

    3) The dashboards have been modified to avoid this issue. In fact we are having a new design of dashboard made to locate off the front face of the top triple, to avoid having to remove the handlebars. This is to allow for better accomodation of a steering damper and also makes the instal quicker.
    I'm a bit concerned about the movement in the fairing that you describe. These units normal mount absolutely solid.

    The other significant change since you had yours is the wiring harness. The new harnesses no longer require you to do any wire connections and they also have a ground wire that runs back to the battery along with the power wire, to avoid the need to ground at the headlight area.

    Cheers Ian
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  13. BajaDave

    BajaDave Crazy Bastard

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    While I have the universal fit unit on my 690, I can tell you that it is absolutely solid with regards to any bounce, vibration or movement when riding over bumps or rough terrain. Do you have the upper thumbscrews absolutely tight?
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  14. pottsygs

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    Ian B - thanks for the info here and on email, hope the Adventure Spec team have the updated version available in the UK soon. The move to allow a damper fit and avoiding interruption to the top triple / bar mount machined surfaces sounds like great progress to me. Glad the bottom fastner issue is addressed and I'm pleased the plug suggestion was helpful.

    Baja Dave - don't believe all you hear about folk in Ireland, of course the screws are all correctly tightened...
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  15. ridepjride

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    Took the plunge, ordered mine today. If it makes the difference I'm hoping for, the 690E will be my choice for the trip to Colorado this month. Not looking for a Goldwing-level protection, but the variable position of the Lynx shield will be welcome.
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  16. ridepjride

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    Mounting was per plan, noticeable difference of wind protection and lighting improvement. Worth the money.
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  17. sigmund freud

    sigmund freud Adventurer

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    Use a locknut with bolt for screen and dashboard instead of wing-screw /butterfly screw because of the vibrations!


    Hans
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  18. sigmund freud

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    Use small dampers.
    Hans

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  19. Bartron

    Bartron 'Tenacious B' the Bike Punisher

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    To all those with HID's in their Lynx fairings. If the lights fail, do not waste time in taking the out. Delaying pulling them out will result in the lights being coated with a fine white dust from the inside and busted glass where the bulb used to be. Hard to believe but both HID bulbs failed spectacularly for me. Hopefully the replacements Ian sent (thanks!) will last longer.

    BTW, is there an up to date install sheet in PDF available for reference?
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  20. lopaca

    lopaca Been here awhile

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    I had mine finally installed. I had George at ESP here in So. Cal. do it for me. I have not test ridden yet but will report back when I get the time to do so.

    I mounted my gps and 2 powerlet outlets on the cockpit side. Here are the photos:

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