Smooth Flow Windscreen

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Dustodust, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. Dustodust

    Dustodust Long timer

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    Thanks all ,
    Let me know how these are holding up. They should be good now since they are infusion molded with UV resitant resin .
    So far I have sold 19 parts but barely at the break even point after all the $ investment , (well negative if I count the hours spent) .
    Had one complaint /refund for flaws in the carbon face , but I re-sold that one after it was sent back to me.

    If anyone has problems let me know, I will try to make it good. These are handcrafted parts and almost impossible to get perfect. The earlier ones ( first five ) were especially difficult and I dont want anyone to feel ripped off

    the new mold / infusion system is much better but I did a failure yesterday , pulled it out of the mold and there was a flaw on the face. I have a scrap pile 11 parts deep . When I get a failure it is depressing and I just want to quit and sometimes it delays shipping but that has only happened 4 times , I try to have product before putting it up for sale. I have destroyed two molds getting parts stuck, wasted 11 parts and failed so many times I just wanted to quit so many times. Then I got in so deep I couldnt quit . I have never had so many failures and tried so hard at something with so little profit
    it is at the point where I am not doing this for the money but more for the challenge that I refuse to fail
    It is getting smoother .but still not easy making these . Injection molded by a factory would be nice, but they would not be the aerospace carbon quality
    thanks for sticking with me

    still runnin
    Against the wind
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcDCvQbOdig
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  2. ktm55

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    The CF looks great! Moose sells a tinted polycarbonate screen about the same size for $55. I'll be heading down that path.
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  3. Dustodust

    Dustodust Long timer

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    yep have at it , injection molded plastic at half the cost of carbon fiber and UV protection hi quality Iso blend resin

    I just did the math on my venture so far :

    18 parts sold
    $ 3325 gross
    - $450 shipping
    =2875
    - $810 materials
    =2065 net
    -960 in mold and failed part materials in attempt to get flawless carbon look
    (not counting miscelaneos sandpaper, polish etc gas to drive and get materials purchase of compressor and vacuum pump)
    =1105 profit
    AT LEAST 200 hours meticulous craft labor ( very VERY conservative estimate)
    = $5.52 an hour -
    :lol3
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  4. cobrat

    cobrat Been here awhile

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    Got mine! This is great work and I love it!
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  5. catalina38

    catalina38 Long timer

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    Quite a few miles on mine and loving it. Got a few big rides planned this year and I'm even looking forward to the long highway sections with this wind shield.:clap:clap
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  6. The Griz

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    Me too. Can't thank Dust to Dust enough for taking on this project and making it!:freaky
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  7. GoneCoastal

    GoneCoastal Adventurer

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    I want/need one for my 2012 990 ADV, but I can't make up my mind between the regular black finish, or the carbon fiber!
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  8. Mattleycrue76

    Mattleycrue76 Adventurer

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    Thanks for doing what you're doing. It's innovators like you that keep things moving forward. Do not get discouraged and do not quit. Eventually it will pay off. I have a few more pressing farkles ahead of a new windscreen but when the time comes yours will be at the top of my list.
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  9. Racer111v

    Racer111v Long timer

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    PM sent. I would like to get one of these in gloss black. Just tell me what I need to do.:clap
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  10. Buggy6

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    Pm'd you. Would like to try one of these out.

    Buggy
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  11. KnowFear

    KnowFear Adventurer

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    I would like one too. PM sent.
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  12. Dustodust

    Dustodust Long timer

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    My apologies to the 9 PM's I got requesting some of these. I have been offline for a while because I had to relocate to Oregon from California .
    I had to find a place quick and rented a duplex with no garage so It will be impossible for me to make these until I can get a shop area. Even my 950 and 525 are outside under a tarp for now.
    I offered to sell the RTM infusion mold to Cyclops but he wanted an inventory of names of those who got the 32 I have sold so far but I never got around to it
    things have been crazy lately working 10-12 hours days at Intel the computer chip maker
    I night consider selling the mold, vacuum pump and about five gallons of UV resistant infusion resin and 4 yards of carbon fabric for about $1000 obo if anyone is interested
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