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Old 11-03-2012, 04:49 AM   #376
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I've been playing a bit today. As mentioned earlier, the finish isn't the greatest on this one, so I didn't bother trying to make anything special out of it- just a quick prime & coat of paint.

Why this color? It was on the shelf in the shed.


I'm just about to head back out to the shed again to make up a dash for it (or at least get it started), and to make sure that this light actually still works.



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Old 11-03-2012, 05:04 AM   #377
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DRZ for sale (not mine)

Apparently Sean is looking at selling his DRZ as he just doesn't get a chance to get near it anymore.

It's the bike I took to WA for spare parts for the Australasian Safari in 2009. It's a 2000 model E (Non-ADR, Kick start only). He doesn't know what he wants for it yet, so at the moment I'm just putting word out that it's available.

If you're interested send me a PM. I'll set you up with Sean's number so you can talk to him direct about it.


(This photo was taken before it left my hands- It's condition may be different now)
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:21 AM   #378
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All together... sort of

I've got a mate coming to visit tomorrow, with his bike, so I had to get mine back together.

One thing that became very clear when this fairing was mounted, was that I had less space for the nav gear. After playing with cardboard for a while, I found that my best option was to go lower and wider for the dash. Here's what I came up with:





You'll be able to tell that it's not sitting square (bottom photo)..... that's because it's held together by a few scraps of wood and aluminium offcuts. I was trying to hold it straight though.

Upon connecting the X2, I found that another ballast was dead (shit they get hot). I ended up with a Halogen 2", with HID 4". Both of them are aiming too high for my liking, so I'm going to have to figure out how to do that. Later........ much later.

I had left a gap for a USB charger beside the cigarette lighter, but got carried away and started drilling that one too. oops.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:02 PM   #379
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loos remarkably similar to your trailer....:) the fairing is looking much better with the x2 lights in it.. :



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Old 11-07-2012, 02:15 AM   #380
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loos remarkably similar to your trailer....:) the fairing is looking much better with the x2 lights in it.. :



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Good observation on the color Phil...
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:24 AM   #381
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Bugger, shit.

Mounts:
As anticipated, the idea that was put forward for the fairing mount won't work. So the plan now is to make a bracket that will pick up on the radiator bolts- with crumple zones built in (for when I fall off. Not if, but when).

Dash:
The speedo needs to come up higher, and levelled out a bit -It's just too hard to see from the standing position.I also need better access to the cables.

Light:
Now that I've got the bloody thing working again, I need to tilt it forward about 45mm to get the light shining where I need it. I've been thinking of a few different ways of doing this, but what will probably work best will be a tapered spacer...... but I'll probably get that made, not like it, then go down a completely different track.

Fairing shape:
I was on the bike yesterday with the motor running and was just about to take it out on the road, but had a fire call to go to instead (should've left the pager inside).... The bottom line- I still don't know how it feels on the road. Around the bike track @ home it feels good. Looks good from the seat. Doesn't get in the way at all. I'm going to trim the sides up a bit & see how it looks then.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:19 AM   #382
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Light:
Now that I've got the bloody thing working again, I need to tilt it forward about 45mm to get the light shining where I need it. I've been thinking of a few different ways of doing this, but what will probably work best will be a tapered spacer...... but I'll probably get that made, not like it, then go down a completely different track.
I've picked up my fibreglass stuff so that I can make modifications when it suits me.

So with having the gear back, I changed my mind on how to do the light adjustment.... At least doing it this way, I should be able to fit just about any light to it and have the beams head in the right direction.



Now all I have to do is get a bit of shape back into the sides.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:51 PM   #383
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Playing again.

After a mad week at work, I finally got some shed time in..

These brackets are made out of very light aluminium, so they're useless for anything other than creating a template. Hopefulley I'll get hold of some decent aluminium next week.

While the radiator protectors are removed at the moment (first time since they were put on), they will be re-fitted once adapted to accomodate the brackets. A combination of the radiator guards and strategic drill holes in the mounts should keep the radiators well protected from impacts to the fairing.

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Old 11-22-2012, 01:57 AM   #384
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Fairing mounts.




There you go.... mounted through the B&B radiator guards. The tank can be removed while leaving the fairing in place (so far).

I'm going to road test it tomorrow.... with only the new mounts holding the fairing and lights in place. I know I need to make the fairing stronger to be mounted this way, but I want to see how it goes.

I've already started to shape the next fairing,
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:15 PM   #385
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.....

I made it to work without anything breaking.

The wind deflection was actually really good with no buffeting.... Up to the legal limits of course.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:23 AM   #386
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Pannier rack

Flappy disc time...

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Old 11-29-2012, 03:30 AM   #387
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Shaping the sides

Ok. I've established that the fairing works well enough for me. But as much as I try, I can't get over the round edges... so I'm looking for some input as to what to do with the sides:

Wide & facing down a bit............................................... ......... Or narrower & squarer.




OR any other ideas?????/
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:12 AM   #388
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Its looking good mark, maybe though instead of flaring out could you cut it in below where the dash is and them haver it flare back out over the tank?

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Ie something like this



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Old 11-29-2012, 04:37 AM   #390
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Hmmm

Thanks for the suggestions Phil..... I'll have another look at it. As far as modifying the mold goes, it will be easier to pull it in from below the dash, then come back out to the tank as it is now (your suggestion); than to make the flares that I was looking at.


Can the pics get any bigger Phil? And how do you post pics using the android phones???


As a side point; The lights seem to be alligned ok with the mod I made.......... but nowhere near what I'm used to using.
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