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Old 03-08-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Scratched an itch.

Hi all. I've had an itch for a while that I've finally been able to scratch. I've always liked the looks of airheads and have managed to get my mitts on a 1981 R65. It's in reasonable condition and I've spent a few hours today just doing some minor fettling. That fairing is immense and should keep some of the rain off me when I'm out and about, it's got a funky solo seat too but I got the original when I collected the bike. The questions for all you airhead experts will start soon, in fact here's one now. The discs are a bit scored, is it possible just to replace the disc by drilling out the rivets or do you have to get the whole lot including the carrier? It's got ATE brakes.

Here's a few pics.






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Old 03-08-2014, 02:30 PM   #2
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The fairing is intriguing. Does it have a label in it?
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:50 PM   #3
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No manufacturers label that I can see but it appears to be very well made, the mounting brackets are very hefty, I wonder if it's an old Oxford Products fairing from late 70's early 80's.
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:13 PM   #4
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It looks like an old rickman fairing?
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:45 PM   #5
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I reckon you've nailed it rambozo, just did a quick Google search for Rickman fairings and there are a few that are very similar to mine.
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:53 PM   #6
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Nice. Good score. Enjoy the scratchin'...

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Old 03-08-2014, 04:12 PM   #7
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I reckon you've nailed it rambozo, just did a quick Google search for Rickman fairings and there are a few that are very similar to mine.
They were popular back in the day I believe, used to be a couple lying about in my dads shed

Looks to be a well looked after bike, good luck with it!
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:27 PM   #8
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In a semi-maybe-related topic, ADVer Stephen Bottcher has a "Vintage/ '70's Motorcycle Fairing page":

http://www.stephenbottcher.net/fairing/index.html

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Old 03-08-2014, 05:39 PM   #9
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That's a good link bill, bookmark worthy
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:50 PM   #10
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Neat bike! Congrats!! I too like the fairing but not the centerstand. May need new bushings as it's hanging pretty far forward.
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:37 PM   #11
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Thanks for that comment about the stand, I wondered why it was a right pig to get it on and off. I will sort that out asap.
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:44 AM   #12
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Centerstand. Good catch, I didn't notice that. Either bushings, or wear on the forward stops. Ideally, the centerstand should make an angle like this:



if the stops are worn, they can be repaired by welding material on:



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Old 03-09-2014, 12:55 AM   #13
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Thanks for that, what are the bushes made from, is it phosphor bronze or will Delrin suffice? I've got bits of both lying about in my garage so I can turn them in my lathe but it's it lot easier to cut a piece of Delrin than phosphor bronze.
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:05 AM   #14
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Unfortunately for you, it needs to be tougher than either of those. But maybe bronze would last a while. Cheap part, and readily available, so...

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Old 03-09-2014, 04:38 AM   #15
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Should be a kit for your stand here

http://www.motorworks.co.uk/vlive/Sh...BA_15_20_MA_40
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