yeah I really like the look of the glass from the past ones, when I was looking for an image to accuratly represent what fairing I wanted I saw a whole bunch of bikes (dont know where, I cant find a single one now) with a similar fairing that was obviously fitted for a different bike then it was intended, forcing it to be either mounted to low or to forward, generally just "off" so that it wasent flowing with the bike.
not saying that you cant modify it to fit a different bike and have it fit perfect, just saying that it definetly needs to be close. when I scrape some cash together ill send bret an e-mail asking what he thinks.
if you look close there are street fairings which are higher in general because it assumes you are using standard bars ..yuck!
The racing ones are assuming your using clip ons and are lower,clubmans can slip in the same mode as the clip ons so that where you get that ackward look by using the so called street version instead of the lower truer race version.
I have seen many a race version adapted to other makes with no problem.Just some are wider for "fours" and others narrower for twins.
I finally got my CB450 running well. ( 159 Q-4 needle jets instead of the 159 Q-6 ). I was rummaging through my garage attic and found a bikini fairing from a RZ350 that'll fit nicely. Its a bit beat, but my bike is ugly so I don't care.
so before i head to home despot and start drilling all sorts of things to mount this in my crude fashion, are there any set ways to mount this?
I was just going to run some sheet metal between the tank and frame and bolt it to either side then get some L brackets to mount the headlight to the fairing, but I would think that would allow for a ton of wobble and possible crack it after a few runs at even moderate speeds.
I dont have any welding gear and my guy that useually helps me out with this kind of stuff is kiiinnda in jail right now...
some mount to the bars or headlight (flyscreens, bikini fairings, etc) and some mount to the frame (ducati, norton, production style fairings). The first thing to figure out is which is better for what you have. Also unless it is a large fairing most don't move the headlight.
Maier makes a number of small cafe style fairings and their handlebar mounting system is pretty sturdy. I think you can order just the mounts from them.
Dennis Kirk sells a nice set of frame clamps you can use to make some fairing mounts. You are going to want to triangulate the cross braces and use tubing instead of sheet metal - it is stronger.
BTW, for those out there still looking, don't discount 80's sport bikes as a possible source for a fairing. I saw a bunch of guys using 88-94 FZR600 front top fairings as bikini fariings. They would glass up the headlight holes, trim the bottom a little, and mount them to the handlebars (with little driving lights mountes underneath).Looked slick and those pieces are pretty cheap (I have one rotting in my attic right now).
for all intents and purposes my fairing is the same as the one above, Im away from my home for the next week and a half taking care of my younger cousins, i can take a picture of my actual fairing thursday after next if need be.
given the size of mine I think ill definetly need to mount the headlight to the fairing, maybe using those same mounts to mount the fairing to the front tube (fairing-headlight-frame, taking care not to interfere with the front forks movement.) then do the undertank/over frame thing just to keep the rear in place.
one suggestion I can make for the lower brace is to make an X pattern and attach it to the frame through the forks. Make sure the X joins at where the forks are so you dont restrict movement. You can even use aluminum bar stock to make the braces - lighter and stronger than sheetmetal and will look trick.
So nobody here has that kind of fairing? id really like to see some pictures of mounts that are already "tested" as it were.
not ignoring your post geeto, if i havent got a response to this by the time i get back home that will be how I mount it. Im just concerned that I wont be able to manipulate the barstock appropriatly with my limited tools (basically a dremel, a drill, some files and your basic "handymans tool chest" filled with screwdrivers and wrenches.)