Fairing Adventure

And so my FibreGlassing skills picked up a bit over time, and soon it was time to try out a fairing. We were running the Dragbike without a fairing, and because of two reasons: 1. We were not sure of the aerodynamic advantages at speeds below 100mph, and 2. We couldn't yet finalize on a proper design.
One of these days i happened to pick up an old motoring magazine, and browsed my way through the report of an old MotoGP race - where Rossi, on his M1, won, and also (surprisingly) on the podium was Oliver Jacques on his Kawasaki. There was a nice pic of both celebrating, and the Kawasaki fairing caught my eye. It was damn neat to look at, and very well
designed. Of course, being a MotoGP fairing, it's probably top-noch stuff with tons of research and WindTunnel work behind it.

So, to cut a long one short, i started with making a cardboard replica of the Kawasaki fairing. Well, the word "replica" is a bit too much, because, predictably, i ended up with something that Kawasaki Racing wouldn't wish on their worst enemies :) Anyway here goes:


Initial stage - A first layer of Resin, and a thin layer of Mat on top.

The second stage, with another layer of Resin and Mat to add strength.

The third stage, with final layers of Resin & Mat, and a rough paint coat.

The fourth stage, after a round of SandPaper work.

Fifth stage, after more SandPapering.

The Sixth stage - with all cardboard removed.


Time to compare with the "Original" :) Of course nowhere near close. But then more work needs to be done. More sandpaper and symmetry corrections. And a fresh black paint coat.
The mouth at the tip of the original is probably a Ram Air duct or something - definitely something we dont need and im yet to decide whether to cut it or not. Meanwhile, it's going to be long tiring slog of sandpapering before i can get the finish anywhere near to a factory quality one.

Comments:

That is tight. I want to turn my 04 z6r in the or m1. That's craftsmanship.

Posted by Ule Karter on prill 07, 2009 at 06:50 PD PDT #

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