Let me first start at the beginning. I always wanted a bike that I can play with at the weekend but also take on a longer trip.
The following is the start of an attempt to create the ultimate Lightweight Adventure Bike that fit my requirements.
Since there is nothing on the market (In my opinion that offers this) this makes me the Leader in that market
(Note my definition of lightweight Adventure Bike is anything smaller than 500cc so Yes the KTM Oryx does NOT count! )
PS: Since the KTM guys call their 690 the Oryx, I decided to also give mine an African flavour, so I called it the Meerkat
The main reason to start this project is to make the ride more comfortable, doing plus 110 kpa on a stock standard DRZ for more than 100km is NOT fun.
So I decided it needs a fairing, like what is used in the Dakar. View thread for more info: http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=54687.msg1709922#msg1709922
So lets get to it
The plan is to ultimately build the final product out of fibreglas (Or even out of PVC sheeting)
The biggest challenge at the moment is to find the correct lights.
I am looking at 90mm Hella driving lights - they off a twin combination with Low beam and high beam. The problem is that they use an H9 bulb that is 65W. The standard DRZ is H3 and 55W.
The ultimate solutionn will be HID. If you have any ideas or solutions please let me know.
It all started with a Paper template.
I then traced this onto Komatex sheets, cut them out and started bending:
Build the first prototype
Close up of second prototype
I then took it for a test ride to find out if there is any protection from the wind
Fitted the perspex screen
1. Fabricate the bracket and fit to frame ( I have a bolt on solution!)
2. Fit lights.
3. Paint the fairing (Please help with ideas!)
4. Complete the fibreglas mold
As I progress I will post and give you all an update.
Any help with the light will be appreciated !