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Road Captain Fairing: Headlight Relocation

Road Captain Fairing: Headlight Relocation

The design of a batwing fairing such as our Road Captain fairing inevitably involves compromises. For the Road Captain one issue that came up early on was whether to optimize the design visually for the 'fairing on' or the the 'fairing removed' case. We noted that our competitors designs seemed to be optimized for 'fairing removed'. For reasons I will expand upon below we chose to optimize for 'fairing on'. This article is meant to explain the impact of this on our fairing design and highlight the trade-offs for each of these 2 optimizations in order to better inform our...

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Road Captain Inner Fairing: Compatibility Issue with Top Mounted Speedometers

Road Captain Inner Fairing: Compatibility Issue with Top Mounted Speedometers

There are a number of Harley Davidson motorcycle that mount their speedometers above the handlebar clamp. Examples include most dyna Super Glides and all sportster models except the Sportster Custom. Our Road Captain outer fairing will fit these models in their stock configuration, but the inner fairing will not. Unfortunately the stereo area on the Road Captain inner fairing will hit the speedometer. The inner fairing can be made to work on these bikes, but doing so requires relocation of the speedometer. This article goes over some options for doing so on various models and configurations. NOTE: Models such as...

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Composites Overview

Composites Overview

Fiberglass. Carbon fiber. Kevlar. When you hear these terms you probably think of the items that are made out of them – fiberglass boats, carbon fiber airplane or motorcycle parts, etc. But those parts aren’t made from these materials alone. If they were they’d flop around like a tee shirt. In addition to the “cloth”, or fibers they contain a stiff and hard resin, usually with a top-coating or skin. Together they comprise a “composite”. When people say something is made of fiberglass, what they mean is that it is a composite part containing fiberglass reinforcing fibers. A composite, in...

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