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Author Topic: Kutter fairing.............I am just curious  (Read 1764 times)
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« on: May 31, 2011, 10:24:12 PM »
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What is something like this worth? Not the whole bike. Fairing........





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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 10:54:21 PM »
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Looks like a Vetter copy?  If it is local $55 to $75?  If it has to be shipped, then it is hardly worth the expense to box it and ship it, I would guess.
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 11:02:34 PM »
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Looks like a Vetter copy?  If it is local $55 to $75?  If it has to be shipped, then it is hardly worth the expense to box it and ship it, I would guess.

Not real sure but I think I would go +1 on that.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 11:09:53 PM »
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No real market for these big heavy clunkers...$25.00 maybe.... but what would you put it on?
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2011, 07:55:38 AM »
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I watched a guy buy one of those at the swap meet at Mid Ohio for $5 bucks one time... The swap meet dealer was tired of moving it around with him and said "make me an offer" !
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2011, 08:47:43 AM »
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Yeah I don't think they're worth anything either.  I thought everyone had one laying around, I'm hoping to give mine away some day.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2011, 08:53:18 AM »
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Looks like a Vetter copy?  If it is local $55 to $75?  If it has to be shipped, then it is hardly worth the expense to box it and ship it, I would guess.

Yep, looks like a copy of a Vetter Windjammer.  And as has been said, heavy piece of stuff.

One of the biggest problems using these old things is they are frame mount - you'll have to build your own mount if you can't find one -  Shocked Shocked Shocked .  The mounts used to cost big bucks.

Look for something lighter and more easily mounted.  These were a good idea at the time (?) but have no real place in the "here and now" (IMHO), even on a classic bike.

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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2011, 09:56:53 AM »
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OTOH, some of us oldsters have many thousands of miles behind a Windjammer or equivelent.  They made the bike top heavy, had the areodynamics of a barn door (thank you John Mills) but gave great coverage from bugs and cold and had a fair amount of storage to boot.

The Windjammer is what prompted Moto Guzzi to do the SPI fairing, and BMW to do the R100RT fairing.  So in that way it was a bit of a trend setter.
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2011, 01:15:12 PM »
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See if there is a local trike club. Those guys seem to be stuck in the 70s.... Wink A friend of mine used 2 of my old fairings like that on his VW trikes. Molded it right into his bodywork. They also go ape over those huge tail boxes that are way too big. The more chrome railings and doo dahs, the better... Cheesy Oh yeah, those chrome bolt on spikes are key triker stash too.....
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2011, 01:20:55 PM »
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They're so big and heavy that they're hard to sell except in person, and then sometimes you give them away.

I got a Bates fairing with two Bates panniers and a gigantic oversize top-box at MidOhio one year for free.    The guy hadn't been able to sell them and couldn't face loading them back up and taking them home, so I put them in my truck and took them home.   The panniers are doing workhorse duty on a Convert, the top box ended up being binned, and the fairing is still on my shelf, an answer awaiting a question .....

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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2011, 01:58:08 PM »
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One of the biggest problems using these old things is they are frame mount - you'll have to build your own mount if you can't find one -  Shocked Shocked Shocked .  The mounts used to cost big bucks.

Look for something lighter and more easily mounted.  These were a good idea at the time (?) but have no real place in the "here and now" (IMHO), even on a classic bike.

I've had lighter and more easily mounted windshields on my California II, and they were awful.  Yes, you need the hardware to mount it to the frame, but once you have that, the frame mount is one of the Windjammer's virtues - no feedback to the steering.  I don't notice the weight.  Might be different if you have one on a small motorcycle, but a California II is already fairly heavy.  I've read this "heavy" thing enough times that I wonder if they aren't all the same weight (mine is a Windjammer III), or there are jugs of motor oil stored in the pockets or something.

Looking around at the touring models offered by various motorcycle manufacturers, I see nothing but frame mounted fairings, that look they were designed by teenage boys with dyed orange hair.  If your motorcycle is otherwise suited to that use, and you want the wind protection, it's your choice - '60s windshield like an Eldo cop bike, or vastly superior '70s Windjammer, designed by Vetter, using a wind tunnel, to be ideal for motorcycle touring.  (Or you could get a copy of one.)

Esthetically, my motorcycle looks distinctly better with the Windjammer, it repeats the slight upsweep curve from the seat and tank, balances the slightly weird handlebars.  It sure doesn't look at all like a hamster getting its head crushed.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2011, 04:25:24 PM »
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I had a copy like that on a CB500-4.  Yep it was a bit heavy (20-30lb?) but it really did a decent job.  After I put leg shields on it was only a really heavy rain that I would get wet.  And winters it was nice too.  Made riding in desert windstorms bearable.

But, handling suffered a bit with all that weight on the front wheel.
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