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The other day I picked up a couple item's off a fellow forum member..( tyvm Pat )...finally got to finish installing them this am.

The Omar's Bikini Fairing is a solid piece, mounting was pretty straight forward and the look is clean. I've never liked the idea of having a screen on my bonnie, but this one look's good.

It do's require relocating your turn indicator's, a small bracket was supplied to me along with the fairing that bolt's right up behind the regulator, simple...straightforward.

Relocating the ignition switch is also called for when installing this...( also supplied...again Pat...tyvm )...thru trial and error, I was able to get this in place as well. I say by trial and error as I had to remove the plug from the headlight bucket, to have enough slack in the wire's to get the ignition switch to the designed location per the LSL relocation kit.

I like the location far better than near the headlight, seem's it should've been here in the first place. A couple zip ties later and I was all set.

Another really nice day today in PA for riding, took a ride to highspire and visited with joe and the guy's at the dealership prior to the holiday. The first thing I noticed was that the omar's seemed to block alot more wind than I anticipated, I got almost no wind from my chest down at highway speeds. From the shoulder's up seem's to be where the wind is focused now, which is no biggie, but I dont wear a helmet regularly. Minor buffeting from the fairing, but overall all seem's well.

On the way home about 10 mile's outta town I found myself all alone on the road...so... :) Alot more buffeting when the ton is reached, caused a rather uncomfortable pressure in my ears. The bike however seemed far more stable than usual.

All in all I'm pretty happy with it. I uploaded 2 pic's in my album of the bike with it mounted, shot in the parking lot of the church next door when I got back.

Merry Christmas everybody.





[ This message was edited by: SCCTrim on 2006-12-25 07:20 ]
 

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It's hard to convince people that an Omar's is worth the money and effort to modify, paint, finish, and mount.....

But when it's all done, an hour on the open road is suddenly worth all the effort put into that little screen.

That bike of yours is absolutely gorgous. It's obviously a modern high-tech machine, but drips of tradition and seems to tell a story just sitting there. My God, that side cover and those cans..... class, Class!
 

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That is one beautifully mean looking Bonneville. First class all the way. :upthumb:
 

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They are HD drag bars, 39.97 from Battlefield Harley in Gettysburg. Alot more comfortable than stock bars. I did have to add riser's however, the bar's wouldnt clear the tank w/out them.
 

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They were made by The Leatherwork's in CA.


Nice bag's, very heavy strapping, well made.

I have a small tailbag to, nice for hauling stuff.

[ This message was edited by: SCCTrim on 2006-12-28 16:55 ]
 

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Ok, after spending sometime on the road with the bike and the Omar's mounted I have found a issue. It is a issue of clearence regarding the bottom of the fairing and the top of the Pedestrian Slicer. It seem's that there isnt enough room between the 2 ( even with a small groove slotted into the bottom of the fairing ) for suspension travel when the suspension is sharply compressed.

See pic's below, note the "groove" slotted into the fairing in a attempt to allow clearence.







Not exactly sure how I want to handle this issue, I've spent alot of time and money making the bike appear old, and would like to keep the slicer in place. Yet, I also like the Omar's alot, it really does a good job of deflecting a good amount of air and imo aids in stability somewhat at speed.

A buddy of mine is a welder, perhaps I could get him to shorten up the slicer with a plasma cutter, shortening it in both the front and the rear so it appear's symetrical.
 

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I originally had some after-market progressive springs in my tubes when I had the Omar's mounted. No problem. But I had a high speed wallow when riding like a wannabe road-racer. My Hagon Nitro's were supposedly adjustable for my 255 pounds, NOT! (I've since purchased more weigh-appropriate springs).
Anywaaaay........
I took the whole bike to a suspension specialist, but he addressed the FRONT end of my bike, not the rear. He changed the height of the spacer inside the tubes, and took some fluid out.
Long story made short:
It wasn't until I put lower bars on my bike (increased weight bias over the front end) and until this fool messed with my front end that my pedestrian slicer would nick my fairing when I braked while going over a curb and/or a speed bump.

I sold the bike before I addressed the front end (and rear shocks), and in the meantime either sat up and/or avoided from braking while hitting a slow speed curb/bump/etc.

I suggest that you consider an after-market SINGLE RATE spring appropriate for your weight (keeping in mind the additional weight of hardware and luggage on the back of the bike). Opt' for a heavier fluid, and max out your tube height. If you wanna improve the whole handling package of your bike, consider also some Thruxton height after-market (weight appropriate) springs for the back.

Whew...... how'ed I do?
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At some point I was watching eBay for another Black front fender. My plan was to remount my slicer more forward on the new fender. Truth be told, I really miss not having a Ped' Slicer on my Bonnie anymore. It REALLY completes a 'look' I like about a retro British bike. My bobbed fender doesn't afford me enough room to mount a slicer on my wannabe café racer.
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A buddy of mine is a welder, perhaps I could get him to shorten up the slicer with a plasma cutter, shortening it in both the front and the rear so it appear's symetrical.
Trim, you could shorten it down with an angle grinder w/ a sanding disk much easier and less destructive than with a plasma cutter. I'd just run a tape line and grind the beotch down. Also, this method would require minimal touchup paint. Easy peasy.
 

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SCCTrim

Dremel with cutting wheel - protect surfaces, clamp part in
vise, tape line, cut, file / sand, touch up - done.

I miss seeing FattRatts Bonnie Black around here - seeing
pics of yours helps take away the pain...

sweatmachine - race ya. Winner gets Trim's bike for a weekend...

;-)

Cheers,

d9



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I have progressive's in the front tube's on my bike, no spacer's installed however. At roughly 150lb's I'm a light rider, and was rather suprised that I'm having this issue.

Thanks for the replie's regarding this, I'm gonna try the dremel method and see how I fare.

Will post the end result.
 

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Thanks Pratt...

Well I got the slicer cut with a dremel...( ty guy's again )...I cleaned up the edge abit with a stone and a file and shot a light coat of paint on the edge.

Probably removed nearly 1" from the rear of the slicer, I havent bothered to cut the front as of yet, supposed to be very nice here in PA tomorrow and plan on a ride to see if this issue is resolved.

I'm finding myself torn with what direction to take regarding some other mod's I would like to do to the bike. I'd like to add aluminum rim's, something a bit wider for the rear, and smaller than the stock 19" for the front. At least 18"...maybe a 17. While I can probably maintain a classic look with a 18...a 17 would provide somewhat of a challenge regarding appearence.

I'm also getting the burning desire to build a bobber...
 

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One of my bigger desires in the world of bikes, is to build a bobber. Sure I'd like to have an exotic, or a Victory Hammer, or a stripped Rocket III with undertail pipes......

But a bobber done well, somehow with danm good brakes, great handling characteristics, and 80 horsies to the rear wheel, mmmmmmm........... The ONLY other engine I can think of that would more cool than a built Bonnie powerplant, would be an Ariel square four..... but THAT piece of Art Deco sculpture would be a bit problematic.

Danm, give the man a Dremel tool to trim his 'slicer'..... and he's ready to go completely custom! Gotta love it.
 
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