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post #1 of 18 Old 04-19-2008, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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They are ugly and they get in the way.

No, not Harley-Davidsons. It's those hideous gas tank side covers, bulbous monstrosities that serve no known function except to provoke ridicule (and break upon contact with the ground). OK, style is a subjective thing, but they also get in the way when I'm trying to tie down the bike in the toy hauler with straps over the lower triple tree.

So right now I'm running without them, and I must say the bike looks a lot better nekkid. But it also looks unfinished -- I'd like to attach the "chin" piece under the headlight nacelle as well as tie together the upper fairing pieces, and both require the side fairings. Has anyone found a way to "trim" the side fairing pieces in a way that reduces the monstrosity factor but keeps the structural usefulness? The only part that is really needed is the upper edge where most of the fasteners are located, and the very forward part that holds the chin in place.

Any ideas/pix? Any Photoshop cognoscenti out there who could whump up an image?
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post #2 of 18 Old 04-19-2008, 12:36 PM
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I went naked at first, for the same reasons as you suggest...The big fairing side panels are WAY out of proportion with the rest of the bike. But eventually I went in the opposite direction and installed a set of JMV fairing lowers, which make the bike look just right to my eyes.

I have no interest in taking my Strom on more than dirt roads now and then, since I have a real dirtbike for serious off road riding.


BTW...

The bulbous fairing side panels do actually add a fair amount of wind protection for your body. At speeds above 65 mph the difference between naked and faired is very obvious.

Here's a few shots of my bike naked, and with the JMV fairing lowers installed...








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Sweet!! Never imagined the difference would be so much.
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"It's those hideous gas tank side covers, bulbous monstrosities that serve no known function except to provoke ridicule (and break upon contact with the ground)"

Why would you a bike that you have such distain for with no way to change the look properly?

newfoundlanders bike look nice but the obvious missing of something from the tank takes the appeal away and visually incomplete.

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Some "thinstrom" projects over on advrider: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=251613

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Some "thinstrom" projects over on advrider: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=251613
Thanks for that, Monkey. A useful thread. That guy performed somewhat more radical surgery than I was thinking of, but it gives me some food for thought. I have done fiberglass work on previous boat projects so I might take a whack at reconfiguring the side panels. Your response was certainly more helpful than awd505's: "Why would you a bike that you have such distain for with no way to change the look properly?"

I had a fourth grade teacher equally disapproving of my behavior, but at least she had some grasp of spelling and grammar. I'm glad awd didn't have a ruler in hand or he might have smacked my knuckles as well.:-D
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Your response was certainly more helpful than awd505's
Hey, MikeB, maybe if you had introduced the thread a little more tactfully, instead of suggesting that all the rest of us are driving around with hideous, bulbous monstrosities on our bikes you'd wouldn't have been flamed. Just a thought.
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I could barely even understand what awd505 was saying...

I think it has potential to look better naked but like you said MikeB, it does look unfinished.

Thanks for that link too Monkey, that guy is amazing.

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Hey, MikeB, maybe if you had introduced the thread a little more tactfully, instead of suggesting that all the rest of us are driving around with hideous, bulbous monstrosities on our bikes you'd wouldn't have been flamed. Just a thought.
Well the other side of that coin is...

We all know it's one of the best motorcycles ever made, but to deny that it looks like ass, is...well...just that...denial. Mike is just being honest and observant. The bike is all f_cked up looking, in stock form, despite being an amazing machine, functionally.

That being said...

The best looking naked version I have seen, includes the process of adding an SV650 tank...




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Well the other side of that coin is...
We all know it's one of the best motorcycles ever made, but to deny that it looks like ass, is...well...just that...denial. Mike is just being honest and observant. The bike is all f_cked up looking, in stock form, despite being an amazing machine, functionally.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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