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New Roadster sidecovers #751069
10/01/18 6:26 am
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I've had several sets of tanks/sidecovers for a Roadster, using oem stuff.
But they are getting tougher to find these days, and when I saw a new manufacture set on fleabay, at well less than 2nd hand ones, I thought I'd give them a go.
At £75 the pair + post, for steel ones, worth a try. ? They looked OK, in the pics. Hmmm, Fairdeals2017, thats one of Les's mob, isn't it.
£45 pairs of fibreglass ones are available I see, from another supplier.

They arrived promptly, in grey undercoat rather than the white they were shown in the auction. No matter.
The LHS one has a little tab down the bottom for a rubber buffer, might be a good idea.
The dzus btracket on the LHS one was a bit bent downward, but it straightened and fitted OK.
Looking across them in the light, there was a slight roughness to the surface, nothing that won't paint out though.
And, they arrived in their Mad Bull Tinku carton - india - "the worlds biggest manufacturer of motorcycle spares".
Compared to an oem set, any differences are rather minor.
I'm impressed. No idea if they are still available, or are they sold out ?

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Last edited by Rohan; 10/01/18 8:50 pm. Reason: Oops, few words missing from pricing.
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Re: New Roadster sidecovers [Re: Rohan] #751113
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good candidate for 3D printing.

if you can reverse engineer from a good original


"Are bikes so nice as all that?" asked the mole, shyly...

"Nice? They're the only thing," said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward on the handlebars. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about with bikes."
Re: New Roadster sidecovers [Re: Rohan] #751135
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Interesting possibility.
What material would they end being then ?
Some sort of plastic, presumeably..

A titanium set could be nifty, but perhaps not...

Re: New Roadster sidecovers [Re: Rohan] #751171
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plastic for sure, rohan, but i think there are various specs for different ones. it starts with molten plastic, a meltable filament, that builds up whatever you want by accreting molten plastic, drop by drop.

this 3D printing is no longer out of reach. amazon sells garden-variety printers for $200 that can make something for you the size of a teacup for 50 cents, after you buy the machine (and software?)

i was talking to a norton guy two years ago at mid-ohio about norton sidecovers and 3D printing, but at the time i didn't know how cheap they had become. look at this:



"Are bikes so nice as all that?" asked the mole, shyly...

"Nice? They're the only thing," said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward on the handlebars. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about with bikes."
Re: New Roadster sidecovers [Re: Rohan] #751174
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"Are bikes so nice as all that?" asked the mole, shyly...

"Nice? They're the only thing," said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward on the handlebars. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about with bikes."
Re: New Roadster sidecovers [Re: Rohan] #751289
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OK, oem sidecovers in hand, where do we go from here to get these done. ?

What sort of finish will the surface have ??

Re: New Roadster sidecovers [Re: Rohan] #751294
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well . . . .

i'm planning on buying a 3D printer to make velocity stacks for keihin carburetors . . . and other stuff.

i know nothing about them except that it's possible to do:

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^^^this was made with a "Makers select," about $220: Build area 7.9 x 7.9 x 7.1 inches.

https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-To...amp;keywords=maker+select+plus&psc=1

for $750, there's a Prusa available, not on amazon, direct from european manufacturer. "kit is better."

https://shop.prusa3d.com/en/3d-prin..._tO7o3QIVCmSGCh09jwVpEAQYASABEgJjYPD_BwE . (25 x 21 x 21 cm or 9,84 x 8,3 x 8,3 in)

i'm still looking. my 70 commando sidecovers have a maximum dimension of about 32 cm. so far rhese things are focused on small items, and the largest inexpensive one i have seen so far is a build area of 31 cm.

this one is much more expensive, but does a build area of 35 cm:

https://www.fusion3design.com/f410-3d-printer/large-enclosed-3d-printer-heated-bed/

it's $4500 for one this size, but 45 pairs of new commando side covers at $100 per pair would buy it, not to mention sidecovers for other machines, headlamp nacelles, switch knobs, or whatever else you could generate payback from. dunno whether th equality would make that price acceptable over fibreglas.

surface finish apparently depends on the size of the nozzle that extrudes the melted plastic-- 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 mm i've seen.

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"Are bikes so nice as all that?" asked the mole, shyly...

"Nice? They're the only thing," said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward on the handlebars. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about with bikes."

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