Hello from Warwickshire, England

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Andy52

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Hello

I'm from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England.

I wanted a fully-dressed Honda Goldwing GL1100 but having owned an undressed GL1100 and found it to be too heavy, I decided to try and create a smaller and lighter substitute. I chose a Honda Pacific Coast (PC800) as a starting point, hoping that the rubber-mounted engine would provide the vibe-free ride of a flat-four. It also has shaft drive and under-seat fuel tank for a low C of G, like the 'wing. The one I bought had no original bodywork so it was ideal for re-dressing.

I got a Windjammer with a broken screen on eBay very cheaply, then another rather tatty one with a complete screen for just £1 - Vetters are not very sought after in the UK at present! I cut redundant bits off the PC800 front subframe and welded on brackets to support the fairing. Experimenting on the second Vetter I found that I had to cut away part of the inner shell to clear the subframe, the thermostat housing and instrument cluster. In fact I cut away more than necessary and plastic-welded as much as I could back on again. I intended to replace it with the better Windjammer once experimentation was complete, but it works as it is for now.

I cut the original screen down in stages as I didn't like looking through it. When I could just see over the top it worked quite well, but there was some turbulence, so I used the top of the screen to make a spoiler. I also experimented with vent holes to try to stop exhaust fumes from being sucked into the low pressure area behind the screen - they work quite well. All this left the screen with a few cracks, so I bought a new replacement and carefully replicated the modifications, using an electric jig saw.

The panniers (saddle bags) are by the UK company Craven from a similar date as the Windjammer. They are probably a prototype pair for police use as they came off an old police BMW, and are not a standard Craven design. Again found on eBay, as was the Rickman top box. The bike does look like a rather a lash-up, but a paint job might improve it a bit. I've used it for 2 years now and love riding it. It's a bit lighter than a GL1100, and it goes, stops and handles much better, though the engine is by no means vibe-free.

Andy

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Welcome to the forum! I like the look and what you did with the windscreen. Have you considered adding lowers?
 
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Welcome to the forum. I was just over to London and Devon and had a great time. Drove a car, but the roads would be so nice on a bike. Nice looking bike you have. Mike
 
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Welcome to the forum! I like the look and what you did with the windscreen. Have you considered adding lowers?
Thanks Brian. I did try adding lowers, but they restricted the airflow round the engine so that the front of the seat got very hot from the rear exhaust downpipe of the v-twin engine, so I took them off again. If I can find a way of solving this problem I might put them on again. I like the fully faired look.
Andy
 
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Another Vetter lives!
They are returning, slowly but surely.
The DIY Laminar Lip is excellent, been meaning to do similar with mine, as the PO was a bit short in the arris.
 
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A belated welcome - I've only just found your original post because I was looking up laminar lips and diy screens.
I'm looking at Ali Express and see quite a few small to middleweight simple scooter screens that look very close to the size of the Vetter blade, and some of them are dirt cheap.