Frank Buckman Liberates his Rocket 3
What do you do when you ride a giant motorcycle? That's right... you install a giant fairing. Is there a bigger fairing made than the 1974 Liberator I designed for The Motor Company?
I encouraged him... and offered to help.
SOP is for you to prop the fairing up as close to the right position on the bike and send me pictures from the side. Thru the magic of PhotoShop, I will position the fairing in the right place.
Where it belongs
Liberator roughed in place
|From Frank's pic (left) I was able to scale a pic of my Liberator and superimpose it over a pic I took of a Triumph Rocket 3. Vetter Fairings should be mounted as far back, as close to the rider as possible. Usually it is the instruments that limit this. The fairing needs to be rotated so that the windshield is roughly the angle of the forks. Also, the higher the fairing can be placed, the shorter the windshield can be. A shorter windshield is less likely to fold back at high speed. |
All Frank has to do now is get stuff out of the way so the fairing can be in the right place.
Fabricating the top mount
Enlarging the fork opening
|The Rocket 3's forks are so wide that the opening had to be ground out bigger. When you do this, make sure that when you are done, all surfaces are smooth. Cracks like to start at notches. |
The Liberator Fairing has a big chunk of steel bonded inside the nose making it easy to mount it. Now that the fairing is in the right place, Frank has fabricated a new mount that bolts into the existing steel structure.
Liberators were originally mounted in rubber isoltors to deal with the Harley shaking. The Rocket 3 does not have that problem so I advised Frank to mount his Libertor solidly.
It looks like the Liberator was made for the Rocket !
|Frank has cleverly routed his crash bars thru the holes for the side marker lights. He has removed the radiator bling. This is going to work! |
Dakota Dog looks like he has found a comfortable place to ride, too. Because Frank sits so low, the windshield will have to be cut down so he can look over it in the rain - or duck under it in junebug country. As already mentioned, a shorter windshield will handle high speeds better.
By the way: The only source I am aware of for new Liberator windshields is Leif Gustafsson at Gustafsson Plastics in Florida: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell him I sent you.
Free at Last
Frank rode this thing in Alaska the summer of 2010 towing a trailer with his dogs:
Frank brings "Road Joy" wherever he goes
It looks like a travelling circus. The trailer is made up of old Vetter stuff turned into a dog house for two dogs. Does this give a new definition to the word "menagerie"?
Page posted March 17, 2010
Revised Nov 7, 10