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Anybody know of a place that sells what i'm going to call fabric lowers.



Scott and I were walking around slimey crud today and found this guzzi. It looks like a simple design if you have a wrap around bar and can find melt proof fabric.





 

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I would bet that those were factory, or a re-cover of an original. The Italians have used fabric and leather as far back as they've been making motorcycles (and planes, cars and helicopters too.)



Here's a pic of a 1950's Moto Guzzi police bike, the fairing and cover you see in the pic are leather on top and coated canvas on the bottom.







Canvas is very tough stuff, entire airplanes, including engine cowls are made from it. Leather can also take some serious heat when it has to, some of the old supercharged cars used to use treated leather wrapped around parts as a heat shield. The Japanese even used leather to make gas tanks for aircraft during WWII.
 

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i know jp cycles sells them in there metric catalog but from what i remember they are not cheap
 

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Guess that's a start lucky. I was just curious on it and the type of material they are made off. I know I should be able to make them if I have the bars to mount them too.



I do have the Dennis Kirk book. Wonder if they have them listed.
 

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On the '81 Deluxe with Vetter fairing I fashioned lowers out of a black plastic 5 gallon bucket and a circular saw. Each side was about 1/5 round +/- of the bucket. Maybe 6" wide. I attached them to the radiator shroud mounting threads with a lightweight "L" bracket from a hardware store; one on the top hole and one on the bottom hole on both sides of the radiator. the center edge of the bucket slice curved slightly back towards the radiator and the outer edge of each side curved back to the outside of the bike. They were wide enough to throw water away from the pantleg. I traced and cut them to fit pretty snug against the vetter fairing.



I dont' think I have any pictures; but they didn't look that bad at all. Not quite stock or factory looking, but not bad either. Easy to paint also.
 
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