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#1 owenn



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Posted 12 July 2016 - 03:52 AM

I don't know if motorcycle styling qualifies as being Nerdy, unless it is Steampunk or pretty way-out,

but this is one of the styles I have been working on.

The main style features here are:

1) The side vent grating, based on the Kawasaki GTR 1400 one, revised to fit.

2) the treatment of the surround to the carburetors. 

This shown as an arc that follows the line of the airbox-tank and side panel,

finished with small ridges, painted satin black.


I am not to sure on the "Rainbow curve" motif- it is a bit overpowering.

I will research other less regular layouts and compare them.

The base color is planned as deep red metalflake, similar to one of the original colors.

I am basically eliminating pre '90s styling cues.

Examples : the four-square trapezoid layout of the headlights and the later model


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The whole rebuilding and remodeling exercise should be fairly cheap.

The only new tools I need are a second-hand oxy-acetylene set and

a plastic welder hot-air gun.

I need to learn a bit more about fiberglass reinforcing mat.

I want to use Polyurethane resin, based on 1.5mm 3-ply marine plywood

as an understructure.

It should be fun trying to get a smooth surface over 3-D curves.

(A compressor and paint spray unit would be handy, too)

A handy tool is a long flat plank with a strip of sandpaper on one side,

to get nice smoothing over longer distances.

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#2 owenn



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Posted 12 July 2016 - 03:33 PM

Further additions:


Other style themes worth investigating:

1) Tick-stylised.

2) Hyperbolic lines.

3) feature line cross.

4) intersecting solids-used on ZZR 1200

5) thick/thin swoopy "Z".

Alignment with "built-in" features and edges.


Try to carry style-alignment details across the fairing as well.

I don't need profile continuity curves- the ducktail aligns with the rising side feature.


The "Airbox Tank" section doesn't need to be teardrop-shaped.

A lot of it is concealed by the fairing.


Maybe the shape needs more integration with the fairing- hollow curves connecting them?

The ability to seperate airbox-tank and fairing is useful for construction.

Concealed parts can just be shaped by utility.


The fairing rear edge is determined by rider knee clearance and toe clearance,

but can be more curved in side view.

#3 owenn



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Posted 13 July 2016 - 04:38 AM

Version 2.

Area around the carburetors is tidied up a bit, and the curves are applied to the fairing edge.


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