GTO - The Editorial Fairing Project
Words: Dave Larrington
Pictures: Dave / Tina Larrington unles otherwise stated

The information contained in "So You Want To Build An HPV" is extremely useful, but doesn't go into enormous detail. Since I decided to build a full hard fairing for the Editorial Kingcycle, I thought I would enlighten you with some of the hows, whys and wherefores.
After much deliberation, the decision was made to go for a shell with a forward-opening lid. The Aerolope and Rotator are designed to allow the rider in and out through large side openings, but you've still got to get your machine in and out, so you may as well have a (removable) lid, with smaller side openings for hand signals, much like a faired Speedy. The holes could easily be closed off with fabric or GRP side-screens for racing or really filthy weather, while the lid can be left off for sunny day cruising. Important when you need to work on your tan.

Saturday January 17th(1999)

Curses! Due to the odd shape of the CX Safari's roof, my roof bars won't fit. B&Q can only deliver to our area on "Monday". No, they can't be any more specific than that. Buy other things and go home to think.

Saturday January 24th

After a week spent investigating the cost of trailer and van rental, a brainwave and some bodging (Imperial nuts onto metric bolts, anyone?) sees the roof bars and Moby firmly conjoined. And what a stirring sight he made with twelve 2" sheets of 8'x4' insulating board on the roof. If you're planning on doing this, try to pick a day without a howling north-easterly gale. Haul down boards and stuff in shed, pending purchase of hot wire cutting tool and gas bottle for stove to heat conservatory (my enforced "workshop" space).

Saturday January 31st

Hot wire tool and gas bottle obtained. Sit down in nice warm conservatory and practice cutting up off-cuts of Jablite we actually bought for its insulating properties. Hmm, not as easy as it seems.

Sunday February 1st

Drag first sheet out of shed. Cut large lumps off it so as to make it easier to handle. Oops, too large. Never mind, we can re-use that one for one of the "outer" pieces. Drag second sheet out of shed. Trim more sensibly. With tape measure, set square, pair of compasses, various bits of wood and a ruler discovered in the shed which is exactly the same length as the main part of the fairing is high, mark out the first sheet. Start cutting. Knock sheet off Workmate. Sheet lands on the floor with wood, cutting tool and extension lead on top of it. It breaks into two pieces. Harsh words are said. Repeat from "Drag second sheet." until dinner time sets in. So far have filled four six bin-liners with scrap foam.

The Rest Of February And Well Into March

Continue to mark out remaining sheets. Progress is slow due to:

  1. A bout of gastric flu which left me unable to do anything very much for about a fortnight
  2. The fact that the conservatory is a little too narrow to allow a complete slab inside so as to be able to cut it roughly to size. So it has to be done outside - tricky when it's dark, raining and blowing a gale
  3. The Newsletter
My workshop

A partially-Edited sheet of insulation foam.  Note vast size of workshop...

However, once this is out of the way, progress will be made. Watch this space for more details!

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