Thread: Aprilia SR 50 R
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Old 03-10-2023, 11:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Going good at this stage! You can look at the rest of the uploaded photos on this status and see the different methods I tried. First plan was to allow full wheel clearance and use the same heat-molding process I did to make the seat. That was way too bulky. I ended up trying out a cardboard mock-up with two wheel-bumps design to look like vents. That is still rather ugly but certainly looks better and almost matches the scoot’s curves. I’ve read that a stepped-design like mine can help break up crosswinds better, so I hope that’s true.

The flat section makes it look like a formula 1 wing. I will of course cut that down, but I’m leaving it intact right now as I stitch up the floor pan for the fairing.


The kamm-tail. That’s a bugger. I need space for my backpack so I plan to take the old storage pod the bike came with (can be seen in the very first post in this thread), and turn it into a kamm-profile. I want to leave the rear swingarm open, despite the large effect on drag it creates. There’s alot of moving stuff back there as well as turn signals and a brake light. It would be a real challenge to get that working with given suspension clearances, exhaust clearances, proper air intake flow, etc. The whole drivetrain of the bike is on that rear arm, and it deflects by a surprisingly large amount, so having it open is far less of a design headache.
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