Grad Project: Part 7- The Mount

It’s no surprise that when it comes to storage, motorcycles are not exactly the most convenient. They are small and require a certain amount of balance and strength to operate. There is the coordination of the hands and the feet to accelerate, and the massive instability that comes when slowing down. So when someone wants to pack a motorcycle full of gear for an extended trip, they are already fighting a difficult battle.


The main places to attach gear on motorcycles are really no different from the places where it would have been stashed on horses. Saddlebags (panniers), and right behind the saddle. Over the past few years, a few more clever places have been added for gear storage. My personal favorite is a bag that fits snugly on the fuel tank of the bike. These are called tank bags and I have come to rely on it quite heavily.


A fairing mount is something new. For many riders, this has always been the optimal place to put the tent. The tent is the longest item (unless traveling with a rifle or shotgun) of luggage. The handlebars, being the widest point of the bike, are the most practical place to attach the tent. Unfortunately, there are a few things that must be taken into account when attaching the tent to the fairing. One, and this is the most important, is to make sure that the tent is not in the way of the headlight. This is for two reasons, one being safety, and the other is heat. New halogen headlights put out a massive amount of light, and the result of this is also a lot of heat. This hot spot, along with the everlasting vibration of motorcycles makes the tent likely to drop into the headlight space which would likely result in a melted tent.


I want to give the rider something that can allow them to find comfort on the road, as well as peace of mind. There are already so many stimuli vying for a rider’s attention that it makes sense in terms of rider safety to not have to constantly make sure that the tent has not vibrated lower on the fairing.


Part of my justification of this design is that one less thing to have to strap to the motorcycle, the less of a chance there is to have things rattle themselves off. I should know, in my group of riders, I am most often the one losing something; an axe, bottle of oil, etc. So in a soldier’s mentality of “everything has to have a place”, this fairing box gives the tent, arguably the most important item, a permanent place on the motorcycle. Finally.

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