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Here's what I received from Joe Kimble. (BTW, this is the first Rabid Transit I've seen on a monoshock Beemer, which I've looked forward to seeing.) Check out the photos.

"I have built about 4 Rabid Transit Special bikes (1971, 1977, 1979 which won best of show at the 1999 RA National, and now the best one of all, a 1992 RT that has the correct fairing on it--A Rabid Transit, Vesco fairing). I am fortunate to have NOS Vesco windshields, decals, brackets, turn signal lenses, etc. Don signed a photo of one of my bikes in 1995 in Daytona. As you are aware, he passed away with prostate cancer last December. He will really be missed. When he signed my picture (I will try and scan it and send you a copy later), he said, "I wished I still had the molds for that fairing". I replied, "Why, I would be the only one buying them". I see from your web page that I was wrong. I have used Gustafson wind screens which work great. However, when I was building this bike last winter, I cracked a brand new Gustafson, $90 windscreen. So I grabbed a slightly used (some shelf wear) "Vesco" windscreen. I really like it better than the Gustafson windscreen since I always paint my project bikes black with blue pin stripes. The clear windscreen really looks better on a black bike. On this 1992 "Mono shock" bike, I was not able to use the "Vesco" bracket since the Mono shock frames are slightly different than the slash 7 frames (the last bike that Vesco actually made a bracket for). I am using a Luftmeister bracket (which I have used before) and have strengthen all the weak points. Another great thing about the "Monoshock" bikes is that you do not have to leave the headlight shell on. There are no electrics in these bike headlights in contrast to the older twin shock BMWs. The entire RT wiring loom in in the fairing with the ignition lock located on the "dash" of the fairing between the VDO clock and volt meter. Believe it or not, I turned down $11,000 for this bike at the MOA National last July. I truly love this bike, it is the most comfortable one of all of them I have built. (I actually have almost $8,000 in this bike and that includes only $100 for the fairing--I purchased this fairing from a Harley rider about 10 years ago. It was the last fairing I had in my attic and was the best of shape of all I have used. I turned down $1,000 for it many times over the last ten years while it was patiently waiting in my attic to be used again. I am glad I kept it for this last project bike with one of these fairings.) I always look for one of these fairings used at swap meets, etc. They are getting harder and harder to find, however. I really want to get another one for a spare and put it in my attic. My daughter still has the 1971 R75/5 with a Rabid Transit fairing on it that I built almost 20 years ago. I would like to hear from other Rabid Transit enthusiasts. ... The bike , a 1979 R100T, was sold last summer, however, we won best of show with it at the BMWRA National in 1999 (sorry about the quality of the photo but that was pre-digital camera days). These fairings get a lot of attention at the rallies. ... Just another note, this photo (sorry again about the pre-digital camera quality) shows the Gustafson windscreen. These windscreens work great but, are quite thin. I new that I would crack the windscreen if I tried to tighten down the mirror mounts. So, I designed a "floating" mount system. The two holes (by each mirror) that secure the mirrors, are tightened down on a steel brake line tube so that the mirrors are tight. The windscreen has a large hole at each of these locations (using a needle point soldering iron to actually "weld" the hole sides). The windscreen sort of "floats" on a rubber grommet at this location. The grommet actually goes over the steel "spacer" tube. In 40,000 miles (on two bikes and two separate tip overs) the windscreen never cracked. On the stock Vesco windscreen, just tighten the mirror bolts. The screen is thick enough that it usually will not crack. I still "weld" the edges of all mounting holes with a hot soldering iron however. Another note about the Gustafson windscreen (and maybe all windscreens installations that are using the "spoiler" system): I started to notice a lot of buffeting with my 1979 when I got behind trucks. This usually only occurred when I was traveling between 75 and 80 mph however. With my latest Vesco fairing job (with the stock windscreen and no spoiler), my bike is rock steady behind trucks. One of my theories is that without my wife on the bike, and with the Reynolds back rest, the backrest may catch the wind and set up the wobbling dynamics. [I ran the fairing about 30,000 miles on a 1977 and later on this 1979 without a Reynolds back rest and experienced very minimal buffeting behind trucks). However, on my 92 Vesco fairing job (the latest one I built) I have a Reynolds back rest and I get no buffeting. [Of course these mono-shock bikes are really the best ones that BMW made and rarely buffet anyway.] I actually heard from one guy that Gustafson stopped making the curved "sport" windscreen with a spoiler, because of the buffeting problems. However, I have not verified this information. I heard that you can get these nice mirrors, blue tinted also, from the new Hannigan fairing guy. The cheap ones that are similar to these are really junk and I would not recommend them. Please tell your readers to not use the cheap "K-Mart mirrors". I can't tell you how many terrible mirror mounting jobs I have seen on these fairings. BMW RS mirrors seem to work fine but you need to do a little engineering on the mounting studs that are actually a little short. If you look at these mounts, you can carefully replace the studs with longer ones, then epoxy them securely before mounting them on the fairing. Of course, you do have to drill more holes in the beautiful fairing (Ugg !!!). Oh well, I guess I am rambling now. (I can tell you about a really neat place to mount Fiam horns on these fairing but I will save that for a later edition.) Thanks again for the great web site. Joe Kimble 1289 Creekview Drive Muskegon, MI 49441 Home phone, (231) 755-0120 Cell phone, (231) 557-4830 E-mail, njkimble@comcast.net"

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