The Wedge fair­ing

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Read­ing the obit­u­ary for my great mate Bob Levy (OBA 67) re­minded me of how the ‘Wedge’ fair­ing on Bob’s Kawasaki out­fit came about. We went to school to­gether, and I was a Cop­per­smith by trade so I knew how to work with me­tals. Bob had prob­lems at Bathurst with the out­fit lift­ing off the ground over the two humps on Con­rod Straight – the side­car wheel would come down first be­cause of the weight of the pas­sen­ger. I de­signed the wedge fair­ing and built it in alu­minium and Bob then had it made in fi­bre­glass – and it worked per­fectly, hold­ing the out­fit straight and true over the humps at Bathurst. I be­lieve the orig­i­nal fair­ing is still around, in the mo­tor­cy­cle mu­seum at Nabiac. Bob Howle Black­town, NSW.

Bob Levy and Mal Byrne on the Wedge at Hume Weir, 1974.

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