The Making of the Last Vetter Fairing
My goal is to live better on less energy. I am designing the ultimate fuel economy and rider comfort at 70 mph, into a 30 mph headwind with 4 bags of groceries. Oh yes... in a garage full of vehicles, I want this to be so convenient, so much fun and so comfortable that it is my first choice.

What is the formula? How much horsepower? What will it look like?

Follow my progress in the following web pages as I learn the truth. This is where I apply everything I know about consuming less fuel and liking it.

My job is to design the streamlining and to develop a kit so you can streamline your bike.

Chapter 1: The Search for Fuel Economy

Chap. 1: Streamlining Saves Fuel

What is the Big Deal, anyway?

Americans have developed such a thirst for fuel that we cannot generate enough from our own resources.  Today, we import half our fuel from other countries. Some of these countries hate us and want to destroy us. Guess where their money comes from.

 We need do reduce our fuel consumption by 50%. Our 7 mpg trucks need to get 14 mpg.  Our 25 mpg cars need to get 50 mpg.  Our 40 mpg motorcycles need to get 80 mpg. If we did this, we would not have to import anybody else’s fuel.

Half our fuel is imported

This is my passion

The goal is to make a cycle we will want to ride across country that gets at least 100 miles per gallon.  We must begin with the right horsepower and then streamline it. Here you may follow along in my design process.


It is my hope to inspire you to take the matter into your own hands and see for yourself what is possible. As you read the following chapters, you will notice that the last Vetter fairing, my Streamliner Kit has been made entirely with simple tools which most of you already have in your workshops.

Do not expect Detroit or Japan or our government to solve these problems. "Living better on less energy " does not make anybody money. But, "Living better on less energy" can make our country stronger.

Follow along. See how easy and how much fun this is. I hope you get inspired. We can do this together. Begin now:

Pick a machine with the right horsepower. Something that sets low with about 15-18 hp. should be a good beginning.
Step one is to photograph the key views and size them in PhotoShop
Streamline it
Streamline it: Streamlining is round at the front... pointed at the rear. Streamlining allows less power to do more
Step two is to do a quick sketch of a streamlined shape.

More is to be gained by adding a tail that can be gained at the front


I already have the famous 470mpg Streamliner body parts which are perfect for "bent over" riding. But, I want to sit up. So, lets see how close the fit will be.

Step three is to put my existing Streamliner fairing over the Helix and see how close they fit. PhotoShop makes it easy

We can see that they are much too small and will need to be "stretched"


Leaving the ends together but widening the center will make them fit
Step four is to cut and reposition the Streamliner parts to see how close they can come to my sketch

Actually, it may be easier to begin from scratch. We'll see.

Cut it, pull it apart and tip the rear section up. Add a head fairing to help smooth the air behind my helmet.
Freedom Machine

Why we need a new class of motor vehicles

This page posted Feb 20, 2008

Updated Mar 1, 2014

Chap. 3: Road Testing the Long Tail Mar 28, 08
Chap. 1: Streamlining Saves Fuel Feb 20, 08
Chap.2: CAD Streamlined Body Mar 8, 08
Chap. 4: Planking with Foam Apl. 5, 09
Chap. 5: More Wind Testing Apl. 7, 08
Chap. 6: The Final Shape Apl. 17, 08
Chap. 7: Decisions about Details May 10, 08
Page 8: Making the Center Bulkhead June 1, 08
Chap. 9: Rear Bulkhead and Truck bed June 8, 08
Chap. 10: Finish Rear and go for ride June 17, 08

If you have not yet watched my DVD, How they Got 470 mpg it is time to get it for the basic foundation for what we are doing here

Chap. 11: Finish the Tail June 29, 08
Chap. 12: Heading for Ohio, July 13-23, 08
Introduction to Fuel Economy
Chap. 13: Riding in the Midwest July 24, 08
Chap. 14: Vintage Days Ohio, July 25-7, 08
Chap. 15: Summary to date Aug 12, 08
Chap. 16: Adding Weight to the Front Sep. 1, 08
Chap. 17: Truth and Motorcycle Design Sep 4, 08
Chap. 18: Where should the weight be? Sep 25, 08
Chapter 19: Finishing the Streamlining Oct 14, 08
Chapter 20: Streamlining the Handlebars Nov 4, 08
Chapter 21: Unexpected Problems Nov 11, 08
Chapter 23: Getting my feet in and out Dec 19, 08
Chapter 22: Streamlining is working Nov 25, 08
Chapter 24: Streamlining is beginning to work! Jan 1, 09
Chapter 25: Tuft Testing Mar 2, 2009
Chapter 26: Starting Over April 9, 09
Chapter 27: More Ideas for Starting over April 20, 09
Chapter 28: Show time! Aug 1, 2009
Chapter 29: Getting the big parts right Dec 10, 2009
Chapter 30: First evaluation from an outsider Dec 20, 2009
Chapter 31: Visit with Allert Jacobs Dec 24, 2009
Chapter 32: Prius Headlights Jan 18, 2010
Chapter 33: New Gears Feb 17, 2010
Chapter 34: New Mileage Records April 25, 2010
Chapter 35: The Quail Gathering of Motorcycles May 9, 2010
Chapter 36: End of the line with the Helix June 19, 2010
Chapter 37: Vetter Challenge Oct. 9, 2010
Chapter 38: John Keogh helps out Dec 8, 2010
Chapter 39: Working with Keogh Dec 17, 2010
Chapter 40 and up (Work continuing in 2011)
Designing the Last Vetter Fairing

Chapters 1 thru 39 (2007-2010)

Chapters: 40 thru 51 (2011)

Chapters: 52 thru 61 (2012)

Chapters 62 thru 68 (2013)

Chapters 69-up (2014)

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