Every Vetter Fairing Designed

1966 to present Page updated Jan 8, 2014

Are you a Vetter fan? A collector? Have you spotted an obscure Vetter design on EBAY and want to know how many were made and when? The basics - from my personal records - are here.

As of October, 2013, a "Vetter Owners Group" has been organized. I will check in once in a while to add what I can.

The last Vetter fairing was sold in the early 1980s! That is getting to be a lont time go. The following data is from my archives:

1966: The First Vetter Fairing

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Series 1000 Dec. 1966 thru Dec. 1970 Japanese 250-305s $100 to $129.50 300
See: "Anniversary of the First Vetter Fairing"
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Series 800 Feb. 1967 thru Oct. 1969 Japanese 160-200s $89.50 to $129.50 100
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Series 2000 Mar. 1968 thru Feb. 1969 BMWR Series $159 25
First Series 2000 sold Mar 9, 1968
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Series 500 Phantom / 2 Jan. 1968 thru Sep. 1971 Japanese 350-450s $78 100
First Series 500 sold Jan 14, 1968
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Series 1500 Phantom 2 Oct. 1968 thru Sep. 1971 350-650s $89.50 to $129.50 500
First Series 1500 was sold Oct 15, 1968
See an original Phantom 2 on a contemporary Harley
Serial #B641 Phantom Fairing from 1970 is available
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Series 2500 Feb. 1969 thru Sep. 1971 BMW R series $169 100
First Series 2500 was sold Feb 28, 1969
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Series 1600 Phantom 3 Mar. 1969 thru Sep. 1971 Kaw 500 triple, Suzuki 500, Tri - BSA triples $174 400
First Series 1600 was sold Feb 28, 1969. See the first Series 1600 on Rod Coates' Trident

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Series 1700 Phantom 4 Sep. 1969 thru Sep. 1971 Honda 750 only $187 to $194 650
First Series 1700 was sold Sep 11, 1969, right after I finished designing the Vetter Rocket 3 (which became the Triumph Hurricane of 1973)
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Series 600 Phantom/2 Jul. 1970 thru Sep. 1971 250-350s $96 200
1971: End of the Phantoms and beginning of Windjammers
I spent the winter of 1970-71 developing one fairing design that would fit all motorcycles and named it the Windjammer. When the Windjammer was introduced, nobody wanted the above fairings and production ceased. Over the next eight years, over 400,000 Windjammers would be produced in six variations.
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Windjammer June 1971 thru Oct. 1973
all
$150 to $187 9,000
Lowest known Ser. #1000; Highest known Ser. #9161

6 prong wiring plugs. First Windjammers had no metal serial # plates, just numbers scratched into fibreglass
#1000 went on my Suzuki 750
NEW! How the Windjammer was designed the never before told story

Pre-Windjammer Serial numbers
A note about serial numbers: I wanted to be able to identify my fairings with serial numbers but I did not want anyone else to be able to figure out how many I was making.

From the first Vetter fairing of Oct.1966 thru June 1969, I scratched numbers into the fiberglass, behind the windshield foam tape.

From June 1969 thru the end of 1969, I scratched an "A" prefix to the number. We made about 325 "A" fairings

"B" prefix in 1970. We made about 796 fairings "B" fairings

"C" prefix in 1971 until September we made about 1300 "C" fairings when production of the one piece Vetter fairings ceased.

Windjammer Serial numbers
The first Windjammers began in September, 1971 with hand scratched in serial numbers. Beginning November, 1971, aluminum plates with serial numbers were attached with pop rivits. None of the fairings after that first Windjammer began with any kind of recognizable beginning number. This may seem odd, but at least twenty other companies made copies of my designs. Had they known how many I was making, there would have been hundreds of copy fairings!

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Windjammer 2 Oct. 1973 thru May 1974
all
$193 to $199 30,000
lowest known Ser: #13,648 * highest known: #43,986 9 wire plugs; Silver & black serial plates
*#13648 was on a 1974 BMW R90/6. Now owned by David Beck

#40,992 in Vetter Collection, 2009

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Harley-Davidson Liberator Fall 1974 to Spring 1977
all 74s
$349 5,000
Lowest ser # known L1062 Highest known L5615 Tooling destroyed in Jan 1977 fire
L1062 is owned by Vetter and is avaiable; L5615 is owned by Glenn Lotz
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Windjammer 3 Spring 1974 thru Mar 1977
all
$210 150,000
Ser. #50212 is lowest known number 91830 is highest before 09 labeling; Lowest known 09 numbering: 09-10286 Highest known # 09-142,305

Lowers first shipped Mar 3, 1975

Lowers Lowest known #: 13-4957

Highest known #: 13-99897

First 3s had black and silver plates. Later "09" plates were blue, black & silver
See the role the Windjammer III played in the Honda Story

#50212 is owned by Marshall C; 91830 is owned by Jim rice of Iowa. 91830. Charles Bonnet has #13-13969, Rich Ponce has #09-136005; Robert Ochsner has lowers #13-99897

Windjammer III #09-119311 was made famous in the 2011 Iron Butt Rally on a 1969 Triumph Trident Triple, ridden by Brit competitor, John Young.

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Blue Max Windjammer Jan.-Jul 1975 Slash 5 series BMW
$345 loaded
50 approx
Beautiful dark blue paint with double line white pinstriping.
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Hondaline 1974-77 Honda 750 & GL1000 N/A 50
The tooling was destroyed in Jan 1977 fire The only known one in existence is at the AMA's Hall of Fame Museum, Pickerington, Ohio
This was not my design. We agreed to manufacture it for Honda. Read the story
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Windjammer SS Mar. 1977 thru end 1979
all
$294
100,000 or more
Lowest known Ser. #24-200,459

Highest known #24-281,175

Same fairing called Windjammer 4 in 1979.

9 pin wiring; silver & black plate Used windshield clips beginning 9-77
#24-200459 owned by Steve Anderson

#24-281175 owned by Steve Bracken

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Floating Mount Saddlebags Lowest #29-28,459 Highest #29-76,611

TailTrunk Lowest # 36-200002, Highest #36-250,013

Mar 1978 thru 1983
all
$299 bags; $175 trunk Many thousands of sets... maybe 100,000
Harvey Knesek, our biggest dealer in Illinois has what he believes to be the first production saddlebags: #29-31654. See Jean-Claude Hirtz' ser # 29-76611 Floating Mount Bags

Harvey also has the first TailTrunk: #36-200002. Looks like Harvey wins!

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Vindicator 1977 thru 1983
all
$429* Est 100,000
1978 Lowest # 31-300,849 highest Ser #31-605,461 9 pin, silver and black serial number plates
1979-up Lowest #39-557,352 Highest Ser #39-566,480 Vindicators used the bike's turnsignals on special brackets
Vindicaror Ser #31-300849 owned by Nick Baker

Vindicator #39-557352 owned by Donnie Elsea. Vindicator #339-566480 Kevin Zdenek on a 1980 Honda CM400A Hondamatic. * $429 is price as advertised by Sears and Roebuck 1986-7

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Kawasaki 1977-1983
Big Kawasaki bikes
?
Est 25,000
We rebadged Vetter components for Kawasaki who designed and supplied their own graphics. The lowest Kawasaki Ser known: K32-101,101 Highest K32-126,686 is a rebadged Windjammer 5 from 1983

K35 was the prefix for Kawasaki Lowers

More Vetter - Kawasaki examples
KC32-101101 owned by Tom Darling; *K32-107382 is on Anniversary Kawasaki 26 of 200; K32-108,052 seen on EBAY 2009; featured Type 4 hardware

November, 6, 1978, I sold Vetter Corporation. They were not to use my design logo after existing inventory was used, which seemed to take over a year.

Keeping Vetter Fairings on the road: Vetter Owners make their own mounting brackets


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Windjammer 4; same as SS Jan 1980 to Dec 1981
all
$??
300,000
Lowest known Ser # 37-198,281 Yellow serial plates; some also began with #24.
Highest known: # 37-563,595
* 37-198281 is owned by Darral McClain of North Carolina. 37-440102 has a black and silver serial plate with the Vetter Design logo. Owned by Nate Salhus,Mn (Feb 2009)

37-563595 owned by Dave Broderick Rosemount, Mn

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Quicksilver 1979 to 1984
Mid size
?
65,000
Lowest Ser known #12-00,744 highest 12-065,300
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Mystery Ship
1980
10
Numbered 1 thru 10 on the number plate $10,000 base
#1 in AMA Hall of Fame Museum, Ohio
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Windjammer 5*, masked nose, flat bottom, different, angular Lowers 1981 to 1983
all
$?
100,000
Orange lettering on serial plate; Lowest known #63-100,377 owned by Darral McClain.

Highest #63-180,823 Erling Lauersen

*Only special Lowers fit the Windjammer 5. See below
New page posted to help you with Vetter Lowers

Jan 31, 1983: The new owner bankrupts Vetter Corporation; Assets go to Bell. Now known as Vetter Products division of Bell; All fairing production seemed to have been stopped by 1988... probably a few years before.

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Bullet 1983-6
all
?
5,000
This is the only design I did for Bell before they ceased making fairings. Lowest known Ser. # 60-05,182; Highest # 60-10,031.
# 60-10031 owned by Ib Jensen
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Winged Wheels of America 1997
HD

Heritage

$1300 Less than 50
Company ceased operation when one of the owners sold his business and retired
2013: The Last Vetter Fairing
First one installed on Terry Hershner's record setting Electric Zero. Available now in kit form.
Updated Mar 8, 2014
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