Join Date: May 2013
Location: Penticton, BC, Canada
calling all air-cooled multi owners
This weekend I had an unfortunate occurrance - the fairing panel which covers the battery on my black 2009 MTS 1100S flew off while I was driving down the freeway. I had recently replaced the dzus style pin that holds it on with a fine-looking yet inexpensive replacement from China which, unfortunately, I think was not up to snuff. I was able to turn around and go back, but was unable to find it... likely it's in a hundred pieces scattered over the roadway. I went back to that stretch of roadway at 5:00am yesterday morning so I could minimize the likelihood of being killed by traffic but couldn't locate it. I figured I'd just grab another one off of a salvage/reseller - I've replaced cracked panels before and if you're patient they come available. However, after talking to a few guys I've bought parts from, this panel is apparently "unobtainium"... apparently I'm not the only one to lose one in this way and they are just not available, period. I was told that you can't get them through Ducati any more, although Ducati Omaha does list the panel for a whopping $710.85 plus taxes and shipping.
So, what I'm considering is trying to make one on a 3D printer... I have no experience doing this but have read a bit over the past couple of days. All you need to "copy" an object is about 40 digital photos taken from all angles. These photos get fed into some (free) software (several different - all free - programs are required) and it generates a 3D model file which then goes to a 3D printer. I know I'll be missing some attachment points, but figure if I have some solid standoffs on the back of the panel I can drill them out and generally make it work. Whatever I do is likely to look a helluva lot better than the black anti-freeze jug I cut up last night and attached to keep dirt and weather off the battery & ECU.
I'm not in a huge hurry - realizing that it's the middle of riding season - but I am wondering if anyone would be willing to take the required pictures of their intact panel for me, now, later, over the winter, whatever. The way it was done in the tutorial I watched (which replicated a stuffed teddy bear) was that the item is stuck on top of a broom-handle sized dowel, then pictures are taken from all angles. If the panel was mounted on the dowel with the inner side facing up it would easily pick up all the attachment points. If it works I'd be happy to make a bunch of them and make them available - the bike just looks like crap without it - there was a time when I didn't mind the mix 'n match bike with missing and mis-colored panels but those days are behind me.
Thanks in advance, feel free to PM with me with any questions or other suggestions to replace this panel... maybe you have a spare in your garage that you never got around to selling when you got rid of your '04-'09 MTS...
'09 Multistrada 1100s