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Mechanical Engineering Project Question

Hey guys, I'm a grad student going to USC and I'm looking for project ideas for my design class next semester. It would be something along the line of an aluminum product. I ride a cbr 929 and want to pick something motorcycle related. I have a couple of questions for you guys:
  1. What part would you like to be improved with an aftermarket product? (I'm aware of things like rearsets and other accessories)
  2. What's a product you would really like to have that does not yet exist?
  3. What product is too expensive or complicated?
I'm aware the market is somewhat saturated with accessories, however, any input you have would be appreciated. Also, let me know if I should have posted this somewhere else.

Thanks for your help,

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Re: Mechanical Engineering Project Question

an affordable adjustable kickstand....the lowest I have found one for is $150....thats redonkulous....its just a piece of machined aluminum that is sleeved....I could have machined one myself if I had needed one before I graduated college (I was head of machining for Baja SAE when I was doing my senior design project at Va Tech)
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A single sided swingarm comes to mind but maybe a little difficult compared to say a sidestand. It would also require some fabrication but the end result would be pretty cool. It could be modeled after an existing one like a VFR one or fancier like a Ducati one.
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Me and a friend came up with an design for a rake adjustable triple clamp set up, I've always wanted to make it but never had the machine time available at my shop.

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An affordable SSSA that works as well as one Honda made, but looks better.
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Hey guys, I'm a grad student going to USC and I'm looking for project ideas for my design class next semester. It would be something along the line of an aluminum product. I ride a cbr 929 and want to pick something motorcycle related. I have a couple of questions for you guys:
  1. What part would you like to be improved with an aftermarket product? (I'm aware of things like rearsets and other accessories)
  2. What's a product you would really like to have that does not yet exist?
  3. What product is too expensive or complicated?
I'm aware the market is somewhat saturated with accessories, however, any input you have would be appreciated. Also, let me know if I should have posted this somewhere else.

Thanks for your help,

Thien
Something that looks after drive chain tension and lube would be worth gold I reckon.

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I like the chain tensioner idea, something springloaded that can clamp to the swinging arm.
I remember back in the 60's a clutch side twistgrip switch, that one controlled main and dip beams. My thoughts were for a quickshifter / gear change switch or even an easy indicator switch rather than the fiddly switch we have now.
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Re: Mechanical Engineering Project Question

Scottoiler do a good job of the lube part, but the tensioner idea is a great one!

How about a decent, strong luggage rack? Renntec are about the only ones but they are pretty feeble.

Most things are too expensive and complicated for me....
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A single sided swingarm comes to mind but maybe a little difficult compared to say a sidestand. It would also require some fabrication but the end result would be pretty cool. It could be modeled after an existing one like a VFR one or fancier like a Ducati one.
I was more just thinking swingarm in general haha.

As for the Adjustable rake for the front... I am not sure that would be the best idea aha.
Neat in a way, but only real use I could see for that would be street fighters.. Even then its not hard to get a shop to cut and adjust
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Re: Mechanical Engineering Project Question

Thank you so much guys, I will look into what's possible and will post results up later
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