8. Form and Function, Together


In staying with Dent’s theme of aggressiveness and lightness, those two guidelines often mean neither form nor function gets the upper hand. Instead, the two are one in the same. Dent uses the front fairing stay for the Super Duke GT as an example. He’s seen other motorcycles use a metal frame structure to support the front fairing and gauges, which would then be hidden or covered by the rest of the motorcycle’s bodywork. Not so with the Super Duke GT. From the onset, the fairing stay was designed to be sturdy enough to support the headlight, gauges, windscreen, etc., while also being able to withstand side wind gusts. That said, its physical shape wasn’t sacrificed to meet these goals, its angularity blending with the rest of the design.