Craig Vetter, founder of The Vetter Fairing Company, a manufacturer of motorcycle accessories that included the Windjammer series of fairings, will host several presentations during Wing Ding 34 this July. As an inventor and designer, Craig says he was influenced by Buckminster Fuller in the 1960s, whose message was to “Do more with less”. Thus, the common thread of his work became to “Live better on less energy”. In an era when motorcycles got 40 mpg and cars got only 12 mpg, Craig invented, designed and manufactured equipment that made riding motorcycles more enjoyable.
Craig Vetter’s timing was good; a whole generation rode with him and his Windjammer became the most popular motorcycle fairing ever made. Today, every motorcycle manufacturer produces a model with the motorcycle touring components Craig invented. In the 1980s, he hosted the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Contests in which, over six years, winning mileage went from 78 mpg to 470 mpg! and by the time Craig sold his company, Vetter Corporation was the second largest motorcycle-oriented manufacturing company in the United States—only Harley Davidson was bigger.
In 1998, Craig’s design for the British Triumph Hurricane was selected to be in the Guggenheim “Art of the Motorcycle” exhibit that toured the world. His work also earned him a place in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. However, Craig’s interests are not limited to motorcycles. He invented a sun-powered “Still Water Aerator” for Alcoa to help keep ponds from dying, built windmills that compressed air for his factory, and owned California Cooperage, a hot tub company where he designed unique, insulated tub covers and clever wood-fired heaters, and more.
Today, Craig continues to develop ways to live better on less energy. His current “Freedom Machine” is being designed to get 100 mpg at 70 mph (into a 30-mph headwind and carrying four bags of groceries) and be the most comfortable vehicle in the garage. Like all his inventions, there’s nothing like it! ??
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