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Saturday morning, heading out to get my inspection, as thats what we have to do here in Pa. I pull out of the yard and as soon as i hit the street my rear wheel starts spinning, as the bike launches into a fish tail kinda action. Needless to say the left mirror is banged up, the left side of the fairning is ripped off, dented the tank on the left, [email protected]!#%d up the clutch handle bar end and clip on bar. Think it's pretty safe to say my weekend [email protected]!#ing blows donkey [email protected], and it's just starting, hope the rest of my weekend doesn't suck so bad.
 
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Re: Ho's this for dumba$$ moment

That sucks. How much do you think it's going to take to get her back in good shape?

So what caused the tire to spin? Too much gas, poor traction?
 

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take me about a week or so to do the body work, unless i can pick up a used upper pretty cheap. as for the why the only guess i have is poor traction. Cold tire on a cold street.
 

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sounds like me. i ended up doing my fairing my way. i'm not gonna keep buying new crap that breaks again the moment its laid over. this was all part of somebodies master plan...
 

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I fixed it once all ready this year, had a highside the tore the right off. I'm gonna end up fixin this one unless i find a cheap one, someone is wanting to get rid of. at least now is a good time to do it up the way i want and get ready to lay some paint on it. Gotta get her looking good for next season.
 

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sure it was cold tire on cold ground? no gravel or anything?oil slick?
 

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no gravel or oil or anything else. thats why im chalkin it up to poor traction.
 

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bastard child said:
no gravel or oil or anything else. thats why im chalkin it up to poor traction.
either way, sorry about that man, always sucks to down a bike.
 
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I am replacing my broken fairing with a fiberglass one from airtech, fiberglass can be repaired without hint of minor/medium damage on the outside which saves the time and cost of finding a useable used. I'll pop in some kevlar while it's still in the white for abrasion resistance in the corners. I'm also gonna photo-document this installation for posteriority.
 

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Splash said:
I am replacing my broken fairing with a fiberglass one from airtech, fiberglass can be repaired without hint of minor/medium damage on the outside which saves the time and cost of finding a useable used. I'll pop in some kevlar while it's still in the white for abrasion resistance in the corners. I'm also gonna photo-document this installation for posteriority.
Splash & Co,
I'm looking to get an AirTech fairing too. From what i read on their website their fairing doeasn't come with the mounting brackets built on, so I'd have to make & attach some myself (I'm a Newbie to doing anything like that).

Is that correct, or did I misunderstand?
What kind of primer, paint & clearcoat are you planning to use?
Bart
 

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I need a new upper fairing myself, but from the pics, the airtech one wont fit the 06, either that or it just looks different. Anyone have any insight?
 

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From my original post http://www.ex-500.com/index.php/topic,248.msg2068.html#msg2068

Here is a link to a photo experience of a broken upper fairing, replaced with one from AirTech.

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/sihing_steve/my_photos

CerialPhreak:
My bike is an 05', so a fairing for your 06' should be okay.

MrSciTrek:
This is what I did to secure the headlight into the frame, using the AirTech fairing.

1. I took a 1/8" thick, maybe 1" wide aluminum piece and cut it into two equal lengths. (Not sure how long, eyed this one)
2. Using vice grips, I bent each aluminum piece into a "seat" or "bracket" the headlamp could rest on, in the headlight mounting frame, so that it wouldn't crimp/rest on the wiring.
3. Then, with zip ties I attached the headlight assembly to the headlight mounting frame. I kept the zip ties loose at first so that I could do a rough headlight alignment.
4. Once the zip ties were cinched tight, I fine tuned the headlight position with the adjustment knob.

You could also get some "L" or "U" brackets and mount the headlight to the fairing itself. This would lead to a couple of extra holes to drill, and it may make future servicing a little more difficult with the headlight attached to the fairing, but that's IMO.

As for paint, I'll leave that to someone else. I had an auto body shop paint mine.
 

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Hey thanks for that info & sites, Steve! I hadn't thought about the zip ties, so that opens up some options. The first time I read your response I focused on the AirTech site, & forgot about the site w/ your fairing work pictures.

Does anyone here have any info on how to form headlight mounts onto an AirTech housing?
What material would be best to make them from?
How to attach them: glue or epoxy (or?)
 

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I am replacing my broken fairing with a fiberglass one from airtech, fiberglass can be repaired without hint of minor/medium damage on the outside which saves the time and cost of finding a useable used. I'll pop in some kevlar while it's still in the white for abrasion resistance in the corners. I'm also gonna photo-document this installation for posteriority.
Trust me fiberglass is a pain in the as$ to fix. especially when it breaks in half as for the kevlar how are you putting it on? with resin on the back side like a glass matt?
 

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sihing_steve said:
1. I took a 1/8" thick, maybe 1" wide aluminum piece and cut it into two equal lengths. (Not sure how long, eyed this one)
2. Using vice grips, I bent each aluminum piece into a "seat" or "bracket" the headlamp could rest on, in the headlight mounting frame, so that it wouldn't crimp/rest on the wiring.
3. Then, with zip ties I attached the headlight assembly to the headlight mounting frame. I kept the zip ties loose at first so that I could do a rough headlight alignment.
4. Once the zip ties were cinched tight, I fine tuned the headlight position with the adjustment knob.
I know this is an older post, but I'm getting desperate.

My bike's P.O. busted the front up a bit. The fairing is structurally OK after some glue, but the headlight tabs are still in sorry shape. I've tried gluing them, but it's not working out as well as I'd like. I'd love to just mount the headlight to the fairing bracket and be done with it.

sihing_steve, if you're still around, could you possibly add some pics to your photo site that show details on this headlight bracket you've made? It sounds just like what I'm looking for. I'm close to going for it, but am a little fuzzy on where your zip ties went.

Thanks for any help.

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