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Hello folks.

I'm looking into getting a used Ninja 500 that has a chunk of the fairing and turn signal missing.
Where are likely places to get such things?

And can anyone recommend a source for nice front flush-mount turn-signals?


I've been out of cycling for 20+ years and had a '70 Yamaha 500, 83 (?) Hawk, and a Silverwing.
Liked the first two, but the S-wing was too heavy... got used to the torque steer eventually.
 

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RonAyers.com is a good place to get OEM stuff...

however you MAY want to go aftermarket LED signals and a universal relay. as for the fairing... ouch. that's going to be very costly. Again, Ronayers is the place to go for OEM stuff, but it's very expensive. aftermarket stuff aint too bad, targa makes a couple, but i REALLY question their fit and finish... you're gonna have to talk to someone who has your series bike (1st gen or 2nd?) who has one. they are cheaper, but not by much...
 

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The one I'm looking at is a 2005 EX-500D.
Here's what the fairing damage looks like.
 
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You could always convert it to a street fighter! Is this for your classes project too??
 

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It will be close to $600 shipped from Ron Ayers, but it will be the correct color no painting need, or you can got the Fiberglass replacement route watch ebay some nice glass replacements show up every few days for about $250, but you'll have to get it painted which could negate the savings depending on who does it. Good Luck
 

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Royson said:
You could always convert it to a street fighter! Is this for your classes project too??
I don't know what constitutes a street fighter... but if it involves no fairing I won't do it.

No my Gearheads middle school science club is more about visitor show & tell: Oct was a nitrous dune buggy, Nov was a Custom Harley cruiser then a hands on '46 Indian 2-cylinder engine fit together. Am working for radio control planes & cars; snowmobiles; 3 or 4 wheeler ATVs for the winter, then maybe SCCA autocross cars; chromed out twin engine turbo semi for spring, maybe some construction equipment too. Fun, but people aren't coming out of the woodwork lke I thought they would.

Maybe they're afraid of the tweenagers? ;)
 

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MrSciTrek said:
I don't know what constitutes a street fighter... but if it involves no fairing I won't do it.

No my Gearheads middle school science club is more about visitor show & tell: Oct was a nitrous dune buggy, Nov was a Custom Harley cruiser then a hands on '46 Indian 2-cylinder engine fit together. Am working for radio control planes & cars; snowmobiles; 3 or 4 wheeler ATVs for the winter, then maybe SCCA autocross cars; chromed out twin engine turbo semi for spring, maybe some construction equipment too. Fun, but people aren't coming out of the woodwork lke I thought they would.

Maybe they're afraid of the tweenagers? ;)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streetfighter

So basically, yes, you'd just ditch the fairing for a custom headlight and go from there.

That sounds like a heck of a science club! All we got was a garden and a pathway with all the state trees. Stupid Indiana ;).
 

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If you get it at a low bid price. I would still go with Airtech. Here's my breakdown.

upper fairing = $200 (Unpainted) from Airtech = $235 w/shipping
autoshop sand and shoot glossy black (upper fairing and front fender) = $125

So complete I spent about $350-$360

That ebay listing is for an 88-93' model. MrSciTrek is looking for an 05' fairing. They are different, will they still fit? ???
 

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sihing_steve said:
maverick9611 said:
That ebay listing is for an 88-93' model. MrSciTrek is looking for an 05' fairing. They are different, will they still fit? ???
Hey, thanks for looking our for me, Steve. Appreciate it.

I looked at the e-bay version & it looks different to me (I'm no expert though). Looks to have the older big headlight, no side airvents, & different turn signal mounting/position from what an '05 would have. ???

Which reminds me... can anyone recommend a source for nice flush-mount turn-signals?
I'll add this to the original comment so more first-lookers will see it sooner. Bart
 

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sci-fi did u chk out my vid. maverick9611 is back. i filled in the airscoops and put in led pod lights. it's different but stalk blinkers really don't like me.here is a quicker link

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=genre:home_video+ninja+deluxe&hl=en
Thanks for the video connection...
I like the idea of the turn signals (F & R) not projecting out far to the side.
So you got me thinking...

Why did you put the cross bar behind the windscreen? Towel rack? ;)
To stop vibration, or???
 

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if ya noticed both my horns on the fairing are gone ,so is the mirror frame.i shored up the windscreen by putting on the crossbar. i also put angled struts coming from the fairing to the windscreen. with no mirrors/frame i had to make windscreen strong enough to handle 100m.p.h. plus blast :p
it's freaky but it's all me!!!
 

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How do you like the mirrors at the bar ends?
It seems like you'd have to take your eyes farther off the road to check behind.

DO the stock mirrors get blocked by the rider? (I don't have my bike yet)
 

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DO the stock mirrors get blocked by the rider? (I don't have my bike yet)
That is a problem often reported by new 500 riders, including myself at first. However, I noticed two things that greatly improved my vision in these mirrors. The first is obvious, the second I am not sure about.

1. Proper riding position. I'm 5'10" and weigh in at 210lbs. Needless to say I am pretty broad shoulderd. By keeping a relaxed grip, and most importantly my elbows tucked in, I am able to use more of my rearview mirrors.

2. Proper front suspension. This one I am still debating, but I can't ignore the fact that it seems easier to look out my rearviews now that the front suspension is 2x as firm as it once was. (.51kg/mm to .9kg/mm) I'm thinking that the softer front end caused me to "lean" over the front of the bike more, thereby blocking more of my view.

Like I said, the second one is debatable. I do hear of many people just getting new mirrors and putting them on. I still have my stock mirrors on.
 

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the stock mirrors see alot of your arm. i love my barend mirrors i can see everything now. they take a little getting use too but once ya got em, you'll ask yourself why didn't i do it earlier!! :p
 

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What bar ends are you running? I bought a set of the EMGO black bar end mirrors, and after spending many hours over several days trying to get the damn things to stay put, I welded nuts into the ends of my handlebars and bolted them in securely. (I'm not running stock EX500 bars, or I suppose I could have used different hardware to mount the mirrors to the nut that's already there for the bar ends)

Charels.
 

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Anyone know where to get some decent flushmounts? I just dumped my bike today and since one signal broke off I figure might as well get flush mounts w/ some frame slideers.
 
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