New Project and First Motorcycle

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  1. alexwlwsn

    alexwlwsn Gold Member

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    A little fun update for everyone. I ordered some new fairings from China. After reading reviews/forums/etc... went through a company called Auctmarts. People seem to be pretty pleased with the fit and finish of them so I'm looking forward to delivery. Apparently each set is made for the order so I don't expect to see them for a few weeks at least. See below for obviously stolen photos of the fairings. Just went with the bike's original color as I like that.

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    Should look like a brand new bike after I get them installed. I'll probably do a little write up/photo montage of the whole process as well. While the bike is apart I'll probably also do a little cleaning/maintenance just to get her ready for spring.

    Also, fingers crossed my tank doesn't look faded, as that's metal and doesn't get replaced with new fairings.
     
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    did you get a hardware kit too or just going to re-use the oem?

    The chinese fairings seem to do well. They take some monkeying with to get everything to fit, but end up looking good. I have seen some with spider cracks where it gets hot tho, not sure how to prevent that besides lining the fairings with something.
     
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    The kit includes new hardware, windscreen, and a head shield too. I'll probably add some Home Depot heat shielding though here and there as I see fit while I install to mitigate any cracking/discoloration.

    I'm really just excited to have a bike that looks good though! The cracks and scrapes on the fairings were getting me down when taking pics for the 'gram.
     
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    Update!

    Got an email with the finalized photo of my fairings. Ordered Feb 10 and done with paint Feb 27. Reviews online seem to say that the shipping from China is pretty quick so hopefully within a week or so we have them in hand.

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    I'm very curious to look over them and see how the quality overall is since they're China fairings. Anything will look better than whats on the bike now though so I'm not worried at all.
     
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    I basically got my first bike the same way that you did. Needed work and I got it all sorted and upgraded after I rebuilt it and enjoyed it for a while. I ordered a fairing kit from china as well and to be honest the fit was an absolute pain in the ass but when I got them all on and finally situated, they looked great.
     
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    It's definitely a labor of love! I enjoy wrenching and messing around with stuff so I'm curious to see how it all goes. The PO had seriously fuckered with the stock fairings so when I reinstalled them, it was a pretty awful experience anyway. A lot of people say the Auctmarts fairings actually fit really well and the only issue is that some of the bolt holes are just a tiny bit smaller than they'd like. I'm hoping they go on relatively smoothly!
     
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    The day I was waiting for has finally come! The fairings were delivered to me this previous Saturday and thankfully this weekend was free enough for an install.

    The box they were delivered in was giant (as I expected) and everything was very nicely wrapped in foam paper stuff. There was one piece of the fairings where a small piece had cracked off but it was in a location that you'd never see unless you were really looking for it and already knew where it was. Over all I was very impressed in the shipping speed, and in how everything was packaged.

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    In the box was the full painted set of fairings, a new windscreen, and a hardware kit. I assume the windscreen, being free, won't stay as clear as long as a $100 one but it's much more clear than the old one. I honestly couldn't even see through the tinted and scratched one that was on there previously so anything is better.

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    The meat and potatoes:

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    All in all I am super happy with it all. The paint quality is pretty good. No weird runs in the clear coat worth mentioning and the color matches great. Fitment I'd rate as a 8.5/10 as well. The tail section was the only section I needed to trim in order to get fit but I only needed to remove ~4mm of material. Below is also I suppose a fitment "issue" but in time and with warmer weather, this might even out a little. Install at the end probably took about 6 hours but I was in a shed so likely if I had a larger garage with more room to walk around, it could've been done in less time.

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    I still think I'm going to rehab my muffler my disassembling it and repainting it black, and also clean the bike up a little more. Next up along with a nicer muffler will be a new rear tire (getting that for my bday this month) and possibly adjusting the suspension for my weight. I've been reading a lot of articles and since front and rear is adjustable for compression and rebound I figure I can make some adjustments and make it ride a little nicer for my slender 150lb frame.

    I'm super happy with how my little $600 bike turned out and can't wait to get it out once the weather finally warms up and I can have some more fun with her and also get to be a better rider. All in all for $600 for the bike, $300 fairings, and ~$200 to get it running post purchase I think I got a pretty killer deal on a good bike.
     
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    Looks wwaaayyyyyyyyy better, homedizzle. Much improved.
     
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    Thank you! And I agree, it looked like str8 poop before. I guess I should stop leaving it out in the rain now...

    Edit:

    Look at that before/after comparo. Looks like a different bike.

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