For those of you guys and galls (@Snazzy;) that have put on race fairings just wanted to hear your opinion
1)Is the cost for a full set worth it? I know I have looked up side fairing costs and roughly, the one side alone costs almost as much as a full set.
2)Is there anything you regret/miss about riding on the street? Being this is my only motorcycle, I feel like I would miss out on some riding with some MC's, and thus get less seat time. Unless there is anyone in here who swaps between the race vs. street fairings. Only other option I would think of is to get a second bike, but I don't think my bank account or fiancé would concur...my lender certainly would though.
3) How much of a PITA is to remove the plastic directly underneath the headlights? Are there any other trouble spots to remove?
4) How many rattle cans did you guys use for a full set? Or how much am I looking at getting a pro design done?
That's all I can think of for now. Looking forward to hearing your guys' wealth of knowledge and smart-ass remarks. lol
1) A set from HotBodies can be found for as low as $400 or so. Obviously there are better brands but it can be done. I don't even know how you'd run only part as the two different styles i've had were a total of 3 pieces - an upper, a lower, and the tail piece.
2) Swapping fairings back and forth would I think take the fun out of it quickly. Once you've switched to track bodywork maintenance and repair are so easy.... The whole thing comes apart with just a couple of screws and Dzus fasteners. If you want a dedicated bike, wait until you can afford to have two.
3) Getting the headlight out was pretty intricate if i remember correctly, but nothing too physically difficult. If I tried to put it all back together I'd probably skin my knuckles and cuss several times.
4) Think about using a spray gun yourself if you want to learn something. i bought a cheap gun, used watercolors as the base colors, then sprayed a urethane clear coat. Findings after two experiences:
a) I'm no artist
b) Stopping bleed under the masking tape is tough, even using the best tape i could find (Scotch Blue)
c) Using the watercolors was great - tons of choices, I could mix whatever colors and special effects I wanted, and easy to clean up. I used Createx brand and the outcome (other than my poor skill) was great.
d) spraying the clear coat thick enough to set up smooth while avoiding runs is tough!!
e) but I'm glad i did it - it was something I never did before so really enjoyed the experience, and I probably spent less money to do 2 sets (crashed and destroyed the 1st) than if I paid someone to do one. Also the paint doesn't run with the urethane clear coat.