Unless you own the exact bike that the fairing was designed
for, you are entering a custom project (but you already knew that,
right?). This means some cutting, trimming and fabrication will
be required. You will need to buy or fabricate fairing stays.
The right way to start any decent project is asking yourself the
right questions and taking some measurements, so here's some hints.
We've thrown in some general mounting tips as well.
noted otherwise, our fairings do NOT come with a windscreen or
brackets. You can obtain your vintage windscreen from windscreen
first thing you will want to decide on is what style fairing you
want. Quarter, half or full fairing?
Quarter fairings are typically handlebar or fork-mounted. Half
and full fairings will mount onto the chassis.
you are going with a street fairing, what size headlight
do you have? The measurement listed on our site refers to the
bulb face size measured across the face of the
glass lens. So a 7" headlight refers to 7" bulb size,
the metal bucket will usually measure 8-8.25". 7" is
the industry standard, but there are some exceptions, notably
the 8" headlights (with 9" buckets) on a BMW R90S, Suzuki
GS1100E or Yamaha Secca. Some fairings will have a frenched in
7" lip designed to butt up against a 7" bulb, others
are designed to fit a whole headlight assembly including trim.
What handlebars will you be using? Depending
the cutouts on the fairing and the height of the stearing head
you may need to run clip-ons
or clubman handlebars. This is especially important if you
are fitting a half or full fairing. We highly recommend clipons
for this application for adjustability.
wide is your engine? Will the fairing clear the cases
and the exhaust? On full fairings, we will state whether
the bottom of the fairing is open or closed. A fairing that is
open at the bottom can be spread open or tucked in up to a certain
point so it will be a little more flexible in application.
will have to fabricate some brackets
to mount our fairings onto your bike. To give you an idea of what
this takes, here are some
general mounting guidelines. The
main fairing stay is typically attached to the steering head.
What does the steering head area look like on your bike? How wide
is it, and can you fit a U-bolt around it? If so you might be
able to bolt on this
universal bracket kit. If you can't fit the U-bolt, you could
weld the bracket onto your steering head.
you are getting a full fairing, you will usually want to have
rear sets installed as well.