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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2003, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Is it possible to modify a sharkskinz fairing (sv650) to accept headlight , mirors, and turn signals? I have a bike that was set up for racing and I would like to take it down a notch and use it for track days. I would like to make it street legal at the same time without losing much (I do like the fairing). Anyone wiht any experience in 'decommissioning' race bikes?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-21-2003, 09:17 PM
 
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your plastics

hey bro...i'm sean
new here...but i think maybe i could help...
http://www.msnusers.com/picsofthefireblade
this is my 98 fireblade...
if you have the standard shark skins i'd say for sure you could pinch, trim, cut, drill...anything...you can have lights...go for a nice light, something you will be happy with. then cut. wire. ride. i'm not gonna type detailed instructions as its 2 in the morn and i work at 10...if it were me...i'd check into custom lighting attached to existing plastic...check local laws...minimums, maximums, heights...rules basically, just follow em...go into walmart and head to automotive section...i found krypton fog lamps...gonna put one on lower fairing in front of the rear wheel...for uni-riding at nite...
i don't have, nor am i required to have in louisana, umm...oh yeah mirrors. i have bugeyes...check into them...mount on helmet...takes about a day to get used to, but if you have nothing now...then they are a godsend. i think the site is something like:
bugeyes.com
any way, if you don't like the jerry-rig walmart automotive section foglamp idea...check into the ducati headlights...mine's from an aprilia, but the duke's are fine...very small holes to cut in the sharkskinz if you use the ducati headlights...that way if you f*ck it up, you can try going for a slightly larger headlight..

one last word...
don't be skerred.

sean

here's another pic link...another pic...complete description
http://www.bikepics.com/pictures/052656/
http://www.msnusers.com/picsofthefireblade
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-25-2003, 09:15 PM
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Re: your plastics

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Originally posted by firebladerr
hey bro...i'm sean
new here...but i think maybe i could help...
http://www.msnusers.com/picsofthefireblade
this is my 98 fireblade...
if you have the standard shark skins i'd say for sure you could pinch, trim, cut, drill...anything...you can have lights...go for a nice light, something you will be happy with. then cut. wire. ride. i'm not gonna type detailed instructions as its 2 in the morn and i work at 10...if it were me...i'd check into custom lighting attached to existing plastic...check local laws...minimums, maximums, heights...rules basically, just follow em...go into walmart and head to automotive section...i found krypton fog lamps...gonna put one on lower fairing in front of the rear wheel...for uni-riding at nite...
i don't have, nor am i required to have in louisana, umm...oh yeah mirrors. i have bugeyes...check into them...mount on helmet...takes about a day to get used to, but if you have nothing now...then they are a godsend. i think the site is something like:
bugeyes.com
any way, if you don't like the jerry-rig walmart automotive section foglamp idea...check into the ducati headlights...mine's from an aprilia, but the duke's are fine...very small holes to cut in the sharkskinz if you use the ducati headlights...that way if you f*ck it up, you can try going for a slightly larger headlight..

one last word...
don't be skerred.

sean

here's another pic link...another pic...complete description
http://www.bikepics.com/pictures/052656/
http://www.msnusers.com/picsofthefireblade
depends how good you are with a saw/dremel, its just plastic
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2003, 05:11 PM
 
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They're not just plastic. The are much more difficult to work with than plastic. But I have done exactly what you are thinking about, and it was no easy chore. but the finished product is nice. My avatar picture is the front of my bike after I finished, I kind of took the hard route and did everything by hand with raw fiberglass. But dont take on the project thinking you will be done if a few days. Good luck.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-03-2003, 07:47 AM
 
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I have seen several people use the little round lamps like on the new ducs and like projector lamps. Actually it should not be that hard to do, if you get the right size hole saw and an adjustable bracket to mount the lights on. I would see the hardest part being, finding a good mount point and adjusting the beams. Ok so maybe smoothing out the edges of the hole would take a little sanding.

As for that avatar...I could see that one being a PITA......why would ya put a hog light on a sportbike though???
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