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Race Fairings? Help!

Here is the deal:

My buddy had a minor mishap on my bike at our last track day, he broke, just about everything. I figure it would be cheaper to put race fairings on it than go back with factory pieces.
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Sharkskinz: I've hear they are the best, but $1002 for a whole set

Cheetah: I seem to remember hearing some luke warm reviews, but cant find anythign concrete, and its $700 for a set

This stuff from ebay I dont know who makes it, of what quality it is, but it sure is cheap!




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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-11-2007, 06:25 AM
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That last one is a dead link so perhaps its not such a good idea! Here's one result of a search on track bodywork for my 636, but there's a separate forum for your bike as well. Looked there already? I recall a good thread describing each manu separately but can't find it now; I'll post it if I run across it again.

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Vash, you might want to check some motorcycle salvage yards. They usually have a lot of bodywork for sale. (ex: bike crashes on the left side, they have a perfect set of bodywork for the right side, and visa versa.) Cost for used factory bodywork is typically 50% of new.

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cant get the link to work, search "04 05 KAWASAKI ZX10 ZX10R RACE BODYWORK FAIRINGS" in ebay and it will come up like 4 times.


With the state of the bike as it is, there are very few plastics that arent broken. Perhaps I can find a small piece on the tail somewhere if I look hard enough. The thing about this particular bike is that the body work mounts to the headlight, which mounts to the frame (via a ram air tube). The headlight mount is broken, so I will need a new headlight to use factory plastics. Headlights are stupidly expansive, which is why I decided to go with a racing fairing.

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Vash,

I have Hotbodies Racing bodywork on my bike, and I am VERY happy with it. It was considerably less expensive than Sharkskinz. They are only $650 a set.

www.hotbodiesracing.com
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kanwisch:

Thanks for all the links, the headlight fab link was particulalry helpful.

Kevlar: I was just looking at hotbodies (I guess they make better body work than exhausts) what particulalry appealing is that it can use the stock lowers, which I believe are still salvagable. Any thoughts on mounting some sort of headlight in the fairing?




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What happened

Jeez Vash, how hard did your buddy throw your bike down the track?!

BTW, you're a pretty good friend to let a buddy race your bike. There's not very many people I would trust enough to race my bike.

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I gotta post that the various links I read about race plastics placed the Hotbodies stuff as tenuous in quality and fit. Fit was particularly a large complaint among many, including at least one thread discussing how a guy had to mod his cowl so his forks wouldn't keep hitting it. On the flip side, there are posts in those threads saying, "It fit great for me" so it seems a crap shoot. Be sure to look around at others' 10R experience with HB

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Well, you get what you pay for. If fit of Hotbodies is the only complaint, I can do a fiar amount of modifications for the $400 price difference from SharkSkinz.

I have had a great experience with my Hotbodies. Fits great, extremely flexible.

Vash, if your bike is as crashed as mine was when I put the race bodywork on, you'll be straightening and modifying your mounting brackets the whole time anyway, so the fit isn't that big of an issue for you.

As far as mounting a headlight, I have used a pair of projector beam fog/driving lights on my bike ($25 from Walmart). I have mine simply hanging below the front edge of the upper fairing. If I brake hard, they hit the fender, but I rarely ride on the street.

Many other people have cut small holes, and mounted the driving lights inside the fairing, so that they shine through the holes. Looks good when done well.
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structurally speaking, the bike is in pretty good shape. broken rearset/shifter, one tore up motor mount. From a cosmetic standpoint, the damage is catastrophic. Broke just about everything plastic, dented the tank, mangled the various bracketry. I was contemplating ordering new brackets while I was ordering everything else.

So far, I'm leaning toward hotbodies, but with the possible for problems, I'm not sure if I should try to save the stock lowers (unlike uppers they are made out of this super flexible stuff that is almost indestructable), or just go ahead and get theirs. I'm trying to save my friend some money, but we got 5 weeks before the next trackday

zx: first and foremost, its a really good friend. On top of that we've had the agreement that he is financially responcible for any major damage, so all I'm really loosing here is riding time. On the flip side, I get to split the expences of trackdays, which means I get to do more of them, and I get to bs about it with a friend instead of going alone. Worth it, in my opinion. Now I just gotta teach him to stay on the pavement.




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