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PostSubject: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:04 pm

Here's some pictures of the preliminary fitting of my Batwing fairing. Still a bit of work to do on it, not least the handlebar mounts need finishing, screen needs polishing / refinishing and the paint needs doing on it but it's getting there. Hopefully I'll be in a position to test it out by next weekend, then I can make sure it's all OK before before it goes for paint.
It's taken some time and to be honest I've overanalysed it rather than just getting on with it but it's there now so ....

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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:14 pm

I am sure they are good for weather protection but they do stand out a bloody lot, great price you paid as well if I remember 
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:41 pm

Yep Crash and to be honest, they're a bit Marmite I guess,. I paid about £100 for the fairing and around £30 in bits and pieces to fit it.

Screen is my old Slipstreamer one which I've cut down so that cost me nothing,mtherefore total cost is around £130 all in - better than around £400 for a Memphis Shades one. Besides that one fits to the forks and from experience that would not be as sturdy as the way mine's fixed. It is pretty solid even as it is, before I've secured the screen part !
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:37 pm

Great stuff Mick, its looking good !
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:57 pm

Very good job done, at an extremely low price. You must be so very pleased, I know I would be. Very well done Sir, well done.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:16 pm

yorky wrote:
Great stuff Mick, its looking good !
Cheers Alan - and in no small part thanks to your mate "Nick the Mechanic " 

Tell him thanks for his help next time you see him please
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:16 pm

Ken1964 wrote:
Very good job done, at an extremely low price. You must be so very pleased, I know I would be. Very well done Sir, well done.

Thanks Ken .... One of those jobs that I wished I'd never started at several points during it but now w glad I did !
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:20 pm

looking good Mick!
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:51 pm

Looking good Mick! I'll cast my eye over that next meet, I quite fancy the Batwing look  lgd
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:53 pm

I know someone that wont get cold hands and will keep pretty dry as well from now on nice work
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:17 pm

Yes - that does look very functional for a touring screen, and looks the part on a cruiser style bike !
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:24 pm

Thanks for your comments guys ..... Part of the reason I've done this is for the France trip but I've always liked riding in "still air" ( hence the large Slipstreamer screen prior to this ) and this should afford me that luxury.
Plan now is to get some larger lowers ( black to match the fairing ) and somehow extend down through the crash bars to get complete protection when needed. Think I may have sussed a quick release system for the lower lowers (?) but I'll not really know whether it works until they get fitted.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:49 pm

they do crash bar chap's if you want them from what I've seen remember fit on and of your crash bars easily check em out Mick you might like em??
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 01, 2015 11:27 pm

fat intruder wrote:
they do crash bar chap's if you want them from what I've seen remember fit on and of your crash bars easily check em out Mick you might like em??
Yeah mate, I've seen them, they're called Desert Dawgs ....but I think they're shaped for a certain type of crash bar different to the standard ones 

I'll weigh up all options when I get to that point but thanks for the info pal 
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:00 am

That's coming along nicely. Impressive.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:16 pm

Hi,
I really like the look of your set up. Perhaps we can have a chat when we are in France and you can give me a few tips.

G.Terence
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:59 pm

No problem Terence .... But I'm no expert !
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:11 pm

Excellent mod Mick,looks well.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:11 pm

G.Terence wrote:
Hi,
I really like the look of your set up. Perhaps we can have a chat when we are in France and you can give me a few tips.

G.Terence

Terence Micks secret is gym toned body, tight trousers and he is Elvis's double !
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:38 pm

Looking good Mick
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:41 pm

smart wrote:
Looking good Mick

He will be Martin, Mick has a gym toned body, tight trousers, and he's an Elvis double!   Laughing  He still doesn't look as good as the Batwing though.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:56 pm

So, despite all the deraogatories from my "friends", here we are with the thing fixed on to the bike. Took it out for half an hour this morning and I must say I'm well chuffed. The mounts are rock solid and the screen os just about the right height for me. A little buffeting, but I think the lowers will sort that out.

So - picture one shows the lower mounts. These are actually the upper mounts from my old screen which have been modified to fit to a reinforced part of the inner fairing



This picture shows one of the upper handlebar mounts .... An old Highway Hawk mirror stalk, cut off, threaded and attached to a handlebar mirror clamp purchased from the local bike spares shop. You can also get another view of how the lower mounts are fixed on this pic .


Here's a shot of the complete fairing from the front of the bike. Not too sure about the massive cap nuts, may get some smaller ones before it's completely finished !


Here's a riders eye view


And here she is fully dressed and ready for Normandy in May !




I have to say, it looks a bit plain just in black ... I can't wait to see it once the front / top section is painted blue to match the rest of the paintwork, I think it will look much better then. 
The protection it provides is brilliant, had to turn the heated grips down to a setting 2 this morning as my hands were overheating  and never felt any cold on the top half of my body. 
Pretty chuffed in all ..... Hope you like it, you guys !
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:33 pm

Cant wait to see the paint job Mick, I think it will look superb, the plain black isn't doing it the justice it deserves, you've done a great job there m8, get that paint on and post pics asap oyili
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:23 pm

Nice job Mick it looks great!     oyili looks good as it is so painted it look shit hot 
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:42 pm

Thanks lads !

Maybe meet up tomorrow lunchtime (ish) Sim if you wanna have a closer look ?
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:13 pm

Looking good Mick, good job done.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:45 pm

After seeing it first hand today, I must say you've done a tidy job there Mick! Looks the business 
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:05 pm

  looking good
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:05 am

Thanks fellas !
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:00 pm

I dont personally like the look of batwings but i bet it is a god send for touring. Coupled with lowers and i'm sure motorway rides would be a breeze, and dry if its raining.
Love that sissy bar bag and saddlebags though, how much did they set you back?
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:31 pm

Ive only just picked up on this thread and I must say Im loving the batwing. I think it will look even more awesome once painted. Is it going to be one solid colour or have you got a design in mind to match the front fender?
 Can I ask is it shop bought or have you had it made as I've not seen one before but have often wondered if they make them?
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 5:45 pm

Well, got word from the painter yesterday that it's all ready to collect, so going round tonight for both the fairing and panniers, which have also been painted to match.
Excited and ( strangely ) a bit nervous ! 

I was getting a bit twitchy as I thought maybe it might not be ready for the France trip but the guy hasn't  let me down, thank goodness.

I'll post some pics up when I get chance lads, then to get it fitted and get the rest of the bike prepared
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 7:29 pm

Looking forward to seeing the finished job Mick .... should look smart once colour matched etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 7:51 pm

Woo-Hoo ...... Got them.

Not an absolute perfect match but the guy's done & re-done them 5 times in all to try to match the colours. I was told this would be a problem when I first enquires about having it done. Several people wouldn't take it on because of bad experiences previously. 

It looks close although the marbling effect is different but overall I'm happy with the result. Just got to get it on the bike tomorrow and see what it really looks like then.

Here are some pics in the meantime 





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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 7:54 pm

Looks good Mick ...nice job
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 7:58 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 8:03 pm

I am sure your bike will look amazing, when it's all back together.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 8:09 pm

looking good Mick!
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 8:27 pm

Thanks guys ..... We'll see what you think on Thursday when you see it in the flesh 

OMG - only 5 days before we set off !!!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 8:44 pm

Stunning paint job... Look forward to seeing it in France.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 9:40 pm

Looks well Mick, he has done you proud. Certainly an eye catcher.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Fri May 15, 2015 10:18 pm

That looks the dogs bollox, love it, love it, love it. ilis
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat May 16, 2015 8:50 am

That looks ACE Mick, oyili
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat May 16, 2015 5:21 pm

o, after an afternoon of fixing and adjusting, fitting lowers, testing, adjusting, testing, adjusting, and finally getting rid of most of the head buffeting ( 95% of it anyway! ), its finally sorted !

Hope you like it guys ......  Pictures below :





Now just an oil change and to fix my box on the bag and I'm all ready for La Belle France !
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat May 16, 2015 7:00 pm

Looks good now Mick, really does!
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat May 16, 2015 7:13 pm

Looks spot on Mick! oyili
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat May 16, 2015 7:48 pm

to that ..... lgd Mick ...... a really nice job.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat May 16, 2015 9:47 pm

Oh now that looks real purty. oyili guttss
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat May 16, 2015 10:08 pm

Now that is a superb job well done.
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PostSubject: Re: Batwing Fairing   Sat May 16, 2015 10:59 pm

Cheers lads, your comments are much appreciated.

Hope all attending the Ride of Honour tomorrow have a fun & safe day !
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