For Carlos' bike - another project we've been working on that started out as a high-sided wreck , we managed to find all the required original panels (& much more) in Ebay, Yahoo! - Japan and on forums. We got everything right down to headlights & a tank. We didn't overpay either, even including shipping costs.
Sometimes it's a matter of perseverance... having a few friends on the forum here helped us a lot too! Also found a good supplier in the UK for quality replica decals. A full set for 80 GBP is cheap.
Hoping to send off the bodywork for paint - at last, in the next few weeks. With any luck we'll have his bike in one piece before the end of the year, in perfect condition...
We never considered replica panels. OEM is the best fitment - period!
Euro RC51 SP2: HRC WSB Ti Hi-Level, T1 Airbox & Snorkel, PCIII, Dymag CA5 Carbon Wheels, Ti64 Spindles (F, R & Swing Arm), Mori Link, Maxton GP7 Shock & Ohlins 832 Forks, Brembo GP Calipers & SBK narrow track (F), Braketech Disc (R), Brembo billet Underslung x 2 Brembo RCS, Tyga Triple, 7075 Stem, Probolt Titanium all over, Babyface rearsets, MR Complete Carbon Lineup, Custom Undertail & CBR 1000 LED, Watsen LED Indicators, Harris Brace, Giles clip-ons, Corbin seat, etc. 2013 BOTY.