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OEM fairings vs After market?

My bike has been down, and Im in need of new fairings.
I want the the fairings that my 02 rc51 use to have.

I understand OEM fairings are better than after market,
but are after market fairings worth purchasing?

Also I live up in Oregon where it rains 8-10 months out of the year.
and it gets down to 20degrees. pretty cold.
Would that make any difference?

Im only looking to ride in the summer and fall, but just thought I'd mention the weather
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My bike has been down, and Im in need of new fairings.
I want the the fairings that my 02 rc51 use to have.

I understand OEM fairings are better than after market,
but are after market fairings worth purchasing?

Also I live up in Oregon where it rains 8-10 months out of the year.
and it gets down to 20degrees. pretty cold.
Would that make any difference?

Im only looking to ride in the summer and fall, but just thought I'd mention the weather
Yes OEM is definitely better than aftermaket most of the time.
Most aftermarket fairings are made in China or Hong Kong. They also tend to not fit as snugly as OEM fairings and often require modifications. They can also be thinner and lighter than the OEM ones.

You can also consider getting the fairings repaired.
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If you are the least bit picky...as I am...buy OEM. You wont be happy until you do.



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http://www.nicecycle.com/VTR-1000-Fairing-s/99.htm
this is where im buying fairing from for my rc51 i believe
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http://www.nicecycle.com/VTR-1000-Fairing-s/99.htm
this is where im buying fairing from for my rc51 i believe
Wow! They have quite a selection. Hopefully I won't ever need to choose.

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I'd buy new fairings, or have your old ones repaired if you can still get the decals.
I have an old VFR750 and although my bodywork's OK, I have a few broken lugs.
Can't find used anywhere and new are NLA... Looks like I'm going to have to live with them, or make some repairs.

As these bikes will become more and more sought after over time it'll be worth keeping it nice. Don't fit poor quality copies if you can afford to replace with new & don't throw away old panels. Chances are you'll begin regretting it soon after you fit a copy kit and find the quality's poor. Have heard of the plastic melting on copies too...

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Please don't waste your money and time with anything other than OEM. A search here will bring up a few threads that I have commented on.

In my opinion they are absolute junk, all of them. I've seen the ones off eBay from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, wherever they are being made. They are junk. There are some websites that have popped up in the last few years that claim to be stateside, but magically, all of their fairings look (and fit) exactly like the crap from eBay....

Here is my take on them. This is from helping friends install their sets, helping other friends fix them after the broke, and helping friends who were unfortunate enough to buy bikes with them already on:
They won't fit correctly (break out the dremel!)
They are thin (don't touch them)
They have mount holes in the wrong places (get the drill out)
They will melt (time for new fairing again)
They won't have the brass inserts for things like the headlights or chin fairing (woo-hoo, plastic welding time)
The paint/decals on them won't line up for shit (umm, paint job?)
They will take returns, with a several hundred dollar restocking fee, or you pay for return shipping for a huge box to the other side of the world (next time just flush the money down the toilet, the whole ordeal will be less painful)

Save yourself the headache and buy OEM pieces off eBay or forums. They will fit 100% of the time, every time. If you ever go down on one side, you can replace it with another OEM piece, if you mess up a Chinese copy, the paint probably won't match an OEM.

Another option is getting track fairings and putting lights in them. Numerous ways to do this.



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Yeah, I only really need the left and ride panels. My front cowl between the headlights, (some models have white or black between) happens to be crack down the middle. I have a white one.

And I also need a new windshield, those are pretty expensive too.
The ones I've seen run at least for $50
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http://www.nicecycle.com/VTR-1000-Fairing-s/99.htm
this is where im buying fairing from for my rc51 i believe
According to that site, it says only VTR models.
Would the fairings fit the RVT model?
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There is a guy in Florida called moto-batteries (or something like that) on ebay that sells windscreens for like $35. They aren't the best quality, but they definately aren't the worst either, and they are cheap. They also fit better than the zero gravity that I paid $80 at the dealer for.

Cycle central Powersports is the best place I've found online for new OEM parts, but if you don't like $50 windscreens, you won't like the prices for OEM bits. That is the sad part about this bike, just about any tip-over will ruin at least $1000 in plastic. And that is before you hit the tank.



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