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Old January 6th, 2009, 07:16 AM   #16

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check out the tricolore paintwork. its spell as tricdlore. :-)
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Old January 6th, 2009, 08:37 AM   #17
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I got Xerox fairing that company, no problems. (only using track days)..
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I know there has been much discussion about aftermarket fairings, etc. One point consistently brought up is the fact that none of the aftermarket fairings are ever shown ON a bike, and that fitting is always a big problem.

There are some very clear pictures of the finished fairings, as well as fully fitted and partially fitted raw and painted fairings on a brand new 1098. This is the first time I have seen any company show thier fairings fitted and show pictures of how thw mounting holes line up.

How about some honest opinions on these, after looking at the more detailed pictures? Please, lets not get into the whole "why put Chinese fairing on an Italian bike" discussion, remember, there ARE numerous parts on a Ducati that are made in Japan and China anyway.

Lets keep it to what we are looking at and not derail the intent of the thread.

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Old January 6th, 2009, 10:11 AM   #18
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Consider also stress cracks and the hope cheapo fairings are not getting blowed away on the track etc.
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Remember, those E-bay plastics are ABS. Sharkskinz and the more expensive brands are composites........apples and oranges.

You get what you pay for.
So what are OEM fairings made of?
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Old January 6th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #20
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I heard back from two people who did buy these for a 1098 via ebay, and they said that for the money it was a good deal, but the overall quality was not like OEM and there are some fitting difficulties, not horrible ones, but they don't fit exact like the OEMs do.

There is no denying that the job they did with the graphics, etc. was well done overall. And considering they actually have a 1098, 749, 1000RR, R1, etc... in their shop, all brand new, just to use for fitting purposes, shows they put allot into this. But I am extremely finicky about my "toys", and every detail needs to be spot on. Unfortunately these aftermarket plastics, while a great alternative for the track, just don't make the cut.

FYI: I had correspondence with this company and one of their competitors in China (who also sells on ebay), and by their own admission, they both said that if I am looking for OEM fit and finish, I would probably be better off having mine painted instead. Give them credit for being honest and not just looking to make a sale.

I am in discussion with two custom shops locally and I am going to go the route of having my OEMs done. My CBR 1000RR is a factory Repsol edition, and is naturally very well done. My Ducati needs to be at least as good or better.

So my conculsion would be that for track days or a cheap replacement for damaged plastics, these would be great. But as an alternative to a good set of OEMs? No.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #21

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Guys, I have been eyeballing those too. I want to just take off all OEM and store in garage. I was thinking the same thing, cracking, alignment and overall quality.

I just want the bike covered in something less expensive than OEM, you know in case of stupid mishaps like tip overs, resale and other Murphy's Law items.

Thickness of OEM, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5mm? Anyone?

I think some of these are 2.5mm from China. No doubt some of the finishes look great and they are banking on the graphics and price to get people to buy.

Would they be alright for everyday riding? If someone purchases these, please give some Ducati specific feedback. I know a lot of folks do wonder about them. I have read a ton of feedback on multiple vendors from China, seems for the most part Positive.

Thoughts?

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So what are OEM fairings made of?
Same thing, ABS and just like the stock body work you're probably only going to get one lowside out of them. ABS is very soft(mounting points tear through easier in a crash) with a much lower melting point and abrasion resistance, as opposed to the composite stuff that will usually hold up much better. Then again if you guys can get the ABS stuff that cheap maybe it's worth it if the fitment isn't an issue. I'm not completely knocking the ABS stuff, just saying that you get what you pay for.
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Old January 6th, 2009, 10:30 PM   #23
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Not too bad looking ... especially if you didn't what you paint over your OEM's and didn't mind some fitment problems. As far as for the track I would go the sharkskinz. Speaking of I know someone who is got a couple of sets of sharkskinz ... selling full sets for 900 plus shipping. They said the tail is the more expensive one that uses foam, not the one that uses stock seat. Can anyone elaborate on this for me.
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....... They said the tail is the more expensive one that uses foam, not the one that uses stock seat. Can anyone elaborate on this for me.
I'm guessing the stock seat offers structural rigidity and therefore the tail unit can be lighter in construction ie. has a hole in it like a 916 for example. Whereas a tail for a foam seat would have to be solid (no openings/holes) and therefore slightly more expensive.
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Can't speak for everyone on eBay but a very close friend of mine bought a set of these so called "replica fairing kits" (repsol kit) from a supplier in the far-east for his CBR and he was quite pleased. If I remember correctly, he paid something like $500 with shipping.

The parts arrived well packed, and looked quite nice right out of the box. The paint and clear-coated decals were not "show quality" (some bubbles here and there, and not everything lined up perfectly) but they were good enough to ride with.

Putting them on the bike however was a bit of a project. Almost none of the mounting holes lined up. They were close, but you couldn't get them flush or end-to-end without a little drilling/dremel work. The use of various length and width screws, nuts and washers was essential in keeping everything securely in place.

Even though they were advertised as direct replacement parts, there was NO way you could simply "replace" the parts without a little modifications.

Now for the $$$ (basically $500) the extra work to get them on and over-all look and quality was well worth it. I wouldn't say that if he had paid more, but for around $500, it's a good deal. There's nothing else that would come close to giving your bike a TOTAL transformation for that amount of dough.

Pros...
Cheap over-all price in comparison to OEM factory fairings or a custom paint job.
Totally new look for your bike.
Reasonably strong and well made material.
Great for track use.

Cons...
Clear coat and paint a little "sub-par".
Decals may be out of alignment or not straight.
Mounting holes / tabs may need to be cut, drilled or sanded for proper alignment.
Slight surface imperfections (fisheyes, pits, etc).
Pricey sipping.

If I were to rate them on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being down right crap and 10 being near OEM quality, I can honestly say the fairings we received were a solid 6.

-1 point for a few slightly out of alignment decals.
-1 point for the fact the 75% of the mounting holes/tabs didn't line up.
-1 point for sub-par paint.
-1 point for sub-par clear coating.

Even though it's not a Duc, I'll get some pics up if anyone wants to see the bike and the end results... just let me know...
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Old January 7th, 2009, 12:41 PM   #26
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Old January 7th, 2009, 12:52 PM   #27
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try nicecycle dot com.

they have some really nice aftermarket fairings they are about double the price of fairing factory but thy overall look way better IMO. The Bayliss editon 1098 fairings just look like they all around have better paint and clear coat.
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Guys, I have been eyeballing those too. I want to just take off all OEM and store in garage. I was thinking the same thing, cracking, alignment and overall quality.

I just want the bike covered in something less expensive than OEM, you know in case of stupid mishaps like tip overs, resale and other Murphy's Law items.

Thickness of OEM, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5mm? Anyone?

I think some of these are 2.5mm from China. No doubt some of the finishes look great and they are banking on the graphics and price to get people to buy.

Would they be alright for everyday riding? If someone purchases these, please give some Ducati specific feedback. I know a lot of folks do wonder about them. I have read a ton of feedback on multiple vendors from China, seems for the most part Positive.

Thoughts?

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Yes, you are correct, The OEM is thinner & lighter ABS than the China made.... Also the OEM is a much better quality of plastic, while the china made stuff says it is made of ABS, Itake their word for it, there are many different types of lower quaity plastics TPO, PPO, PVC, 3 grades of ABS & many many more....

My own experience with the China made is the paint quality is OK if you are standing 10 feet away, the fittment is Hit & Miss & poor at best & the plastic as well as the paint seems to be very brittle... have actually had a body blow off a customer bike & nearly kill his friend riding behind him... The Plastic had fatigued & cracked around the mounting cups... mounting bolts were still in place & tight but No more side pannels...
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just ordered the tricolore scheme...... i´ll let you know how it looks when it´s done.....
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Stock Fairing material.

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Same thing, ABS and just like the stock body work you're probably only going to get one lowside out of them. ABS is very soft(mounting points tear through easier in a crash) with a much lower melting point and abrasion resistance, as opposed to the composite stuff that will usually hold up much better. Then again if you guys can get the ABS stuff that cheap maybe it's worth it if the fitment isn't an issue. I'm not completely knocking the ABS stuff, just saying that you get what you pay for.

Actually according to the 1098 sales brochure the bodywork is made of Terblend tm.

this is a blend of ABS and nylon (PA). The whole lot is reinforced with glass fibre.

If you look on most automotive plastics these days they have the plastic family and glass content moulded into them it is a requirtent in many countries to assist with recycling.


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