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ArcticPanda's Custom Fairing Bike Build

I recently purchased a 2006 Honda CBR600RR as my first ‘Big Bike’ (I’ve been riding a 125 Honda Varadero for about 1.5 years up until now).

There is a bit of a story behind the fairings on the bike currently. It was originally blue, but the bike was sideswiped by a van during a commute, which led the previous owner to repaint them in white in order to be more visible (I presume they were also scratched/damaged due to the side swipe). They are the OEM fairings, which I have now confirmed when I removed the fairings to clean up the exhaust system.

I took the decision that plain white wasn’t for me, and set to looking about online for some fairings. I had originally almost bought a Movistar CBR600RR, so I looked at those, amongst various other styles. I wanted something that looked like a race bike, and was a bit more ‘wow’ than plain white. However, I was hesitant as I didn’t want to look like a poser with a Red Bull or Movistar livery bike, when I’m clearly not a racer
This led me to coming up with an idea…

I decided to use this as a marketing ploy for my business. I may not be sponsored by Red Bull, but I can happily give permission to market my business on the fairings!
So, I sent the graphic designer for our business an email with my ideas, and he came up with this…



I wanted to keep the white as a base colour, but just sent him the vector image for the logo and let him work his magic on the rest. There were a few small changes, but overall this was his first draft for the most part.

Choosing a Company
So, I sent an email out to maybe 5 different companies. I had searched this forum for some recommendations, but primarily went with a gut instinct based upon their communication with me.

In the end, I decided to go with Monster Fairings. Partially swayed by the fact I’m a CycleCruza subscriber, and he vouches for them. So, I sent over the mock-up image, as well as the font files and vector files, and as of today, the fairings are in production!

According to the communication I’ve received, it should be around 14 days until I receive an update with some pre-clear coat pictures, which I will need to confirm before the clear coat is applied.

I was hoping to have a photo which perhaps their graphics/paint guy had mocked up as a reference point, but apparently, they’re completely doing it based on the images I have provided. So, fingers crossed that goes okay…

The Plan
Overall, my plan is to blog the whole process on this post, including how easy they are to install on the bike once they arrive (this is what I’m most nervous about). I’ll take plenty of photos along the way for you.

I will also be making various other modifications to the bike along the way, which I will document as and when they are decided.

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That's a great idea, and the fairing design looks suitably sporty without looking too "race bike".
I hope it all works out as expected!

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That's a great idea, and the fairing design looks suitably sporty without looking too "race bike".
I hope it all works out as expected!
Fingers crossed!

Worst case, it doesn't, and it is a lesson learned I can share with the forum! haha

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Looking forward to seeing the end result.
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If anyone would like to see me make some mods, or make some recommendations, then post them here and I'll consider it

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I like the look. It's still sporty without being too aggressive. Excited to see what the end result will be

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NEW UPDATE! Got the fairing photos!

So, it took slightly longer than the claimed 14 working days. However, I cannot complain at all after seeing the final result. They're currently being prepped for packaging to be sent out to me in the UK.


Pre Clear Coat Image


After receiving the images for the pre-clear coat, it didn't take me long to give them the all clear. They looked awesome. It then took two days to get the fully cleared fairings sorted. And here they are:



Excited to get these on the bike now. Let me know what you guys think!

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I really like your design. And how you decided to do it, I think it's absolutely brilliant.

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Those fairing turned out perfect! Can't wait to see them on the bike!
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Looks great!

So I'm guessing these are aftermarket fairings too, or did they use OEM fairings?

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They are the OEM fairings. The bike originally had blue fairings, got side swiped, owner painted them all white. This is when ArcticPanda got the bike. Went shopping for more fairings but then decided he didn't want his bike to look like everyone else's, so he sent them off to get this sick paint job!

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They are the OEM fairings. The bike originally had blue fairings, got side swiped, owner painted them all white. This is when ArcticPanda got the bike. Went shopping for more fairings but then decided he didn't want his bike to look like everyone else's, so he sent them off to get this sick paint job!
I know the backstory, I was trying to work if these were Monsterfairing's own fairings that they paint, or if he sent them his own OEM fairings. As he said they are being shipped to him in the UK, so wasn't sure if he sent them his own OEM fairings first.
Guess it's probably cheaper to ship them your own rather than pay for a full aftermarket set.

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I know the backstory, I was trying to work if these were Monsterfairing's own fairings that they paint, or if he sent them his own OEM fairings. As he said they are being shipped to him in the UK, so wasn't sure if he sent them his own OEM fairings first.
Guess it's probably cheaper to ship them your own rather than pay for a full aftermarket set.
They're a new aftermarket set which have been painted. So they're MonsterFairings' own fairings. I'll be sure to give a review of the quality once they arrive. Just awaiting a tracking number now!

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Ah cool :)

Exciting!

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Fairings have arrived today! Going to get them opened up when I get home from work, and I'll let you all know the quality.

Excited to get them on the bike. Hoping the alterations to holes etc will be minimal

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I'm struggling to get the front cowl back on the bike. The holes don't appear to line up to install the wingmirrors. Who's idea at Honda was it to have the install of the front cowl via the wingmirrors?! Makes the job a nightmare for anyone with only two hands, especially with that fiddly L bracket.

Does anyone have any advice? @InsolentMinx

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Got everything on in the end! If I have the time and we get some decent weather this weekend, I'll take some nice pictures :)

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Nice!!

It's meant to be the coldest May bank holiday Monday in London for 40 years or something!!!
Not sure it's going to rain though, so fingers crossed you can get out for a ride!

I'm hoping I can find time to put mine back together.
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