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…
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.