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Old 08-06-2012, 04:27 AM   #196
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Well, since my last post, saying I have been busy would be an understatement. I have my fairing installed, and Love the looks of it, and the lighting is astonishing to say the least!!!

For anyone mounting one of these on a Honda XR650L with the huge Acerbis 5.8 gallon tank, I am going to detail the highlights the fitment. These tanks are huge and barely allow room for anything.

1. The fender pins are slightly wider apart than the holes that are provided. Re drilling them basically produces a slot, and I inserted the OEM rubbers in there.


2. The headlight/ speedo cluster bracket is too long to get the proper angle on the fairing. I cut both sides as shown, to use the hole closer to the triple trees, and drilled out the threads to make them through holes.




3. Once I bolted it to those two holes, I covered the sides of the fairing with masking tape, and turned the bars side to side to sketch out what material needed removed to clear my tank. I removed the fairing, and cut it with a air cut off wheel, and a dremel with a small endmill type cutter. A sanding drum works well also. (Wear proper protection from the fiberglass).


Finished pics:






The funny thing is, I set up the lights outside of my garage, at night. I thought they were pretty bright compared to my Sylvania H4 high performance bulb I was using. I went for a test ride on some dark roads, turned on the high beam, and said "Holy S***!!!!" Awesome!!!!! The original thoughts I had about keeping my windshield were false. I hit a short section of interstate at highway speeds, and the air flow off of the fairing is actually cleaner (much less turbulence) than the windscreen had! Amazing!!! This product is a home run in my book!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:30 AM   #197
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Note: My install was complicated by the fact that the Acerbis tank on the XRL is huge. I would have been shocked if anything would fit without some mods. I would say nearly any other tank would be much easier, and maybe without mods. Don't be intimidated by my posts, it is a super well thought out and designed product in every way.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:06 AM   #198
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Rider11X,

Great to see you worked it out. Looks great!

For those with XR650Ls not wanting to cut the stock headlight mount, you can forgo the use of lower pins and use the fork mount for the lower portion of the fairing and the stock location for the upper.

This would move the faring forward and up a bit and probably clear the acerbis tank.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:13 AM   #199
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Rider11X,

Great to see you worked it out. Looks great!

For those with XR650Ls not wanting to cut the stock headlight mount, you can forgo the use of lower pins and use the fork mount for the lower portion of the fairing and the stock location for the upper.

This would move the faring forward and up a bit and probably clear the acerbis tank.
Thanks! Very true on the alternate method. I do a lot of fabrication, so cutting and grinding to fit comes easy to me....I get a plan and start choppin! Not everyone got a cozy feeling about cutting stuff off their bikes. LOL! I did pick up a spare bracket like the one I cut on Ebay for $10 just in case I need to do a quick swap for an inspection or something. Doubt I will ever need it, but it can sit in reserve just in case.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:05 AM   #200
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Note: My install was complicated by the fact that the Acerbis tank on the XRL is huge. I would have been shocked if anything would fit without some mods. I would say nearly any other tank would be much easier, and maybe without mods. Don't be intimidated by my posts, it is a super well thought out and designed product in every way.
Good to see you worked it all out. Looks good on that bike. Happy to hear you like the air flow.
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:49 AM   #201
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Has anyone put one on a TE630 yet?
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:03 PM   #202
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Has anyone put one on a TE630 yet?
Not quite a 630 but a TE450


If you can post pictures of the mounting for the stock headlight on the 630, we can make a recommendation on mounting.

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Old 08-14-2012, 03:28 AM   #203
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I will get some photos up when i get home from work before dark

In the mean time would you be able to tell me how wide the bottom of the fairing is? I am trying to work out how it will mate up with the 630 fender.



EDIT. after looking at the photo you posted and the one I posted it looks like you made it for the 630.

Suppose I have run out of excuses, I hope you will ship to Australia
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:37 AM   #204
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In the mean time would you be able to tell me how wide the bottom of the fairing is? I am trying to work out how it will mate up with the 630 fender.
The bottom of the fairing starting at the triple is 18cm wide tapering to 15mm in the front, 8 cm deep (front to back).


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Old 08-14-2012, 07:06 AM   #205
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Well, I'm back from Ohio. 3300 and a few miles. A few thoughts.

With the fairing the bike is incredibly stable. Much more than with the old Parabellum and even better than naked. And still the front end feels much lighter than with the Parabelllum and not much heavier than stock.

Lights are just unbelievable.

There is a fair amount of wind noise, depending a lot on the angle of the cross wind (and there is ALWAYS a cross wind....). I'm thinking of trying a few tweaks to help that. Don't really notice it when doing moderate days on good twisty terrain - but flogging across Kansas/ eastern Colorado one does notice.

And my last day coming back I left Macon, MO headed for Norton, KS - 400 miles - where I was planning on spending the night. Got to Norton about 1:00 PM, looked around, said "been here, done this" and headed for home. Another 300 miles (707 GPS miles for the day), made it home before 6:00 pm. Went through a very nasty thunderstorm which blew the bike all over, but I really think the fairing made it controllable. Only issue was wind noise. Not buffeting as my helmet wasn't blown around at all (except by some of the strongest gusts but you can't blame the fairing for that) just more noise than I'd like (and yes I wear ear plugs). Interesting that if I just put my hand at the top of the fairing it reduced the noise by better that 50%.

Unlike the Parabellum there is enough of a breeze to help one cool off a bit(it was 107 eastbound through Kansas). You can kind of move around a little to get it to various places on the body through the mesh jacket.

I also think the fairing helped the gas mileage. Compared to my last ride in June to Kamiah, ID, under similar conditions and speeds I'd say I was getting up to 5 mpg better.

Did I mention that the lights are incredible?

All in all I am tickled pink.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:22 AM   #206
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I will get some photos up when i get home from work before dark

In the mean time would you be able to tell me how wide the bottom of the fairing is? I am trying to work out how it will mate up with the 630 fender.



EDIT. after looking at the photo you posted and the one I posted it looks like you made it for the 630.

Suppose I have run out of excuses, I hope you will ship to Australia
You will wonder why you waited so long once you get it. Really. These are really sweet. And if you are trying to justify spending money, subtract the money you would pay to go to the emergency room of the hospital, and the insurance deductible on your bike, because the lights give you a huge advantage in seeing critters along the road, BEFORE they run out in front of you. Not fool proof, but a huge advantage. And the wind deflection is actually better than the taller windscreen I had. An instructor at the local MSR just whacked up his new Super Tenere not long ago when a deer ran out in front of him. He told me about it as he stood there with pins sticking out of his broken hand and wrist. The bike had just over 600 miles on it.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:49 AM   #207
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Well, I'm back from Ohio. 3300 and a few miles. A few thoughts.

With the fairing the bike is incredibly stable. Much more than with the old Parabellum and even better than naked. And still the front end feels much lighter than with the Parabelllum and not much heavier than stock.

Lights are just unbelievable.

There is a fair amount of wind noise, depending a lot on the angle of the cross wind (and there is ALWAYS a cross wind....). I'm thinking of trying a few tweaks to help that. Don't really notice it when doing moderate days on good twisty terrain - but flogging across Kansas/ eastern Colorado one does notice.

And my last day coming back I left Macon, MO headed for Norton, KS - 400 miles - where I was planning on spending the night. Got to Norton about 1:00 PM, looked around, said "been here, done this" and headed for home. Another 300 miles (707 GPS miles for the day), made it home before 6:00 pm. Went through a very nasty thunderstorm which blew the bike all over, but I really think the fairing made it controllable. Only issue was wind noise. Not buffeting as my helmet wasn't blown around at all (except by some of the strongest gusts but you can't blame the fairing for that) just more noise than I'd like (and yes I wear ear plugs). Interesting that if I just put my hand at the top of the fairing it reduced the noise by better that 50%.

Unlike the Parabellum there is enough of a breeze to help one cool off a bit(it was 107 eastbound through Kansas). You can kind of move around a little to get it to various places on the body through the mesh jacket.

I also think the fairing helped the gas mileage. Compared to my last ride in June to Kamiah, ID, under similar conditions and speeds I'd say I was getting up to 5 mpg better.

Did I mention that the lights are incredible?

All in all I am tickled pink.
Good to hear positive reports.

I notice the wind noise varies depending on...
a. the helmet I am wearing
b. wind direction

Lots of variables here.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:58 PM   #208
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Here's what it looks like on a XR650R...








Looks better than the X2 light I used to have on there...




The model 60 lights are awesome!

Great product!
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:51 PM   #209
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Here's what it looks like on a XR650R...








Looks better than the X2 light I used to have on there...




The model 60 lights are awesome!

Great product!
Looks good!

How was the bug n wind deflection?
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:34 AM   #210
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Looks good!

How was the bug n wind deflection?


It's better than the windshield I had!
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