Motorcycle fairings accomplish three important purposes. First, they make the motorcycle aerodynamic. Second, they protect the internal parts of the bike in case of a crash. Third, they play a large part in creating the look of the motorcycle. The last is perhaps the biggest reason for buying new fairings for a motorcycle. However, there are other factors to consider when shopping. Fairings for Suzuki motorcycles are widely available in a range of prices, in bike shops and online, on eBay. There are various types of fairings, fairing materials, and ways to install fairings. Learning about these allows a rider to make a smart choice when shopping for new fairings for a Suzuki motorcycle.
There are three basic levels of coverage among fairing types. These are the full fairing , the half fairing, and the quarter fairing. Each type of fairing consists of several pieces. While fairings usually come as a set, it is also possible to buy them separately if necessary.
Full fairings cover almost all of the motorcycle. In case of a crash, the fairings protect the engine and chassis from scrapes. The fairings include the windscreen, headlight fairing, front fender, full body fairings for the right and left side of the bike, and tail fairings. There are kits available to upgrade a half fairing on a motorcycle to a full fairing. Fairings must match the model of Suzuki as well as the year since Suzuki upgrades every model's fairings frequently. Both OEM kits and aftermarket kits are available.
Half fairings cover only the upper portion of the motorcycle. These are lighter than full fairings, improving performance at the expense of protection and better aerodynamics. Half fairings usually include the windscreen, headlight fairing, front fender, half tank fairings on both sides, and a tail fairing. Half fairings are more convenient when working on the bike because the fairings do not cover the lower half of the bike.
Quarter fairings are usually only for sport racing motorcycles and some small cruisers. They are the fairing of choice when the weight of additional fairings would pose a significant disadvantage. Quarter fairings consist of a windscreen and just a few small fairings around the front of the bike.
A belly pan is an additional fairing that many riders choose to use along with a full, half, or quarter fairing. The belly pan streamlines the engine, decreases the aerodynamic lift, catches leaked fluids, and protects the internal parts from rocks kicked up by the front tyre of the bike.
There is usually no reason to change from a full fairing to a half or quarter fairing. However, many owners change from a half fairing to a full fairing. Before changing fairing types, it is a good idea to talk to a knowledgeable Suzuki mechanic about how the change is likely to affect the motorcycle's handling and fuel efficiency.
There are three materials used to make fairings. These are ABS plastic, fibreglass, and carbon fibre. They differ in price, durability, and weight.
ABS plastic is a special hard plastic with a high heat resistance, impact resistance, and stability. It an affordable material for fairings. However, it is heavier than other types. High-quality ABS plastic is comparable to fibreglass but in general, ABS is less durable.
Fibreglass is more expensive than ABS and not as common. It is strong, fairly easy to repair, and light. It is worth its price to racers and others who need the fairings to be as light as possible. However, the price may make it prohibitively expensive, especially for someone who would like to change the look of the motorcycle quite often.
Carbon fibre is a very expensive material but also extremely light. It is very strong considering the low weight. However, the high price means that only serious racers need or use it for fairings. Lowering the bike's weight with carbon fibre fairings is also not a significant change unless the bike owners have already changed heavier parts of the bike with parts made of aluminium or carbon fibre.
The installation depends mainly on the model of Suzuki motorcycle one has, but there are two basic ways to install fairings. Frame-mounted fairings are great for stability because the weight of the fairings is on the body of the bike and not on the handlebars. Handlebar mounting significantly changes the way the bike handles and makes long-distance journeys more tiring, and this is something to consider. Some fairings are detachable, for those who want to easily change the look of the bike or easily access some parts. Fairings come in all states from unpainted pieces without holes to painted and pre-drilled pieces so be sure to read all the details about the fairing, especially when buying online. Colour-matching is crucial if replacing individual fairings so that one fairing does not stand out from the rest. It may be best to buy an unpainted fairing and have it colour-matched professionally if buying fairings individually. Otherwise, look for OEM replacement fairings.
eBay is a great place to find fairings for any Suzuki bike. Simply enter a search term like ' Suzuki GSX-R600 fairings' in the search box on any eBay page. There may even be special promotions for fairings on the eBay Deals page for motorcycle parts. The model and year of the bike are necessary when shopping for fairings since Suzuki changes the fairing designs every two or three years. Sellers marked with an award icon are those with a history of excellent customer service. A motorcycle looks and feels new after having new fairings installed. Knowing about the different kinds of fairings and materials lets bikers protect their Suzuki bikes and flaunt their new style without breaking the bank.