How to Install Motorcycle Fairings

  • 2-8 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 75-500
What You'll Need
Motorcycle Fairings
Ratchet Set

Motorcycle fairings are an aftermarket add-on that motorcycle enthusiasts can install on their bikes. The process for installing fairings on your motorcycle can be very difficult or very easy, depending on the type of motorcycle that you own. Your familiarity with installing custom parts on your motorcycle and the availability of the fairings are all factors to consider when installing the part to your motorcycle.

Motorcycle fairings vary in cost, based on the motorcycle which they were designed for and the type of fitting that you purchased. For example, fairings that are head and front shield guards can sell for several hundred of dollars, depending on whether the fairing was custom designed for your machine or purchased directly from the manufacturer of your machine.

This how-to article will discuss the general installation process for your motorcycle fairings. Without specific knowledge concerning the type of motorcycle that you own or the level of expertise that you have with installing these parts, it can only provide very general and non-specific installation information.

Step 1: Purchase a Custom Aftermarket Motorcycle Fairing Kit

The first step in the process of installing motorcycle fairings on your motorcycle is ordering or purchasing them. You can either go online or order custom built fairings. The fairings can cover the front, sides and exhaust pipe to your motorcycle in order to give it a more streamlined look. The best place to go to find fairings for your motorcycle is to the manufacturer or obtain the original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) number for the type of fairings that you are looking to install on your bike.

Step 2: Determine Where the Fairings Need to Be Connected

For OEM fairings that you order directly from the manufacturer of your motorcycle you should be able to easily match the fittings necessary to attach the fairings to your bike. For fairings that are not direct from the manufacturer or that have been custom made they will need to be matched up with the fittings for attachment to your motorcycle. You need to make sure to identify where and how to attach the fairing before proceeding with the installation process.

Step 3: Installing the Fairing to Your Motorcycle

Once you have located the place where the fairing is attached to the motorcycle, take a ratchet and/or screwdriver and set the fasteners in place. Make sure the fairing is secured properly to your bike as you tighten the fastener. Once you have completed the process of tightening the fastener you should be ready to take your motorcycle out for a ride so that you can show off your new custom design look.

If you have problems installing a custom built, non-factory made fairing (i.e. aftermarket purchase) you should immediately contact the designer of the fairing in order to correct the problem affecting the fitting of the fairing to your motorcycle.