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I very dumbly knocked my Versys over this morning. I was shuffling the bike around in a tight garage and absentmindedly scootched the bike forward a few inches and off of it's side stand. Before I could react it toppled over on to my brother-in-laws GSXR. I nearly had a heart attack when I heard the cracking noises. (And yelled a few obscenities rather loudly too.) Thankfully, the vastly more expensive bike only got a scuff on a small and cheap rear fairing. My bike however got its upper fairing smashed in by the GSXRs giant muffler.

I was taking a look at the upper fairing and it looks like its clipped onto the other plastic parts in a few places and somehow attached to the faux carbon fiber panel along the gas tank. Are there any special tricks to getting this all apart or is it pretty straight forward? I just wanted to ask before I started yanking on it and breaking tabs and stuff off.
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I very dumbly knocked my Versys over this morning. I was shuffling the bike around in a tight garage and absentmindedly scootched the bike forward a few inches and off of it's side stand. Before I could react it toppled over on to my brother-in-laws GSXR. I nearly had a heart attack when I heard the cracking noises. (And yelled a few obscenities rather loudly too.) Thankfully, the vastly more expensive bike only got a scuff on a small and cheap rear fairing. My bike however got its upper fairing smashed in by the GSXRs giant muffler.

I was taking a look at the upper fairing and it looks like its clipped onto the other plastic parts in a few places and somehow attached to the faux carbon fiber panel along the gas tank. Are there any special tricks to getting this all apart or is it pretty straight forward? I just wanted to ask before I started yanking on it and breaking tabs and stuff off.
Got any pics?
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No pics, but its not very spectacular. Just several very long cracks that originate from under the decal and spread almost the entire length of the cowling.

Also, does anyone know if OEM cowlings come with the stickers already on? And is anyone familiar with a 2011 GSXR....? The part I scuffed is more expensive than I hoped so I want to make sure I'm looking at the right one in the diagram before ordering.
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You need to take off the seat first, then remove the Phillips screw near the back oft he panel that was hidden by the seat. You then can pop the panel out of the grommets and then pull it slightly to the rear of the bike to remove it from the tank panel. Then remove the allen screws on the tank panel and pop the grommet out. Then comes the difficult part: You need to carefully slide the panel forward to release the tab of the tank panel from the headlight surround. DO NOT pull the panel away from the bike as the tab will easily break off. It's never happened to me but others have had it happen. The installation of the tank panel (getting the tab back under the piece) is more difficult to me. Once you do it a couple times it gets easier though. Good luck


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No pics, but its not very spectacular. Just several very long cracks that originate from under the decal and spread almost the entire length of the cowling.

Also, does anyone know if OEM cowlings come with the stickers already on? And is anyone familiar with a 2011 GSXR....? The part I scuffed is more expensive than I hoped so I want to make sure I'm looking at the right one in the diagram before ordering.
The side panel I bought from here; http://www.powersportswarehouse.com already had the sticker. The prices are the best I found but I had to wait almost a month as I bought over $500 worth of parts after my accident. I saved hundreds, though.
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