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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-20-2008, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Dropped my Versys

So, being the farking noob bike owner that I am, I put the Versys up on a rear stand to clean and re-oil the chain. I made the mistake of not straightening the front wheel and my pretty Versys went crashing into the driveway. The mirror, handlebar end and left fairing are all scratched up. The mirror and handlebar end I can deal with, the fairing scratched up real bad pretty much all over. To repair that fairing I was thinking that I'd remove it, clean and sand it smooth and then use a colour-matched spray paint. Does this sound reasonable?
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So sorry to hear about your mishap even though I can't picture how your bike fell due to the front tire not being straight as you put the bike on your rear stand, but I'm sure it makes sense if I saw it.

My only concern about painting the fairing would be this. There is no need to look through a fairing if you look over it, but at stop lights obviously cars gather close, and pulling out I often had cars just miss something on the road and I see it THROUGH my fairing since things happen close.

For me, I want my fairing to be a see through. Count it up to experience and buy another.
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I suspect we might have a case of using different terms for stuff.

JehanQuadi, by "faring" are you referring to the large plastic parts that flank each side of the gas tank and headlight? I ask because I referred them them as faring as well but then found that the Kawi part is called the left and right cowling?

If I'm all wet then just ignore this.

BTW, the only color matched spray paint that you'll find is made by ColorRite (part numbers available with a search on this forum). I've used it and was a bit dissatisfied with the outcome, but if you're careful and have some experience to draw from, you might do a better job than I did.

I saw a pic either here or on the UK forum where someone had painted those two parts in a matte black color. It actually looked really good I think, but the feelings were mixed.

Good luck in your repair.

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DragonBreath, you are correct, it is the cowling that is scratched. I found the ColorRite that I need, but I do lack experience in this sort of repair so I'll have to count on being careful

If anyone has advice on painting the cowling I would appreciate the input.
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JQ, I highly recommend H&B crash bars, saved my bike in low speed crash other than bent brake pedal.


Easily cleaned up with a bit of sandpaper and can of cheap black spray paint.

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Thanks Machog, those bars are already on my shopping list!

Anyone know of a Canadian distributor, or any Canadians that have successfully ordered them from away?
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Thanks Machog, those bars are already on my shopping list!

Anyone know of a Canadian distributor, or any Canadians that have successfully ordered them from away?
I am going to order mine here:

http://www.amotostuff.com/Merchant2/...ode=versys_650

They will ship to Canada by USPS and they have 4 in stock right now.
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I had a low speed crash in which i tore up my low side cowling. It has a tendency to crack around the larger screw hole near the bottom. I would order a new part (under $200) takes about a week but it comes painted. If you want the kawasaki decails they do not come w/ the cowling you would have to oder them also. Both of which i think is under $10


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Thank you alphabetsoup2003!

Under $200 looks like a better deal to me than buying the paint, clearcoat and still having the potential to screw it up.
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also on a side note i took the cowling off and went up to auto zone and held it up to the cheap $10 cans of spray paint untill i found something that matched. just so i could ride w/o looking like a total tool for the 2 weeks


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Installed my HB engine guards today, very easy to do and they look great! Thank you for the suggestion.
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there's a full set of the plastics and a radiator on ebay
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my offer stands
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johnnail,

Could you link the ebay ad here, I cannot seem to find it.
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Damn myorangecamaro!

Your flames paint job is great, I love it! Wish I could send you my plastics to get it on my V but sending it from Canada would be silly when there is a reasonably priced custom airbrush guy just up the street from me. I'm going to take your pics to him and see what he can do for me.
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thanks man, i agree though, it would cost you more than it would be worth just to send the plastics across the border, but hey good luck with your guy, im sure yours would look awsome being as he actually knows how to use an airbrush! im pretty novice, but what i noticed, is when you paint flames over red, you can hide, alter , change anything you want endless times. its like spilling water in the ocean!
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My plan is to do blue flames on my candy plasma blue V... hopefully I'll have something with the same effect as yours just in blue

I will post pics when its done!
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