Are Chinese Aftermarket Motorcycle Fairings worth buying?
We’ll be doing a review of all aftermarket fairings and whats exactly involved in purchasing a new fairing kit.
The Vast Majority of Motorcycle Fairings in the world are produced in China. Even stock Fairings that come with brand new bikes are produced in China or similar countries. The materials, how the fairings are produced, and the quality of the factory is what will determine if they’re worth your money.
You will see online, most reviews are pretty 50/50 when it comes to aftermarket fairings. It’s true that there are some dubious manufacturers out there. In this blog we will give you an idea on how to make the correct purchasing decision and how much money you should generally be paying.
Here’s a step by step guide to picking the right fairing supplier
- What Raw Material should the Fairing kit be made of ?
- What Painting and Primers should be used?
- How should the fairing kit be moulded for a perfect fit?
- How the kit Should be packaged and shipped
- How much you should be paying for quality aftermarket fairings
- Check Customer Reviews and Testimonials
- Call or Email the business
- General tips for buying aftermarket fairings
What Raw Material should the fairing be made of ?
The first thing you should be checking is the raw materials. Are they recycled or virgin plastics ? You should be buying nothing less than ABS or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. ABS can be heated to its melting point until it’s liquid and then put into any mould, such as Lego blocks or a Motorcycle Fairing. When heated to its melting point and then hardened it loses very little of its strength and durability.
ABS is relatively harmless and contains no carcinogens. Now the problem is that ABS has a low melting point but that shouldn’t deter you from purchasing it for your next motorcycle. Purchase only ABS fairings, stay far away from pvc Plastic fairings as they melt very easily.
What Painting and primers should be used.
What is most important is the ABS fairing is properly painted and primed. There should be an anti heat adhesive that will prevent the fairing from melting when things get hot. Some Fairing Manufacturers will skip this process as a way to cut costs. That’s why a lot of online reviews talk about Chinese fairings beginning to melt after a long day of riding.
How should the fairing be moulded for a perfect fit?
This is generally standard practice as it isn’t hard to get stock fairing moulds but it is still worth your time to make sure. An OEM injection mould means that the mould the ABS is being poured into is the same mould a brand new Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki etc would be using. This means you will have a 100% fit when installing your new Fairing. stay clear from compression moulded plastic fairings as they will not fit correctly.
How the kit should be packaged and shipped
Something very simple and easily overlooked but better to double check anyway. How your bike’s new fairings will be shipped. Things can get bumpy so make sure it will be properly packaged. We recommend that the box should be at least 7 layer corrugated boxes and double wrapped in a pearl cotton pack.
How much should you be paying for quality aftermarket fairings ?
In terms of pricing you really shouldn’t be going any lower for any full fairing set than $550 . The more common a bike is, the cheaper it’s fairing kit will be. Models like the Kawasaki Ninja or a Honda CBR will obviously be cheaper due to them being so popular. Models like BMW or Ducati will definitely be more expensive as they are a lot less of them on the road which means producing them costs more.
We recommend price check and quality check multiple vendors before you make your purchasing decision. The more common bikes and brands such as Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki will cost between $550 and $750 generally. Brands such as BMW will cost more as they are rarer bikes and less fairings are being produced at large scale.
Check Customer Reviews and Testimonials
Have a look at the business Facebook page and google my business page. These will have unique user reviews that can’t be deleted. If you see some negative reviews that the fairings are melting there is a good chance that it could happen to you. Do not trust testimonials on a website as they’re easily faked. A quality Fairing supplier should have tons of positive testimonials and feedback from the community. If they don’t it’s better to steer clear and find a different supplier.
Call or email the business
If you’re really unsure about the quality of the company, give them a call or an email and see how they respond. You can never be too sure.
General TIPS for buying Aftermarket Fairings
- stick to OEM colours as they’re a lot easier to touch up or repaint if they get scratched, they’re a lot of replacement parts for OEM colours that you can be getting cheap on sites like https://www.gumtree.com.au/ or motorcycle wreckers.
- If you’re wanting a custom paint job, supply a lot of high quality photos to make the painting process easy for the manufacturer.
- Check companies refund and return policies, if they offer a long period of time guarantees they’re usually pretty trustworthy.
- Select companies that operate in your home country so they must submit to consumer laws. If you make a purchase off some random business it’s a lot harder to get your money back if something does go wrong.
In the end what matters…
If you follow our checklist and check each category it won’t be difficult to find fairings that match OEM quality. There are more and more companies offering high grade fairings, one of them is us at BikesFuture.com Have a peek at our full range here.