Thanks for all the replies and information. I probably should have mentioned in my first post I have read just about everything you can turn up on this subject searching this forum. All the comments so far have been supportive of stripping the fairing. I know some people think that is shameful and I understand that. The 50# fairing comment pushed me over the edge. The fairing will go, its a matter of when. My son is making another trip west to ride again this spring and I may wait until then.