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Old 02-01-2010, 12:45 PM   #1
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F800GS Wind Deflector Kit (Side Fairing)

Who has em and is was it worth your $$$?



I think I like the idea of some additional wind protection - but this looks like a gimmick...
Any one with some experience with this kit care to share their thoughts?

In my search for feedback on this product I had found some posts where guys were buying them to reduce the heat output that would come out the sides? But didn't' see much of a follow-up on that.

If I missed the obvious post from 1987, then by all means please...
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:46 PM   #2
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How do they mount? Snap in or bolt in?
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:07 PM   #3
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How do they mount? Snap in or bolt in?
From what I have read, you drill a few holes and screw it on.

Found a thread on the F800 Forum that had a little detail and some commentary on their effectiveness. I wouldn't be expecting much but am not interested it buying swap land in Florida either.

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I've got 'em. Yes, you drill three holes in the plastic and screw 'em into place. Like Joel says, their effect is marginal, but noticeable. But they do look great. don't they?



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When viewed from the front they stick out more than the side profile would lead me to believe. Below is a picture from the above F800 thread link. This picture is of the kit on the F650GS installed upside down... cause that's the way this guy rolls... (apparently fit better that way on the 658?)

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Old 02-02-2010, 07:39 AM   #6
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Here's a similar shot that gives you an idea of how much they stick out on my F800GS.



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Here's a similar shot that gives you an idea of how much they stick out on my F800GS.



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Thanks for the pictures David. I'd only expect marginal from them and they do look right at home on the bike. I've seen them around in the pictures thread and thought at first it was a difference in model year. As it gets closer to the time we take delivery, I think I'll talk to our dealership about what it would take to have them on our bikes. I see them listed for about $60 US so I would expect something in that neighborhood north of the boarder.
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Looks OK but would they fit if you have engine guards on like I do?...SW Mototech to be specific!
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Looks OK but would they fit if you have engine guards on like I do?...SW Mototech to be specific!
I checked into this a little last night for my intended set up. (Holans) I saw one report here where the bars needed some extra spacer to clear the deflector, but the last post seemed to indicate that Holans might be working to correct the issue. Linky

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Looks OK but would they fit if you have engine guards on like I do?...SW Mototech to be specific!
Dunno for sure. But they're made of a very pliable rubber, so even if they made contact with the bars, they wouldn't harm anything.

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I live in Stuttgart GE and am often riding in the rain. Before I installed the side fairings, I consistently dealt with wet knees and thighs. Now, I find my knees tuck in perfectly and my legs remain dry. Not sure what kind of tunnel testing BMW did when designing these, but these fairings provide the perfect bubble for me. Installation requires removing most of the plastic on the front end, but it wasn't really that difficult. There are pre-marked drill points and the fairings just screw on.
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I live in Stuttgart GE and am often riding in the rain. Before I installed the side fairings, I consistently dealt with wet knees and thighs. Now, I find my knees tuck in perfectly and my legs remain dry. Not sure what kind of tunnel testing BMW did when designing these, but these fairings provide the perfect bubble for me. Installation requires removing most of the plastic on the front end, but it wasn't really that difficult. There are pre-marked drill points and the fairings just screw on.
Yep, I notice the same and on cold days your knees wont freeze.
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What is the effect in warm weather ? I have a lot of heat issues on my legs and feet in anything over 75 degrees.
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What is the effect in warm weather ? I have a lot of heat issues on my legs and feet in anything over 75 degrees.
I was definitely getting more heat on my legs after installing mine. Nice in the fall weather but I have't had them installed during any real hot days yet.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:33 AM   #15
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...they look great on a white bike too

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