When it comes to personalizing and protecting your motorcycle, the debate between aftermarket and stock fairings is ongoing. However, an emerging trend is the use of Chinese fairings, even on brand-new motorcycles. The primary reasons are cost-effectiveness and preserving the resale value of your bike.
Let’s explore why Chinese fairings are not only a cost-effective choice but also a strategic decision for motorcyclists.
The Case for Chinese Fairings on New Motorcycles
Purchasing a brand-new motorcycle is an exhilarating experience, but the thought of customizing it often raises concerns about cost and durability. This is where Chinese fairings come into the picture. Opting for aftermarket fairings from the outset offers multiple benefits:
- Cost-Effectiveness: Custom painting OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) fairings can be prohibitively expensive. Chinese fairings provide a cheaper alternative, offering a variety of designs at a fraction of the cost.
- Preservation of Value: By storing the OEM fairings and using aftermarket ones, you can maintain the bike’s original look for resale, potentially commanding a higher price.
- Reduced Stress: With less expensive fairings, the worry about scratches or damage diminishes, allowing for a more relaxed riding experience.
Aftermarket vs. Stock Fairings
While the appeal of Chinese fairings is clear, it’s important to understand how they stack up against stock fairings.
Our comparison focuses on several key aspects:
- Weight and Flexibility: Aftermarket fairings are often slightly heavier and less flexible than their OEM counterparts. As CycleCruza tested.
- Fitting and Installation: The installation process can vary. Some modifications might be necessary for perfect fitting, although these are usually minor. It’s crucial to ensure that any fairing you choose is compatible with your bike model.
- Quality and Durability: There’s a misconception that Chinese fairings are of lower quality. However, many riders find them comparable in durability and finish, especially when opting for injection-molded ABS plastic over other types.
- Customization and Availability: One of the biggest advantages of Chinese fairings is the vast array of customization options available, allowing riders to personalize their bikes extensively.
Tips for Buyers
If you’re considering aftermarket fairings, here are some tips to ensure a smooth experience:
- Get Injection Mould ABS Plastic Fairing only: it gives a uniform thickness throughout and a lesser number of irregularities. Say no to compression moulded plastic fairings.
- Inquire About Extras: Some kits may include additional components like windscreens or seat cowlings. Always ask what’s included in their listed offer.
- Custom Design: Some complicate color/sticker scheme takes longer time. Stick to OEM colours if possible (short wait & easier to touch up). Prepare yourself the touch-up paint once you receive the fairing package (especially non-OEM color).
- Check for Heat Shielding: Ensure that the fairings come with proper heat shielding to protect them from engine heat.
- Secure a Good Deal: Don’t hesitate to negotiate the price or ask for additional bolts or touch-up paint if needed.
- Purchase with a Credit Card only: it protects you.
- Inspect Upon Arrival: Look for any shipping damage or paint defects immediately upon receiving the fairings. Report any shipping damage or paint defects (pics), they will replace the parts for you.
Choosing Chinese fairings for your motorcycle, whether new or used, can be a smart, economical choice. Not only do they offer an affordable way to customize your bike, but they also help preserve the original fairings for future resale.
Overall, Chinese fairing is an attractive choice for those looking to customize their bikes without breaking the bank. Additionally, the variety available in designs and colors allows for greater personalization of your motorcycle.
With proper research and a careful selection process, aftermarket fairings can provide both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits.
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