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Removing, Replacing and Repairing R6 Fairings

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Dealing with the R6 fairings can sometimes be a daunting task. Most fairings are made from a material called ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). ABS is a thermoplastic, meaning it can be formed, and reformed with heat. ABS is most commonly known for its good shock resistance and easy repair due to its thermoplastic properties. This makes it an ideal material for motorcycle fairings.

Removal of the R6 fairings can be done quite easily, however, remember to make sure you know where each bolt goes, as it is easy to lose bolts in the process. 

Firstly, start by removing the four hex bolts on each side of the bike. Remember to put them in a safe place. The bolts on the fairings are all generally the same size. Start with the long ‘strip’ fairing on either size, using a Phillips head screwdriver, undo the plastic rivet holding them in place, this can be found around the middle of the strip on the inside. Once this is removed, push the fairings towards the front of the bike and they will come free.

To remove the lower fairings, ensure you disconnect the indicators (turn signal). There are four bolts to remove the lower fairings, two of which hold the fairing onto the bike; the other two hold the each side of the lower fairings together. Once these bolts are removed, there is also a plastic rivet just below the bolt by the front forks and towards the middle of the bike. These rivets can be removed by simply pushing in the centre with a screwdriver; it will then pop out.

To remove the R6 Motorcycle Fairings around the headlight, remove the hex bolts holding the cowls in place. Next, remove the inner panel round the headlights and yoke with a 4mm hex wrench. This is held in place by two hex bolts on each panel. This can then be removed. The upper panel can then be removed by unscrewing the bolts and plastic rivets like in the previous fairings. Be careful when removing this panel, as there is a clip towards the front of the bike, which must be unclipped before this panel can be removed. Then remove the windscreen by undoing the four fastening bolts on the front of the windscreen. Then remove the mirrors, these are held in place by two bolts. The plastic rivet next to the mirrors can then be removed with a Phillips head screwdriver. After this the windscreen can be removed. The electrical cables to the headlights will then need to be disconnected, some are held in place by screws. There is then two screws either side, which are attached to the same panel as the speedometer. The headlights and cowls can then be removed.

The final step is to remove the tail fairings, remove the pillion and rider seat using the key and a hex bolt. The middle panel is then held in place with two pull pins, using a flat head screwdriver, pry these up and pull them out. Then undo the hex bolt in the middle towards the rear and the panel will lift out.  To remove the side panels, remove the allen bolts from underneath and the four push pins on the top, and two on the bottom. This piece can then be lifted off. To remove the lower part, remove the Phillips head screws, then the hex bolts holding it in place. The seat lock will then need to be removed, removing the pin on the right of the lock does this, and then the two hex bolts on the left. Remember there is two washers with these bolts that MUST be replaced. Loosening the cable, clip and lifting the plate up can then remove the seat lock. The lock will then fall through the fairings and out. The electrical connections then must be disconnected to enable the removal of the fairings. Lift the battery tray to remove the four 10mm bolts to release the light assembly. There is then two Phillips head rivets, that can be removed as before. Lastly remove the pillion pegs to remove the final lower fairing. 

Voila! To reinstall your fairings, follow this guide in reverse!

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