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Hair in the paint, missing tabs, tabs not lining up?


Seriously, thanks for the review. I'm glad you're happy with what you bought, but I'd rather spend my money at Sharkskinz.
I looked at Sharkskinz (and also Armour bodies), but I didn't feel like using race body work on a street bike, nor did I wanna have to paint the whole thing from scratch.

Also, let's keep in mind here, I'm not building a show bike or something to display in a museum. I'm simply rebuilding my R1 from a wreck. The body work is exceptional quality overall, especially for the money. In my review, I didn't wanna pull any punches, so I mentioned that, yes, there were some microscopic blemishes and maybe a couple of fibers in the paint (but they are so small that it's difficult to see them unless you are looking over the bike with a 10 power loop.

Overall, I would give the body work a 10 out of 10. I mean, it's 99.99% perfect. For the cost and construction and everything, I can live with a couple tiny spots. After all, it's a bike that I thrash around on on the street and will soon be taking to the track. It may end up my dedicated track bike at some point actually.

I'm waiting until I see the final product to really pass any negative judgement on anything. So far, I'm real happy with everything as far as overall fit & finish. The entire body kit basically cost what one or two OEM panels would run you.

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Real good color choice on the stickers Ray, I like ! Its gonna look great !
 

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Real good color choice on the stickers Ray, I like ! Its gonna look great !
Thanks! I can't wait until it done. I probably need to paint the tank and a couple extra body panels, but I'm just happy to have the bike back together and to be able to ride again (soon).

I'll follow up with pictures pretty soon here.

Ray
 

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I can't wait to ride either, its going all the way up to 31 tomorrow, and 35-40 mph winds.
 

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I totally hear ya man. I mean, my initial reaction to it was "that's gay as shit".. like super gay.

My ex-girlfriend knew this guy who painted his nails; she used to run into him at the nail salon. Nice guy, a bit avant garde. So I used to ask her, "is he gay or what's the deal? Bi?". And she said "No, he's totally straight.. seriously, he gets more pussy than you do".

WTF? No... that's not possible. haha :)

Anyway, so I never really gave a lot of thought to it. Like I'm not gonna paint my finger nails bright blue or anything. But then my girlfriend started talking about how she would like it if I keep my toe nails in better repair (i.e. pedicure, etc.). So one day I let her paint my toes when I was bored. She had a good time and it looked kinda cool actually (black nail polish though.. which matched my all black R1 at the time).

I left it on for a while (too lazy to remove it) and I have to admit, it looked better than just having some ratty looking feet. Also, I broke my toe during the motorcycle accident, so I had to wear sandals for like 2 months; I kinda got a kick out of walking around with black toe nail polish.

But here's the interesting thing.. during this time (allowing my foot to heal up), I can't tell you the number of hot women who commented on my toes "Love your toes", "that's so sexy", blah, blah, blah.

For me, I love women and motorcycles (and money and cars, etc.). I'm secure in my sexuality and a little bit eccentric. Bottom line is this: if having painted toe nails now and then increases my odds of getting laid, then who am I to argue?

:)

And let me just tell you, having two women giving you a BJ at the same time, while you are looking down at them and your black painted toes... kinda hot, actually. Life is short; have some fun while you can right?!

uploading another video... of the bodywork... right now. I'll post it in a few.

Gonna try and get the panels test fitted on the bike tonight if all goes well.

Ray
yep, chicks dig guys with painted toe nails/fingernails.

I played Heavy-Metal guitar for 14 years, and always had my fingers painted black, not so much the toes though. And having long black hair down to my ass prob helped too, lol.
Got more chicks in bed than i could poke a stick at, hehe :rock
 

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^^ he speaks the truth lol :)

Here's the latest...

I had to bail on the carbon fiber air ducts - at least for now. The alignment of the tabs on the CF was off too much to deal with at 1:40 am. I may come back and hack off some of the CF on the air ducts and epoxy my own tabs on or something, but right now I just want to get the bike back on the road.

And it's not the Chinese body work.. I switched back to OEM air ducts and they snapped right into place. The issue is the MDI Carbon Fiber product - apparently made with little if any focus on having the holes actually aligned properly. So I'm going to e-mail MDI carbon fiber in a minute here and see what they have to say, but I am either going to sell the CF ducts or maybe cut off their tabs and glue my own on. Not sure.

Anyway, here's a video. I have since installed the lower body panel shown in this video and it went one amazingly well - maybe even better than OEM actually. I was blown away. The slightly heavier material of the Chinese body work seems to provide a bit more support during installation. With the OEM stuff, it flops all over the place. With the Chinese ebay stuff, it slid into place beautifully and bolted up really well. All the quick disconnects clicks into place first time, no hassles.

I'm currently in the garage installing the OEM air ducts and about to fit the front fairings. I'll make another video in a few here.

I also put on the "Pirelli" decals on the swing arm.. gay. as. shit. I took them back off. I ended up with one spare (dark grey) decal and stuck it up under the under tail - that actually looked pretty slick, so I left it on. I sure liked the one picture I saw on R1-forum of the guy with "Dunlop" on his swing arm.. but I don't know; for now, I'll leave the swing arm decals to the professionals :)

Here's the most recent video:


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Good luck getting it all back together Ray. At least the Chinese body work wasn't a pile of crap. It's good that they went on so well. As far as MDI, good luck getting in touch with them. I have been sending email after email and get nothing. Also, the phone's don't seem to get any answering over there either. I guess once they get your $, you're on your own!
 

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Thanks for the videos and review. Makes me want to order some new fairing kit now. Can't wait 'till you put them on the bike.

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Good luck getting it all back together Ray. At least the Chinese body work wasn't a pile of crap. It's good that they went on so well. As far as MDI, good luck getting in touch with them. I have been sending email after email and get nothing. Also, the phone's don't seem to get any answering over there either. I guess once they get your $, you're on your own!
Yeah, the body work is good.

I had to ditch the MDI carbon fiber air ducts for now. I'm going to modify them down the road and put them on the bike (which will probably require fairly extensive modifications I believe). For now, I'm going to install OEM and worry about getting the body work tweaked into place.

I'm about to upload another video. In the video, it shows the nose out of alignment, but after recording the video, I see there are some alignment holes in the tip of the nose that will pull things together more I think.

I have to run into town tomorrow to pickup some parts and then I will continue assembly on the bike. I think once everything is all buttoned up, it will probably be 99% of OEM. I don't know yet, but we'll see.

I'm uploading the video later tonight or tomorrow AM.

I definitely am going to need to paint the fuel tank white to pull off the look I want. I was hoping I could get by leaving the tank black, but I don't like how it looks black. I also need to paint a couple of the other body panels white, but luckily I have spares in the kit from China.

I should have the body work all done in the next day or two and the entire bike should be totally sorted in another week.

More videos coming soon!

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About to run into town to pickup some plastic push pin connector things. I think once I have all the proper plastic pins and put the nose together with all the correct hardware, the seams and tabs will all align better:


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Hair in the paint, missing tabs, tabs not lining up?


Seriously, thanks for the review. I'm glad you're happy with what you bought, but I'd rather spend my money at Sharkskinz.
Have you installed the Sharkskinz yourself before? If so, how did you like them? Any pictures?

Ray
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Looks nice!!
 

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Sharkskinz...
street upper.. accomodates headlights
race lower
race tail... does not work with undertail but tail light can be cut in
 

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Looks good man. I am liking the white. I think you are right about painting the tank. It needs to be white to fit together with the rest of the bike. It's really coming along now!
 
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