Several months ago I got the bug to put a bat wing style fairing on my 05 1800F. The though of more protection and tunes on long road trips had me going. I had not seen any other F model VTX's with this type of fairing so I went searching around the VTXOA and other Internet sites to get more information on what's out there. Thanks to all who passed on information and pictures.
I though I would take a few minutes and put together some information and post some pictures of my experience for other that may be looking to jump into a similar project.
After looking at all the available bat wing after market style fairing out there I desided to go with the Xtreme Revolution Ultimate VTX fairing. Price and style were the key reasons.
I ordered my Xtreme Revolution Ultra VTX fairing (ABS Plastic) and received it in a reasonable time frame. When I opened the box I noticed it had a large repair in the center of the fairing covered in light gray primer. I call the Xtreme Revolution group about it the next day and they said it was normal and was from the mold that was used...? They did a very poor job of fixing this imperfection in my option. In hind sight I should have sent it back at that point.
Out of the Box
The next day while fitting the XR fairing up to the VTX I quickly realized that Honda used a different headlight on the F models. I had large gaps on each side of my headlight. All the pictures I had seen showed a nice flush finish around the headlight. The Xtreme Revolution VTX fairing is made to fit the standard VTX headlight and not the F model headlight.
Not the fit I was looking for..
I called the Xtreme Revolution folks again and explained, then sent them pictures and measurements of the two different style head lights and they thought I was crazy and though I had a odd messed up VTX. I received an email the next day from them apologizing and they offered me a full refund. Odd that after selling this fairing for several years they would not know this. In hind sight I should have sent it back. I decided to keep the fairing and work with the issues at hand.
Standard VTX Style
In fitting up the Xtreme Revolution VTX fairing to my 1800F it started to became apparent that the fairing sits lower on the front of the VTX compared to similar bat wing fairing on an FLHX Street Glide/Electro Glide etc. In order to get the wind protection I was looking for I decided to raise the Xtreme Revolution fairing by 2 inches.
Stock Fitting -
One of the things I most liked about the XR fairing was the fact it was molded around the (standard) VTX headlight. If I raise the fairing I must now raise the headlight and all the headlight and fairing mounting hardware etc plus modify the XR fairing to fit the F model headlight. So the project starts.
Created a modified headlight mount.- Modified vs Standard
Modified XR Fairing to fit a F Style Headlight (with fiberglass and millfiber resin)
Since the stock XR Ultra fairing did not fit the my F style headlight I had to create a fiberglass insert to fit the headlight and blend into the existing fairing hole. As usual, this took much longer than I had planned, but I am happy with the results
I used a urathain primer with a two part paint (RM Diemont - Billet Metallic Silver and Clear Coat) Wet sanded and buffed to a nice shine.
I when with a Alpine IDA-X200 Receiver. This unit is fully IPOD and USB thumb drive compatible. With a combo of Polk and Sony speakers. I also added a 12 volt adaptor to power my Garmin GPS etc if needed. (GPS plays through FM stereo giving turn by turn directions while you ride - Nice!)
I also did the sound port mod. It helped improve the sound quality somewhat.
Issue to note: The bottom speaker ports on the XR fairing are not as deep as the top speaker ports. If you want to install speakers with a full (marine) speakers with full size magnet in the bottom speaker holes you must use spacers to extend the speaker to make room for the magnets. By moving the bottom speakers out with spacers to make the required room for the speakers you may now have issues with the bottom speaker/grills hitting the gas tank when at full lean angle. (dents in tank)
In conclusion I think the XR Ultra fairing is a good product and value. Mine was a bit rougher shape out of the box than I feel it should have been. You will have to prep and paint this fairing along with hours of mounting and running electrical and speaker wires etc. It is not a quick bolt on option. Plan on many hours or pay someone to do it for you.
Klock Werks Shield Review
IMO. Buy it for the looks and not the performance!
Because the XR Ultra fairing sits somewhat low on the VTX you may be forced to use a taller windshield (compared to other similar bike/fairings) if you want full face protection or close to it. I am approx 6 foot tall and after rising my XR fairing approx 2 inches the standard 7 inch straight shield would put highway (65 mph) wind right in my forehead. With the Klock Werks shield it now hits me approx one inch higher on my forehead. Not a great improvement for the money.
The info I had seen online for the Klock Werks shield claims it to add several inches of added protection and push the air around you. I have tested it on a 1200 mile/5 day trip with rain and shine. I like the stylish look of the shield but the advertised performance is not there.
Thinking it may be my bike and or setup I swapped shields for the afternoon with a friend riding a HD Street Glide. He said he could only notice a slight difference using the Klock Werks shield.
Oddly you can only get this shield in either a 3.5 in, 6.5 in or 10.5 in. If they made a 8.5 in I think it would do the trick for me. You can pick up a 6.5 inch shield up on eBay for $150.00 (fast free shipping -http://stores.shop.ebay.com/JTS-CYCLE-PARTS)
Still looking at the Clearview and CeeBaily's SSC shields...