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Ok.... I need opinions please....

Ok skin I REALLY would like to put a fairing on my vl800... Unfortunately the Color of it is making things difficult. I think it'll look weird putting this black fairing in my teal/grey bike.... Also I'm wondering if it'll look right with leather bags and not hard bags.

I feel like I'm losing my mind searching the Internet. Part of my wish there was just a freaking store I could go to that just has accessories that I can look at in person.

Any opinions would be great. I have no idea what to do lol.
Should I
A- just get a slightly larger windshield?
B-put a black fairing on my blue bike
C- just give up on trying to make this bike mine.. It has a couple accessories on it.. But I'm riding a bike with someone else style and I would just like to make it my own.

D- maybe paint the fairing silver??? I'm not sure I am on a budget here...

What do you guys think? My tiny windshield keeps the wind off my left nipple and that's about it....

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IMHO, ... I would paint the fairing silver, mount it and use it until you can save the money to get it painted and clear coated.

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You get to trick out the bike how you want - part of the beauty of owning a bike. Not sure about pricing but:
Get the fairing painted in a professional shop to match your bike OR
Do you like the colors of the bike or would you want to paint the bike and fairing to match? OR
There are all kinds of different dips and coatings to change the looks of the bike, with some really cool options available OR
Yep, you have a fly windshield and a larger windshield (plus lowers) will give much more wind protection.

Cheapest option would be windshield and lowers.

Any saddlebag (hard or soft) will go well with the bike. Depends on your tastes. Soft is much cheaper than hard, especially when you factor in the cost to custom paint the hard bags to match the bike.

Motorcycles demand a lot of money if you get bitten by the customization bug, even more money if trying to customize an H/D. Good luck with your many decisions!
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If you're looking for a cheap but effective windshield, get a Memphis Shades Fats. Thats what was on mine and it worked great, even 2up. You can get your choice of colors on the bottom part of the shield. Otherwise you need to paint the fairing.
Soft bags look fine with a batwing, makes it stand out a little.
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You get to trick out the bike how you want - part of the beauty of owning a bike. Not sure about pricing but:
Get the fairing painted in a professional shop to match your bike OR
Do you like the colors of the bike or would you want to paint the bike and fairing to match? OR
There are all kinds of different dips and coatings to change the looks of the bike, with some really cool options available OR
Yep, you have a fly windshield and a larger windshield (plus lowers) will give much more wind protection.

Cheapest option would be windshield and lowers.

Any saddlebag (hard or soft) will go well with the bike. Depends on your tastes. Soft is much cheaper than hard, especially when you factor in the cost to custom paint the hard bags to match the bike.

Motorcycles demand a lot of money if you get bitten by the customization bug, even more money if trying to customize an H/D. Good luck with your many decisions!
I actually like the color of the bike. It's pretty cool. I mean I would change the style completely it I had the cash to do so but I don't so I'm going to just do some upgrades here and there to make it a better fit for me.

Yes I have the custo bug, and it's driving me nuts. I have 15 Internet windows open lol.

I think the fairing looks great on these bikes, I would have to price the paint job at a paint shop then go from there. But maybe I can do how the one guy said and just get a slightly larger windshield and some lowers for now and when I get the cash get the fairing done..

I have leather bags but I honestly want to convert over to hardbags.. But that's another trip to the paint shop and more $ smh
.. I just have to pace myself. I have a wife and 3 children lol. I want to make sure I don't stress my marriage buying stuff for this bike all the time lol.



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If you're looking for a cheap but effective windshield, get a Memphis Shades Fats. Thats what was on mine and it worked great, even 2up. You can get your choice of colors on the bottom part of the shield. Otherwise you need to paint the fairing.
Soft bags look fine with a batwing, makes it stand out a little.
Ok thanks!!!!! I will look into that this afternoon!

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So, before you go and jump off the deep end, ask yourself "is this really going to be a long term relationship?" A lot of people spend a lot of money "customizing" motorcycles, only to learn in 6 months to a year, that it doesn't really meet all their needs and they try to sell or trade it for a different bike. The shock comes when they get offers that are thousands of dollars less than what they have invested in the bike. Farkles, add-ons and custom paint work adds no resale value.

I would start with creature comforts and go from there. Adding an aftermarket windscreen is a great place to begin. Not terribly expensive and it makes the riding experience much more enjoyable. Bookmark all of your other options for now and ride the bike. Around the end of the riding season, evaluate where you are and what your future with the bike will likely be. Then you have all winter to spend all the money you want to truly make it your own!
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good advice right there. Check ebay for shields..have had the Memphis Shades as well as National Cycle...both good products.
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If you're a handy man you can always find a used HD fairing (or similar) on eBay for a reasonable price and make the hardware necessary to fit it to your bike. Color Rite makes spray cans to match your paint (or very close) and paint the fairing yourself. If you ever ride with a fairing you will never go back to just a shield. I followed this route with the last two bikes (a C50 and a
Vulcan 1500). The Versys I currently have has an integral fairing/cowl with shield.
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I am unsure if I have a factory windshield or not but I really enjoy mine.
Definitely larger than yours.

I see the bat wings for 600, maybe used for 200-250.

I'd see if you can't find a stock take off windshield. Something that someone else replaced. Probably pick it up real cheap, see if you like it.

Here's one for 80. See if you like it or if you want more deflection.

2007 07 SUZUKI VL800 VL 800 C50T C 50 T WINDSHIELD SCREEN WIND SHIELD | eBay
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