Removing Fairings

Introduction

There are many reasons that people may wish to remove the fairings from their GS500F. They may have scratched their original fairings and instead of going to the expense of replacing them simply remove them; They may live in a warm climate and appreciate the extra air flow that a naked bike provides; or simply they prefer the naked look.

Converting an F-model to an E is a surprisingly easy modification to make - it is essentially simply unbolting things. The only (minor) challenge is selecting and sourcing a new headlight. You will also need new mirrors.

Removing Things

Side Fairings

Move around the bike undoing all the fasteners holding together the side fairings. Be aware that the side fairings are held together by plastic plugs at the bottom seam - its easier to take these out first.

You can also remove the small metal brackets that hold the fairing onto the frame. It is not a bad idea to screw the bolts back into the holes in the frame to prevent water from entering it. Note that the brackets at the front holding the oil cooler lines on cannot be removed (below).

Front Fairing

The front fairing is held on with an internal support bracket that bolts onto the headstock. Once these bolts are undone it can be lifted off. Don't forget to unplug the headlight first, and beware that it will be heavy!

Adding a Headlight,etc

Now that you have the front fairing off you will need to come up with a plan for a headlight and mounting the indicators.

Indicators

The stock indicators can be unbolted from the fairing and reused. If you have proper brackets for the E style headlight, they allegedly have places to bold indicators onto.

Headlight

You have the following options:

  • source a new stock headlight - although this will be expensive;
  • source a used stock headlight - from a wrecker's yard, this will probably need some restoration work;
  • source an aftermarket headlight - and give your bike a unique look (and, depending on choice, will be cheaper than a new stock).
  • use the stock headlight in a third party bracket.

Regardless of which route you choose you will need headlight brackets that mount onto the fork tubes, and a side-mount headlight.