|Brief description of the installation of a Rifle Nightflight fairing on a 93 Nighthawk 750|
|PREFACE:||This is a little report about the Rifle NIGHTFLIGHT fairing which I installed on my '93 Honda Nighthawk last week. I was looking for a windscreen which was low in profile and did not distract from the looks of the bike, yet provided some protection from the wind blast on the frontal areas of the body at highway speed. Rifle and Targa had the only two offerings which seemed to fit the bill. I ruled out the Targa due to its high(er) price: $280 as compared to $179 for the Rifle. The windshield on the Targa fairing appears to be more slanted also, which would indicate that the wind protection wouldn't be as good.|
|MOUNTING:||Mounting the fairing does not take very long - you should be able to do it in one evening. The mounting hardware is a "universal" kit and should work on most bikes. There are several modifications I had to make. The headlight is secured to its bracket by two bolts, one on each side. The nut inside the headlight housing is a "capped" nut, allowing the mating screw to be screwed in about 1/2" at the most. The new bolts which you need to mount the fairing extend too far. You can't use the old screws, because you cant loosen them enough and slip the mounting bracket in -- they're too short. I decided to cut the "cap" off of the nut, and it actually only took a minute. Clamp the nut in a vise and cut off the cap. You're left with a regular nut which doesn't prohibit a screw from being screwed in as far as you want.
The front of the fairing is mounted to the headlight bracket as described above. The fairing is also supported by two "struts"; one end of the strut is mounted to the triple clamp, the other to a metal plate on the inside of the fairing. The metal plate is rectangular and has two sets of holes, evenly spaced apart. The one set is where the plate is riveted to the fairing, a larger set of hole is where the struts are attached. Unfortunately, one of the plates was riveted on through the large holes, causing the plate to just pop off !! With some forethought, they could have spaced the holes apart in such a way that the person mounting the plate couldn't accidentally rivet through the large holes. The difference in the size of the holes is pretty minor when you look at them, but makes a major difference when riveted incorrectly.
I drilled out the rivet and re-riveted the metal plate through the correct holes. Thank god I had the proper tools on hand (and I was too anxious than to wait for a replacement fairing). The next problem came trying to mount the struts to the triple clamp and the metal plate. The struts are adjustable in length to allow for different mounting configurations, but even fully collapsed they were a little too long. After the proper combination of finesse and extreme physical violence I got them mounted also. I called Rifle and they said I was supposed to have gotten a set of short struts instead. They're mailing the new ones to me as we speak. As for the fairing itself - I ordered the polyurethane black paint option, which matches my bike perfectly. The four point mounting system is very stable and I haven't seen it shift at all. I ordered the standard clear windshield, which works out perfectly. The top of the windshield is below my field of vision.
|CONCLUSION:||Today I had the chance to really see if the wind blast is reduced, as it got down to 40 deg. F here in Austin. What a difference ! To summarize: It does a great job of significantly reducing the wind blast to the chest area. It's mounting system is very stable and looks really good on my bike. Make sure you specifiy that you want the short struts, and if possible ask them to make sure the metal plates are riveted on properly. I'm sure I'm not the first person who has had difficulties with that.|
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