Classic F650 Fairing FAQ
edited by Kristian #562
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Last updated: 15 June 2007, by Winter #1935
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Removing the Fairing
by Flash #412, October '01
This is a simple job and can be done with just two of the tools in
the tool kit.
- Remove the black plastic engine covers from either side. There is
a screw facing DOWN that attaches them to the plastic piece at the
- Remove the screws between the tank and the fairing on each side.
- Put a jacket or heavy towel on the front fender to protect it in
case you drop the fairing.
- Remove the four screws holding the windshield.
- Remove the windshield and the black plastic piece under it.
Don't lose the rubber nuts, which are a press fit. There were four
screws exposed when you removed the black cover piece. Only the two facing
directly left and right are holding the fairing at this point. You leave
the other two in place.
- When you have the fairing lose, pull forward a bit and wiggle it
to get it loose from the tank.
- Unplug the connector from the back of the headlight bulb and pull
the parking light rubber out of its socket in the headlight.
- Unhook the turn signals and set the fairing aside.
To reassemble is slightly more time consuming than disassembly.
- Be sure to plug all the lights back in before you start replacing
- Pay careful attention that you have all the tabs and slots happily
mated between the tank and fairing before you start with the myriad of
- Those two screws at the top which you removed last should go in
first. They'll support the mess while you dink with the tabs.
- Now... the trick... before you insert a screw, stick the Allen
wrench in the hole and make sure every thing is aligned. Work slowly and
- Insert ALL of the tank screws a couple of turns and THEN tighten
them down. Do not over-tighten.
- The rest is simple after that, except maybe for those rubber nuts
that hold the windscreen.
- What I do is spit on one of them and stick it through the black
plastic thing and then through the fairing. Repeat until all four are in
- Then CAREFULLY put the windscreen up against the rubber nuts and
carefully insert a screw through the plastic.
- Screw in until you're confident that the screw has contacted the
brass nut inside the rubber cover.
- Get them all started before you tighten them. Do NOT over-tighten
because the nuts will pop out and you'll have to start all over again.
Paint Bubbling on Engine
- Please see the Engine Misc FAQ for
examples and images of bubbling and pealing paint on your engine.
- What is the possum scraper? It is the rear mudguard on the F650
bikes. It has little use other than to help remove possums and other
small rodents from your wheel. Many people find it will fall off.
- A possum-ectomy is the process of removing the possum scraper.
- Before, During and After / After 2
- Most possum-scrapers seem to break at the same point.