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Psycheonabike
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Hi, I've recently got a 1985 Aspencade and the plastic around the fairing (where the volume dials and air suspension dials are) is soooooo fragile its falling to pieces as I look at it. Can I get replacements from anywhere or is there a quick fix? Thanks....



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Psycheonabike wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:11 pm
Hi, I've recently got a 1985 Aspencade and the plastic around the fairing (where the volume dials and air suspension dials are) is soooooo fragile its falling to pieces as I look at it. Can I get replacements from anywhere or is there a quick fix? Thanks....
It's no coincidence that those areas are directly below the brake and clutch reservoirs. Someone has filled those reservoirs with brake fluid, and let some of the brake fluid spill and drip onto the fairing.

Brake fluid destroys ABS plastic on contact, and it tends to spread like cancer, causing the plastic to become very brittle and crumbly, as you are now experiencing. There is no fix for it other than replacement, which is why it's so important to protect your plastic bodywork against brake fluid when working on those reservoirs. Even a single drop just momentarily on the plastic will cause damage.

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Can you (or anyone) point me in the direction of where I can get replacements? Thanks...

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Psycheonabike wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:22 pm
Can you (or anyone) point me in the direction of where I can get replacements? Thanks...
You're going to be left at the mercy of eBay and perhaps bike breakers that buy up the old bikes and part them out. There haven't been new body/fairing parts made for the GL1200 for a very long time.

Looking at eBay I see a few of them there, so not all hope is lost.

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WingAdmin wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:19 pm
Psycheonabike wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:22 pm
Can you (or anyone) point me in the direction of where I can get replacements? Thanks...
You're going to be left at the mercy of eBay and perhaps bike breakers that buy up the old bikes and part them out. There haven't been new body/fairing parts made for the GL1200 for a very long time.

Looking at eBay I see a few of them there, so not all hope is lost.
Thanks...exactly what do I search for? So many different names for parts, so might as well get it Right!

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Try these guys/gals? I've found more than one part there!

http://straightwings.com/
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Reminded me ….. back in the '90s was getting ready for a several days trip and had new chrome saddle bag lid trim, so I attached using provided screws and I used locktite.

Bad move, next AM I found the plastic all cracked around those 6 (3 in each) attachment points. I ended up rebuilding fronts with thin aluminum polished and added washers on rear most points and fiberglass inside, still holding.

Never use locktite on / around plastics. I have read brake fluid will also destroy some plastics, as well as some paints.


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CrystalPistol wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:35 pm
Never use locktite on / around plastics. I have read brake fluid will also destroy some plastics, as well as some paints.
Yes. Brake fluid will VERY quickly destroy both the paint as well as the ABS plastic our motorcycle bodywork is made of. It only takes very quick contact, and once it has touched, the damage is done - and it is irreversible. The plastic will crack and decompose just like you experienced.



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