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    2004 R1150RT Gravel Crash

    Thank you for reading my request!

    Was riding N.C. area and descending from the Blue Ridge Parkway on rt 215 (a wonderful road) on my 2004 R1150RT (ABS 2 spark plugs). Downshifting before a left turn and my back wheel caught some gravel and went down. Bike side slid quite a distance. Engine still runs. Here is (what I think) is the extent of the damage:

    Fairing etc. parts
    - Headlight fairing damaged (ground away) around the left mirror mount
    - Left side fairing ground down where it meets the mirror mount
    - Glove box lid cracked (but still usable)
    - Left mirror housing and glass cracked
    - Mirror snap on pegs ground down
    - Left mirror mounting bracket bent
    - Center instrument console ground some on lift side at contact of left mirror/headlight fairing (useable)
    - Handlebar stem mirror ground some (glass still intact!)
    - Left luggage case ground (considerable)


    Engine & other parts
    - Left handlebar broken off where attached to handlebar extension (all controls seem to work!)
    - Left valve cover ground down (also foot peg bracket bolt bent and allows oil to lead from that bolt hole)

    AT a minimum to get it riding I need:
    - Left handlebar
    - Headlight fairing
    - Left mirror housing
    - Left mirror mounting bracket
    - Mirror snap-on pegs
    - Left valve cover

    Questions.... I am having trouble getting the headlight fairing off of the bike.
    - Do I need to remove the side panels to get the headlight fairing off?
    - Do I need to unbolt some part of the mirror mounting brackets (both sides) to get the headlight fairing off?
    - What what I have listed, could there be other hidden damage that I might be unaware of?

    Thanks so much for any advice you can provide!
    Allen

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    Registered User barryg's Avatar
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    One thing go look for and at is all the attachment points and connections. They are usually tweeked or damaged and sometimes it's not easily visible. A bike with a full fairing has a lot of them. You will find out pretty quick when you start reassembling and parts don't line up and and attach properly. Good luck with your project.

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    I have a headlight fairing. I will check and see if I have a mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 196871 View Post
    Questions.... I am having trouble getting the headlight fairing off of the bike.
    - Do I need to remove the side panels to get the headlight fairing off?
    - Do I need to unbolt some part of the mirror mounting brackets (both sides) to get the headlight fairing off?
    - What what I have listed, could there be other hidden damage that I might be unaware of?
    Bummer. 215 is such a nice road and a 2004 RT is such a nice bike.

    1) Yes. The screws are underneath the front of the side panels and in the mirror openings. Total of four T30 (I think) screws.
    2) No. Just take the side panels off. Well, also the windshield, windshield trim and dash. Remove the headlight adjuster from the dash. Then as you withdraw the front fairing you need to unplug the headlight and parking light. If you have a radio you will need to disconnect the ground strap and the antenna.
    3) Cannot tell from here....
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    I'd be curious to know where on 215 this occurred as I live in the area and just started cycling again. This is one of the roads I ride to get up on the parkway. I've driven on 215 enough times in the car but the motorcycle will be a new experience.
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