Where are you located?
In sunny Vista, California. Some of the best twisty roads in the
USA in our backyard, an all-year riding season, the beach and associated
scantily clad surf babes are some of the perks of living here. Did
we mention the great roads and all-year-riding? Come visit us and
check it out!
Who makes your products?
We do! You’re not dealing with some dude that is selling stuff
out of his garage, we are the manufacturer. We have a state of the
art production facility and make everything in house.
Do you have the
items in stock?
No, we make everything to order. We have over 5000 different molds
and simply cannot keep fairings in stock. So we’ll make your
bodywork especially for you! The average production time is about
10-14 business days depending on the season.
How do I place an
Call us! 760-598-3366. Place your order with one of our
friendly sales people and pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover or
send us a money order. We're open Mon-Fri, 9-5 PST to answer your
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, on a weekly basis. Please read this: More
information about international shipping.
What is your bodywork
made out of?
Fiberglass. All of our bodywork is hand laid by skilled craftsmen.
Airtech uses only the best tried and true aircraft composites. We
can make almost every piece out of carbon fiber, too.
What are the advantages
of fiberglass over ABS plastic?
Fiberglass is lighter and stronger than ABS plastic. That is why
racers use it, and that is why we like it. It doesn’t melt
or get brittle like ABS does. And last but not least, it’s
repairable if you ever do take a spill or the bike gets knocked
bike manufacturers use it, then?
You can’t mass produce fiberglass, it would be way to expensive
for production bikes. They’ll put it on their factory race
bikes, though! Nothing but the best for the best.
What kind of finish
is on the bodywork?
We use our proprietary VE Flex gelcoat. Gelcoat is a special coating
that is sprayed into the molds and cured, the fiberglass is then
laid up on top of it. Once cured the piece will pop out of the mold
really smooth and clean. This is a much better finish than the cheap
primer filler some companies use to cut cost.
gelcoat spider cracks?
Our special Flex VE coat is designed to prevent the problems associated
with old fashioned, inferior gelcoats. Flex VE will not crack under
normal circumstances because it’s slightly flexible. Spider
cracking can occur when bodywork is improperly mounted or subjected
to general abuse. Improper mounting on bent brackets stresses the
bodywork, so make sure your brackets are straight. Always use the
rubber grommets between the bracket and the fairing when mounting
the bodywork onto the bike to help control vibration damage and
give a degree of flexibility when needed.
Are your replacement
parts just like my stock parts?
We use a full set of original bodywork to craft our molds, so all
the exterior dimensions will be the same as they are on the stock
parts. Fiberglass will be thinner and lighter than the stock piece.
Where possible, we will mold things like radiator shrouds and duct
covers into a single piece with the fairing panel they attach to,
making the replacement part stronger and lighter, and reducing the
number of parting seams. We do not usually do tab work if the tabs
are located on the inside of a panel instead of on the perimeter.
See next question.
Does your bodywork
come with the little plastic tabs on the inside?
No, you can’t really make things like little pushpins, grommets
and tabs out of fiberglass. The infamous ‘headlight tabs’
around the headlight opening really do not do much except snap off
your headlight mounts and destroy your expensive light if the bike
gets dropped. On almost every bike we know (except the EX500) the
headlight can be mounted firmly onto the main fairing stay, and
this will support all of its weight. Once snugly fitted in the headlight
opening, it is absolutely stable. We have personally tested hundreds
of bikes at speeds well over 100mph without any problems. On a race
track of course, Officer.
If I still want
the tabs, what do I do?
Buy some little metal L-brackets, some flat stock and 5-minute epoxy
at any home improvement store. Bend and cut your own tabs, drill
some small holes and use the 5-minute epoxy to mount your custom
made tabs on the inside of the fairing.
you drill the holes in your bodywork?
It would make our product much more expensive and slow down the
production process tremendously. It is really not hard to drill
the holes so we’d rather save you some money and get our products
out to you faster.
How do I paint your
You will want to dry mount the fairings on the bike first. Line
the fairing up with the mounting brackets (make sure they are straight!),
drill the holes and then loosely fit the fairing on the bike. Take
a close look to make sure all the panels are lining up nicely with
the bike, make the final adjustments, tighten everything down and
step back to admire your handy work from different angles.
Now take the fairing off the bike, scuff it up with some sandpaper,
then spray it with base and clearcoat. Any reputable body shop should
be able to do this for you if you wish to go that route.
Can I use pump gas
in your racing fuel tanks?
It's not recommended. Modern pump gas is extremely crappy stuff.
It can contain over 10% ethanol, fuel injector cleaners, ketones
and other additives that can all wreak havoc on a fiberglass tank.
Even though we use a high-end aircraft quality vinylester sealer
on all of our tanks, it is possible a reaction may occur between
pump gas and the tank liner.
We've also come across at least one type of racing fuel that was
oxygenated and used ethanol as the oxygen carrier. This type of
race fuel may cause a reaction, so please do your research prior
to filling up.
We offer a factory installed epoxy coating on all new tanks using
an industrial grade chemical resistant epoxy, for an additional
$100. This means we coat, bond and seal your fuel tank with epoxy
for triple protection. We've tested this epoxy coating and are confident
this epoxy offers the highest level of protection available. That
being said, modern pump gas is evil stuff and we recommend you follow
best practices below.
1. Drain fuel tank between uses, especially when riding at extended
intervals. We sell quick disconnect fittings that make this a quick
and easy job.
2. Do not let bike sit with low fuel level in tank. Oftentimes vapors
do more harm than fuel itself and can damage paint.
3. Try not to leave bike standing in full sun, vapor build up can
cause damage to paint.
Last but not least, always use a
Can I use methanol
in my racing fuel tank?
No. We have not tested this ourselves but
customer feedback indicates running 100% methanol in your fuel tank,
even when coated, will lead to immediate failure. Based on this
information, we recommend NO methanol be used.