As we move along with this issue, we’re now at the point where we can begin work on a project we started a few weeks ago. We started by pulling the inner fairing off a stock ’07 Road Glide and sending it out to Chariton, IA, where Gary Chipp, founder of Fat Baggers Inc. (FBI), and his family have been in the motorcycle industry for more than 30 years. Over the last decade, they have been working on the custom side with the FBI line of parts to fatten up the backside of any FLH-style Harley-Davidson, getting more rubber under the rear of the bike. Now they are moving forward with even more cool parts to customize your FLH-style H-D with things such as color-matched chin spoilers and inner fairings. The chin spoiler is a stock part and can be shipped out the same day, but the inner fairing is something you ship out to FBI and then have shipped back to you in about two weeks, after it’s painted. Well, we wanted to see how much of a difference it would make to have the inner fairing color-matched.
We have been working with the Road Glide at Horn Cycle Works in Pomona, CA, when we were told that the owner was going to swap out the stock speakers and maybe the radio. So we asked if the inner fairing needed to come off, and, if so, could we send it out to get painted? In less than two hours, we had the inner fairing and all the accessory covers off the bike. After seeing all the wires tucked up in the fairing, we suggest that it’s a good idea to take the time to mark all the wires to help when you reinstall the fairing-after a week or so, you may not remember where everything went. Also, when you see all the wires, you may be shocked.