Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Peterborough, NH, USA
You definitely need to make the cuts with a handsaw. The directions advise you to use a 'compass saw' which I always knew as a keyhole saw. I used a coping saw, and it worked, very well. You do need to take your time, as it is easy to get off track, even with the raised guides that BMW has on the lower fairings. The bike looks great, even with the center stand installed. The black center stand takes the place of the removed fairing, and tricks the eye into thinking that the fairing still extends all the way to the rear wheel. I purchased a second hand (un-altered) fairing, in case I ever want to remove the center stand. I also had to use the recommended ratchet strap method, to install the stand. You can *almost* get it, with brute force, but the final bolt was just too difficult to get lined up and through the holes. The install took me around 1.5 hrs, and that was taking my time.