Originally Posted by Cattivo
All things being equal, this company seems to have the best deal out there right now for a fairing with GPS. Complete right at $1500 shipped. Their web site also seems much more straight forward and use friendly than Dragonfly, which I am also considering.
So, question is, can anyone actually speak to the quality of the Tsukayu set up, materials, support, sound, etc?
I do not have any experience with Tsukayu, so I'm not even going to attempt to specujlate on their quality. I do have a Dragonfly, and I can say, from experience, they have an extremely high quality product. They also stand behind their products, and will likely be here in years to come to support their customers.
I bought an older, used Dragonfly fairing from ebay. I took it back to the company for a repair to the mounting bracket, and for a repaint. There was a minor problem with the repair, and Kevin took it back without argument, and completely re-did the repair, which necessitated repainting the inner fairing at no additional cost to me. I expect to be getting my bike back tomorrow or the next day, and I'll post a report on the repair work, with pics.
I wanted a Dragonfly because I felt the inner fairing was the best looking one available today, but more importantly, they seemed more robust than any other aftermarket fairing on the market. Once the stereo gear is mounted, especially the speakers, there is a fair amount of weight being carried by the fairing brackets. If your fairing fails, it's likely going to be at the point where the mounting bracket attaches to the fairing.
Here is a Dragonfly. You can see how the mounting bracket extends upwards through the inner fairing, attaching at multiple points. This forms a very strong framework that supports the fairing, and virtually eliminates shaking and vibration.
here's a Deadcenter fairing, which also has a good reputation for quality. You can see that the inner bracing does not exist here, but the area around the bracket attachment points looks to be pretty stout.
Here's a Woody's, which also has a good reputation for quality. You can see the additional mat laid up at the bracket attachment points.
Finally, here's the ebay fairing that some members have reported problems with, although at least one forum member is very happy with his. My concern with this one is that it seems lightly constructed compared to the other ones, and I'd be worried that stress cracks around the mounting points would compromise my paint job in relatively short order.
If this were my fairing, I think I'd add some reinforcement to the inner fairing where the brackets bolt on. Similar to the Woody's fairing seen above. Kevlar cloth can be obtained from marine supply stores, and strengthening the inner fairing at the bracket attach points might save some heartache later. Alternatively, a steel backing plate could be added to the inside to spread the load out a bit.
I couldn't find a picture of the Tsukayu inner fairing to compare. I'd be interested in hearing from someone who owns one.
a Tsukayu 6x9 fairing, unpainted and without stereo is 830 dollars, shipping included. The Dragonfly fairing, also without stereo or paint, is 900 dollars, plus shipping.