Tech | Dragonfly Cycle Concepts Detachable Road King Fairing - Hot Bike Baggers Magazine
01. Armin admiring his Road King Dragonfly fairing and stereo system.
02. Opening up the box from Dragonfly revealed the batwing-style fairing, complete wiring harness, fuses, connectors, Fairing Lock security hardware, Klock Werks Flare windscreen, and socket to facilitate spotlight relocation.
03. The fairing came completely preassembled and prewired from Dragonfly with chromed mounting brackets, waterproof chromed-face LCD screen stereo, Focal 690CVX polyglass 6x9 speakers, two-channel ARC Audio 125.2 mini amplifier, antenna, Sirius Satellite Radio Tuner and antenna, as well as a 12V accessory plug.
04. The test subject: an '01? Road King. The high handlebars tend to put too much wind on the owner's body.
05. We removed the seat, disconnected the battery, loosened the front fuel tank mounts, and removed the rear tank-mounting bolt in order to fish the wiring harness under the tank. We routed the wires to the right side of the frame, leaving about 1 foot of wires to later extend into the fairing.
06. in order to fish the wiring harness under the tank. We routed the wires to the right side of the frame, leaving about 1 foot of wires to later extend into the fairing.
07. A fuse and pigtail were crimped onto the red power wire.
08. We next tapped into the wiring harness (carefully opening up the protective wrap with a razor blade) coming from the ignition switch and installed a T-splice connector onto the red/silver stripe power wire. We moved on to the front of the bike and got back to finishing the final wiring later.
09. Each of the top spotlight mounting bracket bolts, studs, and rubber grommets were removed and replaced with the Fairing Lock fasteners. The fasteners were installed finger-tight at this point with two washers (included) placed between the bracket and fork cover. The washers provide the needed clearance for the fairing brackets.
10. To provide clearance for the fairing, each of the spotlights had to be relocated forward. A slotted socket (provided) was used to avoid twisting the blinker (bottom) wires.
11. The spotlight bracket has an "8" shaped cutout that allows the spot to be moved about 1/2 inch forward.
12. We simply slid the fairing assembly onto the front of the bike. The brackets on the fairing slid right into the stock lower windshield mount and the upper Fairing Lock.
13. We tilted the fairing forward and plugged the Dragonfly harness into the respective plugs inside the fairing.
14. Using the lock socket, each of the Fairing Locks was tightened. The fairing was now mounted and ready for the final steps.
15. Moving back to the wiring, a pigtail from the Dragonfly harness was attached the previously installed T-splice. We then attached the red wire to the battery and attached the ground wire to the battery.
16. We turned on the ignition and the unit powered right up. Armin attached his iPod and the stereo was ready to control all of the iPod's functions. The wire for the iPod will be concealed within one of the saddlebags during use.
17. Once we confirmed the stereo worked properly, we attached the Klock Werks windscreen to the fairing along with the chrome trim.
18. After we tightened the tank mounts and replaced the seat, we again made sure all was well. Upon startup, the Dragonfly stereo displays the company logo.
19. Moving outside we could see the nicely sized 6x9 speakers flanking the Dragonfly stereo. There were no clearance issues with the high handlebars.
20. Armin is one happy customer while setting up his favorite channels. It's hard to imagine this bike is a Road King. The fit, finish, and quality of the Dragonfly fairing looks like the bike came directly from Milwaukee as an Electra Glide.
While many of us love the sounds of the road and motor, sometimes some music can really wake up a long-distance trip. While some touring models come equipped with a stereo, others such as the Road King do not. Even if you are the type that doesn't want a radio, a full-coverage fairing is a nice accessory to have to prevent fatigue or for general comfort while riding.
We contacted Dragonfly Cycle Concepts to outfit a Road King with a fairing and stereo. Dragonfly fairings can be ordered with or without a variety of audio components including amplifiers, speakers, and a marine-grade stereo head unit. The fairing fits all years and models of Harley-Davidson Road King, Heritage Softail, Softail Deluxe, and Fat Boy, Yamaha Roadstar, Roadliner, and Stratoliner models as well as the Honda VTX 1800. The fairing is made from injection-molded LPRTM composite parts, which means high heat tolerance to post-production warping, as well as no protruding fiberglass strands.
The batwing-style fairing comes in black gel coat, which is the paintable surface of the injection-molded parts. It needs to be painted in order to look finished. Dragonfly can match all Harley-Davidson and Yamaha/Star paint schemes, even the limited edition CVO Screamin' Eagle and custom Color Shop colors and graphics. Dragonfly uses only PPG polyurethane base paint and clearcoats.
Dragonfly is at the forefront of aftermarket stereo systems specifically designed for use on a motorcycle. The basic stereo kit for Dragonfly's detachable fairing consists of a 200-watt, waterproof proprietary Dragonfly brand stereo with AM/FM tuner. A chromed face surrounds an LCD screen (visible in direct sun or night) needing no sliding cover for protection. The unit is MP3, iPod, compass, and hand controls compatible and includes a USB and iPod cable, 6x9 speakers, a wiring harness, and an antenna. There are no moving mechanical parts, making the stereo better suited for the rigors of motorcycle riding. In addition, the unit is satellite-radio-ready. The stereo features large, rubberized buttons for ease of use with gloves. Upgrades can be made to include higher output amplifiers and speakers. We upgraded the basic system with a 70-watt amp and 4-ohm, two-way coaxial Polyglass speakers, in addition to a Sirius satellite receiver.
The fairing was designed to be quick-release but comes with a locking mechanism to keep the fairing on the bike until you want to take it off. McGard Security Products made Dragonfly's exclusive Fairing Bolt Lock with triple-nickel chrome plating for beauty and durability. A tamper-proof bolt head means easy on and off by the owner only.
In a couple of hours, we were able to turn our friend Armin's Road King into an Electra Glide clone but packing some serious audio power and clarity.
|RKBK1 Road King Stainless Steel Mounting Brackets Included|
|FP1A$525||Paint Outer and Inner Fairing||$525|
|21100-09||Dragonfly Stereo Package||$650|
|Includes a waterproof chromed-face LCD|
|screen stereo, 6x9 speakers, antenna,|
|wiring harness, and USB cable|
|21128-09||Stage II Kit for Detachable Fairing||$725|
|2-Channel ARC 125.2 mini amplifier|
|with FOCAL 690CVX Polyglass speakers|
|21112-09||Sirius Satellite Radio||$135|
|Tuner & Antenna|
|CHMD||Chrome Windshield Molding||$49|
|KWEG-6.5||DT 6 1/2-inch Dark Tint|
|Klock Werks Windshield||$169|
|HD12V||12V Plug Included with fairing|
|18110-08||Fairing Lock, Road King Included with fairing|
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