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post #1 of 11 Old 10-24-2016, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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2015 XT - I have decided, i dont like the beak

Hi all.

ok so I know lots of people like the beak. I have had the bike for a year now and the beak just hasn't grown on me. so what now? can I just remove it and add the front plastic piece that is for the none XT bikes? if so what is that called? part number?

I have put a lot of time into this bike. I have had it a year, was unable to ride for 6 months due having a surgery on some messed up cartilage. I have 8k on the bike and have added lots of parts.. I love the bike. the beak is just not for me.

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-24-2016, 10:31 PM
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Yes, you can swap it. I just bought a '14 and the previous owner put a beak on it. He gave me the piece to de-beak it which I will probably do. Looks pretty straight forward.
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-24-2016, 10:38 PM
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You can't see it when you are riding. It does not make it any more/less attractive with or without it to me so I would just ignore it, as I have done.

Don't forget also, that when you come to sell it somebody may say "oh no, you have circumcised it" and not buy it because of that. You just never know what is the right thing sometimes.

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post #4 of 11 Old 10-24-2016, 11:13 PM
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Build your bike for the way YOU like it (not a future owner). I happen to like the looks of the beak, so I put one on my '13. I still have the original part so if I ever sell and the new owner doesn't care for the beak, they can always change it back. The installation is a little tricky though, so before you decide to do it you might want to do a search. There are some tips and tricks that will make the job easier and prevent breakage of the plastics.

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post #5 of 11 Old 10-25-2016, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys,

where would I find a debeaked part? dealer? and do any of you know how much?

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-25-2016, 06:44 PM
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I rather like the beak......shame you don't.

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post #7 of 11 Old 10-25-2016, 11:04 PM
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That's one of the things that I really like about mine, no ridiculous looking beak.

Looks like the part number to fix it is: 94461-11J00

Should cost about $60.

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-07-2017, 12:43 PM
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Hey all. This is a 2015 650XT (beak). While maneuvering it backwards it got away from me and the windshield hit against a nearby object and shattered. The windshield took out the top mounting hole on up and around the corner. There was no getting around it, the whole thing had to come apart.

If you do any work on the fairing, styling pieces, remove the tank, etc you'll come to the idea that there is a steep price for styling - lack of an easy fix. All of these pieces have small flimsy tabs, hooks, and some Velcro to hold everything together tightly. It is all designed to go together "once" and not be taken apart ever again. I bet that the Vee2 will afford you the same experience as I had with the Wee2.

I'm not saying that better people than me couldn't dis-assemble / assemble this all day long but I never want to again.

On another note, TAKE PICTURES OF EVERY SCREW, BOLT, BRACKET, PUSH-PIN CONNECTOR, RUBBER SPACERS, ETC "BEFORE IT IS REMOVED"!!!! There are many silver / black screws / bolts, some are longer than others, some bolts have un-threaded sections, etc. There was even a slight difference from left side versus right on the bike due to a bolt holding the wiring bracket on the left but using a similar anchor point as on the right. I took pics, used plastic bags, and labeled those plastic bags and I was glad 100-times that I did. Even though I've done my KLR engine, BMW engine, even a Volvo engine in the past, the similarity of all these screws / bolts made it hard for me to associate without the labeled bags and pictures. I guess it would be different if I had a trusty Clymer manual but none are out as far as I know.

Anyway, I'd save yourself a whole bunch of trouble and keep the "beak". Inevitability, something will get broken in the "de-beaking" / re-assembly process because there maybe four hooks / tabs that all have to come out / go in at once and you'll break some and then have gaps / buzzing.

With the tank off too, I went crazy with the Eastern Beaver subsystems, LED auxiliary lighting, and accessory power outlets, accessed the OEM heated grip outlet and the OEM power outlet, added heated grips, outlet for my heated jacket liner, etc, labeled every wire every 1 ft and grouped them into main trunk-lines of split plastic wire sleeves down each side of the bike back to an EB 8-circuit fuse box under the seat. I love being able to disable the ABS when riding hilly gravel roads especially going down hill.

Anyway, that's my two cents on the beak.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-07-2017, 06:18 PM
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I own an xt also and when I first got it I hated the beak, now I'm used to it I guess because it doesn't bother that much me anymore, I had all the plans to remove it but when I learned what a nightmare task it is I decided to wait till I have it apart for other reasons and tackle it then.....if it was just 4 or 6 screws it would be gone by now...
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-08-2017, 07:22 AM
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Yes, this cowling / fairing / styling features is like trying to get an Amish girl out of her dress - way to many buttons, hooks, and neddles.
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