15. Faring: removal and refitting

K75 - headlamp surround

  1. The headlamp surround is retained by two screws at the bottom rear, one on each side, by two screws into the instrument panel/rear cover and by a screw on each side next to the headlamp shell mountings.
  2. Remove the screws, withdraw the surround, and disconnect the turn signal lamp wires. Refitting is the reverse of the removal procedure. If the rear cover is to be removed, refer to Section 8.

K75C, K75T, K100 - headlamp surround

  1. The headlamp surround is retained by four screws which pass forwards from the rear cover; one at the top and one at the bottom, next to each fork yoke.
  2. Remove the four screws, lift the surround forwards and disconnect the turn signal wires to release it. Refitting is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  3. Once the surround has been removed the top panel can be unclipped and the turn signal lamp assemblies removed; each is retained by a single screw or bolt from inside the surround. If the rear cover is to be removed, refer to Section 8.

K75C - handlebar fairing

  1. This unit is listed as an optional extra for the K100 model and may be found on some K75T versions.
  2. Working from the rear of the unit, use an Allen key or a screwdriver, as necessary, to remove the screw which is threaded into the rear of each turn signal lamp assembly, then remove the four screws (two on each side) which secure the fairing to the fork stanchion brackets. Lift the fairing forwards, disconnect the turn signal lamp wires and withdraw it.
  3. If required, remove the two clamp screws securing each bracket to the fork stanchions and withdraw the brackets. If the rear cover is to be removed, refer to Section 8.
  4. Refitting is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  5. Note that the windscreen is attached to the fairing by six rivets which require the use of a special tool to fit.

K75T - windscreen

  1. This unit is listed as an optional extra and may be found on K75C and K100 models.
  2. The screen itself is mounted at four points. Remove the four cap nuts and their plain washers and carefully withdraw the screen, noting the rubber grommet fitted on each side of all four mounting points, also the two bushes at each of the bottom mountings.
  3. On refitting, ensure that all mounting rubbers are correctly placed on each side of the screen so that it is completely rubber-mounted. Refit the plain washers and nuts; tighten the nuts securely but do not overtighten them or the mountings will be distorted and the screen may crack.
  4. The screen mountings are clamped to the fork stanchions, just under the top yoke, giving a small amount of adjustment for height.

K75S - fairing

  1. Remove its four mounting screws and withdraw the windscreen. Working from in front of the radiator cover, remove its four mounting screws (two on each side) and carefully withdraw the cover; the mesh panel is retained by seven small screws and can now be removed if required. Unscrew the single mounting screw from in front of the brake hose union.
  2. Remove the single screw retaining each turn signal lamp assembly, withdraw the assemblies and disconnect their wiring to release them.
  3. Working from underneath the bottom rear edge of each main side panel, remove the single screw securing each bottom cover to its respective side panel and withdraw the bottom cover to expose the side panel mounting bolt. Move to the top of each side panel and remove the single retaining screw from inside each turn signal lamp housing and the two screws passing down into each side panel from the top centre panel (peel back the windscreen gaskets, if necessary) then move downwards along the panel's upper edge and remove the screw securing each one to the fairing inner cover. Remove each side panel's mounting bolt and withdraw both side panels.
  4. The top centre panel is now retained by a single bolt and a small screw on each side; remove the two bolts (noting the arrangement of the rubber mountings) and the two screws and withdraw the panel, then disconnect the headlamp, parking lamp and horn wires to release it. If required, the two retaining screws can be removed from the headlamp mounting to separate the centre panel.
  5. Remove the single retaining screw, withdraw the connector block cover from underneath the instrument panel and unplug the two connector blocks. Remove the four retaining screws and withdraw the instrument panel, noting the mounting components, then disengage the wiring leads from the inner cover clips.
  6. Noting how the wiring and control cables are routed on each side of its mountings, remove its two mounting screws and remove the small cover from the front of the top yoke. Withdraw the fairing inner cover from around the fork stanchions, slackening the mounting bracket fasteners, if necessary. If required, the mounting bracket can be removed, but note that of its four mounting bolts the two top ones are the tapered screws or bolts which secure the Fluidbloc; ensure that these are correctly refitted.
  7. On refitting, do not tighten the mounting bracket screws or bolts until the fairing inner cover is in place. then tighten all four to the specified torque setting. Ensure that the wiring and control cables are correctly routed before refitting the small cover to the top yoke and clip the electrical leads into place on the inner cover once the instruments have been refitted.
  8. Assemble the centre panel and headlamp assembly and refit the two retaining screws. Fit the panel and headlamp as a single unit and connect their wires to the bulbs and horn; check that the centre panel/fairing mounting bracket mounting grommet is correctly refitted before pressing the shouldered bush through it from the inside outwards and refitting the bolt and washer.
  9. If werking alone, fit one side panel and tighten its four retaining screws and one mounting bolt lightly, then refit the second panel and ensure that the two mate correctly at all points of contact with each ether or with the other panels before tightening all fasteners on both panels. Do not forget the single screw at the joint in front of the brake hose union. Refit the side panel bottom cover, the radiator cover, the turn signal lamp assemblies and the windscreen.

K75S - engine spoiler/belly fairing

  1. A similarly-mounted version of this component is listed as an optional extra for other 75 models.
  2. Remove from under the bottom edge of the fairing radiator cover the single screw mounting screw, noting the metal and rubber washers. Remove the two screws from underneath the front of the belly fairing, noting the plastic shouldered sleeves pressed into the rubber mounting grommets. Carefully move the belly fairing forwards and downwards to disengage it from the tongue of the rear mounting. Refitting is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  3. The belly fairing's front mounting consists of a large bracket bolted to the sump or crankcase casting and its rear mounting is bolted to the centre stand mounting bracket; the rear mountings height is adjusted using shims which must be refitted correctly if the mounting is disturbed or the line of the fairing against the engine will be spoiled. If any shims are omitted, the fairing may contact the engine castings, thus damaging the paintwork and causing an annoying rattle.
  4. If the belly fairing is to be dismantled, remove the four mounting screws and withdraw the mesh panel, then remove the rear mounting socket and unscrew the screws which secure the two halves along their mating surface. On refitting, use strips of draught-proofing tape, if necessary, to prevent the mesh panel from rattling against the inside of the fairing.

K100RS - fairing

  1. Remove the single retaining screw at the bottom rear edge of each lower side panel and the two screws at the top edge of each knee pad, then withdraw the knee pads, noting the clip at the bend in the middle of each pad.
  2. Remove the six screws which secure each fork leg gaiter to the underside of the fairing and push the gaiters up inside.
  3. Working from in front of the radiator cover, remove the six screws (three on each side) which secure the cover to the lower side panels, then support the cover while the screws are removed which secure it to the main fairing section and to the centra! front panel; note particularly the screws on each side of the brake hose union, which can be easily missed. When all screws are released, carefully manoeuvre the radiator cover away trom the machine. turning the forks to clear the brake hose unions; the mesh panel with its sealing strip and frame is retained by six screws and can be removed, if required.
  4. To remove each of the lower side panels, unscrew the single bottom mounting bolt and the tour small screws along the top edge; be careful to support each panel while removing the fasteners and to remove it carefully once all have been unscrewed.
  5. Remove the mirrors. To gain adequate working space inside the fairing remove the covers and panels. The small covers fitted between the top of the knee pads and the horizontal centre panel can be lifted up gently and unclipped trom the centre panel. The covers over the windscreen mountings are each retained by a countersunk screw at their middle and a cheese-head screw at the top; remove the two screws and unclip each cover trom the front of the centre panel. The centre panel itself is retained by a screw at each front corner; removing the cover with the fairing installed is a difficult operation but if required it can be left loosely in place so that it can be moved when necessary.
  6. Remove the metal inner panels which are each retained by one screw at the bottom rear, one screw next to the mirror mounting and one screw at the panel front mounting.
  7. Slacken the horn mounting nuts and pivot the horns away from the guide channels, then remove from outside the fairing the guide channel retaining screw and withdraw each channel. Disconnect the headlamp and parking lamp wires.
  8. The main fairing section should now be retained by two bolts (to frame-mounted brackets) at the lower side panel mating surface and by four nuts or bolts to the fairing mounting bracket at the front. Engage the aid of an assistant to help support the fairing as it is removed.
  9. Unscrew the two rear mounting nuts and remove the bolts, noting the arrangement of the mounting rubber grommets and metal washers, then ensure that the assistant is supporting the fairing as the front mounting nuts or bolts are removed. Withdraw the fairing.
  10. If required, the fairing mounting bracket can be removed by disconnecting and removing the horns (front bracket only) and unscrewing the four bolts retaining it to the frame. Ensure the bolts are securely fastened on refitting.
  11. To remove the headlamp assembly or windscreen, remove first the adjustable spoiler, then remove the windscreen mounting screws and withdraw the screen. Remove the three headlamp assembly mounting screws and withdraw the assembly, noting the sealing grommet around its outer edge. The central front panel can be removed from the fairing underside by unscrewing the remaining mounting screws.
  12. On reassembly, place the sealing grommet on the headlamp outer edge, refit it to the fairing and tighten securely the mounting screws. Refit the windscreen and ensure that its bottom edge seats correctly on the grommet before refitting only the bottom four mounting screws. Do not overtighten the screws, or those of the spoiler which should be fitted next; the screen or spoiler may be cracked. Ensure that the spoiler angled spacers are positioned so that it can be adjusted through its full travel. Refit the central front panel if disturbed.
  13. Push the gaiters to the top of the stanchions with their curved edges outwards, hold the horizontal centre panel roughly in place under the instruments and refit the fairing, ensuring that the recess in the central front panel engages around the rubber collar fitted to the brake hose union. Engage the fairing on its mountings and refit all mounting nuts or bolts. ensuring that the rubber grommets are correctly placed so that the fairing is isolated from the frame. Check the fit of the central front panel around the brake hose union, connect the headlamp and parking lamp leads to the bulbs and check that the horizontal centre panel is correctly fitted underneath the instruments, then tighten securely the fairing mounting nuts and/or bolts. Check that both fork gaiter mounting flanges are pushed inside the fairing and aligned with it.
  14. The remainder of the reassembly procedure is the reverse of that followed on dismantling, noting the following points. Do not forget to position the horns so that their mouths are over the hom channels, then tighten their retaining nuts securely and refit the channel retaining screws. Fit the metal inner panels next, followed by the windscreen mounting covers, which share the windscreen top mounting screws (as well as the countersunk screws) and clip into the horizontal centre panel at their bottom edges. Refit the centre panel mounting screws, followed by the small cover fitted next to each mirror mounting. Refit the mirrors, not forgetting to connect the turn signal lamp wires.
  15. Be very careful not to scratch or damage any component as the lower side panels are refitted and the radiator cover installed; it is best to refit these as a single operation and to tighten the retaining screws by just enough to hold each panel until all are correctly aligned. Be careful to align the air intake hose front end with the aperture in the radiator cover, or the machine's performance will be noticeably reduced and ensure that the radiator cover is engaged correctly on the brake hose union. Refit the gaiter mounting screws and the knee pads and make a final check that all components are correctly installed and secured.

K100RT, K100LT - fairing

  1. Remove the single retaining screw at the bottom rear edge of each knee pad and the two screws securing the storage compartment to its upper edge (it will be necessary to unlock and open the compartment to reach the screws). Withdraw the knee pads, noting the clip at the bend in the middle of each pad.
  2. Remove the remaining four retaining screws and withdraw each storage compartment. Remove the fuel tank, as described in Manual - Chapter 5 - 5---Fuel tank: removal and refitting.
  3. Remove the six screws which secure each fork leg gaiter to the underside of the fairing and push the gaiter up inside. Note that some models may have had air scoops substituted for the gaiters, in which case their removal is not necessary.
  4. Checking carefully that all screws are removed, withdraw the radiator cover and the central front panel set in the underside of the main fairing section. Work around the outer edge of each panel to ensure that all screws are removed, then carefully withdraw each in turn, taking care not to scratch or damage the paintwork and turning the forks to clear the brake hose union. The mesh panel with its sealing strip and frame can be released from the radiator cover, if required, by removing the retaining screws.
  5. With the knee pads, storage compartments and radiator cover removed, withdraw the lower side panels by removing the three screws securing each panel's top edge to the main fairing section (noting that this will also release the metal inner panels) then unscrewing the two mounting bolts. Note carefully the arrangement of the mounting rubber grommets and metal washers.
  6. Slacken evenly the windscreen retaining screws working from the outside inwards, noting the cap nut retaining each upper mounting and the shouldered bushes pressed into the captive nuts at the four front retaining screws. Withdraw the windscreen and the inner fairing panels.
  7. Disconnect the wires to the headlamp, parking lamp and turn signal lamps. The main fairing section should now be retained only by two bolts (to frame-mounted brackets) at the lower side panel mating surface and by four nuts or bolts to the fairing mounting bracket at the front. Engage the aid of an assistant to help support the fairing as it is removed.
  8. Noting the arrangement of the mounting rubber grommets and metal washers, unscrew the two rear mounting nuts and remove the bolts, then remove the front mounting nuts or bolts and withdraw the fairing.
  9. If required, the fairing mounting brackets can be removed by disconnecting and removing the horns (front bracket only) and unscrewing the retaining bolts. Ensure the bolts are securely fastened once the brackets have been re-aligned on refitting. The headlamp is retained by three screws and can be removed, if required; ensure the sealing grommet is correctly installed around its outer edge on refitting.
  10. Refitting the fairing is the reverse of the removal procedure, noting the following points. If gaiters are fitted to the fork legs, push them to the top of each stanchion with the curved edges outwards. Engage the fairing on its mountings and refit the nuts or bolts and metal washers, ensuring that the rubber grommets are correctly placed so that the fairing is isolated from the frame. If the mounting brackets were disturbed, ensure that all components are correctly aligned before tightening the mounting nuts and/or bolts. Check that the horn mouths are aligned over the horn channels and connect the headlamp, parking lamp and turn signal lamp wires again.
  11. Be careful not to scratch or damage any component as the lower panels are refitted; it is best to refit these as a single operation and to tighten the retaining screws by just enough to hold each panel until all are correctly aligned. Ensure that the central front panel and radiator cover are engaged correctly around the rubber collar fitted to the brake hose union and that the air intake hose front end is aligned with the aperture in the radiator cover. If the hose is distorted against the radiator cover, the machine's air supply could be severely restricted.
  12. Where fitted, refit the fork gaiter mounting screws, then refit the storage compartments and knee pads. When refitting the windscreen, be careful to install the shouldered bushes in the four front mounting nuts and to tighten the screws securely, working from the front centre outwards and upwards. Do not overtighten the screws or the screen will crack. The spoiler on early models is retained by clear plastic fasteners which were later modified. Check with an authorised BMW dealer for details.
  13. Make a final check that all disturbed components have been correctly installed and secured.
  14. Note that different riders and passengers will experience different levels of noise from behind full fairings, particularly wind roar and buffeting. Windscreens of varying heights are available for K100RT/LT fairings, and for some early models, modified spoilers. Check with an authorised BMW dealer for details.

K100 - fairing installation

  1. At the time of writing BMW advise against the fitting of RS or RT type fairings to standard K100 models because of the risk of vibration damage. Owners wishing to fit full fairings to these machines should check with an authorised BMW dealer for details of suitable after-market equipment.


15.28a K100RS fairing removal - knee pads are retained by single screw at bottom ...


15.28b ... and by two screws at upper edge - note clip at middle bend


15.29 Remove screws securing each gaiter to fairing


15.30a Radiator cover is retained by three screws (arrowed) to each lower side panel ...


15.30b ... do not forget two screws next to brake hose union when removing radiator cover


15.31a Lower side panels are each retained by single bottom mounting bolt ...


15.31b ... and by four screws along top edge


15.32a Unclip small panels from horizontal centre panel


15.32b Screw A retains horizontal centre panel, screw B retains metal inner panel


15.32c Windscreen mounting covers are each retained by countersunk screw at centre ...


15.32d ... and by standard screw at upper end


15.33a With screw next to mirror mounting removed, unscrew front mounting ...


15.33b... and bottom rear mounting screws (arrowed) to remove each metal inner panel


15.34a Slacken horn mountings and pivot horns backwards ...


15.34b ... then remove guide channel retaining screw (arrowed) ...


15.34c ... and withdraw horn guide channels to expose main fairing lower front mountings (arrowed)


15.36a To remove main fairing remove rear mounting nuts and bolts ...


15.36b ... then front upper and lower bolts (arrowed)


15.38a Dismantle spoiler assembly, noting angled spacers


15.38b ... then unscrew all retaining screws to remove windscreen


15.38c Headlamp assembly is retained by three screws (arrowed)


15.38d Fairing central front panel can be removed if required


15.42 Do not forget to secure spoiler on reassembly - do not overtighten screws