The importance of streamlining was known very early in
the 20th century. Some streamlining was seen on racing motorcycles as early
as the 1920s. The effects of aerodynamic drag on motorcycles are very
The term fairing came into use in aircraft aerodynamics with regard to
smoothing airflow over a juncture of components where airflow was disrupted.
Early streamlining was often unsuccessful resulting in instability.
Handlebar fairings, such as those on Harley-Davidson Tourers, sometimes
upset the balance of a motorcycle, inducing wobble. The first factory
installed full fairing was that installed on the BMW R100RS introduced in
1976. This marked the beginning of widespread adoption of fairings on
sports, and touring types of motorcycles.
Originally the fairings were cowlings put around the front of the bike,
increasing its frontal area. Gradually they had become an integral part of
the design. Modern fairings increase the frontal area at most by 5% compared
to a naked machine. Fairing may carry headlights, instruments, and other
items. If the fairing is mounted on the frame, mounting equipment on the
fairing reduces the weight and rotational inertia of the steering assembly,
improving the handling.
What exactly is fiberglass? Fiberglass starts off as a
liquid. This liquid is then extruded through tiny little holes, which turn
it into thin strands of threads. These threads are coated with a chemical
solution and bundled together to form rovings, or long bundles of fibre. Add
a bit of resin and you have strong, durable, flexible fiberglass
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