Thursday, July 29, 2010


Heres some wicked illustrations of the Dustbin Fairing era of race bikes.
This was a huge effort to really use aerodynamics on motorcycles in the 1950's.
In 1958, FIM banned the dustbin fairing, because it was dangerous with a crosswind.
^(check it on wikipedia)^
Basically the fairing acted as sail over the front wheel, so when a heavy crosswind
hit the fairing over.  Not to mention all the cooling problems this had on air cooled motors.  These are some scans from this awesome book i got a couple months ago,
 "100 Years of Motorcycles: A Century of History and Development" 
by: Massimo Clarke (1986) 

Moto Guzzi 8V, 1957

Ducati, 1956

DKW (germany)

(top) Norton 500cc single, 1954
(bottom) MV Agusta 500cc, 1956

my favorite
Moto Guzzi 350cc single

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