1995-02-01

Determination of the Drag Factor of a Fairing Equipped Motorcycle 950197

Today motorcycles are built in many different shapes and sizes, and their surfaces are constructed of different materials. Sportier motorcycles are now commonly fitted with plastic “fairings” to reduce aerodynamic drag, and to enhance their appearance. The presence of a fairing prevents certain components from contacting the asphalt surface when a motorcycle is sliding on its side in a collision situation. This fact, and the smooth nature of the construction of the fairing allows the fairing-equipped motorcycle to slide more easily, with less friction than its all-metal, unprotected counterparts.

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