Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lomita, CA, USA
Re: Driving without fairing to avoid wind resistance?
I had tremendous wind riding down to Cabo San Lucas earlier this month. Worse than highway 62 in the Palm Springs, area, worse than the notorious 143 high wind area on 8 to the east of San Diego. Described by sailors who had won races in Tahiti, Hawaii and Newport to Cabo as the worst they had seen.
And I learned that, since BMW's are designed in a wind tunnel, and were the first bikes to be so, they have an excellent aerodynamic factor. Keeping speed is best, and the bike flies like a glider on the wind.
Take off the fairing and you lose the aerodynamics.
Did you ever notice the wind as you get close to pass a truck? Turbulence. The fairing reduces it.
Pass (opposite side of the road) a new, modern truck. No wind from it. Pass (other side of the road) an old flat front semi; tremendous whoosh of air that is being displaced.
Keep the fairing on, keep the speed up, relax, go with the flow like a glider, don't tense up, and the wind is nothing but a temporary inconvenience.