The Different Elements used in a Motorcycle Fairing
The motorcycle fairing has been one of the most vital additions to a motorcycle since its invention for the aircraft and integration into the motorcycle. It has been used for both wind resistance and protection and to enhance the performance of the motorcycle itself. It has also been developed to improve the design of the motorcycle. As time went by, the motorcycle fairing has also evolved from its original design and has improved its ability to both enhance the performance, protection and design of the motorcycle.
You may already be quite familiar with motorcycle fairing and its functions but do you have any idea as to what materials are used to develop this essential part of every motorcycle? The Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is the most common material used in developing a motorcycle fairing. It is a type of plastic that first found its niche within race bike and sports motorcycles. The reason it has been chosen as the premier material in manufacturing fairings is its lightweight, flexible and sturdy characteristics. These are all vital elements of a good quality fairing. It is also a great means of protection to the rider as ABS is relatively scratch resistant and can withstand minimal force impacts. ABS’ sturdiness comes from its main ingredient the Acrylonitrile which is known for its toughness. While it offers moderate protection it is still not shatter proof, and the rider’s road responsibility must always be prioritized. ABS plastic can only be developed in one of two ways, injection mold and compression molds. Injection mold is the procedure wherein the ABS plastic is melted and placed in the mold cavity. Compression mold, on the other hand, is when the plastic is placed inside a heated cavity mold; pressure is then applied until the ABS plastic has been thoroughly compressed.
Another well-known material used in creating motorcycle fairing is the fiberglass. Fiberglass can be used as an added reinforcement with other materials when developing fairings. The fiberglass is also very useful when it comes to construction of DIY fairings because it is very cost-effective. This is why most motorcycle fairing that is available in the market is usually developed using fiberglass. When it comes to the overall effectiveness as a fairing, the fiberglass can easily overtake ABS plastic. They are tougher and more flexible than ABS and repair is a fairly simple process. The most reliable material, when it comes to fairing, is the carbon fiber reinforced polymer. However, due to the expensive nature of the material and its difficulty to manufacture, they are mostly used for commercial racing motorcycles only.
These are the different materials used in making a motorcycle fairing each can hold their own, but it is quite evident which one is the best. However, all offer the same type of improvement and protection to both the rider and the motorcycle. The material used is just a quarter of what makes a motorcycle fairing effective; it is a combination of material and design that makes a great and reliable fairing.