What Makes Motorcycle Fairings?

Motorcyclists, for a multitude of reasons, have used fairings for quite some time. Some have used them to improve aerodynamic wind resistance and others to improve performance. As these resources develop, fairings have become even more effective in reducing the effect of weather on the ride of a motorcycle.

You may know what fairings are and that your motorcycle adorns them. Yet, have you ever stopped to ask yourself what these fairings are made of? Many people do not know that the material that is normally used to make the front fairing is known as the Acrylonitrile butadiene Styrene (ABS). ABS is a form of plastic that is commonly used in racing and sporting motorcycles. Why? It is because it is generally very light in weight, flexible and strong-making it a slightly lesser risk windshield. Also, it is generally scratch resistant and protects riders from flying debris. Due to its fairly strong constitution, these front fairings do not crack upon low force impact.

ABS derives its strength from one of its principal components, Acrylonitrile, which is well known for its toughness. As a part of motorcycle fairings, ABS was developed to ensure maximum protection should the motorcycle rider be involved in an accident of any form. However, it should not be forgotten that like all other fairings, ABS is still fragile and can easily be destroyed during an accident of significant force. How are ABS plastics produced? This is done in only two ways: either through injection moulds where ABS plastic is melted before being placed in a mold cavity under constant pressure so as the material can shrink. It is later allowed to with uniform thickness.

In compression molds, preheating occurs due to the placement of the plastic in a heated cavity with the application of pressure until the mold is cured. While making a plastic fairing, compression is not the best due to the fact that the plastic will not be uniform as it is in ABS.

Another material used in the production of fairings is fiberglass, which, as the name suggests, is the product of woven fibers. Fiberglass is very useful when it comes to reinforcing other materials used in making fairings. They are also used in the construction of DIY fairings and aftermarket fairings due to their inexpensiveness. Thus, they tend to be the most common type of fairings available on the market. However, fiberglass products are not only the most common on the local markets. They are also very fairly ubiquitous in racing cycles as the material is light, much more durable than ABS plastic and can easily be repaired through the application of new fiberglass woven layers mixed with polymer.

Finally, some fairings are made from carbon fiber reinforced polymer. These types of fairings are the lightest and most preferable. However, because they are very expensive and rare to find, they are normally used only as racing motorcycle fairings.

Post time: 04-15-2017