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ozmoses 11-14-2012 03:54 PM

May we be honest about the RS fairing?
 
I've ridden when it's chilly, low 40's like today, and when it's been downright cold, 15-20. Know what? I was freezing!

I've ridden in light rain and I've ridden in an outright downpour; know what? I was soaked!


So why are people always mentioning their ride across the Arctic tundra & through a typhoon wearing only a t-shirt & never even noticed the weather?!


Have I broken the code? Will I be "disappeared" now?


:hide

tofgasp 11-14-2012 04:09 PM

I've had one for a few weeks on my bike, very pleased with the protection, only get the top of my shoulders and helmet wet under hard rain.
If I get rid of it it was only because of the noise. I'm 6.2ft, and the wind blows awfully right in my helmet visor, as loud as it feels like having a vacuum inside.
That was really the only problem with it. I've ridden maybe 20 diferent faired bikes, absolutly none gave a better wind and rain protection (even the RT).

Of course, if you stop under rain, you get soaked...

Bulldust 11-14-2012 04:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ozmoses (Post 20044651)
I've ridden when it's chilly, low 40's like today, and when it's been downright cold, 15-20. Know what? I was freezing!

I've ridden in light rain and I've ridden in an outright downpour; know what? I was soaked!

So why are people always mentioning their ride across the Arctic tundra & through a typhoon wearing only a t-shirt & never even noticed the weather?!

Have I broken the code? Will I be "disappeared" now?

:hide

Yep code broken, I think you need a Toyota!

moosehead 11-14-2012 04:40 PM

I certainly prefer my RS fairing than an RT I had. Don't know why but I get better "wet" protection behind the RS than the RT. Maybe cause I go faster with the RS:rofl

As for cold, also prefer the RS. I put a "flipper" on an old RS windscreen in the cooler weather and it knocks the cool air of the throat area and does indeed make a difference

http://moosehead45.smugmug.com/Motor.../p_00012-S.jpg
http://moosehead45.smugmug.com/Motor.../p_00014-S.jpg

I've used the "flipper" in the wet and it really works well. Less wate hitting the facemask and shoulders...

Now this old Hannigan was fantastic in the wet weather (also use the "flipper" on the as well)....don't have it anymore (the bike and fairing that is) but wish I did...my old (and still going strong for the new owner) 1974 R75/6...:clap
http://moosehead45.smugmug.com/Motor...27_HsZQT-S.jpg

DoktorT 11-14-2012 04:42 PM

Last year I was heading back home on the freeway. Hit a cats and dogs thunderstorm. Just for water on the road I slowed down to about 35. Moments later I was down to 25. Just tucked in behing the RS faring and idled along for several minutes until I got through it. 10 miles later I was home and dry.

The RS faring is the bomb for getting to point B in nasty weather.

chollo9 11-14-2012 04:53 PM

Alright, one of y'alls lyin'.

Big Bamboo 11-14-2012 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chollo9 (Post 20045118)
Alright, one of y'alls lyin'.

"Well I thought it was a very lovely story, and you tell it so well, with such enthusiasm.":lol3

100RT 11-14-2012 07:11 PM

I will stick to my 81 RT for comfort and protection, sure as Hell beats the 03 1150RT that sleeps next to it. Oh did I mention my old bones just dont like lying on the tank to stay dry. Almost forgot to say the RS is one of the prettiest BMW's ever made!!

boxerboy81 11-14-2012 07:20 PM

You'll still get wet behind a RS fairing if the gear you wear lets water in.
However, it takes much longer to happen. Wet weather gear is still required.

1985 or thereabouts I was riding my first R100RS on a 5C night. It was a 3 hour ride and I was with a fellow on a Honda VF.

We stopped for petrol and he complained bitterly about the cold. I was almost oblivious to it, but did layer up appropriately. He was really annoyed! That was when I learned the RS fairing made a real difference.

Wirespokes 11-14-2012 08:56 PM

Hey, ozmoses - show us a picture of your RS!

I think you put the fairing on backwards! :lol3

ozmoses 11-15-2012 04:30 AM

I was gonna say, maybe I'm doing it wrong!

Bluethumb 11-15-2012 07:15 AM

When introduced, the RS fairing was, as far as I know, the first full sport fairing of its kind. I had a '78 RS and put 130k riding behind that fairing. To this day I believe it is still a beautifully designed work of aerodynamic art. As far as protection, it's ability to minamize side winds always impressed me. I use to have to look for telltale signs to see if there were sidewinds, grass blowing sideways, flags flapping, etc., because the bike simply sliced through the wind. In cold and rain I had great weather protection. In heavy rain, the tops of my shoulders would get wet and my shins and boots, but other then that i would be dry. The only complaint I had was the low bars which eventually helped to give me the back I have today, screwed-up! A buddy of mine equipped his with K75S bars which allowed for somewhat more upright position. To this day I still find the RS to be one of the most gorgeous motorcycles of the last 40 years. I consistently got 42-45 mpg and believe the design of the fairing helped the milage. Great aerodynamics, beautifully designed, incredible protection.

I sold my RS after taking it from Texas to Alaska and back. In Alaska I saw guys on R100GS's so I bought a R100GSPD after the trip. Winds would push the bike all around and the buffeting shook me around. I was always much more tired after a day on the GS compared to the RS. Totally different bikes, but the comparison is that what I found was the RS fairing was the most effective sport fairing ever designed.

Are you wearing clothes? I did find that helped!

Airhead Wrangler 11-15-2012 08:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bluethumb (Post 20049048)
When introduced, the RS fairing was, as far as I know, the first full sport fairing of its kind.

Except for this which came over 20 years earlier. The RS is often quoted as being the first bike with a full factory fairing. I think even BMW claimed that at the time. It just wasn't.


1954 Vincent Black Prince
http://www.theworldofmotorcycles.com...ck-prince.jpeg

blaine.hale 11-15-2012 08:17 AM

I think another big claim of it was being the first wind tunnel tested bike.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_le...14qpo1_500.jpg

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l9...14qpo1_500.jpg

dlew 11-15-2012 08:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bluethumb (Post 20049048)
When introduced, the RS fairing was, as far as I know, the first full sport fairing of its kind. I had a '78 RS and put 130k riding behind that fairing. To this day I believe it is still a beautifully designed work of aerodynamic art. As far as protection, it's ability to minamize side winds always impressed me. I use to have to look for telltale signs to see if there were sidewinds, grass blowing sideways, flags flapping, etc., because the bike simply sliced through the wind. In cold and rain I had great weather protection. In heavy rain, the tops of my shoulders would get wet and my shins and boots, but other then that i would be dry. The only complaint I had was the low bars which eventually helped to give me the back I have today, screwed-up! A buddy of mine equipped his with K75S bars which allowed for somewhat more upright position. To this day I still find the RS to be one of the most gorgeous motorcycles of the last 40 years. I consistently got 42-45 mpg and believe the design of the fairing helped the milage. Great aerodynamics, beautifully designed, incredible protection.

I sold my RS after taking it from Texas to Alaska and back. In Alaska I saw guys on R100GS's so I bought a R100GSPD after the trip. Winds would push the bike all around and the buffeting shook me around. I was always much more tired after a day on the GS compared to the RS. Totally different bikes, but the comparison is that what I found was the RS fairing was the most effective sport fairing ever designed.

Are you wearing clothes? I did find that helped!


Nice review, Bluethumb.

I'm sitting upright on my GS's getting buffetted around and would like to be in a nice little wind protected pocket on an RS for a change, so this is helpful to read.

I've always read that the RS fairing is hot. As you are in the Texas Hill Country do you have an opinion on that?


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