Fairing or no fairing?

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Buzzard 059, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Buzzard 059

    Buzzard 059 Member

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    Does not having a fairing improve gas mileage or horsepower? I took my fairing off and put on a nasel front end so now my 89 FLH looks like a Road King. But the question remains, fairing or no fairing?:42:
     
  2. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    (HP) I think taking off the fairing gives the same illusion as taking all the baffling out of the pipes, a person will swear the bike has gained hp and is faster when in reality the bike has less. The power of wind & sound.

    (Mileage) The fairing adds weight & mass but is aerodynamic, harley estimates mileage for both the roadking and the ultra the same, 35 city & 54 hwy. so I'm going have to go with harley and say one cancels out the other.
    Just a guess.
     
  3. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    Yea, your right, I even copied and pasted the word aerodynamics because I couldn't spell it. Sorry:)
     
  4. Fourdogs

    Fourdogs Junior Member

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    I put a Fairing on my Road King now i am teased and told I have a Ultra King go figure. My wife swears with the fairing she gets more air in the passenger seat. We do very long trips so we got it for increased comfort for me. I think it handled better with out the fairing but now don't notice it at all.
     
  5. rkrdr2

    rkrdr2 Active Member

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    I ride the only RK in a group of a 1/2 dz Ultras and Street Glides...some 88's and a couple 96ci and on road trips we are all with in a couple tenths of a gallon of each other when we fuel...even the the bikes with the six sp. The fairings offer a lot better wind protection over my windshield...not to mention the stereo and tach.I find myself riding wing man to the one with the best stereo and enjoying his tunes...lol
     
  6. Buzzard 059

    Buzzard 059 Member

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    I have a horror story about that. One reason I was ok to loose the stereo is because one day my radio was stuck on full blast with Xanado playing. I couldn't turn it off or down until I pulled into my garage. I was moritified! So Manly!
     
  7. Fourdogs

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    Tooo Funny
     
  8. Randall K. Wilson

    Randall K. Wilson Junior Member

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    Now first thought was your mechanical move in changing your machine will increase the scenario of collecting more bugs, and road film.:rofl

    I have ridden about 80k on three different Roadkings and have never checked my mileage one time. Really never seen any need to. When running with a pack, we all fill up together and I have NEVER ran out of gas.

    Do you have an agenda to improve your mileage by taking off your fairing?

    In my case I always figured if I can't afford the gas, I can't afford the machine I pump it into.:s

    Buzzard sounds like you are having fun working on and changing your machine to your own liking. And that is what it is all about. The enjoyment of it. Can you post some before and after images of your latest undertaking?
     
  9. jaceddie

    jaceddie Junior Member

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    I don't know about gas mileage, but I sure like the protection from flying things that the fairing provides.
     
  10. Gezzer Glide

    Gezzer Glide Active Member Contributor

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    Dont want to hi jack your thread but I have an 86 tour glide that needs a new front end. Can you explain a little more about the front end you put on your bike?