They were ter­ri­ble around cor­ners but su­per fast on the straights, and now dust­bin fair­ings are back, for the trendy set.

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - LOZ BLAIN

THE 1950s-era of GP rac­ing brings one thing to mind over ev­ery­thing else: the dust­bin fair­ing. Un­til it was out­lawed in 1957, many race bike de­sign­ers used th­ese huge, awk­ward look­ing fair­ings to get max­i­mum speed out of their bikes.

Of course, they had their prob­lems — they could have treach­er­ous han­dling is­sues in a cross­wind, for ex­am­ple — but the fact re­mains, in a straight line th­ese were prob­a­bly the most aero­dy­nam­i­cally ef­fi­cient GP bikes ever built.

Moto Guzzi’s V8 was more than just an­other dust­binned racer when it came out in 1955.

The sheer au­dac­ity of mak­ing a V8 en­gine in an era of sin­gles and twins stunned the world upon its re­lease, and with just 58 kW, it man­aged a top speed of 277 km/h thanks to its vast, rac­ing green-coloured dust­bin fair­ing.

In rac­ing terms, it was a dis­as­ter. Pro­nounced un­ride­able by the ballsi­est rac­ers of the day, it was re­tired from rac­ing af­ter just two sea­sons, but it made an in­deli­ble mark in the hearts of bike lovers. The crack­ling roar of its eight mega­phone ex­hausts will raise the hairs on the back of your neck to this day.

It is with­out doubt an iconic bike and if there’s one thing hip­ster cloth­ing com­pa­nies love, it’s an iconic vin­tage mo­tor­cy­cle. So, since only two orig­i­nal Guzzi V8s re­main, and even a replica is now fetch­ing around $300 000 (R4,05 mil­lion) at auc­tion, Van­guard Cloth­ing chose to com­mis­sion a milder cus­tom bike in the style of the V8, with­out the fa­bled me­chan­i­cal com­plex­ity.

De­sign was han­dled by Gan­net De­sign’s Ulfert Janssen, and the build was han­dled by Am­s­ter­dam’s Numb­nut Mo­tor­cy­cles.

Un­der that dust­bin, the Van­guard bike is ba­si­cally a cus­tom Guzzi Cal­i­for­nia El­do­rado shaft­drive cruiser with a 1 400 cc V-twin. — NewAtlas.

PHOTO: VAN­GUARD CLOTH­ING

Van­guard Moto Guzzi V8: dust­bin fair­ings were never known for their cor­ner­ing abil­i­ties, but noth­ing could catch them on a straight line.

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