They were terrible around corners but super fast on the straights, and now dustbin fairings are back, for the trendy set.
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.
Vanguard Moto Guzzi V8: dustbin fairings were never known for their cornering abilities, but nothing could catch them on a straight line.