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X7 and Kawasaki KH – good enough to claim the cover of Bike magazine in November 1979.
So were the manufacturers were missing a trick? They were. Up to that point there was virtually no such thing as a production faired motorcycle. Harley introduced its famous Batwing in 1969 but only as an optional extra. Instead, the first is widely recognised to be BMW’S R100RS in 1976. Even then the Japanese were slow to follow suit.
So what happened? Inevitably they came. Handlebar faired bikes like the Suzuki GS1000S in 1979 and Kawasaki GPZ550 in 1981. Then, just as quickly, full fairings with the Honda CB1100R in 1982 and Suzuki RG250 the following year. At the same time tourers got fairings, with the first fully faired Goldwing Interstate in 1980. Aftermarket fairings simply weren’t necessary anymore.
So that was it? Yes and no. The likes of Rickman and Avon have disappeared but plenty of aftermarket fairings are still available from the likes of Skidmarx, Powerbronze and Ermax. You can even get replicas made of those early Avon classics while Ian Dyson kits are now hugely collectable.