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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.

The fash­ion for stream­lin­ing made it to road bikes in the 1950s, and com­pa­nies like Avon cap­i­talised on it Big Ja­panese su­per­bikes like the Z1000 got a bit of plas­tic surgery in the 70s

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