Post Master General
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bowling Green, VA
I Ride: '09 ZX6R
The smaller the fairing, the more 'clean' the airflow hitting the rider. Less noise, with less turbulence/buffeting.
You can't get away from it altogether, being 'in the wind' is just that. Minimizing how much it beats you up, that's worth investigating.
I know I have ridden a 'standard' motorcycle more than 700 miles in a day, with a handlebar mounted wind screen. (That was a National Cylcle 'Deflector', in the late 1980's) The screen was no taller than my throat, no wider than my shoulders, and ended less than a foot in front of my helmet. It moved the air all the way over my head and made for nice quiet riding at 70+ MPH.
If I am riding at less than ~50 MPH, I don't need a fairing or windscreen, at all. At those speeds, the body work on the Ninja is just good to look at, rather than doing anything useful. The distance between the body mounted windscreen and the rider is enough that the airflow collapses into the space the rider is in making noise at the helmet. Due to the screen being small and low, the effect is minimal -- it's almost the same as having nothing at all.
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