Ural handlebar fairing

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Ural handlebar fairing

Post by DanKearney » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:54 pm

Greetings All,

I've never owned a bike with a windshield or full fairing. I am considering purchasing one of the Ural OEM fairings for my 2003 Patrol. However, I've already experience what high altitude and headwinds can do to my top speed when I'm loaded down with camping gear.

I've heard folks on another forum I frequent say that putting a windscreen on their bike (In this case a Yamaha XT225 -- One of my other steeds) enabled them to obtain a higher top speed and did not affect them adversely.

I'm wondering if there's any other folks on this forum who've ridden their Ural both with and without this fairing.

Is it worth the bucks? Does it do any good at keeping rain and bugs off? Does it significantly (Or at all) affect top speed?

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Post by Slow Joe » Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:18 pm

Dan,
I can not give you first hand information on riding a Ural with a fairing. Prior to buying my Retro, I had a long conversation with my local Ural dealer about a Gear-up, and I mentioned at that time the possibility of putting one of the factory fairings on the bike. The dealer (a very knowledgeable guy) strongly advised against a factory fairing. His observation was the "solid" lower portion of the fairing prevented people riding offload from watching where their front tire was going. His recommendation, a clear fairing, top to bottom. Not an answer to your question, but something to think about....
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Post by Bilgekeeldave » Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:02 pm

I bought a windshield for my Dnepr, it looks cool but it is a big air dam and it makes a noticeable difference in performance at speed and it killed the mileage.
I took the windshield off and got a full face, flip front helmet. I like it much better. The flip front helmet doesn't look as retro as the rig but it is warm in the winter and is comfortable in the summer. I also got my mpg back.

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Post by jndomin » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:12 am

My windshield drags me down too, but I like the protection.
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Post by Paindoc » Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:04 am

Slow Joe wrote:Dan,
I can not give you first hand information on riding a Ural with a fairing. Prior to buying my Retro, I had a long conversation with my local Ural dealer about a Gear-up, and I mentioned at that time the possibility of putting one of the factory fairings on the bike. The dealer (a very knowledgeable guy) strongly advised against a factory fairing. His observation was the "solid" lower portion of the fairing prevented people riding offload from watching where their front tire was going. His recommendation, a clear fairing, top to bottom. Not an answer to your question, but something to think about....
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Clear top to bottom doesn't solve the view of the road problem. My full clear screen becomes opaque with dust if dry and mud if wet, so I take it off if riding serious dirt. It is also risky to ride severe rough with a full clear because the mounting holes will develop cracks from strain and shake.
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Post by DanKearney » Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:24 am

Thanks everyone for the input. SInce I've never used a fairing before, I never thought ofthe reduced view of the road immediately ahead. I do a lot of trail riding, so that wouldn't work for me then. Seems the consensus in these few replies are that it is as I suspected about the negative impact on top speed then also.

I've been using a full face helmet since the day I first rode back in 1983, so I guess I'll just stick with it.

Thanks all.

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Post by pigdog » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:05 pm

You may want to look at what Mr. COB uses on his bike; it is a smaller fairing, clear, but big enough to take some of the wind off of you.
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Post by DirtyDR » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:13 pm

Dan,
I've ridden mine with and without and I much prefer having the fairing on. I rode it once without since I got used to it and I won't ride without it again. Of course riding in the snow all Winter has a lot to do with it but I leave it on even when off roading in the Summer and I don't have any trouble seeing the trail. Lastly the hack windshield is the piece that I can't stand, it drags me down and makes for some real interesting wind currents in the wind tunnel between the bike and the hack but since I don't carry a monkey I don't care about the hack windshield.
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Post by S 854 » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:04 pm

I've been using a National Cycle shield this past winter, it's just large enough to deflect the wind from my torso, my helmet is in the airstream, keeps the fogging down a little. Bar mitts and gloves keep my hands toasty.
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Post by n3303j » Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:35 pm

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Fairing made the difference when riding below 25F.

Fairing made riding at 0F quite acceptable.

Fairing will come off at 40F+.

Clothing takes care of rain.

Fairing takes care of "wind chill factor".

Doesn't seem to make too much difference on top speed (750 with 650 transmission gearing). Rode in some heavy gusting conditions last week. The bike was not a problem.

If the fairing is blocking your view of the front wheel you are probably not looking far enough ahead to be able to react to the obstacle anyway.
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