If you were to take a look at a list of the world's fastest motorcycles,
you'd notice that all the recent world-record-holders were fully faired
streamliners that look nothing like actual motorcycles you see on the
highway. The fairings serve to increase aerodynamics so that the
powerful two-wheelers can meet speeds exceeding 350 mph.
I suppose it reasons that if you really want to take bicycle racing to
the next level, you'd want bicycle fairings. And designer Moshen Saleh
has a solution: an inflatable fairing that you can use when pushing your
speed limits and simply deflate and pack when you're just taking a
practice run around the greater neighborhood. He calls it quite simply
the Inflatable Fairing.
And if you're just an average Joe
Commuter with no need for ultimate speed, the fairing also serves to
protect you from weather--kind of like an integrated, aerodynamic
bicycle umbrella. In fact that appears to be the designer's main intent
(but with a funky bicycle like that, you have to think he was thinking
aerodynamics at some point of the process). It's easy to take on and off
as weather dictates and stores right on the bike.
sure that there's much of a market for this (seems like you could get
similar protection from a good rain jacket with hood), but it's
definitely an interesting idea.
Via Trend Hunter