Tokyo Trash – Yamaha SR400 Dustbin Racer

In motorsport, race teams are always looking for new ways to improve lap times. Back in the fifties when motorcycles were almost all naked teams began experimenting with aerodynamics. Inspired by the nose cones of aircraft they built fairings that cocooned almost two-thirds of the motorcycle and its rider. These outlandish fairings were referred to as dustbins and they proved to be very effective. A dustbin fairing could make a significant difference to a motorcycles straight line speed, but due to some of their pitfalls, they were banned from mainstream racing by the International Motorcycling Federation in 1958.

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