Not really a genuine Streamliner, the Integral fairing , which is commonly called “Dustbin”, had a short life in road racing before the FIM banned them in 1957 due to the hazard with lateral wind at high speed. However, I really think that this nickname does not do justice to it and my pick is rather “Dreamliner”. I am right or wrong? I have just a few seconds of your time and a few pictures to make the case.
In fact I don’t really know why I am so fascinated by these integral fairings. Indeed, when my interest for motorcycles started in the early seventies, they were already gone for a long time and thus obsolete, there were no pictures of such things in the moto-mags; so this has nothing to do with performance or greatest speed but rather esthetic and curves.
I can see already some of you arguing that any fairing hiding the engine just kills the essential of the esthetic of a classic bike. I cannot disagree and a half fairing such the Egli-Vincent Café Racer makes a perfect job. But look at these pictures of street bike along genuine racing bikes. Look at the way that a simple road bike becomes something just so different and so … fascinating?
The Avon “Dustbin” fairing came with built in lights.A headlight shining through a screen is dreadful to use at night,I speak from experience 🙂
There is an example on the cover of the 1980 CLASSIC BIKE magazine issue 8-9 which you may find on ebay
Yes, I believe you and guess that one can brag that at night you get the greatest visibility on your dashboard! Philippe
PS,search Google for “Avon Streamliner” and in Images there are quite a few examples.
Will do, thank you. Philippe
I agree that a period appropriate dustbin adds panache to a vintage bike. I’m thinking of one for my Gold Star (hate to hide that beautiful engine though). Where did you get dustbin on your bike?
Hi, thank you for your interest. If you google “dustbin fairing for sale” you will find a few such:
My mate and I went down to Durrington in Wiltshire and had a Streamliner fitted. That was in 1963 and we went to the Avon factory. We drove down from Ayrshitre and there was no motorways in those days. Down the M6, lunch at the Jungle Cafe at the Shap, then on to Durrington. I recall it took us 10 hours. We stayed the night in a hotel and had the fairings fitted the next day. We were given instructions on how to handle our bikes (Norton Dominators 99s) as the fitting of the fairing made it limited steering. The drive home was great and it made the price of £40 (2 weeks wages in those days) worth the effort. It was the love of my life and I still havent forgiven my eldest son who came along and I had to sell my bike and by a car and a pram. It was quite a comedown 0-60mph in 4 seconds to 4mph in 60 minutes! Great memories of the Avon Dreamliner.
Hi. Just seen a pic of my dads vincent black knight on here, I was 4 when I first went on the back with him, not much too hold on too, it’s the black and white pic saying “would look good leaving the factory with this fairing” great bike.
Regards Bruce Vincent Brookes-Tee.
The unknown rider is Phil Roberts from Barlby in Yorkshire. His older brother Paul was passenger for me on my first race win.