this afternoon i decided to play around with aerodynamics on the strom fairing.
WeeVgone, i think you'll pleased to hear that i'm on to something and that my thinking that the air-flow is getting all messed up after it goes past the fairing is correct.
so, i tried blocking the air coming between the crash bars and the fairing on the left side:
then on the right fairing, i placed a couple of vortex generators
i cobbled together with cardboard and alum. tape:
a test ride showed no change on the L/H side. however, i noticed a SIGNIFICANT change on the R/H side. no longer the ducted flow coming up and striking me in the shoulder. feeling about for the air-flows with both hands it was clear that the vortex generators
actually work - in this case, helping to direct the air evenly around the bike
- the air was (no pun intended) clearly less turbulent on the R/H side where my experimental devices were installed - flowing more smoothly than the L/H side w/out the devices.
i'm going to try to source these devices from aircraft supply hopefully in plastic and in red to match my fairing. i've also thought of making them of aluminum stock or plexiglass. the trick with the clear plexi will be afixing them to the fairing.
I think i'd like to have the vortex generators smaller and more numerous - say 3 or 4 per side. they might look sort of weird but for the difference in improved riding comfort i felt well worth it.