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Which is better to help buffeting? The fork brace or a non-solid wheel? I like the fork brace idea and if it works, I am leaning that direction but as always, I like to hear from the forum.
 

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I bought and installed the Superbrace, but weather has kept me from giving it a full test. Leaving for Fla Mon, 2 weeks of warm weather riding and I will be able to give an official opinion.
 

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I just went out for about 200 miles today with the recent warm weather here in NC. It was quite windy with lots of gusts. I found that I was blown around in the seat far more than the wind affected the front end of the bike. Stability was not a problem.

What did annoy me was the crappy position of the footpegs. They are not under me so I can rest my feet on them and they are not far enough out so I can get full extension. They are in a position right in the middle that leaves me holding them up to keep my boots from slipping off the pegs. But that is another story.....
 

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For what its worth, I have PM wheels, not solid....I've done the Hways and Byways at 100mph ++....never had a buffeting problem with the spoked chrome, or the solid stockers.....I also have a PHAT Boy that came with the solids, no issues there or when I swapped to the PM's..... only thing that keeps getting buffeted is my wallet, or should I say FLEECED! But for some reason I keep coming back for more!

It's all good,
 

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Frank Harley said:
For what its worth, I have PM wheels, not solid....I've done the Hways and Byways at 100mph ++....never had a buffeting problem with the spoked chrome, or the solid stockers.....I also have a PHAT Boy that came with the solids, no issues there or when I swapped to the PM's..... only thing that keeps getting buffeted is my wallet, or should I say FLEECED! But for some reason I keep coming back for more!

It's all good,

I spoke with the parts wrench at the stealership about changing out my wheels to three spokes wheels. He stated that he stuck with his stock solids (Chromed), because it make no difference when traveling at speed. That the wind will not be able to pass through the three spokes because it becomes just as solid at speed. Whats everyone’s thoughts on this? :twisted:
 

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Its got to be the aerodynamics of the bike from front on. I was experimenting by tail gating (with enough room for emergency stops) a semi yesterday, and even my body was being blown around quite markedly. The bike must have a very turbulent frontal aspect. I agree, it's the most unsteady ride Iv'e ever had out of five Harleys and other bikes as well.
Just get use to it is all I can suggest.

Best wishes.

Ken.
 

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All I know is this bike is freakin scary around trucks like no bike i've ever had.

Absolutely agree with your assessment. I find myself reluctant to ride on interstates. My dilemma is I am using the touring windshield, which is a big contributing factor because it’s mounted to the fork, which it causes the wind to shift the forks based on the angle of the wind gust (Tractor trailers, etc). I found that the bike handles must better even on windy days when I ride without the windshield, but the draw back is having to fight to stay mounted at speed. (Fun is) :ride:
 

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Its got to be the aerodynamics of the bike from front on. I was experimenting by tail gating (with enough room for emergency stops) a semi yesterday, and even my body was being blown around quite markedly. The bike must have a very turbulent frontal aspect. I agree, it's the most unsteady ride Iv'e ever had out of five Harleys and other bikes as well.
Just get use to it is all I can suggest.

Best wishes.

Ken.

I have heard of your technique, and though you may have enough room for stopping in emergency situations, you do not have enough reactive time to avoid unexpected debris.

Safe riding. :biker:
 

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No, slip streaming isn't my riding style. As mentioned, I was experimenting with turbulance from trucks.
You learn quickly in my part of Australia not to ride / drive where you can't see the road ahead. Dead Kangaroos make for quite a speed bump, and we have road kill everywhere!
 

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Ken said:
No, slip streaming isn't my riding style. As mentioned, I was experimenting with turbulance from trucks.
You learn quickly in my part of Australia not to ride / drive where you can't see the road ahead. Dead Kangaroos make for quite a speed bump, and we have road kill everywhere!
Do those Roos jump out and hit you like deer do?
 

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No, slip streaming isn't my riding style. As mentioned, I was experimenting with turbulance from trucks.
You learn quickly in my part of Australia not to ride / drive where you can't see the road ahead. Dead Kangaroos make for quite a speed bump, and we have road kill everywhere!

Understood. Well enjoy man, and stay away from them Kangaroos, as we struggle to say clear of Deers :ride:
 

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I have now spent a couple of days riding in Fla. It has been breezy every day so far. Maybe it's in my head that the fork brace makes a difference but, I could feel a difference in the side wind buffet effect. I have been behind trucks and do not really feel any difference, The buffeting from trucks is different than just plain wind. Maybe the thought of having the brace makes me more confident. It is a little pricey but does look good on the bike as well.
 

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G'day Vrodjohn.
Re the fork brace, I am familiar with them, and don't see how it could make a difference with the buffeting effect.
The V Rod has some of the beefiest forks you will ever find, and I'm sure its ridgid enough for normal riding styles, ie non racing.
I still reckon it's the bikes styling.

G'day Okie, yep, Kangaroos and Wallabies are some of the most brainless animals you will find, once you put a light on them. They will head for the headlight more times than not.
Where I live (a small coastal community in the bush) we have around 8 "Mobs" of Roos. o you have to be carefull.
They are bloody cute though, and quite use to the traffic. You can pass by them slowly from arount 5 feet!

Best wishes fellas.

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G'day Vrodjohn.
Re the fork brace, I am familiar with them, and don't see how it could make a difference with the buffeting effect.
The V Rod has some of the beefiest forks you will ever find, and I'm sure its ridgid enough for normal riding styles, ie non racing.
I still reckon it's the bikes styling.
Ken.
Ken, buffeting is a fact of life while riding, especially at higher speeds. When a truck passes, or the slipstream from cars hits me on the bike, my front end shakes as the wheel fights the wind. I think the fork brace minimizes this. It does not eliminate it completely. The force of wind hitting you from the side on an open highway pushes me left & right, the fork brace does not help this at all. I rode down to Naples today and the wind was strong, 20-25 mph. When that wind hit me it would push me 2 feet to the left, but my front end did not shake. When cars passed me and I got caught in the slipstream from them, I think the wooble or shakes was less than I experienced before. As I said before, it could all be in my head, but that's OK because I think it is better than without the brace. Just my :2cents:
 

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