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A few weeks ago, at least one V Rod owner mentioned he had bought a Superbrace (fork brace) and was going to install it just before riding to Daytona

Does anyone else have any more experience with the Superbrace to "cure" the (60+ mph) "buffeting" problem several of us have encountered with the V Rod - especially on the interstate ???

Any more input on a mag front wheel regarding the same problem ???

Thanks in advance for your input,

EE
 

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I am still having difficulty believeing a brace is required with that massive, short front end. As far a buffeting is concerned, just ride it out. The V-Rod is as stable a motorcycle, from the factory, as there is. I think experience, not equipment, is what makes the bike seem more stable over time. Don't fight it. "Go with the flow".
 

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Daniii said:
I am still having difficulty believeing a brace is required with that massive, short front end. As far a buffeting is concerned, just ride it out. The V-Rod is as stable a motorcycle, from the factory, as there is. I think experience, not equipment, is what makes the bike seem more stable over time. Don't fight it. "Go with the flow".
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I couldn't agree more Daniii. And what I have a real hard time believing is how an open/spoked wheel can make that much of a difference. Considering the large mass and area of the rest of bike and the rider relative to the front wheel (which is partially covered by rotors on both sides anyways) I just can't see it making that much of a difference. I've been wrong before though ;)
 

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Not sure what kind of open areas you are riding in, but the bridges and interstates here get a little fierce with 20mph wind gusts and I ride them everyday to work. But as they say to each there own.... no the forkbrace is not necessary but if you dont like the fork twist feeling that some expierence it helps eliminate it and believe it or not the open wheels do to. But again that is just my opinion..... The other side to open wheels.... there are some really awesome designs available.
 

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bbruce65 said:
Do a search for Superbrace. THere are multiple threads on this and similar solutions.
BBruce65,

I did a search and read every post. The problem is that several folks say "got a superbrace, will give an update later", and then forget to do just that. I for one would love some more feedback from users.

Does it help, or not?

Thanks all,

KARAF
 

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KARAF said:
BBruce65,

I did a search and read every post. The problem is that several folks say "got a superbrace, will give an update later", and then forget to do just that. I for one would love some more feedback from users. Does it help, or not?
This is exactly why I started the thread.

But, from most feedbacks (here and in other threads) it seems the majority opinion is to quit "whining" about the instability and get more seat time/experience.

As a matter of fact, I talked to a shooting buddy who rides a Gold Wing, and he says it's VERY unstable on windy days, at 75 mph on Nebraska (wide open, flat) interstates, espsecially in and around truck traffic.

I never thought a Superbrace would do much for "instability or buffeting", but had thought a mag wheel might help. Opinions seem VERY mixed about that.

Anyway, thanks for all the input,

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Believe what you want to believe... bottom line the Superbrace works great and reduces the buffeting alot. Sure, you don't "have to have one" however it does work. Last year even a minivan or suv would move me around a lot, now only the big trucks move you as if you were on a "normal" bike. I do agree that this is a stable bike, with the Superbrace it is even more stable. You will get more feed back from your front tire on back roads when you are by you self. Enjoy the ride guys!
 

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Mine is in the mail!

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I ordered my Super Brace on Wednesday from a real nice guy, Chad, at their phone number. It should be here in about 2 weeks (they are having trouble keeping up with recent demand.) My friend put one on his '92 FXR front end
a few years back, and he says it made a big difference. His forks weren't as big as ours, but there is definitely some twist going on with these (long, raked-out) forks as well. $172 delivered to my door, was the price. We shall see....(?)
 

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I'll start a thread to see if there is any interest in a group buy...
 

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The Superbrace does, in my opinion does help with buffeting, but only in some situations. A 25-30 crosswind is going to move you regardless of the brace. Combine the crosswind and being in traffic at 70mph and you get pushed to the side and the front end tends to wobble a bit. Adding the Superbrace reduces this, but only a little. You really feel the difference in traffic without the crosswind. My front end used to shake and shimmey being behind small cars. Now with the brace it only does that when behind larger trucks like tractor trailers or high cube vans. It also looks good on the bike. Opinions are like a$$holes, everybody's got one. It also may do nothing and be all in my head.
 

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EEROD said:
The forum comes through again - thanks for all the opinions and info !!!

Emery
Said it once and I'll say it again... Buffeting is a very real problem with the V-Rod. The absolute best, most important change I did was to have "sprint style mag wheel slots" machined into my stock wheels. We have quite a bit of wind up here and this mod eliminated about 90% of the buffeting. Only time it was bothersome was with a 40MPH crosswind from a thunderstorm in northern Colorado. I believe if you just changed, modified the front wheel it would be enough. Thanks, Bruce
 

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Bruce,
it's that Rockie Mountain Air Effecting your Brain!The Front wheel is NOT THE PROBLEM! :rolleyes: As long as you think it Helps Thats All that Matters but believe me it DOESN'T! :kaz:
 

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Bruce,
it's that Rockie Mountain Air Effecting your Brain!The Front wheel is NOT THE PROBLEM! :rolleyes: As long as you think it Helps Thats All that Matters but believe me it DOESN'T! :kaz:

What does cause it Kaz? I was told it was the long rake.

Just interested. Don't really mind the buffeting though - In fact I quite enjoy it:D

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Kaz, Take your bike out of town once in a while. Ride cross country a little. Everyone I have personally spoke to with a V-Rod(or a fat boy), has complained about this condition. This is not a slam against against the v-rod, just a condition that exists. You can choose to live with it OR you can correct it. Your choice. Looking forward to seeing you in Laughlin. Stay safe and ride often! Bruce Helland
 

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Bruce Helland said:
Kaz, Take your bike out of town once in a while. Ride cross country a little. Everyone I have personally spoke to with a V-Rod(or a fat boy), has complained about this condition. This is not a slam against against the v-rod, just a condition that exists. You can choose to live with it OR you can correct it. Your choice. Looking forward to seeing you in Laughlin. Stay safe and ride often! Bruce Helland
Bruce,
all my riding is Very High speed open road stuff!I'm not into cruzing around town.I know what your refering to and it's not the V-rod.Talk to ya soon! :kaz:
 

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Just back from Phoenix, and we had a chase vehicle the whole time (didnt need it, thank goodness), but I did get a comment from the driver, who thought I was falling asleep the way I was weaving around. I never noticed the weaving, just the normal swaying I have gotten used to on the V-rod. It happened whenever the crosswind got strong, or a truck would pass. I know the solid front wheel is the majority of the culprit. None of my riding friends experienced the problem, and they all had spoked fronts. I have ridden a solid disk on my bicycle, and even in a moderate crosswind it is a handfull, but the spoked wheel I rode in a 60 mph crosswind, and it was not that big of a problem... (the flying rocks were). I am looking at slotting my wheels... any pics of what you ahve done? Any, that is my opinion, FWIW.
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I have to agree with Kaz. I had a Fat Boy before I got the Vrod. I did have a problem at first with the Fat Boy in winds over 20 miles an hour but soon found that if I didn't tense up I didn't have a problem. My wife's Shadow has spoked wheels and it behaves the same way in the wind, if you expect a problem you create a problem.
 

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djoyce said:
I have to agree with Kaz. I had a Fat Boy before I got the Vrod. I did have a problem at first with the Fat Boy in winds over 20 miles an hour but soon found that if I didn't tense up I didn't have a problem. My wife's Shadow has spoked wheels and it behaves the same way in the wind, if you expect a problem you create a problem.
:stupid: :moon: ;) :kaz:
 
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