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Old 03-14-2005, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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fatboy solid disc wheel question

Hello,
Considering purchasing a 1999 fatboy. I have not ridden it yet. I have talked to people (none of them own a fatboy) that say they do not handle as well as other softails due to the solid disc wheels and cross winds. Is this true? Any owners out there have any problems due to the solid wheels ?

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Old 03-14-2005, 11:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wish this "old wives tale" would go away.
Question: How many Gold Wings with solids do you see running around out there?
And I'll bet you they have way more miles on there bikes than most of us have.
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Old 03-14-2005, 12:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I really don't know or have an opinion myself, since I've never rode a fatboy. I can only just state what I've heard from others...so here goes...

It all depends on who you talk to. I know one guy that traded his fatboy in because of the so-called cross wind problems. And he swears that it was an ill-handling bike because of the wheels. I know a few people that have complained or changed wheels because of it...

On the other hand, some others say that its not that big of problem...or it is all a joke and isn't a problem at all. Some fatboy owners just changed the wheels out to a mag wheel.

Based on my best guess....I'd have to say that I've heard more often that it is an issue than people say that it isn't an issue. On a best guess at percentage I'd guess 60% say it is a problem and 40% say that it isn't a problem.
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Old 03-14-2005, 12:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Does a 1999 Fatboy have an EVO engine? How about the one where parts fall off the bike or not being able to see in the mirrors from engine vibration? Those would be the old wive's tale to concern me.
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Old 03-14-2005, 01:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Although I haven't had my fatboy all that long, I have ridden in some pretty good cross-winds and all I noticed was that in stronger gusts I can feel the bike being pushed a bit. Nothing serious. I probably wouldn't have even noticed it if I wasn't concerned with it myself before buying the bike.

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Old 03-14-2005, 01:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've had my Fatboy for ~22,000 miles and in my opinion the wheels have little to no adverse effect on handling in a crosswind. When you do encounter a crosswind the bike does get moved, but no more than any other bike of the same size. The wheels are, however, a pain in the a$$ to keep polished. I am willing to bet that most people that have handling issues with a fatboy in high crosswind situations, have a wheel balancing issue or an alignment issue, which would exaggerate the effect of the crosswind.

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Old 03-14-2005, 01:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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C'mon experts, enlighten us with your almighty wisdom. However I will only believe anyone who has ridden over 100,000 miles.

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Old 03-14-2005, 04:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have personally riden in excess of 80,000 miles ALL on solid wheels, both on my old fatboy and now on my SE Road King....I can promise you that you can not tell the difference in a cross wind.....there is no effect at all....its just an old tale that won't go away. If someone tells you that it will push you around...I yell BULLS**T.....its TOTAL BULLS**T.

If you honestly look at the profile you will find that your brake disc takes up most of the side of the wheel anyway....

I ride to work 25 miles each way everyday....the last 10 miles is on a road that runs due east - west....and the wind here ALWAYS blows either from the north of south...thus there is ALWAYS a cross wind...and somedays it pretty strong....and its NEVER EVER effected the handling of the bike.
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Old 03-14-2005, 05:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Like most others here .. I have NO trouble with crosswinds because of the wheels .. and if you think about the physics involved .. do you REALLY think the crosswind is somehow going to make it through a spoke wheel spinning at 50 - 60 MPH?? .. I have ridden lots of bikes and the same thing is true on all .. crosswinds affect the bike in direct relation to it's side profile .. one of the worst bikes I had for crosswinds was a BMW K1100LT .. big, tall with hard cases and tail trunk ... yup crosssinds could definitely be felt .. much more than bikes I've had with lower profiles .. the wheels are incidental ...

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Old 03-14-2005, 08:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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at speed..wind doean't pass through spoked wheels either

got a buddy who did a wind tunnell test


above 30 mph or so..makes no difference..the biggest wind sail on a bike is the rider
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Old 03-15-2005, 12:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I've had my Fatboy for ~22,000 miles and in my opinion the wheels have little to no adverse effect on handling in a crosswind. When you do encounter a crosswind the bike does get moved, but no more than any other bike of the same size. The wheels are, however, a pain in the a$$ to keep polished. I am willing to bet that most people that have handling issues with a fatboy in high crosswind situations, have a wheel balancing issue or an alignment issue, which would exaggerate the effect of the crosswind.
the fatboy wind thing is a myth. though, i am changing mine to spokes because i can't stand polishing aluminum...and i'm too cheap to buy solid chrome (or to get the stock wheels chromed). if things go as they usually do with my cheap ass, i will not like the spokes either...and i will be pissed at myself for cheaping out and not getting the chrome solid wheels. then, sometime later, i will sell the spokes and buy chrome solid wheels. i will likely lose some money in the process...but i will be too stupid to learn from the experience. then i will repeat it again with something else...over and over again.
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Old 03-15-2005, 12:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I would rather polish solid aluminum wheels than spokes anyday, even on a good day.
PLus the results are much more rewarding, hehe.

When I do go with another set of wheels they will be solid chromed Fat Boy wheels. The bike is meant to have solid wheels on it. I feel like you take awy from the Fat Boy with any wheel other than solids, just my opinion.

I had a spoked bike before the Fat Boy and do not notice and difference with cross winds on ths bike, none.
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Old 03-15-2005, 06:45 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I also say it's a myth. I wouldn't let a "cross wind" issue come in to the "Should I buy it?" equation. Will a big gust of wind push you around? Yes it will. But I don't care what scoot you're riding, you'll feel a strong gust.
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Old 03-15-2005, 08:25 AM   #14 (permalink)
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thanks everyone for the help. I assumed it was a BS thing, like I said it all came from riders who do not own a fatboy. Hope to ride it Sat. if weather permits.

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Old 03-15-2005, 09:53 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I've only had my Fat Boy for 2 days, put 120 miles on it yesterday in the California Desert, high winds yeaterday 30 -40 miles per hour. The bike was stable and unaffected by the wind, unlike the Sportster that I used to ride. I don't think the wheels make a difference in the wind.

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