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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-17-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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New Fairing Coming

I ordered a National Cycle Plexifairing 3 yesterday.
It should arrive one day next week.

I am also considering putting on some of the larger tire that I have been reading about on here.

It would seem they would make the bike stick a little better on the road.
Anyone have any comments about that?

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More rubber = larger contact patch = better stick/less slide = more confidence in turns = lower heart rate = longer life.

The only downside to bigger tires is a very slight decrease in mpg figures. And sometimes a very slight increase in rider effort in turns.

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X2 All the above sounds like a Win Win
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Probably safe, both these mods have been done before. The Vulcan already handles more than well enough (for me) with the stock tire size, so I haven't had a reason to switch. It's not a sportbike, and doesn't have the frame geometry or riding position to be ridden like one. But it is one of the best handling cruisers I have ever ridden. I'd be careful with the Plexifairing III, it has been used many times on the Vulcan,, and I'm assuming it's adjustable. But remember, it is a huge sail, attached to the steering device (handlebars and fork), and will catch a lot of wind. I had a much smaller Harley style windshield on mine, and it was downright dangerous. It would cause a violent shimmy at highway speeds, as well as try to rip your helmet off. I removed it. But it wasn't adjustable, and was almost vertical. The centerline of a windshield should be about the same as the fork angle. Remember, it will feel and handle differently, so you need to get used to that difference before resuming normal riding.

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You can see the shield I use in my sig. It's not quite a Plex3 but close. I don't have any issues with "violent shimmy" at hyway speeds. I also have the larger front tire & honestly I can't tell much difference if any in handling but it is nice knowing I've got a little more rubber on the road.
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I believe my shield would have worked fine if I had been able to angle it back quite a bit more. I have virtually the same shield (only bigger) on my Road King, and it works fine, though it still causes some helmet buffeting. But, it is angled way farther back at the top than what I had on my Vulcan.

Are there any fender clearance issues with the larger front tire? I also have a Honda Rebel 250, which has a 90/90-18 front tire. Many people have gone up to a 100/90-18, and quite a few have had fender clearance problems. Some "solved" this by elongating the mounting holes in the fender, so they could raise it slightly. Cutting up a fender is not something I would consider as an option unless the bike was a junker.

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I've put several thousand miles on mine since the change & I've had no issues with it. No stuck rocks or anything.
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Reposted here: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20246

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I think Jerry wanted to post the above^ here:
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Fairing and Tires

I run the plexi II and have really liked it. Tires - Plus one size seems to work well from all I have read here and certainly works for me. Types, Metzler is best, MT66 Pirelli great midpriced, Shinko bargain priced.
Well it is snowing pretty good now and 2-3" on the ground already. Winter is here so the biking is done until April.

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