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Old 07-24-2013, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile Bit by bit, joining the aero club

Vic Valdez (low&slow) brought me a little gift when he passed through Utah on the way to Ohio - A couple of Alan Smith's old aero parts.

I plan on cleaning up the parts I just attached, changing the gearing, and making an aero tail for the bike.

Have not checked mileage yet. However; one thing has changed, when you ride an aero modified bike you do not blend in much. I get lots of questions from folks when I am parked.

So far:



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Old 07-24-2013, 04:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it a 250 ?
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Do you notice any difference in cross winds?
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Looks good, but I'd ditch the saddle bags and go with storage behind you instead if you are looking for the best aero you can get.
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Do you notice any difference in cross winds?
Not sure. Yesterday, I rode home in crosswinds that were gusting from zero to twelve mph. It seemed that with the increased side area up front might have made the bike a bit more sensitive. However, I rode in heaver crosswinds earlier in the week (gusting to the mid twenties) and the bike seemed solid.

I'm sure that when I add a tail the stability will increase.

jkv357 - Yep, those bags are way draggy (so are my legs) but for now they will have to do. I do not have a top case.

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Old 07-25-2013, 02:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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what's your typical ride ?
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what's your typical ride ?
Currently - Mostly a short work commute with canyon runs for fun

I am planning on doing some longer rides in the future. If it works out I may join Vic and Alan in Vegas for the next Vetter Challenge.

Edit: Riding home from work the winds were gusting 16-20mph and the bike is more sensitive.

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I would blame the front wheel fairing first for the side wing sensivity.

Short rides, I don't know the impact of streamlining since it adds weight.
Looking forward to seeing your personnal results.
Where is your fuel log by the way ?
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Jeff, It looks great! The adding a tail will help the current wind sensitivity.
I got back from OH/KY yesterday, I'm glad you are putting the new aero parts to good use. I hope you can join us in Las Vegas for the next Vetter Challenge.

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