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post #1 of 18 Old 03-30-2008, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Finally on the road! | Madstad Report | Gears Canada Gloves Report

Finally got the bike out today. Took it out for about 30 minutes to adjust the new Madstad bracket (amazing!), then back home for an oil change, then into Toronto from the Falls.

The Madstad bracket is truly amazing. I didn't think I had too much buffeting before, as long as my tank bag was installed. But during the "calibration" process, I was able to subjectively monitor the amount of buffeting by how much my compass was bobbing around. When I finally got the setting right (after three tries), the compass was absolutely stable.

Subjectively, I think the bike seemed more wind-resistant as well. It was really windy driving into Toronto, and I didn't feel like I was getting knocked around as much as I used to. This was with the bracket mounted almost all the way up, and tilted back quite a bit.

I managed to test it up to about 145 km/h. Absolutely no buffeting up to that speed. The bracket is a keeper!

The Gears Canada vest and leg chaps were toasty warm, as usual, but the new gloves I got from them didn't work. Haven't had a chance to diagnose the problem yet, but I suspect it's probably just the fuse. I have to drive back the Falls again Tuesday night, so maybe I'll get a chance to try them again then.

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thanks for the review Beensy.. what screen are you using?

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thanks for the review Beensy.. what screen are you using?
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I managed to test it up to about 145 km/h.
Uhh. Pete, the speed limit is 100 km/h.

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Actually, am sure he was referring to airspeed. If he was out today riding legally he would experience a headwind of up to 180 km/h.

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Actually, am sure he was referring to airspeed. If he was out today riding legally he would experience a headwind of up to 180 km/h.
I actually got out for a ride today. The 'strom ain't no goldwing. With 80 kph gusty wind, it was an interesting ride. My old wing was like a brick running on rails down the road, didn't matter what kind of winds there were, it just plowed along in a straight line. Fluffy was blown around pretty well out there, but not -too- badly. Maybe I could date a 300 lb. girl and she could ride on the back, that ought to do it...

'Course my girlfriend would get jealous, so I guess I'll just get blown around...:rolleyes:

Oh well. At least I got out for a ride. Finally. It's been a long winter.




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Hi Janice,

Its good you got out for a bit!

I think laws of physics will prevail here.. a 750 lbs plus bike that sits a lot lower than our 417 to 450 lbs (for the superfluous exhaust) bike just isn't going to reacy to the wind in the same way. I think I asked you elswhere but have you rasied the fork tubes/lowered the font of the bike? That can help the situation a bit, as can a fork brace, but ultimately feeling the gusts is part of having tall, fairly light bike.

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I actually got out for a ride today. The 'strom ain't no goldwing. With 80 kph gusty wind, it was an interesting ride. My old wing was like a brick running on rails down the road, didn't matter what kind of winds there were, it just plowed along in a straight line. Fluffy was blown around pretty well out there, but not -too- badly. Maybe I could date a 300 lb. girl and she could ride on the back, that ought to do it...

'Course my girlfriend would get jealous, so I guess I'll just get blown around...:rolleyes:

Oh well. At least I got out for a ride. Finally. It's been a long winter.

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'Course my girlfriend would get jealous, so I guess I'll just get blown around...:rolleyes:
Guess its perspective, I love getting blow.... errr.. yeah.

Hey beensy, you talked to Jim lately? I've completely lost track of him.

I just made the exact same addition to my bike and have to agree on the difference. Night and day.

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Finally on the road...

If you are looking for me I am still lurking in the shadows. I have been out for a couple of rides arround the Toronto area over the last few weeks. I dont put the bike away for the winter and even this year have managed at least 2 short rides per month. I plan to be part of the Toronto ADV riders ride this Saturday to Creemore and the Ontario Stromtroopers ride on April 20.


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Guess its perspective, I love getting blow.... errr.. yeah.

Hey beensy, you talked to Jim lately? I've completely lost track of him.

I just made the exact same addition to my bike and have to agree on the difference. Night and day.

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If you are looking for me I am still lurking in the shadows. I have been out for a couple of rides arround the Toronto area over the last few weeks. I dont put the bike away for the winter and even this year have managed at least 2 short rides per month. I plan to be part of the Toronto ADV riders ride this Saturday to Creemore and the Ontario Stromtroopers ride on April 20.
Very cool. If you make it back into the states this year you will have to let me know so we can meet up. I had a great time riding with you. I'll be heading to Alaska in July via Canuckland but Toronto may be a bit out of the way..

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