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post #1 of 22 Old 05-04-2014, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Does trunk contribute to getting pushed by wind?

Yesterday I returned a set of JC Whitney trunks to their store in LaSalle IL. I strapped both of them, in their shipping boxes, down to the rear seat and luggage rack with one box stacked on the other. The ride from my house to JCW was very scary. I was getting blown all over the road much worse than normal. I sometimes feel like I'm getting blown around with just my Shad 33 case on. On the return trip it was still very windy but the bike didn't wander nearly as much. The boxes were huge so they must have acted like a sail.

Does a normal size tail trunk contribute to the high speed wandering? I remember reading years ago in a review of the original Yamaha FJR in Rider that they didn't include a top case because a top case can cause handling issues. Is this what they meant?

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Any flat surface will operate like a sail. Top case, side cases, windshield. Any of these can catch wind and make it harder to operate the bike in winds.

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Any flat surface will operate like a sail. Top case, side cases, windshield. Any of these can catch wind and make it harder to operate the bike in winds.
Yep, you put a big square cube on the rear of your bike.

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Try putting a rather large ice chest on the back seat and go for a ride in front of a canyon mouth with the Santa Ana winds whipping. Golly shucks, you be a big sail!
Anything that blocks the wind affects handling.

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If you don't have a fork brace, get yourself one, that makes a world of difference! I read the reason on Rick's website but it's still just magic to me.

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If JC Whitney carried a fork brace I was planning to buy one regardless of the cost. They only carry the Kuryakyn brand for cruisers though.

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If JC Whitney carried a fork brace I was planning to buy one regardless of the cost. They only carry the Kuryakyn brand for cruisers though.

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+1 on the fork brace I have a JC Whitney large top case and OEM Adventure cases on my 2013. I had severe cross wind and big truck wash issues before I installed a fork brace from Adventure Tech. WOW! cured instantly!!
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I have a Givi MAXIMA 50L tail bag (and two Givi 45L saddlebags). I am sure there is a difference, but I don't feel it.

I would not think a tail bag would possible add more side wind loading than a passenger.

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The trunks we put on our motorcycles sit behind the rear axle so anything pushing against them is more influenced than what having a passenger who is sitting over the rear axle would. I have found with my Wee that I had to go to a smaller top box (about the width of my shoulders) to keep my front wheel from getting light when riding the bike about about 80mph.

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