View Full Version : Kite effect

12-30-2008, 04:40 PM
2000 Buell Blast P3

The force of the air, at 60 mph and higher is far greater than other bikes I have ridden.

Is there a fix to reduce the kite effect? Me being the kite.


12-30-2008, 04:42 PM
lose some weight?

12-30-2008, 04:59 PM
I went to a tighter fitting race style leather jacket and found it was a lot less. Also switched to a Shark helmet and that helped also.

12-30-2008, 05:25 PM
Thanks chris_xb12s
Great insight into aerodynamics.


12-30-2008, 05:27 PM
Thanks tattoo72

I just bought a new jacket and helmet. No help there. I need something else.


12-30-2008, 10:42 PM
taller screen. Some places do like a flip screen with a lip on it and is taller than the standard. If that fails get your feet on the rear pegs.

12-31-2008, 03:57 AM
Where do you live? I am in kentucky and haven't had a problem as long as I don't pick it up past 90mph. Also I wear a backpack almost all the time extra 20-30lbs there (I weight 140-150 depending on the week). Also, Chris xb12s, losing weight would worsen his issue, not make it better, kites, gliders, and true aircraft are designed to be as light as possible. If anything, put on some weight (hence, backpack). Hope I've been of some assistance, and Chris, not trying to be a dick, although it may seem so.

PS, I'm on a lightning, so perhaps you should consult EZBLAST, he's the resident blast expert.

12-31-2008, 11:53 AM
This topic has been discussed a lot. Lightning’s and blasts flat out suck when it comes to wind protection. Some people are more tolerant of the wind buffeting than others. I only have to ride 6 miles on the highway... any more and I would consider selling the Buell. Other's like Fido are a little more 'hearty' when it comes to wind at speed.

The best mod I have seen is using a Uly screen (just the clear piece) and attaching it to your stock fly screen. I don't have any pics, but I have seen it done on a few different sites.

Chris xb12s had a good suggestion too - a laminar lip will help the air over you head a klittle more and keep it off your chest.

Good luck....

12-31-2008, 04:35 PM
How about some new bars to give a more aggressive position?

12-31-2008, 08:51 PM
How about some new bars to give a more aggressive position?
x2, the faster I go the more I lean into the wind It helps alot, such is life on a naked standard.

01-01-2009, 05:29 AM
You get accustomed to it quickly Yoda. First ride: I thought there's no way I can hang on to this thing...next thing you know, I'm thinkin', is this stretch long enough to top it out? [smirk]

01-01-2009, 06:20 PM
buy a firebolt :)