There we go...............from someone who knows, thanks.I have a harley fatboy, ie, solid wheels. Yes you can feel the wind when passing a truck, or more noticable, when crossing a long bridge on a very windy day. Although it's not as bad as what some make it out, I just felt a little push through the bars, but still very controlable. It maybe worse on a lighter bike, HD's are a bit heavy. I replaced my front wheel more because I don't like the look of a solid wheel on the front.
Gotcha...also the one that's attached to those bars we push and pull on to change directions! :tongue:I'm pretty sure its the solid front wheel that would be the subject of issues when it comes to cross winds, as it is the one with the least amount of weight on it when you're riding and it is basically on a swivel giving the wind the ability to cause changes in direction/angle, whereas the rear wheel is locked in a fixed direction.
There is a bit to it. If you live in a windy area at all avoid the solid wheel. You will spend a bit of time fighting the wind for the bike. It isn't worth it for the looks.I like the look of solid rims but a friend said that they catch too much wind and the bike gets pushed around when its windy or from a tractor trailer.
Someone makes solid discs that attach over the spokes to hide them and give the apperance of solid wheels, but you'd have to shop for themThe real question is:
Where can one buy solid rims for a Vulcan (1500)
A fatboy front wheel is fairly light, it's really hollow inside. On the rear, yes it don't matter much at all, especailly for thoughs like me who have saddlebags.I'd be more concerned with the difference in unsprung weight and the effect on the ride than wind hitting a solid wheel. The 900 solid rear wheel isn't a wind problem cuz it's surrounded on both sides by things to break up the wind.