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I have heard that A belly pan can help handling . On a bike the size of a 1500 I don't see how it could make that much of a difference , could someone explain ?
 

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I'm in the same boat as you.

I never used a belly pan, and the bike handles great with out one down there cluttering up the bike and in the way when I want to change oil.

And, I'm a bit hard pressed to see how something that small, and that low to the ground can make any difference in the handling of the bike.

In cross winds, I just let the bike do what it is supposed to do. Lean over, it tracks in the same track as it is. I have never had a cross wind push me off the road. I just let the bike do its' thing, and I stay in the track I want.

Much ado me thinks about nothing.

I'm of the camp, if it ain't needed, don't mess with it. No chrome, no dodads to get in the way of washing it. No stickers, no nada. Just nice clean paint, "that's the facts maam" :cooldevil:
 

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I'm kind of with you there John but in the case of a belly pan it does make a difference. Some cars have them for aerodynamics, a ferrari (sp) is completely covered underneath front to back.
 

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i put a skid plate on mine to protect the front of the motor i drive gravel roads all the time so i just took some light weight tin and bolted it to the floor board hook ups it disconnects quickly enough you can tell it works because i usually replace it once a year with all the dents from the big stones that hit it
 

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I put a belly pan on my 1800 for the protection of my oil filter and coolant overflow bottle that are both down where a piece of road debris could ruin a good day.:action:
 

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I put a belly pan on 2 months and 2K ago and noticed a difference once on the highway. The truck "wash" is almost gone. Cross wing still affect the ride. I would guess that the pan stops the "tumble" of wind under the bike by 'straighting " out the wind to create a better track down the road. Auto manufactures do all sorts of "diffuser's and such to create a better straight flow under and over a car.I said it before and will again here...best 35.oo I spent on my bike. Oil changes are not hindered with the two piece under belly and I get debris protection also. I suggest, for 35.00 to invest in one.
 

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Yeah-- I'm a convert -- large improvement on the truck passing wash -- could be the reduction of latteral area catching wind below the bike's COG, or a reduction in 'lift', but the manners of the bike are greatly improved.

The commercially available 2-pc pans are super-fast for oil changes (pull the front part of the pan with qty=3 screws)...

Good for the gravel and inseen debris, but amazing difference in the truck wash. Stability in a cross-wind seems nicer too, kinda like there's less bufeting (I get plenty of crosswind here)
 

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Greggc where did you get your belly pan at for $35.00.
I have been thinking about getting one,would like to find the best deal.
 

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Wingstuff two piece bellypan 37.99
 

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I've had a belly pan on almost since day 1. After seeing a dented oil filter I knew that gravel and a low slung frame were going to have words.

I got a 2-piece one and with a quick twist of the Dzeus fasteners the front piece comes off. Changing oil isn't a problem. Haven't seen the engine temp rise either. Great peace of mind, imo.
 

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While the tensions on the forum aren't quite as high... this seems to be one of those subjects like running Car Tires. Opinions vary and the conversation swings from side to side. Funny, I never hear people touting insurance restrictions against this particular mod... yet... it is a mod.

I have a two piece belly pan from Wing Stuff. That said, I can attest that it DOES effect the aerodynamics of the bike in a positive way. As to the extent, only you can decide that... but in my mind, as limited and clouded as that may be... my belly pan is without question the best $40 I ever spent on my wing... and not for just the increase in stability and handling.



Did this myself, accidentally running the front wheel over a parking stop. I peened out the fold and remounted the thing. There isn't any question in my mind that I could have done serious damage to my engine. I know... I know I should have avoided it... but if your a part-time doofus like me... a little extra protection goes a long way. In addition to the increased handling in the wake of trucks.

Changing the oil... easy, peesy... I remove three pan head screws and the front end of the cover drops off for easy access to the filter. I wouldn't hesitate...
 

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I have one on mine, the 2 piece makes it easy to access the front of the motor for oil filter/change. I did not feel a difference in handling, but I have an 1800. I never got the 1500 because I did not care for its handling, the bike is nice but for that. If the pan helps that on the 1500, I would order it today.
 

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I just put one on my bike and it does help with the buffet from big trucks. The crosswind component is still there but slightly better than before. It's still a big sail in a crosswind. I am in the process of procurring camloc's to change from the sheet metal screws that it comes with. I just hate to think that there is a sharp pointy thing that can fall off directly inline with my back tire.
 

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Got mine for my 1500 from Tulsa: http://www.tulsaenterprises.com/ and I can tell a difference in improved handling on the highway. 2-piece so oil filter changes are easy. Plus, I think it gives the bike a more 'finished' look by sealing up the bottom.
 

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For anyone that has a belly pan mounted....do you (or should you) remove it if you want to raise you bike on a lift? And if so, is that a pain? It seems the front arm of the lift would be somewhere in the middle of the pan.
 

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I do not have sissor jack, I have a ride on lift BUT the Harley type lift still supports from the frame rails and I feel the belly pan being AGAINST those rails would have NO affect on the belly pan. I am guessing here.
 

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I guess one of the reasons I was asking about the handling issues is that after driving a GL1100 for years the handling of my 1500 in any wind is so much better I just wondered how much better colud it get ? I hope you gentlemen are correct because I ordered one from Wingstuff . Just one little issue they wanted about $50 to ship it to Canada so I had it shipped to Calais Maine and a friend of mine is picking it up this weekend (some Canadians love black Friday shopping )
Since it is almost Dec I will not be able to give any of my test results untill spring .
 

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nsjoe wrote:
For anyone that has a belly pan mounted....do you (or should you) remove it if you want to raise you bike on a lift? And if so, is that a pain? It seems the front arm of the lift would be somewhere in the middle of the pan.
I just jack up the bottom of the engine with the belly pan still fitted. It gets bent up a bit against the engine but I don't care as it isn't visible under the engine.
The reason I don't like removing the belly pan is because the exhaust shield nuts that hold it on snap the studs off easily.
 

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What they all said. Big difference when passed by big trucks. Some reduction in cross wind issues. I leave it on when I put it on the lift. I flattens it out a little but I consider that a good thing. If you get one, get the 2 piece version to make oil changes easier.
 
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