wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500


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wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby DougR » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:44 pm



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I have a 1990 GL 1500. I would like to purchase some wind deflectors for my passenger's knees. Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby Sagebrush » Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:06 pm

Baker air wings with uppers will do the job. Here is the manufacturer's web site. They are especially effective if you also install the hand wings. Many vendors sell these so you might be able to find a better deal.
http://www.bakerbuilt.com/bbairwings/page36.html

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby DougR » Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:56 pm

Do you recommend the "New Generation" or "Original" Air wings?

How do they install? Is it difficult? The Baker website is conflicting...it says "Deflector and bracket choices are listed below." Couldn't find any link below to bracket choices. Then the page said "NOTE: No Drilling Required on GL1500 GOLD WING®." but the installation vids are for newer wings. Mine is a 1500 so I am curious about installation method if you happen to know.

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:13 pm

DougR wrote:Do you recommend the "New Generation" or "Original" Air wings?

How do they install? Is it difficult? The Baker website is conflicting...it says "Deflector and bracket choices are listed below." Couldn't find any link below to bracket choices. Then the page said "NOTE: No Drilling Required on GL1500 GOLD WING®." but the installation vids are for newer wings. Mine is a 1500 so I am curious about installation method if you happen to know.

Thank you


I have the wind wings and hand wings on my 1500. The wind wings mount using the screws that hold the upper part of the main fairing in place, just behind the pockets (you can see the mounting screws if you remove the fairing pockets).

The hand wings, which make a TREMENDOUS difference, mount with a screw clamp to the underside of the mirrors.

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby DougR » Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:28 pm

You said the hand wings make a tremendous difference... for you or your passenger?

I stay warm, but I need to block wind for my passenger.

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:37 pm

DougR wrote:You said the hand wings make a tremendous difference... for you or your passenger?

I stay warm, but I need to block wind for my passenger.


The hand wings make a huge difference for me. More in the summer, for getting massive amounts of cooling air on me.

The best thing for reducing passenger wind is a tall, wide windshield.

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby Dusty Boots » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:18 am

The Baker Built Wind Wings install easily on the 1500 and do not require any drilling. There are 2 screw attachment points.
One under the fairing pocket and the other where the lower fairing trim attachment point is.
They (along with the Hand Wings) are great for bringing cooling air in the summer.
I can't comment on how effective they are for passengers as I ride solo 98% of the time





BTW .... If you decide to purchase them, get the 'New Generation' ones as they will hold up better to cracking/becoming brittle from the UV rays

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:43 am

Ah, I forgot - my hand wings are Baker, but my wind wings are actually Show Chrome, not Baker: http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_wind_wings/214





They do not have the rails that go down the side, they mount entirely on the top, and have almost no visible bracketry.

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:49 am

Ride with your knees out!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby Mag » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:16 am

RBGERSON wrote:Ride with your knees out!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:



lol....I was thinking that reading through the posts. I had an advantage....I had a short wife, so her legs would tuck right behind me, and she only felt buffeting on very strong winds (over Altamont pass in CA Bay Area (Livermore wind farm)...

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby DougR » Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:56 pm

lol Yes I put my legs out to shelter her but I'd rather adjust some wings that aren't connected to me.

I also saw Tulsa has "Hon GL 1500 Fairing Air Deflectors" part number W25010, for $33. That is a lot less than Baker Built.

Anyone try the Tulsa's? I am solely looking to shelter my wife's knees from wind.

Thanks

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby nitefuzz » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:19 pm

was thinking about putting some wind deflectors on my 1500, sounds like it is something I should do.

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby tfdeputydawg » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:44 am

IMO, how well these devices work largely depends on the speed you ride and what direction the prevailing wind is hitting you from.
I have all the Baker products on my trike and they perform satisfactory for me as the rider.
The hand wings for whatever reason "helped" my wife w/buffeting the most. However, there is not a lot can be done for the passenger as I believe these Wings are designed to have a air pocket for the rider at normacruisingng speed and this pocket does not envelope the passenger.

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby DougR » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:13 pm

Thanks for your thoughts on it.

I don't like the look of them, and the one main wings (not ones below the mirror) look like they will block my knee when I am by myself powering through the twisties.

I read on this forum that the best way to protect the passenger is with a taller and wider windshield. But I am trying to keep the wind off the passenger knees, so I don't think the windshield will help.

If the wings don't block my knees when I'm leaning in by myself, I'll likely buy them. The Tulsa/All American Products devices are much cheaper than the Baker's so I'll research those a bit more. I would think they affix just like Bakers, and if so, maybe buy them. I think I would want dark tint wings and black hardware

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby liquineer » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:06 pm

There is a video on http://bakerbuilt.com/bbairwings/index.htm that shows the effectiveness of adding the various Baker wings- that might help you.
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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby DougR » Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:22 am

I got my wing back from the shop and took some on-ramps "at speed". I think my knees will hit the wind deflectors.

Poll question
What is more important, protecting my wife's knees from wind or keeping the lane open for me knee?

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:21 pm

The only time my knees (6'-34" inseam) come anywhere close to them (Chrome Ball on the bottom of the mount) is when I have my legs stretched out and feet on my highway pegs.
Otherwise, there is plenty of room. I even have a water bottle holster attached to the mounting bracket and it sits/rides behind the lower wind wings and I still have plenty of room.





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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby Firea100 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:20 pm

The Show Chrome set have a real clean look to them.

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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby Bigbiker0 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:31 am

Why not a good leather chaps to solve your passenger prob.
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Re: wind deflectors for passenger knees... 1990 1500

Postby DougR » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:49 am

She has leather chapps. Maybe I'll look into some electric knee pads!




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