Radiator deflector reccomendations


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Radiator deflector reccomendations

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Can someone recommend an air deflector that moves the air from the radiator away from your legs? Tired of my knees broiling . Bike is a 2005 1800


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Something like these?
https://www.amazon.com/01-05-HONDA-GL18 ... B002T76Z06
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Not to say there is anything wrong with Showchrome but here are some alternatives:

http://bakerbuiltairwings.com/
https://www.windwings.net/
http://motowing.com/
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Thanks for the input. Of the 3 which would you recommend? The showchromes are cheap and they dont seem as durable. I'd rather spend the money and get some that work and will last.
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I do really like the Wind Wings but I wanted black hardware and went with Baker. I shopped and found a deal thru Chromeworld. On sale plus a holiday discount code if I remember right. They drop shipped direct from Baker. Ended up being too much of a savings to pass up.

There are a couple posts here about install method.

Might as well get the mirror wings while you're at it. Big difference.
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And I forgot. National Cycle sells a similar setup with a ratchet type adjustment so they do not rely as much on the tension of the bolts. My hesitation with that was the life expectancy of the plastic ratchet.
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My preference was an almost full set of BakerBuilt Air Wings.... I have not yet purchased the lower wings.

It was worth the cost to get the quality wings. I purchased the higher grade version for durability and am very satisfied.

My set includes mirror wings and dual wings that mount on fairing about knee height.

Began use on a 5,000 mile journey from Florida to Vermont, up to Niagra Falls, Canada, then a swing through the Midwest and back down to Florida.

The journey put me in extreme heat, quite cold conditions, LOTS of wind, and enough rain and thunderstorms to cause the most avid rider to question why they’re still riding.

The Bakerbuilt Air Wings were life-savers .... reduced heat from radiators when hot & increased heat when cold using lower set on fairing wings, reduce "head buffeting" by having mirror wings, reduce rain impact using main fairing wings, and, increase air flow directly on rider (or passenger) when desired.

I intend to try the lower (foot) wings soon.

I highly recommend going the extra cost for the quality.
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I had wind wings on my 2013, would ride without them. Never had an issue with heat from the radiators.
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The wind wings are great in that they deflect air away when it's cold, and bring air in when it's hot. But for me, the hand wings (the ones that mount on your mirror) make the biggest difference. They deflect a TON of wind in cold weather, and in hot weather, they direct a blast of cooling air right at your chest, where you need it most.
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I really appreciate all the input, thanks wingadmin for posting on the newsletter. Riding in the desert can definitely be fun when it's way over 100 degrees. I've been riding in it for 40 plus years and this 1800 is tough when it's hot, really makes my knees and thighs uncomfortably hot coupled with the blazing sun. I'm thinking the Baker wings are the way to go, I'm ordering the whole upper set, 300 bucks is a bargain I think. Not sure about the foot wings, dont ride much in rain out here. The dark smoke scratch resistant are what I'm getting.
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I think you'll be very happy with those, they make a world of difference and allow you more control over air flow in the cockpit. One thing I will say is if I had it to do all over again, I'd go with the National Cycle set. First, the ratchet system for holding the wings in place works very well. I've had the mirror wings for several years with no issues at all. Second, the mounting brackets are solid one piece units rather than the two piece brackets used by Baker. Because they're one piece, there's no flex or movement in the brackets, keeping the wings in the same location relative to the bike. Beyond that, there's little difference between the two. Enjoy!


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