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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know if the engine guard lowers on a Nomad will work on a
2005 VN1500 Classic FI? I think I need them to help with the bufferring but have found only one place that sells an aftermarket one http://jtdcycleparts.com/Kawasaki_c2.htm for my bike. They look good but I'd like to know if the Nomad will work so I can check salvage yards too.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 10:07 PM
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I made my own lowers for cold weather riding. I took a piece of cardboard and held them up to my crash bars and traced around the outside. I went to Home Depot and bought .093 Lexan and cut the Lexan to the right size. The lowers are clear, you can't even tell they are there by looking. They cut out all the wind too, makes it fantastic for winter riding. Cost me about $12.
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Spoon, that's cool. Do you notice any big difference in handling or fuel mileage at highway speeds ??

Also, I have seen leather or synthetic covers to accomplish the same thing advertised somewhere. Not as nice though....

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I don't really track my mileage, but it wasn't drastic enough to make me take notice... maybe moved me from 45 to 44 mpgs... It was windy the day I used them, so when a big gust hit, I noticed it a little more. I had seen the leather covers but didn't want to spend $80+ on them. I only use them on longer rides in the winter. Honestly, I don't do too many longer rides when its cold!
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How did you secure the Lexan to the engine guard? Do you have pic's
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-10-2012, 07:41 AM
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I used the lexan from Home Depot myself to make fork lowers for my 800 classic. Traced out the shape from te lower corners of my Memphis fats windshield, and mounted them with 2 1/2" conduit clamps from Granger. They have a black coating so they dont scratch the fork covers. Like them so far, sem to cut some of the wind from the top of my thighs.
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Just came back from a test ride and had to take the acrylic engine guard covers off. made the bufferring A LOT worst. Maybe because its so flat, no aerodynamic's.
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Ostbob, That STINKS !!! I hate it when I spend $$ and effort and it comes out bad.

I made some "improved and larger" lowers last year, figured bigger was better .... big mistake. Lots more buffeting. It must be hard to predict what things will do to the air stream. Just a small difference in angle or size can apparently make a huge difference.

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