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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 10-19-2012, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Like to give Tony T. a Big Biker's Wave for posting the DIY instructions for the homemade lowers! I followed his instructions http://www.minneapolis-moline.com/lower.html and came in under $15 on this mod. Wished I had done this long ago - these things make the ride so much more enjoyable - really cuts the wind buffeting.
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post #2 of 68 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 07:15 AM
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Fantastic job! Does it really stop the head buffetIng?
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Fantastic job! Does it really stop the head buffetIng?
They greatly reduce the buffeting, depends on wind speed, direction, etc...

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Absolutely! While testing them out for the first time - got up to hwy speed and realized the shield on my full faced helmet was up. Amazing how much the wind noise is reduced. Funny - the downside now is hearing strange noises I've never heard before - like straps on my carry pack flapping, odd engine noise, etc. !!
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Absolutely! While testing them out for the first time - got up to hwy speed and realized the shield on my full faced helmet was up. Amazing how much the wind noise is reduced. Funny - the downside now is hearing strange noises I've never heard before - like straps on my carry pack flapping, odd engine noise, etc. !!
I also made the home-made lowers, and had the same reaction.

What convinced me to try it was a long ride in 40 degree weather.
I was bundled up nice and warm and with the windshield the ride was comfortable. But I noticed a breeze coming UP my FF helmet. I used my left hand to trace the path of the wind and was surprised to find that it came from under the windshield.

So I made the lowers while visiting relatives (OK, my much more mechanically inclined brother-in-law did most of the work) and the ride home was so much nicer.

I had never ridden a bike with a windshield or lowers before, but now I would not want to ride without them.

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I also made the home-made lowers, and had the same reaction.

What convinced me to try it was a long ride in 40 degree weather.
I was bundled up nice and warm and with the windshield the ride was comfortable. But I noticed a breeze coming UP my FF helmet. I used my left hand to trace the path of the wind and was surprised to find that it came from under the windshield.

So I made the lowers while visiting relatives (OK, my much more mechanically inclined brother-in-law did most of the work) and the ride home was so much nicer.

I had never ridden a bike with a windshield or lowers before, but now I would not want to ride without them.

Rod
Prior to making the lowers I would simulate the effects by placing my boots on top of the crash bar - it changed the airflow making a quieter ride. The actual lowers installed improved the results by another 50%.
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Well you guys have sold me... This is my next project. Did you order the P straps from the same place (Marsh fastners), or did you find them locally? They look great by the way, excellent job!

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Well you guys have sold me... This is my next project. Did you order the P straps from the same place (Marsh fastners), or did you find them locally? They look great by the way, excellent job!
Ordered the #40 - 2 1/2 inch cushion P straps from Marsh. They had a Bin label mix up and kept sending me 3 inch straps until I took a photo and sent it to them. Nice folks to work with -
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This is the best low money mod you can do!! REALLY diminishes wind and improves the ride. I added chrome door edging.
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Ordered the #40 - 2 1/2 inch cushion P straps from Marsh. They had a Bin label mix up and kept sending me 3 inch straps until I took a photo and sent it to them. Nice folks to work with -
Thanks for the info. How wide did you make are the lowers? I ask as I have a lightbar and my turn signals are out wider than stock. So, I would like an idea as I start fabricating a template.

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