Joined: 11 Jul 2004
Location: Southborough, MA
Post subject: "NO MORE FRIED THIGHS!!!"
V-Twin Heat Deflector
I'm not one to jump on the endorsement bandwagon usually, but I wanted to tell everyone about a product John Bergantino tipped me to which has made a surprisingly HUGE impact!
I can't do this without a story, so here it goes...
John (with Linda as backrest, of course! ) and I rode the Iron Butt Saddle-Sore 1000 back in June (one of our new Chapter Members, Nick also rode in that, albeit separately - congrats, Nick!)... June 11th was a VERY hot day and most of the way out I was really feeling the heat! My thighs felt like they were going to blister at one point. John and Linda gave me one of those cabbie-type seat covers (thankx, guys! ) which helped with the heat coming from the seat itself, but not the heat venting off the engine...
About 2 weeks ago, John and I were talking again and I casually mentioned that I'd love to get lower fairing vents like he has - they're sold now on the Küryakyn website, but John was trying to convince me to just take the lowers off. We then discussed what it might be like to have deflectors to pull in the air like they have on BMWs and some of the Rice Burners - John mentioned that he sticks his hand out to the side sometimes (I do, too), and how much air we could be pulling in to help cool off the engine...
Well, I guess John did a google search and found these heat deflectors:
Well, they're not what we were expecting to find, but!!!!!
I received them in about 3 days and they took a total of about 10 minutes to install...
I have to digress here because I happen to have an extremely rare and natural mechanical talent... I can turn any 5 minute project into 2 or 3 hours without any effort at all!
Really, though, once I looked at the pictures on their web and figured out that most of the deflector goes OVER the side cover and not UNDER it, these things literally snap in place with almost no effort at all!
So I rode around with them, and I was absolutely AMAZED!
I thought maybe I was imagining the difference, so I took them off, and sure enough, within about 10 minutes I could feel the head through my jeans!
So, John and I were talking about them again at the Charity Run, and I mentioned how surprised I was. I then popped them off my Ultra and onto his in about 30 seconds, and suggested that he try them for a couple of days to see for himself... The deal was that if he liked them, he could hold on to them for his ride out to Sturgis to see how they handle on the open road and in some real heat.
Well, on Wednesday, at the Chapter meeting, John told me that he was already AMAZED at the difference they made!! So much so that he ordered a new pair to be shipped to me!
Well, they arrived yesterday and since I now know how to pop them on and off, I installed the new pair in about 45 seconds,
( including mounting the Velcro they come with! )
I'm a believer. If you want to see them for yourself, take a look at my bike at the next ride! They come in the plain version like I have, also studded if you have that kind of trim.
A little pricey, but IMHO, well worth the money! I'm surprised Harley hasn't scoffed this idea for themselves!
Thx -- Doc