Will the vinyl leather looking wraps around the crash bars work the same? Just dropped a lot of coin for the bike plus the few accessories and hate to drop another grand on the hard lowers......
No , not even a hint of buffeting reduction .... I tried those first ....
As MAGS said, any type of highway bar close out does very little to nothing to reduce buffeting. What those are good for is keeping rain and cold off your boots...which in Texas might not do you much good. Also, if you've been reading the thread, you know that some of the buffeting control options reduce air flow around the engine, which in some cases can make the XC unrideable
in the heat...something you better consider carefully being in Texas. Last year I purchased the Vic hard lowers/fairing deflectors and yes they look great and will 100% kill any buffeting but holy shit! they about killed me in the heat. The first time I used them in the heat on a 90+ degree day I fought it for an hour until I had to get off the bike because I was wretching from heat stroke. This happened to me twice....finally I had to sell the lowers(at a big loss) and move on to other options. My XC has given me "heat issues" with any option that blocked flow, but the hard lowers were the worst.
Up until now the options for buffeting control have been limited to hard lowers or ugly fork mounted options, both of which seriously change the aerodynamics of the XC...the effects can be anything from excess heat build up to front end "sailing"(I also experienced this issue with the larger fork mounted deflectors).
With Diamond Jim's
"tank wings" and jjpilot's
"air dam" there are finally some more discreet options available that get at the source of dirty air flow without blocking more needed flow. So a big thanks to those guys.
I hope threads like this help XC owners find solutions that work for them so they can get on with enjoying all the good points of their bike. As for me, I'm glad after almost two seasons of screwing with this crap and being very
close to getting rid of my XC because of the buffeting and heat... I'm actually looking forward to a few more years it