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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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I'm in the northeast and got caught in some T-storms on the ride home from work today. I must say that I am totally impressed with the protection that the fairing on my XC offers. I rode 25 miles in on and off rain and hail and the only part of me that got wet was from my knees to my shoes. I am very happy!! I do have the Klockwerks windsheild and believe that this helped also. I dont even think my glasses got wet. SWEET!!!! I have about 3400 miles so far and absolutely love this bike. 2012 XC
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I am just over the RI border in CT...we didnt have a single drop of rain today...let alone hail...


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I'm in the northeast and got caught in some T-storms on the ride home from work today. I must say that I am totally impressed with the protection that the fairing on my XC offers. I rode 25 miles in on and off rain and hail and the only part of me that got wet was from my knees to my shoes. I am very happy!! I do have the Klockwerks windsheild and believe that this helped also. I dont even think my glasses got wet. SWEET!!!! I have about 3400 miles so far and absolutely love this bike. 2012 XC
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I rode home in a thunder storm from Cleveland to Toledo and my face shield on my helmet was soaked. I have the Ness Flip windscreen so I have to believe your windshield played a large part in your praise. While I appreciate my fairing, I cannot claim the same satisfaction you seem to have.

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I am just over the RI border in CT...we didnt have a single drop of rain today...let alone hail...
9secondsflat, I live in cranston and we only got a few drops. I work in Mass and ride home on 295 south. Most of the rain was in Mass and northern RI. Getting wet is still better than driving a cage. I have a 60 mile round trip every day and I havent even started my truck in almost three weeks.
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Now if you had the soft lowers in play that slip over the forged bars you would be next to bone dry. They are well worth the $$'s and descretely stow away in one of the saddlebags taking hardley any room.
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Now if you had the soft lowers in play that slip over the forged bars you would be next to bone dry. They are well worth the $$'s and descretely stow away in one of the saddlebags taking hardley any room.
Which lowers will do that? I would be interested in something that stows in the bags until needed for a long ride.

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I have just 3K miles on my 2012 XC, but most of those were in the rain here in the 'not so sunny' Northwest. I bought the soft lowers and a 1/2 cover from my Vic dealer the day I bought the bike (Christmas Eve). Pretty good use of $130.
In light rain I commute in dress shoes and slacks. In heavier rain I wear rain gear, but still dress shoes. With the soft lowers my feet do not get wet. I cover the bike when parked outside. Both of these parts stow in those huge saddlebags quite easily when not in use.
I have the Klockworks Flipshield which cuts most of the upper rain, and my Scorpion visor catches the rest.
Now that it's warmer and drier, I have removed the lowers (takes about 2 minutes).
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I bought the soft lowers and a 1/2 cover from my Vic dealer the day I bought the bike (Christmas Eve). Pretty good use of $130.
Do you have a photo of the soft lowers on your bike? Do they cover up the entire forged bars? Do they do fairly decent job of controlling the buffeting?

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Do you have a photo of the soft lowers on your bike? Do they cover up the entire forged bars? Do they do fairly decent job of controlling the buffeting?
I have them off at this time and don't have a picture, but when installed they cover the lower 2/3's of the outer support of the forged bars and none of the upper decorative arm of the bar. The inner edge of the lower has a hard strip that actually slips into the outer edge of the chin spoiler. The lower end slips over the lower point of the chin spoiler. The upper strap fits in between the decorative upper and the top support bar. then the outer edge folds around the vertical support. They fill the entire bar area. This makes the soft lowers very effective. I haven't noticed any drop in mileage, but I'm sure there would be some effect at hiway speeds. I wouldn't recommend leaving them on in warm weather.

All in all I have been very pleased with the Victory soft lowers, but I am noticing buffeting now that they are off and I am doing more hiway riding. I am waiting for information from JTDCycles on his new design for hard lowers.

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Here is a pic with the Victory soft lowers on my 2012




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