Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Hybrid Test 1.0, What Buffeting?
I've been dragging my feet for a couple of months on removing my CCT lowers in favor of the Victory forged bars, Victory forged bar highway pegs and JTD Lowers. I had the JTD lowers and the forged bar tops color matched to my CCT about 8 weeks ago. Tonight I removed my right side CCT lower and installed the forged bar and the highway peg without the JTD lower. I wanted to do a standard 'step' test of changing only one thing at a time to evaluate the buffeting differences between the CCT lowers and the forged bars. I've been reading the horror stories of Cross bike buffeting long before I bought my CCT in the Summer of 2013.
So on the right side I have the forged bar with the highway peg going commando, no JTD lower. On the left side I have the full oem CCT lower setup. I greatly enjoy the aesthetics of the forged bar setup. IMHO, these bikes just look 'right' with them. Anyway, a quick 25 mile high speed (80 to 90) highway run produced no buffeting at all. I mean none. I also didn't feel any engine/exhaust heat pooling in front of or behind my right upper leg. The familiar heat pooling was present on my left leg. I didn't even see the familiar red glow of the right exhaust reflecting off the front belt cover. Oh sure, when it rains, my shins would be soaked through in quick order. But my calves won't get hot in 95F+ degree temperatures.
I have a 15" 7jurock windshield on my oem CCT brackets which I've had for a couple of years now. It's the same width, just 3" lower than the oem CCT shield. I was wearing my Shark Evoline ST 3 helmet, in full face mode, which is also standard fare for me. I've also been running the Victory ape handlebars for the last 10K miles.
Tomorrow afternoon the left CCT lower assembly will be removed in favor of the Victory forged bar and Victory forged bar highway peg setup. Both sides will be going commando. Once I fully test the commando version of the forged bar setup, I'll add the JTD lowers for another step in the evaluation process.
I have the Victory billet floorboards with matching billet shift/brake pegs. I also added the matching billet foot pegs in favor of the foot pegs that come standard with the Victory forged bar highway pegs. It's a sweet looking setup for sure. I first tried the pegs in the 'lower' position by installing the left peg bracket on the right side. But it placed the highway peg too close to the foot brake. I was quick to remove the left bracket and install the right bracket on the right side.
More buffeting testing to come.
All the best,
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"That's a beautiful Victory!"
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Who turns Victory into defeat? Polaris Industries, that's who.
2012 Pearl White CCT. Lloyds DR cams, Timing Wheel (+4), Air Filter, 1/4 Turn Throttle Ring, PCV, Tri Oval mufflers, Dyno Tune from Rylan Vos - The Vic Shop: 112/113. Bad Ace Billet tank lifts and Raging Cajun Medium Low & Throaty mufflers added well after the Dyno run.
Last edited by Chattanooga Mark; 08-27-2016 at 11:28 PM.