New Cee Baileys Lowers - no buffeting
OK, I am one of those who think buffeting on the XC is terrible. Not all seem to experience it, but I do big time. I do occasional testing for Cee Baileys, I let them use my bikes, I get free shields (I have NO other financial interest in Cee Baileys). I will separately post later, but I have cured the buffeting with tall shields, including CB's new "cone of silence". However, these are tall "see thru" shields which aren't that aesthetically pleasing, at least to me. I did find that the factory close outs worked wonders for eliminating buffeting (I now have a pair for sale) but they look kinda micky mouse to me. I also tried the fasctory fork mounted deflectors (also for sale) which helped but didn't eliminate the issue. So, I petitioned CB to make some professional looking lowers similar in concpt to the Closeouts, but with some adjustability, etc. After they rode my XC, testing windshields, they agreed.
Following is a preliminary review of these new lowers. Since I travel a lot, I have loaned them my XC for weeks ata time in order to facillitate the design and manufacture. These are polycarbonate shields ( or whatever windshields are made of) which fit inside the factory crashbars. From the pics you can see an hour glass looking piece of metal which bolts to the existing holes (for additional pegs I believe). Then, the shield is bolted to the brace. As I understand it, the shields will be offered in dark smoke (which I have) or clear, or other tints. The brace will tilt maybe a 1/2 ", and you can see this from the pictures. The deflector on the left (looking at the bike from the front) is tilted out, the other tilted in. I also took a couple pics from the top so you can see the difference.The purpose is to allow some airflow when hot. Joe also plans to make a "summer" shield (i.e. maybe an inch or two shorter at the top and/or bottom) to allow even more air flow in the heat. I will test this in a few weeks (I am going out of town for four weeks this Sunday). On this test I wore a 3/4 helmet. Since I have found that helnets seem to have a bif influence on perceived buffeting I also tried a 1/2 helmet.Lots of wind but no buffeting, although I have found that 1/2 helmets are generally better re: buffeting. I will try to test tomorrow with a full face helmet.
I have tested these deflectors with Cee Baileys' 9" shorty shield pictured, maybe 200 miles, 1/2 on the freeway at 75-80. The lowers, for me, really, really improve the buffeting!! Plus, they look great..typical CB quality. I have not had a chance to test them in really hot weather yet (It is 82 degrees in SoCal as I type this) but I suspect with in town riding at 90+ there might be a little heat on the legs, but I am used to my Harley's and it can't ever get that bad!
I don't have any idea what the price will be, the one pictured is a near finished prototype. I don't think it is on their website yet. If you are interested call Cee Bailey's and ask for Joe, tell him Greg Benner sent you.
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