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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 07-30-2011, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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The round crash bars are $350, the hard lowers $800 and the new wind management deflectors are $150, so $1300 at retail (plus tax). $1050 at Maxims. Not cheap but could be worth it? I had these on my RoadGlide (from Harley they were $650 new), and they worked great.

Be interesting to see how well the whole Vic system works. Any comparos yet?

When do the 2012s get to the dealers? Anyone know?

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What about us long legged folks
Will be interesting to see how you add highway pegs and how they mount
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On of the reasons I like the XC is the design of the forged lowers. Wish Victory made an option for hard lowers that fit those instead of reverting back to typical round bars.

@xcanada - Victory still has the highway pegs that mount to the bottom of the floorboards. I'm like you though and have longer legs so I've gotta go with mine mounted on the bar for a bit more stretching room.

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The round crash bars are $350, the hard lowers $800 and the new wind management deflectors are $150, so $1300 at retail (plus tax). $1050 at Maxims. Not cheap but could be worth it? I had these on my RoadGlide (from Harley they were $650 new), and they worked great.

Be interesting to see how well the whole Vic system works. Any comparos yet?

When do the 2012s get to the dealers? Anyone know?
I'm definitely interested in adding the wind management system to my '10. I prefer the looks of the existing bars but I'm willing to move to the round crash bars to get the deflectors.

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I'm definitely interested in adding the wind management system to my '10. I prefer the looks of the existing bars but I'm willing to move to the round crash bars to get the deflectors.
Baker Air wings mount inside the forged bars for the XC. They manage the wind excellent. I would like to talk to someone who has used the hard closeouts in 90+ degree weather. I know with the air wings if I couldn't open them up in the heat, it would make riding very uncomfortable.

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I'm definitely interested in adding the wind management system to my '10. I prefer the looks of the existing bars but I'm willing to move to the round crash bars to get the deflectors.
Added the Vic fairing mounted wind deflectors to mine yesterday. Not quite as effective as the full lowers I had on, but they also do not seal in all the engine heat. Had a little issue with wind going up my sleeve, but wore my vest today, and it was great. Think my lowers are going to stay on the shelf till winter

BTW I had already removed the highway bars right after I got the bike
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Baker Air wings mount inside the forged bars for the XC. They manage the wind excellent. I would like to talk to someone who has used the hard closeouts in 90+ degree weather. I know with the air wings if I couldn't open them up in the heat, it would make riding very uncomfortable.
I have the Baker Wings as well as the Cee Bailey ones. The Bakers are generic and dont fill the open area and dont really fit all that well, but are less expensive.

Assuming I don't actually buy a 2012, I will buy the Vic hard lowers and deflectors. Current plan (as of today) is to return the Baker Wings. Not knocking them, just not for me.

The Baker Wings would, in my opinion, work excellent in hot weather. I grew up in Phoenix, but now live in SoCal. I just don't ride in really hot weather now.

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You're right on about the Baker's Greg. They are effective in the heat and only provide basic lower leg protection when the wings are turned flat against the wind. Seems to be enough for me personally but we have super mild Winters where it gets over 60o all Winter/fall/spring.

I'm always experimenting though...

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I bought my Bakers for summer use. I have the soft lowers which will provide better wind protection when the weather turns cold. I want to see those hard lowers in person and hear from folks who buy the 2012 Tour model.

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I bought my Bakers for summer use. I have the soft lowers which will provide better wind protection when the weather turns cold. I want to see those hard lowers in person and hear from folks who buy the 2012 Tour model.
Exactly the same thing I am going to do. When winter comes the bakers go on the shelf, and the soft lowers will be on. I also run the Vic oem lowers with the bakers. It works very well for me.

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