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Well I was debating on buying the hard lowers. I went to the dealer and looked at them and thought they are nice but not the look I want right now. So then it came down to what I wanted. Something I could take on and off the bike easy, Price, and still wanted a little wind and rain protection. As I was telling the sales guy what I was looking for he Suggested the leather lowers as a great alternative. The price of 100 bucks I couldnt beat that. So I purchased the leather style. I got home installed them in about 45 seconds. I think it tool longer to walk to fridge and get a beer than it did to install.
We left for a long day on the bike yesterday am it was 39 degrees. These worked just as I hoped they would. they kept my legs warmer and helped block some of the wind.
We did 280 miles on the bikes yesterday and I finally reached my break in period. So oil change is Due this week.

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I love the soft lowers makes a great bike even better.

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Yep, I prefer the soft lowers as well. Very easy to slip on and off and takes up little storage space in the bags when not needed.

A good $100 investment.

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Not knowing what they look like soft is great.
Put them in the bottom of the bags and when it rain put them on. Back in the day always had them in my bags a long with my heated jacket. You never know how much you can love having them

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Okay, I know that what I'm about to say is comparing apples to oranges but here's my 2 worth.

I had a set of ballistic nylon lowers for my Electra-Glide and used them exactly twice. Unfortunately both times I used them I wound up on a truck after the engine failed. The first was a top end rod bearing failure and the second was the lower end crank bearing on the left side. First time was at 92k miles and the second at 127k miles on the factory engine.

Can I say beyond a doubt that the disrupted airflow to the engine was the culprit? Nope, not in the least but I'm REALLY paranoid about changing the cooling airflow around motors anymore. I've looked at the soft lowers for my XC but my paranoia is probably going to prevent me from going there.

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Designed & sold by Ma Vic. I'd say no worries.

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Okay, I know that what I'm about to say is comparing apples to oranges but here's my 2 worth.

I had a set of ballistic nylon lowers for my Electra-Glide and used them exactly twice. Unfortunately both times I used them I wound up on a truck after the engine failed. The first was a top end rod bearing failure and the second was the lower end crank bearing on the left side. First time was at 92k miles and the second at 127k miles on the factory engine.

Can I say beyond a doubt that the disrupted airflow to the engine was the culprit? Nope, not in the least but I'm REALLY paranoid about changing the cooling airflow around motors anymore. I've looked at the soft lowers for my XC but my paranoia is probably going to prevent me from going there.
Ah, you're fine Joe. You're on a Victory now. No worries about engines blowing up.
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I went to a "total control" riding class this past Sunday. Class started at 0800 and it was a 2 hour ride to get there so leaving my place at 0530 at about 30 degrees, I wish I had some soft lowers.

I had actually placed an order with some dude on e-bay. Something got mixed up and the order never went through and I never got them.

A buddy got a set for his Indian Chieftain through Sagebrush. He likes them a lot and while I probably don't have much use for them any more this year, I'm going to order a set to have in my bags. Just gotta figure out what I want on them before placing the order.

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Ah, you're fine Joe. You're on a Victory now. No worries about engines blowing up.
I would certainly hope not.

The funny thing is, that old Electra-Glide now exists as a rigid, foot clutch chopper with an 89" 115hp stroker in it that I built the last time the engine puked on me. My brother and I chopped it after I bought my StratoLiner in '06. As usual it's sitting in his garage right now with a once again busted motor.

I guess if anybody asked why I ride a Victory I could show 'em a picture of an empty rigid frame sitting on a lift....

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Soft lowers are a great affordable alternative to the others. The JTD lowers got my thumbs up because they are vented and adjustable for air flow. The JTD's coupled with my Klock windshield eliminated all my buffeting concerns. I have not removed them even during our hot humid Florida summers. I don't feel any more engine heat than before the lowers and since my KMC tune excessive motor heat is a thing of the past.

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