Cee Baily vs Factory hard lowers
Actually I will compare 5 lowers. I posted this on the other forun as well.
Over the last 8 months or so, my bike has spent many many weeks at Cee Baileys while they worked on different windshields and lowers for the XC (I travel a lot, and live close to their shop). Over the last 12 months I have owned the XC I find I love the bike and have hated the buffeting.
I have tried the Victory fork mounted deflectors, the Victory soft closeouts, the Baker Wings, Several of CBs hard lowers, and yesterday installed the new Victory hard lowers. I have tried them with the new CB Cee Silencer, the Cee Dragon, the factory 10Ē tall and the CB 9Ē shields. I am 5í9Ē, and wear a ĺ helmet.
First of all, an observation about windshields. With all the lowers, I found they work better with a see thru (vs see over) shield. Apparently Victory found the same, as the new Tour has (for most) a see thru shield as well.
For me, the Victory fork deflectors didnít do much, maybe a 2-3 on a scale of 1-10. Cost: $250 or so
The soft closeouts work pretty well, but for me were a little cheesy on such a nice bike. Plus, they hard to put on for someone like me. Hard to rate because of this but a 6-7 for effectiveness. Cost $100
The Baker Wings were OK, but didnít really fit well. Seemed like they were using existing parts, not really made for the XC. Also, I didnít really like the look, although they work super on my Gold Wing (go figure). I would rate them maybe a 4-5 .Cost $225
For me, the CB hard lowers work the best of these four. Absolutely no buffeting with the winter version and a tall shield. I used this combo on a 900 mile 2 day ride and loved it. There are different sizes and for summer/winter, and they have some adjustability. I had no issue with heat, but some do. I originally rated these a 9, but now would say an 8. Biggest issue is lack of vents. Cost $280.
After trying so hard to fix the buffeting I had to try the new factory hard lowers. For me, they are a 10 due to the adjustability of both the vents and the air wings.With everything closed it reminds me of my Gold Wing (with way more character). I have not yet had an opportunity to try them in hot weather (SoCal not cooperating) but the magazine road tests I have read seem to indicate they are fine with temps into the mid 90s. Opening the vents on the freeway sure resulted in lots of air but NO buffeting.Whatís also nice is this can be done while riding. I also like the two compartments, great for my garage door opener. Looks are a subjective thing. I first saw these in person on a white XC and they looked almost too big. On my black bike they donít seem as big, but that may be just because itís mine.
Cost?..well this is the problem. They retail for about $1500 (the lowers, round bars and air wings), plus tax if you get them locally. I got mine for $1200 from Honda Toledo (free shipping), but they are still many times the cost of all the alternatives. I think anyone buying a new XC would be crazy not to get the Tour.
My plan now is see if Joe at CB can make me a smaller shield with the Gold Wing vent.
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