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I now have several thousand miles with the Victory forged bars with the JTD inserts. I preferred the forged/JTD setup until it got colder. When it's above 80F, this is a great set-up. The forged/JTD set-up was fine down to about 45F. Depending of coarse on wearing the proper clothing. When it's cold, I wear a set of Cabelas/PolarTech long johns and top under my cloths. I also wear a Freeze Out jacket under my BFC vest. With the stock CCT set-up, this worked perfectly down to 34F. Once the temps get to 32F, I don't ride due to the risk of black ice.

This morning the temps were between 37F and 42F for the first 150 miles. The air was damp which made the cold feel worse. The air stream coming at me between the bottom of the CCT fairing and above the forged bars goes straight onto my knees and then up my legs and onto my torso. Which is fine when it's hot but not so much when it's cold. This is the air the CCT lower fairing air deflectors do such a good job of re-directing. Not being able to use the CCT lower fairing air deflectors means the forged/JTD set-up will be coming off and my CCT lowers set-up going back on. I'll likely go back to the forged/JTD set-up again next Summer once the temps remain above 60F or so.

Also, with the Victory apes my hands are now above the top of the fairing and outside the edges of the windshield. My FreezeOut glove liners and Artic Cat snowmobile gloves are no longer the 'hot' ticket to keep my hands warm. The CCT heated grips easily keep the palm side of my hands warm but the top side of my hands are getting too cold. Time for a new Winter glove set-up I guess.
 
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Yes sir I like my stock bars on my XR. I installed brush guards to help block the wind, the kind they use on dirt bikes. Every little bit of wind protection helps on the hands. Gloves, got a few different pairs, one day I will get some electric heated ones. I still do the old fashion thing when the gloves are not keeping my hands warm. I reach down and litely touch the cylinders with my gloved hands to help warm them up. Stay warm.
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I now have several thousand miles with the Victory forged bars with the JTD inserts. I preferred the forged/JTD setup until it got colder. When it's above 80F, this is a great set-up. The forged/JTD set-up was fine down to about 45F. Depending of coarse on wearing the proper clothing. When it's cold, I wear a set of Cabelas/PolarTech long johns and top under my cloths. I also wear a Freeze Out jacket under my BFC vest. With the stock CCT set-up, this worked perfectly down to 34F. Once the temps get to 32F, I don't ride due to the risk of black ice.

This morning the temps were between 37F and 42F for the first 150 miles. The air was damp which made the cold feel worse. The air stream coming at me between the bottom of the CCT fairing and above the forged bars goes straight onto my knees and then up my legs and onto my torso. Which is fine when it's hot but not so much when it's cold. This is the air the CCT lower fairing air deflectors do such a good job of re-directing. Not being able to use the CCT lower fairing air deflectors means the forged/JTD set-up will be coming off and my CCT lowers set-up going back on. I'll likely go back to the forged/JTD set-up again next Summer once the temps remain above 60F or so.

Also, with the Victory apes my hands are now above the top of the fairing and outside the edges of the windshield. My FreezeOut glove liners and Artic Cat snowmobile gloves are no longer the 'hot' ticket to keep my hands warm. The CCT heated grips easily keep the palm side of my hands warm but the top side of my hands are getting too cold. Time for a new Winter glove set-up I guess.
The Victory close out lower work great for wind protection on forged bars. A little of a hassle to but on. But work great. They are also great in the rain. I use a electric vest in temps below 50. By warming the torso it warms the whole body. The soft lower take up little room in the saddle bag as does the electric vest.
 
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