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Was asked to start a new thread on this - so here it is.
My lower wind deflectors are my own design.
I fashioned them from the ones off my previous bike.
I started with cardboard and turned the bars to check all clearences.
I started with the Memphis shade brackets but didn't like the look (looked cheap).
The brackets that are on now are from Rifle Windshields and for a 58mm fork.
I bought them with the plexi glass but the plexi wouldn't work ($100 approx).
I have downloaded the template from the forums and I might make ones similer to those
(probably a little bigger.
I also have Kewlmetall Winglets and a 15 inch CeeBaileys windsheild.
I started wilth the 13" CeeBaileys But found I still had the strap my sunglasses on to stop my eyes from bouncing.
I am 6'1" with 34" inseam and have stopped 90-95% of the buffetting.
I Am pleased wth it the way it is now but I would like the windshield to be a little lower as I have a tentency to slouch and when I'm on trips I lean against my bag.
I am waiting for Klockworks to release thier flip windshield and will probably purchase that.
Have attached some pics as well.

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Just one more note on the lowers from Rifle.
Very high quality.
Clamps are billit and rest is chrome.
Plastic chrome caps on bolts.
 

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I was able to buy a set of lowers for the Kawasaki

Nomad for 19 dollars. It looks very similiar to the ones that Vic sells for the Cross Country. To mount them I used these clamps
http://www.clutchandchrome.com/news/news/motus-unveil-new-rides. The total cost was $25.dollars.
I really like the width of your lowers.......they are a little wider than mine. Mine is the poor mans version!
 

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I like the OP's plexiglass design and the Rifleman mounts. I disagree about the Memphis Shade mounts looking cheap though. I think they are a quality product. I'm just glad there are choices since we all have our "druthers". :)
 

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Let me repharse that "look cheap".
They just did not have any shine to them.
The Rifle's are high polished aluninum and chrome.
But they are also twice the cost.
Just looks a little nicer IMO.
 

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Was asked to start a new thread on this - so here it is.
My lower wind deflectors are my own design.
I fashioned them from the ones off my previous bike.
I started with cardboard and turned the bars to check all clearences.
I started with the Memphis shade brackets but didn't like the look (looked cheap).
The brackets that are on now are from Rifle Windshields and for a 58mm fork.
I bought them with the plexi glass but the plexi wouldn't work ($100 approx).
I have downloaded the template from the forums and I might make ones similer to those
(probably a little bigger.
I also have Kewlmetall Winglets and a 15 inch CeeBaileys windsheild.
I started wilth the 13" CeeBaileys But found I still had the strap my sunglasses on to stop my eyes from bouncing.
I am 6'1" with 34" inseam and have stopped 90-95% of the buffetting.
I Am pleased wth it the way it is now but I would like the windshield to be a little lower as I have a tentency to slouch and when I'm on trips I lean against my bag.
I am waiting for Klockworks to release thier flip windshield and will probably purchase that.
Have attached some pics as well.

Randy
So, are you taking orders?
 

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So, are you taking orders?
Hey WllDawgz,
That post was a long time ago.
I have since downloaded a template off one of the forums and modified that by making them longer and wider.
Still works great but the windshield is still too high.
I got the KlockWerks shield (only 2"s taller than stock) and I would say it needs to be about 2" higher for my hieght.
I am now waiting on lower close outs by JDT Cycle Parts so I can try that with the KlockWerks shield.
If this works I think I will have the best of both worlds by looking over the shield and have no helmet and sunglass shake.
Sorry got long winded, also no plans to start making lowers.
Randy
 

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JTD Cycle Parts Lowers

I've been bothering JTD Cycle Parts for quite some time and have some good new. John Motani sent me a picture today of the shell along with the following information:


The project is coming along great but turned much bigger than first anticipated. I am still hoping to release in May. I have attached a photo to give you a preview. I have decided to release the product as base units and each rider can add options that will be preinstalled by me for a plug and play product. Each base unit will be lower fairing with vents and mounting hardware. Each rider will be able to add lockable storage compartments, pre-wired and installed Polk Audio 4x6 speakers and add also LED spot lights and turn signals. Wiring harness kit will be pre-assembled for plug and play from bike to lower fairings.I am working on the compartment molds now which is the last item to do before I start setting up fabrication lines. I expect setting up fabrications lines to take a couple weeks on their own. They are the most important considering I need to reduce as much labor cost as possible which will mean a lot to you and everyone else in price. So I still have my work cut out for me.

On the other hand I feel very good with the design. I feel like I really captured the bike and the bars. What do you think? You can share. I am kicking my butt as fast as the old man can. Unfortunately it took longer getting vendor approval for Polk to sell speaker to before I could finish compartment design and now molds. Research just finding screws is a B#$&CH !!! And then it's beating their A---s down in price that counts. uuggggg! I which there were about 3 more of me, if you know what I mean. Any way it as great to hear from you and let everyone know it is coming soon.


If anyone is interested in being placed on the pre-notify list or has any questions please send an email to [email protected]. John will be doing a pre-release sell so he can handle the start up production.

CrossBikeLowers.jpg
 

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I like it too! Now the proof is always in the pudding (if I got that saying right) so I'm looking forward to hearing from those first folks who buy them and get some of the hot Summer wind through them to find out if they work better than the factory lowers for heat on the lower legs. I sure hope so. They look cool. Futuristic to fit the rest of the XC's lines. :)

I have always liked the forged "wing" crash bars and having some lowers that work with them would be great. Heck, if the price is right, it might be worth it for us desert rats to change out from the factory lowers to these during the Summer months. Guess we will just have to wait and see what everyone says...

I'm in the process of building a small paint booth so maybe I can buy them raw and paint 'em myself to save some bucks. A nice match up would be the side panels of the chin fairing all in the same color as the the rest of the bike. I think it would really come together sweet that way.

The only thing I could think of to add to this would be some kind of wind management for the wind that comes off the top of the forged bars. Maybe the Kewlmetal winglets would be the correct part for that.
 

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Thanks ammo, appreciate you keeping us posted. You ought to start a new thread with this info. It would probably reach more people. Have been waiting on this for a long time. Seems like the wait will be worth it.
 

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Rking,
I considered starting a new thread but "Wind Management" made sense and I didn't want to spread things around too much. We all know there are numerous threads on here with the same subject so I try to stick to the KISS concept (keep it simple stupid)!

Also note that someone on another forum I posted this on mentioned that he went to the website and didn't see more pictures. Rather than saying "duh, they are pre-production" I emailed John at JTD again. John responded back saying we'll see everything in May and didn't send more pics. I get it, he's working on a new product and wants to avoid cut rate cloners so hopefully all of you get it too. We are closing in on completion so we just need to be patient for a little while longer!
 

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Rking,
I considered starting a new thread but "Wind Management" made sense and I didn't want to spread things around too much. We all know there are numerous threads on here with the same subject so I try to stick to the KISS concept (keep it simple stupid)!

Also note that someone on another forum I posted this on mentioned that he went to the website and didn't see more pictures. Rather than saying "duh, they are pre-production" I emailed John at JTD again. John responded back saying we'll see everything in May and didn't send more pics. I get it, he's working on a new product and wants to avoid cut rate cloners so hopefully all of you get it too. We are closing in on completion so we just need to be patient for a little while longer!
I understand. I'm just pleased as punch that this is going into production. Again, thanks for posting!
 

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I heard a rumor on another forum that there are some spy photos. If I can get ahold of them I'll add them to the thread.
 

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did anyone ever try re-shaping the plastic tops of the forged bars to angle down instead of up? if you look at the shape, it grabs the air and shoots it up around the tank. I was looking at it tonight while replacing my clutch cable. Has anyone tried it? I'm thinking of taking off the plastic covers and going for a ride to see.
 

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Wiccrider,
If the goal of reshaping the covers is to divert air or decrease buffeting all anyone is going to get out of their work is a mess. There have been a few people (including KevinX) that have removed their forged bars and reported zero difference in wind management.
 

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Wiccrider,
If the goal of reshaping the covers is to divert air or decrease buffeting all anyone is going to get out of their work is a mess. There have been a few people (including KevinX) that have removed their forged bars and reported zero difference in wind management.
He also doesn't use fork lowers but we know those do work. His bike is a combination of aesthetics and function so sometimes function gives it up for the aesthetics which is completely understandable.

I've run without the forged bars but did have the sjavera fork lowers on. That combination with the newer available lower Victory fairing winglets takes care of the lower wind management.

I rode a couple hundred miles in some heat over 100 ambient yesterday which puts the temps on the blacktop about 7 degrees higher than ambient. The factory lowers need to come off when the temps get over 100 (for me anyway). I'll be doing that asap and will hold off on putting the fork lowers on to see if the fairing winglets are enough to handle the lower wind. It would be nice if they aren't needed.

At about the time I need to do an oil change because I need to pull the oil filter to pull the exhaust; I'll do the pipe wrap and see it if allows me to run the factory lowers when over 100.
 

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Bbob,
Word has it Broe or somene else posted spy photos of the JTD lowers on the VM place. Can you see if you can find them and post copies on here?
 

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Bbob,
Word has it Broe or somene else posted spy photos of the JTD lowers on the VM place. Can you see if you can find them and post copies on here?
Here ya go.

 

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Nomad for 19 dollars. It looks very similiar to the ones that Vic sells for the Cross Country. To mount them I used these clamps
http://www.clutchandchrome.com/news/news/motus-unveil-new-rides. The total cost was $25.dollars.
I really like the width of your lowers.......they are a little wider than mine. Mine is the poor mans version!
I made my lowers for my Honda VTX from plastic they gave me for free out of the scrap bin at Lowes.:D Of course I paid for the angle aluminum, cushion clamps, and bolts.

I've moved them to my XC and they work well but I'm designing a new set without the turnsignal cut out that I needed for the VTX.

I used a black spray tint on them and I think it made them blend in better. I'm gonna try using a tinted film on the new ones instead of the spray.

 
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