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Old 09-12-2012, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Winter wind blockage - Ultra Classic

So I've got a 2012 Ultra Classic, stock large windscreen, fairing vents, lowers with vents.

Starting to get cooler in the mornings and I'd like to know if there are any options for a little additional wind blockage? Was in the 40's today. The fairing and lowers work great, but there seems to be a good blast of air that flows up between the bottom of the fairing and the top of the lowers, are there any deflectors that would help increase the 'bubble' and get that last bit of wind deflected out and around the rider?
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yep, harley has the deflectors that will deflect the heat of the engine up towards your body in the winter time and will block the heat in the summer time. also many aftermarket dealers carry them, kurakyn carries them also.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply. I have a 2012 Ultra so I've already got the mid frame deflectors, and now that you mention it they're still on so maybe taking them off would help. If you're talking about another kind of deflector that actually redirects hot air up at the rider, I can't find them, could you post a link?

I was thinking that fork mounted lowers might also help, anyone know if there are any that will work on an ultra?
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just leave your motor in stock trim. They run pretty lean and hot from the factory.

Jokes aside...besides heated grips, there's not much you can add to an Ultra. It already has good wind protection. A better investment might be a heated vest or a textile coat with removable fleece liner. I use one with matching pants. Both pieces are waterproof. They eliminate having to carry rain gear and extra clothes on road trips.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There is a deflector that mounts right under the front of the tank. It screws to the bottom of the triple tree. Works very well to manage the chin blast.
Also, get a set of the deflectors that mount on the lower side edge of the batwing. They have adjustable ones and fixed ones. Either will work to make the 'envelope' larger.
You can also install a set of chrome side deflectors that mount on the fork tubes and come on so many Road Kings... NOTE -- The manual will tell you that these chrome deflectors will not fit. And it is true. They will not fit without interfering with your lowers UNLESS you are sooooper careful how you mount them, AND/OR you cut as much as 6" off the bottom of the deflector to allow for the forks to swing side to side.

There you go --- 3 things that are affordable and easy bolt on solutions to cold weather riding ..

FWIW, the triple tree deflector will give the most bang for the buck... The side deflectors and fork deflectors also deliver but the center one is the real deal.

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Old 09-15-2012, 02:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Installed a set of these on my ultra and made a world of difference. No more air coming up from the tank area. It also ended the helmet buffering completely as an added bonus
http://jescustomaccents.com/product....&categoryId=34
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks guys.

I have the adjustable vents on the batwing, they were standard on the 2012 ultra. They work very well.

The main remaining wind comes up around from between the batwing and the lowers, and comes in pretty good right over the lower and up toward my chest. I think the fork tube mounted deflectors in the post above might be the ticket.

Thanks!
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So I've got a 2012 Ultra Classic, stock large windscreen, fairing vents, lowers with vents.

Starting to get cooler in the mornings and I'd like to know if there are any options for a little additional wind blockage? Was in the 40's today. The fairing and lowers work great, but there seems to be a good blast of air that flows up between the bottom of the fairing and the top of the lowers, are there any deflectors that would help increase the 'bubble' and get that last bit of wind deflected out and around the rider?
Go to www.gerbing.com get yourself a heated jacket liner, gloves and adjustable t-stat... you"ll be riding nice n toasty warm!!
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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There is a deflector that mounts right under the front of the tank. It screws to the bottom of the triple tree. Works very well to manage the chin blast.

FWIW, the triple tree deflector will give the most bang for the buck... The side deflectors and fork deflectors also deliver but the center one is the real deal.

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My knee always seems to get the blast.

Is the triple tree deflector a HD product or will I find it somewhere else.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My knee always seems to get the blast.

Is the triple tree deflector a HD product or will I find it somewhere else.
It is called a front fork air baffle and it is an HD product. Part # is 58520-79TC

Another couple of products that I have found very useful in the winter -

Tank Lift- this will further reduce the flow of air up over the top of the tank. Click HERE

LRS Flat Top Recurve windshield. It does a great job of keeping the cold wind off of you. Click HERE
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Believe it or not, OPENING the batwing vents 1/4" will take some of that 'up blast' away and direct it around your body. Seems counter-intuitive, but works.

I have the '12 Limited and it works as well as it did on my '08 Classic.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It is called a front fork air baffle and it is an HD product. Part # is 58520-79TC

Another couple of products that I have found very useful in the winter -

Tank Lift- this will further reduce the flow of air up over the top of the tank. Click HERE

LRS Flat Top Recurve windshield. It does a great job of keeping the cold wind off of you. Click HERE
A customer here at the shop has a butt ugly windshield that wraps around but appears to be very functional for keeping the wind off you. I would only put it on in the winter and even then only on very cold days. The trouble is I have no idea what it is called or who makes it. It extends beyond the left and right edges where the stock shield ends, follows closely along the top edge of the fairing and then curves back on the edges. Looks like it would be effective in keeping the wind off but it is butt ugly. If he comes in anytime soon I will find out what the name of it is and where to get one.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I am going to try add the side deflectors and see if that helps as well. Thanks for the advise guys.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:51 AM   #14 (permalink)
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It is called a front fork air baffle and it is an HD product. Part # is 58520-79TC

Another couple of products that I have found very useful in the winter -

Tank Lift- this will further reduce the flow of air up over the top of the tank. Click HERE

LRS Flat Top Recurve windshield. It does a great job of keeping the cold wind off of you. Click HERE
That part used to be stock equipment. HD fugured a way to get more$$ from us. It works great. Those fork mounted one dont work as well & make the bike butt ugly. I threw mine away.
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I have the fork baffle as well. It may help but your still going to get air between the lowers and fairing. You knees will also get wet when it starts to rain.

I would go for the baffle it can only help. The fork deflectors would be something you may have to take off in the summer.

I ride with chaps and I have Gerbings liner jacket and gauntlet gloves.
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