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Function of fairing extenders
« on: May 21, 2015, 02:08:56 pm »
I bought fairing extenders to help protect from the cold during winter riding and they work great.  Now, as warm weather approaches, I'm ready to remove them.  However, as my brother (a fellow biker) and I were talking last night, he pointed to the large vent hole in the lower fairing and asked, "isn't that where the radiator and engine heat vents?".  I assume yes, and he continued, "Wouldn't it be better to have the extender there to deflect the hot air away from you?".

Hmm.. not sure.  So there are three options.  1) Leave the extenders on  2) Replace them with the stock "wings"  or 3) Take the extenders off and leave the fairing "naked".  Any one have an opinion on the optimal configuration for beating the heat?
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2015, 02:49:32 pm »
At the very least, take the extenders off.  You'll be much cooler.  I've left the scoops off of mine, mostly because I like how it looks without them.
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2015, 03:09:06 pm »
I fabricated a pair of adjustable wings similar to Baker Air Wings used on larger touring bikes.

I like having 'on the fly' tunable options. 

In Michigan we can see temps from 40F to mid 80's in one day.  Temps also drop quite a bit if you're riding along side one of the Great Lakes.

For reference, I have the largest Cee Bailey shield and also will use Brian's Heat Shields in the hottest part of the year (to keep from baking my shins) and the wind wings really help in both cold and hot conditions

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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2015, 05:03:56 pm »
They help with the rain too, I leave mine on all year.
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2015, 06:01:10 pm »
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I leave mine on all year also. We get the four seasons here in Northern California and it can get hot. But the reason I like them is they "seem" to make the bike more stable in windy conditions or when passing big trucks.
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2015, 08:50:07 pm »
 I flip over the stock wings in the summer and it really helps around the boot area, Took me two years to figure that one out. :-[
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2015, 12:37:32 am »
The extenders punch a much bigger hole in the air. They create a sort of vaccum behind them, and much of the air that fills this vacuum comes from the engine.
I take them off as the wether turns warmer, and put back the scoops in front of my feet.
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2015, 02:58:16 am »
I flip over the stock wings in the summer and it really helps around the boot area, Took me two years to figure that one out. :-[

We must have gone to the same school, cuz it took me about as long to figure that out too.

Definitely helps with the lower leg area, at least.
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2015, 10:25:38 am »
I flip over the stock wings in the summer and it really helps around the boot area, Took me two years to figure that one out. :-[

We must have gone to the same school, cuz it took me about as long to figure that out too.

Definitely helps with the lower leg area, at least.
Well, the stock "wings" are supposed to be scoops, if the dealer installed them correctly.  They're supposed to bring cool air into your feet and lower legs.  Switching sides and flipping them over into air deflectors is a "feature" to deflect some air away from your feet in cooler weather.  (I believe there is some debate as to whether this feature was designed intentionally)
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2015, 09:14:28 pm »
I flip over the stock wings in the summer and it really helps around the boot area, Took me two years to figure that one out. :-[

We must have gone to the same school, cuz it took me about as long to figure that out too.

Definitely helps with the lower leg area, at least.
               

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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2015, 10:06:29 pm »
I flip over the stock wings in the summer and it really helps around the boot area, Took me two years to figure that one out. :-[

We must have gone to the same school, cuz it took me about as long to figure that out too.

Definitely helps with the lower leg area, at least.

Only took 1 - 100+ degree day to figure it out. I now swap in/out in spring/fall.
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2015, 01:43:24 am »
embrace the heat  :)
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2015, 01:06:55 pm »
I just flipped mine over now that it's getting warmer here in Minnesota. Felt good this morning to get some cool air on the boots without having to position the feet on the very end of the pegs.
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2015, 12:49:48 am »
Well since you are referring to my old bike. I found that it handled best with out those stupid little black wings that come with the bike. I found they tend to make the bike "dance" more on the freeway.. The cold weather wings that were on there make a huge difference. I got them in August one year and had to try them out..Big mistake it was like a sauna on that thing in traffic..(well Florida in august is a sauna hahahaha) From about May until October i left all the wings off..We have a long a** summer here.. :))

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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2015, 11:01:57 am »
Well since you are referring to my old bike. I found that it handled best with out those stupid little black wings that come with the bike.

Actually, I was referring to both bikes.  I have the same set up on "mine".  I pulled the fairing extenders and put the scoops on in the "summer" position.  I haven't noticed any change in handling, but from my first few rides of the new hot season I also can't tell that they are doing anything to help.  I've decided to pull them off since I think the bike looks better without them.
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2015, 07:16:35 pm »
I just flipped mine over now that it's getting warmer here in Minnesota. Felt good this morning to get some cool air on the boots without having to position the feet on the very end of the pegs.

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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2015, 02:33:06 pm »
Do the scoops assist air movement through the fairing as well as direct air onto the boots?
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2015, 04:16:27 pm »
Do the scoops assist air movement through the fairing as well as direct air onto the boots?

Not as far as I can tell. I'm not even sure they direct much air onto the boots. I suppose I should test them someday by riding for a while and then taking them off and riding the same route again to see if I can notice a difference. The hotter the ambient temperature, the less effective they will be, I'm guessing.
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Re: Function of fairing extenders
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2015, 09:06:17 pm »
They help with the rain too, I leave mine on all year.
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