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Baker Wings ??
« on: October 23, 2011, 08:54:13 pm »
Since I ride well into the months where many do not because of temperature dropping into the 30s ... I'm thinking of installing the Baker Wings. 

I've got some heated clothing and have used it for over a decade.  Works great, but still wonder if using Baker Wings for winter and summer would make riding in full gear a bit cooler in summer, and warmer in winter.

Anyway, wondering if any one has installed Baker Wings (the ones that go on the sides of the bike, not the mirrors)?  I know some (maybe all) will think that these add on's are less than attractive ... that may be, but I'm into more of a comfort zone than a "gee, don't I look kewl" mode.  I seldom look kewl.

Anyone install these on a '09 or newer bike?

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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2011, 09:20:31 pm »
Lots of guys have used the Baker air wings on the sides of their bikes fairings. They make a huge difference in warmth in the winter and cooling in the summer. Although a lot of people are not thrilled about drilling holes in their bike to mount them. And yes, I have seen the air wings on a C14.

I used the Baker hand wings myself. But that's not what your asking about.

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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2011, 09:47:23 pm »
Have you looked at the Kawi UK ones Bagger? There are dealers over there that will ship to the US.

http://www.kawasaki.co.uk/accessory.asp?Id=340DE463DDF&MId=1400GTR
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2011, 09:50:59 pm »
Have you looked at the Kawi UK ones Bagger? There are dealers over there that will ship to the US.

http://www.kawasaki.co.uk/accessory.asp?Id=340DE463DDF&MId=1400GTR


Maybe a bit 'less ugly', but don't appear to be adjustable for summer/winter riding temperature differences.  Plus, you're still drilling a bunch of holes in the faring.

Nice faring colour, tho ..... I'd love to have a Kawa green CTR/C14 !
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2011, 09:53:20 pm »
Have you looked at the Kawi UK ones Bagger? There are dealers over there that will ship to the US.

http://www.kawasaki.co.uk/accessory.asp?Id=340DE463DDF&MId=1400GTR



They look like they would work for the cooler weather. But they would work against you in the summer. The Bakers being movable allow to be closed to direct air away in the cold. And opened in the heat to pull in air. But the Bakers might not look as good.

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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2011, 09:55:09 pm »
Plus, you can remove the Baker's and just show the 2 dark black screw covers.  The Brit deals would require more to 'cover' the holes ... or just have black screws?
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2011, 10:13:14 pm »
just giving options for ya...  :beerchug:
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2011, 10:14:57 pm »
just giving options for ya...  :beerchug:

And, I always appreciate your input, ZG.  You're pretty much ahead of the curve most of the time here.   :beerchug:
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2011, 10:28:05 pm »
just giving options for ya...  :beerchug:

And, I always appreciate your input, ZG.  You're pretty much ahead of the curve most of the time here.   :beerchug:

Thanks bro!  :beerchug:
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2011, 10:38:55 pm »
If it makes a difference, I ride deep into the cold, at least down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.  I ride with a Tourmaster jacket with liner and carhart overalls.  I have gantlet gloves with a windbreaker cover over them. 

The gloves can be seen at http://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/product.php?productid=109&cat=9

The cover that goes on them makes it kind of hard to have a good feel of the brake or clutch lever but they are remarkable warm.

To keep the wind off the hands another person here has suggest ProjektD hand wings http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=178

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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2011, 10:48:12 pm »
If it makes a difference, I ride deep into the cold, at least down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.  I ride with a Tourmaster jacket with liner and carhart overalls.  I have gantlet gloves with a windbreaker cover over them. 

The gloves can be seen at http://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/product.php?productid=109&cat=9

The cover that goes on them makes it kind of hard to have a good feel of the brake or clutch lever but they are remarkable warm.

To keep the wind off the hands another person here has suggest ProjektD hand wings http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=178


I read you there.  I have to tell you that riding with "electric gear" far exceeds the Michelin Boy look I've had in the past.

I can have a long sleeve tee shirt on ... followed with a heated Gerbing jacket liner with just my normal Joe Rocket leather armored jacket on and be toasty.

I've switched to a Cycleport jacket with liner and Gerbing liner recently .. and, it's more bulky than the Joe Rocket, but it's better protection.

Gerbing pant's liners along with sox and gloves .... full face helmet with a balaclava from Cabela's ... and I"m good to go for most of the winter.

Somewhat pricey, but I've had this gear for a decade on my Wing with dual rheostats and BMW plug ins on the faring.  Works perfect.  And, if it's less cold ... a heated vest (Aeorstich clearance) works fine.   And, I can plug this stuff into the Connie, too.  I have a portable dual tune box that runs the same/same stuff on the C14 as on the Wing ... just removable and stuffed into my tank bag.
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2011, 11:04:38 pm »
I read you there.  I have to tell you that riding with "electric gear" far exceeds the Michelin Boy look I've had in the past.

I can have a long sleeve tee shirt on ... followed with a heated Gerbing jacket liner with just my normal Joe Rocket leather armored jacket on and be toasty.

I've switched to a Cycleport jacket with liner and Gerbing liner recently .. and, it's more bulky than the Joe Rocket, but it's better protection.

Gerbing pant's liners along with sox and gloves .... full face helmet with a balaclava from Cabela's ... and I"m good to go for most of the winter.

Somewhat pricey, but I've had this gear for a decade on my Wing with dual rheostats and BMW plug ins on the faring.  Works perfect.  And, if it's less cold ... a heated vest (Aeorstich clearance) works fine.   And, I can plug this stuff into the Connie, too.  I have a portable dual tune box that runs the same/same stuff on the C14 as on the Wing ... just removable and stuffed into my tank bag.

I suppose if I was riding further than just to work, it would be worth the time and money to get the heated stuff.  I have been pretty successful with this setup.  Only had a few mornings of cold toes.

I have considered the heated Corbin but there are several posts about the Corbin being very hard. Additionally, I am struggling with a buzz in the handlebars that makes riding less than fun.  Until I get that worked out I will not be getting anything new for the bike.
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2011, 11:17:28 pm »
I fully understand, ACR .... I never ride to work (7 miles) and typically my rides start at around 100 miles.  I like to spend 2.5-3 hours on the back roads looking at the changing landscape.  If I don't wear electrics after 45*, I freeze my saggy butt.
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2011, 09:26:48 pm »
I hooked up the Baker Wings this afternoon.  Took about 30 minutes.  And, I don' think they are really all that ugly.

Went for a ride ... and altho it was 55* (F), I was pretty comfy with just some over leather pants/leather jacket for an hour.

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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2011, 10:09:02 pm »
No they don't look too bad. But they do look dirty already. Probably just a reflection.

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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2011, 10:11:28 pm »
No they don't look too bad. But they do look dirty already.  :))

I don't know why they look all that filthy .... they don't look that bad in person.  The bike was dirty when I hooked 'em up, tho.
Must be some sort of crap from the engraving process and Baker didn't blow it off.  Neither did I.   :)
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2011, 12:57:28 am »
I like that I can see your mug in the reflection of that 1st pic!  ^-^ :beerchug:
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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2011, 09:26:35 am »
I like that I can see your mug in the reflection of that 1st pic!  ^-^ :beerchug:

Actually .... the reflection is much like the shroud of Turin.  I never noticed that faint image before.   ;)
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2011, 03:39:25 am »
You don't have to drill anything with the OEM wings.  Installed them when I picked up my 2010.

And they work extremely well.

As for heated gear, I run with the Tourmaster heated jacket, chaps and gloves.  Upper 30's and I was toasty.
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Re: Baker Wings ??
« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2011, 03:00:53 pm »
I know you wanted info on the Baker wings other than those for hands, but I thought I'd add my two cents to add to and/or reinforce what has been said.  I ride my 09 connie all year round in Kansas.  Yesterday I road in mid 20 degree temps...usually the only thing that keeps me from riding is ice.  To get to the point, I road my first year without Baker hand wings and I had many 50 mile rides into work when the temps were in the 20's that the tips of my thumbs were completely numb.  I installed the hand wings in early spring after that first winter and have never had numb thumbs since...and none of my other riding gear has changed...so the related result had to be from the hand wings.

Sorry I can't add any info on the other Baker wings for legs and all, which you are interested in, but frankly I'd suspect they work because they use the same principle as the hand wings.
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