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I have them on my 97. Work great in the summer heat
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So it seems that the general consensus is that, if you don't mind the looks, they are good. So, I will probably get some new ones once I get the rest of the work on this trike finished.

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So it seems that the general consensus is that, if you don't mind the looks, they are good. So, I will probably get some new ones once I get the rest of the work on this trike finished.

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It really a personal preference. Here in the south east, it gets pretty muggy. Any extra air movement is welcome.
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I have had Baker Air Wings on my 80 1100 Wing, 92 1500 and put them on the 07 1800 shortly after getting it. Now went back to a 99 1500, Air Wings are going on this winter for sure. Got REALLY spoiled with them on the 92.
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I had them on my 30 yo 1200 when I got it . These 1200's generate a lot of engine heat when the fan turns on.

Wind Wings make a tremendous difference on hot summer days.
But....
When these deflectors eventually loosened up. I did a rough calculation, before re-seating the fastening points on the fairing with t-bolts , imbedded in 2 layers of epoxy.( on the inside ). The fairing had cracked and broken around the fastening bolts .

At 100 MPH. the breakaway force is quite considerable ( 50+ lbs on each bolt )

So if you are installing them on an older Wing , carefully check the integrity of the fairing fastening points .

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I had them on my 30 yo 1200 when I got it . These 1200's generate a lot of engine heat when the fan turns on.

Wind Wings make a tremendous difference on hot summer days.
But....
When these deflectors eventually loosened up. I did a rough calculation, before re-seating the fastening points on the fairing with t-bolts , imbedded in 2 layers of epoxy.( on the inside ). The fairing had cracked and broken around the fastening bolts .

At 100 MPH. the breakaway force is quite considerable ( 50+ lbs on each bolt )

So if you are installing them on an older Wing , carefully check the integrity of the fairing fastening points .

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^^^This is an important point.^^^
When I put mine on I knew there was gonna be some wind force pushing on 'em so I used ginormous fender washers on top of equally ginormous rubber fender washers behind the fairing to spread the load out as much as possible.
I had to do some repair and reconstruction back there anyway since my poor old bike was brittle and falling apart in places.
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<< had to do some repair and reconstruction back there anyway since my poor old bike was brittle and falling apart in places.>>

Yes, mine too.
Sorta like the owner .. Brittle, falling apart in places .... LOL

but , for an older 1200, JB Weld is your friend .

Apparently it doesn't help for the human component !

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<< had to do some repair and reconstruction back there anyway since my poor old bike was brittle and falling apart in places.>>

Yes, mine too.
Sorta like the owner .. Brittle, falling apart in places .... LOL

but, for an older 1200, JB Weld is your friend .

Apparently it doesn't help for the human component !

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I used bondo and reinforced it with some fiberglass window screen. Seemed to work pretty well.

I had to do some structural rebuilding around the left pocket and on the side where the wing attached. It was a mess.
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I've used Baker Built wings for 30 years. Have them on all 3 bikes. Love em.

Different manufacturers have different sizes and also different thicknesses. Just whatever your preference is. "Air Wings" are the thickest I've found if you're worried about wind movement, also more expensive. Just bought a new set of Bakers for my mirrors at Wing Ding. Haven't installed yet though.


I also had some cool etching done to them to add some flair. The etchings have also lasted 30+ years.
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I've used Baker Built wings for 30 years. Have them on all 3 bikes. Love em.

Different manufacturers have different sizes and also different thicknesses. Just whatever your preference is. "Air Wings" are the thickest I've found if you're worried about wind movement, also more expensive. Just bought a new set of Bakers for my mirrors at Wing Ding. Haven't installed yet though.


I also had some cool etching done to them to add some flair. The etchings have also lasted 30+ years.

This is a pic of the wings on my former GL1200 LTD. I had the guy put an etching of an eagle on them when I got them. These were on there over 20 years when this picture was made.
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