I'm sure you guys must have discussed these somewhere on here probably more than once so sorry if this is a repeat....
I have been delaying getting into the extra plastic for my GL1800as long as I can. The twice daily rides in the 40's for a couple of weeks led me to look at the Baker Built Hand Wings while I was getting my 4,000 miles service - at 5,300 miles
I have been discounting a lot of the wind "Buffeting" issues and chalking it up to my large size extending beyond the faring and into wind channels. I don't like too many geegaws on my bike so that dragged me back a bit too. Well, the ONE area that gets cold on me - even with hand grip warmers - is my hands. I have experienced it in both warm weather mesh gloves (my preferred pair) and Heavy winter gloves with Thinsulate.
Bought them (the Baker Built Hand Wings)Saturday, put them on in a few minuteslast night and rode in this am with them. We had our brisk (40 F) fog ride and I intentionally took the back farm roads for half. Risk is a tossup in those conditions because the deer, coyote and other varmintsare everywhere - and our highways people play bumper cars in this weather - like the two accidents I saw on the TV this am. So I rode 1/2 on foggy colder back roads (farm roads)- max speeds 45 - 55mph; and half on the highway - speeds ranged from 65 to 80.
WOW - what a diference these things made!!!
I rode with the summer mesh gloves all the way. I didn't even use the handgrip warmers until I merged onto the highway and elevated speed created more windchill. When I turned the grip warmers on, it seemed to warm up faster and stay warmer - better - longer. I am assuming not actually - but the effect was such since the air did not hit my hands as much.
Fort some reason that under mirror airflow has been problematic for me - not only for cold , but insects of all sizes - including some VERY large dragonflys whack my knuckes from time to time - stones too. Not major pain - but an annoyance. Not only did these protect my hands from the airstream but it seemed as though it offered some arm and side coverage too as it rerouted the wind channels away. It says you can turn them to scoop the air in too on hot days. I really like them and if I can hold here with the geegaws (which I doubt I will - LOL) I may not get too much into the extra plastic all over the bike. Their black color too blends in fine with my black Goldwing. Here is a link: