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As stated what is the difference....I have the mirror wings and they are great.....from reading your post seems like I need more coverage...many thanks

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I have the Show Chrome version. (that would be the #214) I chose them because they 'conform' to the shape of your bike better and 'in theory' allow a better seal when riding in the cold and help to keep the cold air off you.
I also like the 'less complicated' mounting. I think they look better.

I'm sure there will be those that chime in and chose the Baker's and they have their own reasons why.

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I have the Show Chrome version. (that would be the #214) I chose them because they 'conform' to the shape of your bike better and 'in theory' allow a better seal when riding in the cold and help to keep the cold air off you.
I also like the 'less complicated' mounting. I think they look better.

I'm sure there will be those that chime in and chose the Baker's and they have their own reasons why.
Dang I got to start reading the fine print, I thought they was both Baker...do the show chrome mount in the same place...many thanks

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Show chrome mount under the pockets only, they are horizontally mounted, not vertically mounted as Baker Builts are.

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Looking at the photos, the difference is obvious.

While the Baker Air wings (upper and lowers)offer two wind wings per side which does allow a bit of fine tuning of incoming air directed towards the rider and/or passenger, I like the lower cost and easier, yet sturdiermounting (and dismounting) of the Show Chrome ones. I also found, unless you pay extra for the Baker Built "New Generation" plastics, the plastic becomes brittle with age/UV exposure and will crack while adjusting them. (1st hand experience) There are also quite a few little parts that can need replacing after a lot of use.

For the reasons stated above, my vote would go to the Show Chrome ones because of their simplicity, sturdier mounting systemand lower cost



A set of hand wings, plus a set of the wind wings (no matter which brand) are IMHO, a "must" for bringing in comfortingcooling air, during those hot summerrides!!








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+1 on what Dusty said about the wings. Wouldnt be without hand wings now that we have them, the lower wings two peice design is nice, because you can open the upper one in hot temps to get fresh air in on you,while leaving the lower closed off so the hot air coming out of side vents from radiators(1500 and 1800) is helped pushed out and away...and even though from the pic below it looks like you wouldnt notice a lot of that because of the height of the lower wings, but you can feel the difference at speed on the highway, not sure what brand my lower set of wings is though...sorry.
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I have the Bakers and I like them for their versatility as to where I can get air and put air, and thats what came on the bike when I bought it....... But I do like them, however......

They do get brittle as Dusty said. When I was looking at my bike before I bought it, I was getting off the bike and put my knee through the one on the right....... On my way out to N5, just the wind pressure pushing on the screen, cracked a corner off the other side where it contacts the corner of the fairing. But I would buy them again....... Worth the money in my opinion. I also have no experience with the other brands.




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While the Baker Air wings (upper and lowers)offer two wind wings per side which does allow a bit of fine tuning of incoming air directed towards the rider and/or passenger, I like the lower cost and easier, yet sturdiermounting (and dismounting) of the Show Chrome ones. I also found, unless you pay extra for the Baker Built "New Generation" plastics, the plastic becomes brittle with age/UV exposure and will crack while adjusting them. (1st hand experience) There are also quite a few little parts that can need replacing after a lot of use.

For the reasons stated above, my vote would go to the Show Chrome ones because of their simplicity, sturdier mounting systemand lower cost

+1 pm Dusty's post. In addition, the locking nuts that hold the tension on the wings constantly loosen up, and unless they are really tight, big winds such as a semi truck passing in the opposite direction can flip them out. The spherical tensionnut on the bottom is mostly useless. It' difficult to get it tight enough. I replaced mine with stainless wingnuts which work much better, but the top nut still loosens all the time. No room to use a wingnut there or I would have replaced that too.

One reason I haven't gone to the Showchrome version yet, they don't come in blue and that just wouldn't be right in smoke or clear.





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Hmm ..... that last photo of yours looks suspiciously familiar, John!

















Iecho what John reported about the Baker Built Wind Wings not staying put where you set them when a large truck passes by going the other way, or you are doing over 75 - 80mph, unless you really reef down the tension nuts, which in turn lead to me cracking the plastic trying to adjust them.



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Hmm ..... that last photo of yours looks suspiciously familiar, John!







Yeah I knew you'd say something. It's a great picture so I had to steal it. It was a great ride too, even if the weather wasn't cooperating.

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