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Considering a set of Baker air wings, the 2 piece type that mount on each side of the fairing. I understand they adjust outward or inward, to direct wind toward you or shield you.

If anyone has used bakers, I would be interested in hearing your experiences with the air wings, and how the rear passenger is effected, if at all. Also, will they effect the wind noise in the helmets ?

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I dont have the stacked ones but I do have the lowers. work fair for me. Direct some cold away, direct cool in as needed. I have reversed them on the bike to get the farther out in summer time. The wife hadnt ever said one way or the other, I hve the larger different ones on my 1500. The bakers are from ventureline and are on my royal. I dont think there are much differences between brands. On the 1500 I also have the small winglets under the mirrors, and a slipstreamer windshield. Wife complained about the winds in all configurations, so its hard to give general impressions.
 

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I had air wings on my 1500. upper and lowers.

Loved them. Worked great in summer by deflecting that 122*F heat off my hands and legs.

same in the winter, kept that cold air off my hands and legs.

If it was just ordinary hot, they would curl a real nice breeze in behind that big windscreen I had (29" tall).





That's what my bike looked like before that Freightliner rolled it up into a ball last year. :(

Before you ask "where's the protective gear", it is in mom's house. Just took her around the block a bit at a nice slow leisurely pace. She's out in a rural area and no traffic to bother us.
 

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Look like hell, but work very well. I have a love/hate relationship with them, don't like their looks but sure like what they do both winter and summer. For the 1500 get the ones with the two sections.
 

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I have had a set on my 1800 for about 4yrs and I find them excellent. On a hot day the lowers car be turned easily whilst on the moveto deflect cool air onto your legs. The top ones have a little square section that can be opened to again deflect cool air inwards. The pillion has little advantage from this. On a cold wet day they widen the area of protection from the fairing helping to keep you and your pillion dry. I have coloured matched ones which I think help the look of the bike. Expensive but a good buy that I have had absolutely no problems with so far. Only criticism I would have is that they are fitted with shinney chrome nuts when new that after a while tend to rust and look unsightly. I am at the point of replacing mine with stainless steel nuts and bolts.This is the only photo of mine I have.



 

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I'm considering getting a set for my 1100. But I read that you have to drill into the right side of the fairing to mount them on an 1100. I'm not to keen on the idea of that.
 

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I have them on my 1500, they work great for directing wind but work excellent in the rain. Close the vent in the windshiels and close the baker wings, if it's not a torrential downpour and as long as you don't have to stop I find I don't get soaked.
 

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I had Baker wings on my '82 CB900, moved them to my '84 Aspy, the difference is huge. It really does make riding in summer heat tolerable. I think you should also look at JC Whitney, they make a model similar to the Baker, but not quite as pricey. You can't go wrong either way. I have the standard Bakers, plus the upper and lower additions, but I haven't intalled the upper/lowers yet.
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I have the sort that Little John has on his and are pictured and to be frank I think they are rubbish and if they hadn't come with the bike, I would be very displeased had I spent out the money to buy them.:X

One of the main reasons that I say this is because I had just the lower ones on my 1500 (not Baker I would add) and they were superb, just as Exavid says, not elegant, but they make a huge difference to keeping air off and also to bring it in when turned around.

The ones fitted to my 1800 do virtually nothing to stop any drafts or bring it in to cool me, in comparison.

If I were starting afresh, I would go with the Baker ones that are similar to the ones seen on the 1500 and earlier and don't waste your money on the ones that follow the lines of the fairing.

And as Little John says the nuts and bolts rust quickly and I have had to change to staineless now.
 

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I have had a set on my 1800 for about 4yrs and I find them excellent. On a hot day the lowers car be turned easily whilst on the moveto deflect cool air onto your legs. The top ones have a little square section that can be opened to again deflect cool air inwards. The pillion has little advantage from this. On a cold wet day they widen the area of protection from the fairing helping to keep you and your pillion dry. I have coloured matched ones which I think help the look of the bike. Expensive but a good buy that I have had absolutely no problems with so far. Only criticism I would have is that they are fitted with shinney chrome nuts when new that after a while tend to rust and look unsightly. I am at the point of replacing mine with stainless steel nuts and bolts.This is the only photo of mine I have.



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What kind of seat is that? Cost? Comfort?



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Oh - and when I put them on originally, I saw the little plastic screws holding the wings to their brackets, and thought; "why did they use THOSE? What kind of crap is that?"

The first (and only, so far!) time I dropped my Goldwing (leaned it over on the kickstand that I had already retracted), I kicked my right wing while executing my get-off. The bracket, fairing, and wing all stayed intact - but the little plastic screw broke, sacrificing itself. NOW I know why they use a crappy little plastic screw.

They sell replacement screws on their web site, incidentally. :)
 

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Dedub the seat in the photo is a Corbin heated seat.



Price:- I paid £800 sterling for it 4yrs ago but as it came from USA it should be a heck of a lot less over there.



Comfort:- This is down to personal opinion as some will say it is too hard whilst others will say it is excellent. Basically is will be hard for the first 1000 miles approx until it has bedded into your shape and then I found it to be very comfortable. My wife on pillion thinks it is brilliant and often falls asleep on the back. She likes the built in arm rests and the heated seat with control for both rider and pillion seperate with a high and low setting. The back rest is built in and folds forward to allow the pillion to get on and off.



Both my wife and I like it much better than the standard seat.
 

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I have the Baker 2-piece set on my 2008, with a larger deflector on top as pictured. When its hot the top brings in air to help cool the driver and passenger. The lower deflector mounted behind the radiator vents, will bring in warm air from the radiators. I only use the lowers when its cold out. They will also help deflect some rain. They are also high enough to allow the driver to use highway pegs/boards. I like them better than the single piece set I had on my 1500.
 

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Littlejohn wrote:
Dedub the seat in the photo is a Corbin heated seat.



Price:- I paid £800 sterling for it 4yrs ago but as it came from USA it should be a heck of a lot less over there.



Comfort:- This is down to personal opinion as some will say it is too hard whilst others will say it is excellent. Basically is will be hard for the first 1000 miles approx until it has bedded into your shape and then I found it to be very comfortable. My wife on pillion thinks it is brilliant and often falls asleep on the back. She likes the built in arm rests and the heated seat with control for both rider and pillion seperate with a high and low setting. The back rest is built in and folds forward to allow the pillion to get on and off.



Both my wife and I like it much better than the standard seat.
Thanks for the info sir. I'm sort of in the market for a new seat, but can't seem to bring myself to spend the cash to replace afactory seat on an almost new bike. Kinda erks me to tell ya the truth, but the stock seat just hasn't been as comfortable for me as I think it should be.

I heard that the Corbin's are stiff at first, but break-in nicely. I also figure you're paying a bit more for the name as well, but man does it look sweet on your bike. I really like it. Cudos to you...very sharply dressed Goldwing.



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Has anyone tried the Kuryakan Dragon Wings? They look better than the baker wings
 

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The ones that 3rdwing has pictured are the ones I wish mine had, but then again, beggers can't be choosers. :)
 

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I put a set on my GL1100, and absolutely love them. Keep you cool in when it's hot, warm when it's cold. And if it's raining, they deflect the rain away and keep you dry. I'll buy them for any Goldwing I ever own, forever.
Do you have any pictures of how the right one is mounted? Did you have to drill into the fairing?
 

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I have the Baker 2-piece set on my 2008, with a larger deflector on top as pictured. When its hot the top brings in air to help cool the driver and passenger. The lower deflector mounted behind the radiator vents, will bring in warm air from the radiators. I only use the lowers when its cold out. They will also help deflect some rain. They are also high enough to allow the driver to use highway pegs/boards. I like them better than the single piece set I had on my 1500.
I have had them on the last 3 Wings that I have owned. Best accessory I have ever put on! The first set was on my old GL1200, then my GL1500 and as soon as I got my 2002 GL1800 when it was rolled off the showroom floor with zero miles on it- that was the first thing I added. Now with 139,500 miles on it, --- if I ever get another Wing - I will repeat the purchase and installation.
 
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