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I've finally upgraded from the 1500 to the 1800. The differences between the two are too many to count. Obviously most or nearly all the differences are heavy on the positive. However, on my way home from work last week on a heavy rain day my shoes got absolutely soaked. On the 1500 i had driver floor boards and was able to position my feet to keep them primarily dry. However, on the 1800 my feet were completely exposed to the massive amounts of rain. I might as well have stuck my feet straight out in the rain. Anyway, I'm looking for some suggestions or recommendations for foot protection from the harsher elements of the winter weather and hard rains.
 

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On the cheap, carry two plastic trash bags. Remove your shoes or boots, put the bags on over your socks and up your pant legs. I use to use them with my Air Force issue canvas Mukluks. I rode many hundreds of miles in the winter rain and my feet always stayed very warm and dry even though the boots were soaked. I worn wool socks, wool boot liners, plastic bags, then boots. I also worn my flight-line rain suit over the top of my clothing. Without a fairing, I was good down into the teens.
 

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i'm in agreement with dave if you don't want to carry rubber boots with you. they will do the trick unless your in a monsoon or you have to stop a lot.:shock:
 

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Thanks for all the good input guys. Has anyone out there tried these? http://www.bakerbuilt.com/gl1800 gold wing.htm
I already have the Handwings and the Airwings, they came with the bike. Has anyone out there tried the Footwings?
 

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Bought some Foot Wings from Baker Wind Wing products.
So far so good. Definately makes a difference with the cold. I haven't been in the rain with them yet so i'll have to give an up date on that.
The way they mount is outstanding. They are easy to remove but it's just about impossible for them to come off on their own. They don't stick out very far at all so there is no danger of them dragging during hard cornering. You'll drag some major peg before touching them to the ground and the way they are designed, even if you did get them to drag they wouldn't come off or break. Worse case you would simply marr up the outer corner.

I'll post later on how they perform in the rain.
 

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I have foot boards on my 1800 alomng with the big bike parts foot wind deflectors and they are excellent ,Now and again I ride an 1800 on normal pegs and the difference is amazing , So go with footboards , Ciaran
 

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Ahh yes, excellent point. I had floor boards on my 94 wing but I always had them so I never thought about that making the difference. I loved having them and was thinking of getting some for my 04. I guess that's more reason to go ahead and get som. after I get some I will post how they work out and how much difference they make.
 

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Thinsulate-lined Gore-Tex socks. Waterproof. Warm. Long.
 

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Well, I put the foot wings to the curve test and i'm glad to report that they passed with flying colors. I took a couple of pics but I don't know yet how to put them in this post. Basically, I managed to lean hard enough for them to touch the ground (past the peg dragging point) and they stayed perfectly in place and left a slightly ground edge on the corner. Hardly noticable. If I figure out the picture thing I'll post them. Gladly accept hints on how to.
 

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I found the inverse. No problem with pegs but when I put the lowboy floorboards on I was much more exposed. Anyway, I like the Baker products but I also found another company; V&P accessories out of Mass. Prices seemed a bit more reasonable considering what it really takes to build these. They also sell wings, radiator covers (for more heat) trunk & saddlebag dividers, drink holders, lights. The bad, they don't take credit cards. they will do PayPal but I won't. I mailed them a check and was very pleased. Easy folks to do business with (a one man show maybe?). Feel free to use my name. http://www.vpaccessories.com/accessories.htm



BTW, the web page takes forever to load.
 

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OK, put the foot wings to the test in light rain at least. As advertised, my shoes stayed dry and fairly warm on a 48deg rainy morning. I still need to see how they will perform in a hard rain so I'll keep you posted.
Additionally, when I ordered them from Baker products there was a place where you can ask a question. The next day I got a phone call from their office to answer my question. Very polite and friendly folks were glad to answer any questions I had. They filled the order right away and even though I order ups ground i got it in 2 day. Good service.
 

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OK, after a good winters worth of riding and about 12,000 miles I am totally sold on the foot wings. I can ride in 16 degree weather and still only need 1 pair of socks and the same boots I wear all the time. My feet still stay comfortable. And, in the hardest of rains my feet stay mostly dry. In a hard rain my feet do get a little wet but hey, I'm on a motorcycle so exactly how dry should I expect them to be...right?
Anyway, 12,000 miles and all kinds of riding weather and no problems.
Also, if you like to lean into the curves like I do, no problems there either. The foot wings will touch the ground just before the foot pegs do but the way they are designed and positioned, it just simply rounds off the corners a little but they flex with the pressure and stay exactly where they should.
When the temps get above 80 degrees you just simply unsnap them and put them in the trunk. It only takes a second and they snap back on just as easily.
 

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outofcontrol wrote:
http://www.danner.com/product/boots/rain+forest+mens-womens+insulated+work+boots.do

I secondthis motion I have a pair of Danner uniform boots & my feet never get/got wet uninsulated cause Ive got gerbings heated socks !:smiler:

Portland is a rainy town. I've been riding for 20 years and tired all sorts of ways to fight the cold on a bike. nothing beats quality waterproof leather boots. I've had3 sets of these, the first ones got re-soled 3 times until they woudn't do it again.



-kevin
 
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