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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-23-2015, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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I am a big guy 6'4" with a 34" inseam. I bought my 2011 Road Glide Ultra about 18 months ago. I rode it back from Tulsa to Dallas in the stock configuration and knew I needed to make some changes so the bike would "fit" me.

I added an HD Tall boy seat (back and down 1") along with the Kuryakyn floor board extensions (up and out 1") which helped with the leg room. The bike came with a 12" Freedom Shield on it which sucked for my height and the stock shield which was okay but didn't look good in clear.

I added a LRS 14" Mako and the GADs but still have some helmet buffeting and get a ton of dirty air around the sides and under the fairing - enough that my shirt flaps against my chest and irritates it when I am not wearing a vest or jacket - maybe this is due to the seat being further back, I don't know. I am not sure the GADS did anything to help with this as I didn't notice a difference that I can recall.

I removed the lowers almost immediately after getting the bike home 18 months ago and haven't put them again until yesterday in an attempt to control the buffeting. I rode last night with the lowers and it helped tremendously with the air under and around the faring but man the heat off the engine was cooking the backside of my right thigh! It was 85 degrees last night here in North Texas and my digital oil readout dipstick had the oil temp between 230 and 257 depending on if I was highway or redlights around town.

Nothing has changed on the bike mechanically (same tune with the Power Commander, same CVO exhaust with the cat removed and same HD Ventilator AC) but I did notice the heat much more with the lowers on than I ever did without. I have ridden in 100 degree plus weather with out the lowers and never felt this level of heat on my right thigh as I did tonight.

SO, I like the lowers from the wind management aspect but not the heat. I removed the vent doors last night when I got home (and sweated a ton in the humid night air) so I will see if that helps with the air flow on my legs.

I also ordered a MADSTAD on 9/8 but I am yet to receive it. They did say allow for 10 extra days for shipping due to the move to a larger facility however it has been more than 10 days from my order. I called today and they said it would ship on Friday.

So hopefully the MadStad will help with the helmet buffeting if I can tolerate the looks - I did ask them to drill the holes one inch higher to move the shield down to cover the gap so we will see. And if I can get the heat under control with the lowers, I may be all set.

What have you guys in the hot southern areas (Arizona, NM, TEXAS, etc) done to manage the heat with the lowers (besides the obvious removal of the lowers)?
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Removing the doors is about the best thing you can do if you want to run with the lowers in hot weather. I take mine off every summer and I do primarily run with the Madstad shield and I can tell you that even though a shield does not do anything for the air that comes from underneath it makes a world of difference in the quality of the ride. When the air up top is smooth, the air from underneath doesn't seem as bad. If you don't have the engine guard air deflectors you may ant to give them a try. I just purchased the new style that comes on the new CVO RG Ultra's and I think not only do they help with the air that comes up from in front of the tank but they allow more air to get to the motor which would help keep it a bit cooler. Also you may just have to come to the realization that riding an air-cooled bike in the summer is going to be hot. Hope this helps.

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I remove the lowers in the summer here in S. Ga. The 13"Madstad along with the HD crash bar baffles, Dog dish baffle and Sancho Wings still give a decent non buffeting ride.
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Captain Itch Crotch Cooler helps quite a bit out here in the Arizona Heat. And looks good too.
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I live in south Texas and ride with the lowers on year round. The mid frame deflectors help somewhat, but not a whole hell of a lot. They at least keep the heat off of my UPPER inner thigh. When my feet are on the highway pegs, I don't feel the engine heat much at all. So I put my feet on the highway pegs to get away from the heat.


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I live in south Texas and ride with the lowers on year round. The mid frame deflectors help somewhat, but not a whole hell of a lot. They at least keep the heat off of my UPPER inner thigh. When my feet are on the highway pegs, I don't feel the engine heat much at all. So I put my feet on the highway pegs to get away from the heat.


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You cant pull the lowers on an H2O bike. I went with true duals so I only have 1 exhaust line on each side that drops the heat a lot.
The X Pipes that cross under the bike wont do, you have to have the rear header turn full to the left so that heat is to the left of the bike thus reducing by close to 50% the heat on the right.
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Im in Az, pretty hot on most days. My RGS came with wind deflector kit, although i think sometimes about buying a mid-frame deflector, my bike feels pretty hot compared to my '05 Springer Softtail I'm 6'5 30" inseam so I sit tall on my stock seat. Just have the stock windshield as of right now, I am thinking of ordering the Madstad since I dont see myself with a 16-18" windshield via Freedom, CeeBaily and I doubt the 15" Pro Tour would do me good on the highway. Please update us with your results and pics if you can about your new madstad

As for being a tall rider i still need to research seats such as Lepera DLL, 2inch forward controls, 1inch board extensions.

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