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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Guys,

I had a question for you...for those of you who actually have hard lowers on your crash bars:

1. Does this make a huge difference in riding?
2. From a looks standpoint - better or worse than no lowers on a CVO RGC?
3. I have the Screamin Eagle heavy Breather that I would have to switch out - most likely with a Roland Sands air filter in order to make the fit work with the lowers. Seems like a lot of work and $$$...

Is it worth switching? I have the HD Cloth lowers that I can add and it is much less expensive - however the painted Emerald Green lowers would be a nice addition to the bike. Please let me know your thoughts.

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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 07:34 AM
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I have the hard lowers and I was disappointed when the temps dropped. They don't really stop much of the cold air . . . As far as looks good, I would put the painted hard lowers on before I would go with cloth, but isn't that a riders choice. Honestly, if you match the paint, they will look like they belong??

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Yes they do make a difference because they block alot of the wind.
I personally think they look good on the RG.
I dont like the looks enough to leave them on year round. Mine come off
from May till October.


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Lowers are worth it to me ... makes a pretty big difference in buffeting, not to mention the benefits when riding in colder temps. Looks-wise, I like the looks from the side but not so much from a head-on front view - to me they look kinda dorky from the front. If they didn't function so well and I was a form-only guy, I'd pull them off along with the crash bar. But then I'd really miss my highway pegs and lowers on those 800+ mile days.

I'm leaving them on all year now but then I don't have a CVO with the heavy breather. Why not give the soft lowers a try for a while and then decide?

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You don't need to ditch the heavy breather. Put the compact filter element on and it all fits just fine.


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As far as looks go thats a personal choice. I like the looks either way as I used to use the hidden fairing brackets and no engine guard. Made the bike look slim. Decided that I was doing too much riding not to use the lowers and I have to say they made a huge difference in my comfort level this winter. I used to wear chaps for temps below 50 but just the other day I left for work and it was 38 degrees and no chaps. I was fine but granted I was a little cool, but not uncomfortable, and the ride was only 25 minutes but I could have never done that without the lowers. The only thing that would keep me off the road is ice or a hurricane so the lowers were well worth the investment. And as far as the looks... I think they look great if they are color matched.

Just an add on: The lowers do NOT block all the air from hitting your legs so you will feel wind. The difference is that it is a light breeze compared to a 70mph blast hitting you. It also eliminates the updraft from the bottom of the fairing. My buddy complained when he bought his lowers that they didn't block all the air. I told him to go buy a Goldwing if that's what he was looking for. You need airflow to keep the engine cool so you will feel some wind.

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Im running the factory lowers on my RGC. I had them painted to match including the pinstriping! They work with the heavy breather, I found many filters that will fit on the end of the Heavy Breather that are shorter and larger around. The filter just clamps on to a 3" dia. tubing, like many other filters.
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here is another couple of views of lowers added to my RGC. I like the look now and I think they help push air in at the engine, and since it is air cooled, any air blowing on the motor can't hurt it...
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I guess looks are personal, I love how they look. I bougt mine with quick release, had only planned to use them on long trips. Long story short, eneded up putting speakers in them, and found I actually like how the bike looks with them, not to mention how well they work in the rain and stop the wind from making my pants beat my legs.

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I need hard lowers bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need to put some speakers in them. In all seriousness, I just have the soft lowers and they made a huge difference for me in temps. Now my toes don't get so cold and block a lot of wind that would normally hit my feet and shins. I still have a slight breeze on my knees pun intended.

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