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post #1 of 78 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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2020 fairing vents

hey, did y'all know that in 2020, hd removed the lower vent doors in the fairing?

the upper vent is still able to open/close, but i think i read that the batwing fairing vent is non-operational now as well.

i know a lot of people kept them open all the time, but i got caught in the rain once and it was a lot more comfortable after shutting those vents.
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i think they are permanently open.
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Why would they change that, I open and close mine all the time depending on conditions
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Always stuck open anyway so no change.
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Confirmed it from a few buddies that did an eyes on for me. They're gone. Smooth inside. Leave it to MoCo to keep taking features off of bikes and charging more What's next on the Ultra? The CB? The heel shifter? The turn signals beside the license plate? OH wait,,,,those are ALREADY GONE.

The more they keep doing this shit, the more I'm thinking about extending the esp on my '15 and keeping it. Sure is cheaper than a new bike.
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I’d rather have no bottom vents at all instead of permanent holes in my fairing. I only open them during extreme heat or windy days,otherwise keep them closed and mostly use top vent. Can’t imagine keeping them open while riding in rain or cold days. Not sure if Harley is cutting corners or eliminating items that many had problems with. Some have had vents that won’t stay open or won’t close. Been lucky with mine which have been working fine.Even the heel shifter is gone. I usually take them off but most of you prefer to have them on,which sucks now.I heard that it may have been the cause of many shifter shafts getting stripped. But if so, haven’t they been on Harleys for many many years and been a Harley tradition lol? I’ve always been a Harley guy, but hard to figure them out lately lol


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Just heard this yesterday, but kind of glad theyre gone. Mine are always open anyway. Tried closing them before and the only thing I noticed was turbulent air coming up from the tank at highway speed with them closed. Could feel it start and stop with opening/closing of vents and could physically see the rain coming up around the tank the couple times I tried it in the wet. If nothing else its less moving parts in the fairing assembly.

Ive tried opening and closing the upper vent under numerous conditions and combinations with the lowers and never noticed any difference. The only time my upper is closed is going thru toll booths. I have a small piece of Velcro attached to the button to hold my easy pass and opening it puts the pass at the right angle, gets read every time. After I go through the toll booth the pass goes back in glove box and vent gets closed. Ive heard of some guys that get a whistling sound from their upper vent not closing all the way due to the rubber tab not being seated right. Im not explaining it right, but you can see it if you have it off for anything.


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Mine may as well have been glued open. I never closed them even in the rain. The top one I'd close occasionally but that was rare.


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I never have noticed any difference in the turbulence in air with the bottom vent open or closed. Just that it was a little cooler on the warm days with them open and a little warmer on the cold days with them closed. The top vent made a big difference in the comfort from buffeting while open so it stays open most of the time. I'm betting the MoCo made the change as a cost savings in production as well as no longer having to warranty a broken mechanism on the lower doors which I have heard was common. I also cast a vote for having them closed all the time rather than open. It would make the fairing look better to just fill it in around the headlights.

P.S. Something I just thought of.... They can now make money on people who would want to retrofit the vents with doors on the new bikes. Clever really but a bastard move.
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I never close the vents on my 19, even in the dead of winter. I get a noticeable amount of buffering if I do
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