Good evening gentlemen (and ladies),
I just installed a set of vented fairing lowers on my Road King Classic. Aside from the radio, I think those are what I missed most from my Ultra (last bike). They are the eBay knock offs, but at $350 shipped (and painted vivid black with mounting hardware included), I couldn't resist giving them a shot. A mini review:
Excellent fit, no problems here. And installation couldn't have been easier. The included quick detatch hardware was literally 3 hand tightened bolts for each side. Could they be removed and stolen just as fast? No doubt. The finish is totally decent. Not quite up to Harley paint quality, but unless you are inspecting them with a magnifying glass up close, I doubt anyone would find anything to worry about. They seem to be made well. They are ABS and the company claims that they use the same process as Harley to make them.
Great results. My glasses no longer feel like they are being blown up off my face, and there is far less leg fatigue when blasting along the super-slab. They did everything that I wanted them to. Is it hotter on the legs when moving slower? Absolutely. Although being quick detatch, if I ever wanted them off, it would be easy. It was 95 today and I noticed, but it didn't bother me. That being said, I'll be the first to admit that I'm probably the wrong guy to ask, because I'm wearing a winter coat when it's below 70. I used to ride year round when I lived up north, but I was always running heated gear.
I love the look of any touring bike with lowers. I think it balances the big *** rear end. Your opinion may vary. See my crappy cell phone photos below.
Hope this helps anyone on the fence. I couldn't recommend them enough, especially for the price. I've seen them on eBay for $300 - $515 from various distributors. Though, if I was going to spend $515, I'm just order the official Harley set from one of the online 20% discounters. They are made by an outfit called "Fairing Factory" (http://fairingmegausa.com/
). I've heard of them doing $300 pre-sales before they do a new manufacturing run, but you need to call them to reserve yours. Not sure if that includes the hardware.