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post #1 of 72 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Buffeting and Lowers that work vs. don't work

Happy Memorial Day folks,

I'm preparing to pick up my Star 1300 Tourer sometime in the next few days or weekend. Since I'll have a 250 mile interstate ride home, I wanted to order some lowers to prevent buffeting on the way home.

As for options, I notice there are Memphis shades lowers and fork deflectors (fork deflectors are larger), Buck's lowers, and Yamaha lowers (see http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/4/6570...-950-1300.aspx )

Which lowers have you found to work well vs. which didn't (I'm not tooled up to make my own). I don't want anything that I need to retrofit (drill, etc.) to make work. Any tricks to reducing buffeting (other than removing the windshield)? I've searched through some threads and notice some have tilted the windshield backwards, but I think that requires special drilling.

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I had the Memphis Shade fork deflectors on my 2012 1300 Tourer. They work awesome. 80+ mph and hardly any wind turbulence. I had the stock windshield on. When I ordered mine the Memphis Shades site did not show that they would fit above a 2009 1300 if I remember correctly, but they fit perfectly. I also had the Yammy passing lights and they fit with them as well. Pull the plug, put them on, and you won't regret it.

http://www.memphisshades.com/applica...ork-deflectors

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I had the Memphis Shade fork deflectors on my 2012 1300 Tourer. They work awesome. 80+ mph and hardly any wind turbulence. I had the stock windshield on. When I ordered mine the Memphis Shades site did not show that they would fit above a 2009 1300 if I remember correctly, but they fit perfectly. I also had the Yammy passing lights and they fit with them as well. Pull the plug, put them on, and you won't regret it.
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I already have these fork deflectors from another bike (Suzuki C50T):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Are these what you're talking about? I wasn't sure if these fork deflectors will fit any bike and it's just the mounting kit that differs from model to model.
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Yep the deflectors are all the same. The mounting hardware is model specific. Memphis Shades has a terrible website as far as updates. They are still only listing that the deflectors hardware will only work on 2007-2009 1300 models. That hasn't changed since last year when I got mine. Half the links for Yammy products didn't work either. What a shame everything I have ever gotten from them is great.

Here is the Yamaha Application chart at Memphis Shades:

http://www.memphisshades.com/applica...ork-deflectors


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I've been looking to get some myself, but Memphis Shades/Parts Canada won't respond to any of my emails...def need them on my 1300 Tourer!
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I have the Memphis shades I put on this spring and wish I had done it sooner .

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Thanks for the info, folks!
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I was finally able to find a place to order them...thanks to this thread and the info provided by tigrzeye. Compatibility charts only went to 2009, so based on what was said here, I felt safe ordering the parts for my 2013 model since they worked on a 2012.
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Fork deflectors

I not sure how everyone else is getting such good results since I put the lowers on and still have an unsatisfactory amount of buffeting.
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I not sure how everyone else is getting such good results since I put the lowers on and still have an unsatisfactory amount of buffeting.
I installed a set of Yamaha OEM lower deflectors and while it's a 90% improvement, I still get some buffeting. At highway speeds, my head no longer feels like its being used as a punching bag from all the buffeting. Now, I'm getting hit in the lower chest/stomach area but nowhere near as hard as it was hitting me before. I can live with this. On a side note, the air flow has definetly changed, while riding with my light jacket on the other day, the air was pushing up under it and billowing it out, which it never did before. Kind of imagine I looked like the Michelin man all puffed up like that.lol
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