So here is the deal. I have another buffeting question, and I am not sure how to proceed. Looking for opinions.
I picked up an 09 1300 tourer and I LOVE it.
I do have some buffeting at higher speeds. Over 40MPH it starts but really doesn't get too bad until I get to 50-55+.
At highway speed I don't feel anything "slapping" or "hitting" me, but just a steady shake in the face and helmet area enough to slightly blur my vision.
Recently I took a ride when there was pretty strong crosswind, and every time a gust would come from one side of the bike or the other, it would disrupt the buffeting enough to see just how big of a difference it makes. My vision became crystal clear until that crosswind died down, causing the buffeting to return. I would love to get rid of, or at least reduce, that buffeting all the time. I have searched and read a tremendous amount on the net about it including this site.
I am basically looking for which direction to go first. I have looked at the Bucks Lowers, but I am not sure if they will make the difference, and at that price, it is an expensive trial and error. I also worry how it will fit around the highway bars. On his website it says something about requesting specific panels if you are using certain bars, but I don't know what brand my bars are, except that they don't look like Yamaha bars that I have seen in catalogs. I attached a pic or two if that helps anyone identify them. The second pic shows the clearance at full lock.
I have seen many recommend Memphis Shades fork deflectors, but when I called them they said that their product won't work with highway bars.
I have considered making my own, as I am pretty handy, and notching them around the bars for clearance when the wheel is turned to extreme left or right. Only problem with this is that I am not sure how nice aluminum will look next to everything else. I suppose I should stop treating it like a trophy piece. I picked up aluminum stock and 1/4" plexi (couldn't find actual lexan that thick), but I haven't started on it yet, in case I find a better solution.
I even read on some older forums that HD chrome lowers (part number 58121-85B) work well on 1300s, some even recommended mounting them reversed, but that part number doesn't seem to exist in their parts catalog now. I am guessing they just updated their part numbers and designs, but now I don't trust trying them.
Sorry for the long post, but if anyone has a suggestion of what to start with I would be grateful.