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Question Driver's Feet Wind Deflector

Enclosed are the couple photos for Driver's Feet Wind Deflector. Does anybody have good experience with them?

Easy of installation?
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I've never even seen those before. I guess my first question is why? Out of all the weather I've ridden through (hot cold, wind, rain, snow, hail, etc.) my feet were the one thing I never worried about or had any temperature problems with.

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I've never even seen those before. I guess my first question is why? Out of all the weather I've ridden through (hot cold, wind, rain, snow, hail, etc.) my feet were the one thing I never worried about or had any temperature problems with.

Ditto on "never seen them before" and "never needed them".

Boots don't let air into your feet. Now, tennis shoes might be a different story. Hope that's not the reason for cold feet.

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Due to heart health, the Dr says not to ride under 40 degree air temp. Ugh! Now it is harder to get my 18000 miles a year in just in the summer. Guess that stopped my 20 degree rides now.
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In cold weather my toes and feet get very cold. Maybe they're hanging lower than yours. I'm not that tall -- only 6'1" -- but my toes get very cold. Air isn't getting INTO the boots, it's the constant cold air blowing AGAINST the toes of the boots that makes things cold after awhile. I'd install this product.

I've tried riding with me feet back -- toes on the rider pegs -- but that helps only a little.

Where does one get ithese? Cost?

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The info you want can be found in this thread. I don't know of anyone who has used them though. I was interested, but I already drag the fairing on occasion so adding more bulk down below didn't seem like a good idea.

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Howard: I have a simple solution for you. Spend $60.00 and buy a pair of Gerbing's heated socks. Your cold toe issues will be a thing of the past. It won't matter whether or not your toes are on the pegs or if they're hanging down below the spoiler out in the direct air. Dick
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Howard: I have a simple solution for you. Spend $60.00 and buy a pair of Gerbing's heated socks. Your cold toe issues will be a thing of the past. It won't matter whether or not your toes are on the pegs or if they're hanging down below the spoiler out in the direct air. Dick
Got a pair -- the Comfort Socks, without wires on the soles of the feet. This makes walking with them on much more comfortable.

I don't I wear them on the daily commute because it's a hassle (a small one) to change boots AND socks when I get to work. I guess I have the solution right in front of me... Things is, every time I ride the bike to work this one guy (Mr. Office Socializer) comes over to my desk and starts regaling me with stories of when he used to ride a bike. He watches me take my gear off; I'm not sure he needs or wants to see me change socks, too. Guess I have to get over it.

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What about Cool Air?

The deflectors seem to be a simple solution for riding up North. Now if there was a way to rig up cool air to the face for the riding down south......... and deflecting the hot air out of the side vents. Maybe deflecting or re-routing the hot air to your feet? Never thought about this when I was younger. Just got on and rode........

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The deflectors seem to be a simple solution for riding up North. Now if there was a way to rig up cool air to the face for the riding down south......... and deflecting the hot air out of the side vents. Maybe deflecting or re-routing the hot air to your feet? Never thought about this when I was younger. Just got on and rode........
I suppose one could build a small plenum on each side of the fairing, then duct the hot air either (a) towards you or (b) away from you, depending on what you're looking for. Some of that flexible round ductwork would do the trick. Wouldn't look too odd...

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I bet they would help in the rain to keep boots dry. No gaters here.

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I guess it is all in how you look at things. I wear my Sidi boots with my Dockers all the time. I never have to change shoes or socks.

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I guess it is all in how you look at things. I wear my Sidi boots with my Dockers all the time. I never have to change shoes or socks.
Would you please print out a copy of your post for Connie, next time she does laundry?!!!!
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Would you please print out a copy of your post for Connie, next time she does laundry?!!!!
Okay, okay. Maybe I should have said I don't have to change out shoes or socks when I get to the customer site or the office.

OBTW, I do the laundry around here, as she can make more money than I can if I let her go at it.

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In cold weather my toes and feet get very cold. Maybe they're hanging lower than yours. I'm not that tall -- only 6'1" -- but my toes get very cold. Air isn't getting INTO the boots, it's the constant cold air blowing AGAINST the toes of the boots that makes things cold after awhile. I'd install this product.

I've tried riding with me feet back -- toes on the rider pegs -- but that helps only a little.

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Same here. I purchased heated socks and no more problems. Don't plan any long walks while wearing them - they are not for walking.

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Same here. I purchased heated socks and no more problems. Don't plan any long walks while wearing them - they are not for walking.
Try Gerbing's other heated sock -- it's called the Comfort Sock. No wires on the soles of your feet. Big difference.

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Try Gerbing's other heated sock -- it's called the Comfort Sock. No wires on the soles of your feet. Big difference.
Thanks for the info, but I want the heat. I don't know why my feet get so cold. Hands do also - especially my "I'm not real happy with what you just did" signal finger on my right hand.

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I use the BMW heated insoles when it's going to be really cold. They are the same product you see in ski stores that run on batteries. The control module hangs off the back of the boot so you can keep them running when you stop. The deflectors, if removable, seem like a good idea but not just for temperature. Last summer we rode through a five inch deep, 200 yard swath of Mormon crickets in northern Nevada. They were all over the road for over a hundred miles of twisties. We stopped when we reached Idaho and discovered cricket guts all over the toes of my boots.(and all over the fenders)

We are all individuals with the same basic biology but with definite variations. I never get cold in the arms yet I read about riders getting the Gerbing jacket and touting its praises in favor of a vest. I have a very nice heated vest but rarely use it even into the low 20s. Must be my Chicago blood. However, my toes still get cold in certain conditions even with high quality waterproof boots, high quality, insulated, wicking socks, and 30 years of fall/winter deer hunting to season them. The heated insoles do the trick for me but may not be for everyone. With all these tricks and electronics for winter riding seems like someone could come up with an all encompassing seated enviro suit!

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The stock footpeg location offers pretty good protection for your feet. If you're like me and have installed footpeg relocators your feet are moved down into the airstream. The first thing I noticed after installing footpeg relocators was my feet were getting cold. I fixed my cold feet with Gerbings heated socks. I need the lower footpegs for my knees and hips.

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The stock footpeg location offers pretty good protection for your feet. If you're like me and have installed footpeg relocators your feet are moved down into the airstream. The first thing I noticed after installing footpeg relocators was my feet were getting cold. I fixed my cold feet with Gerbings heated socks. I need the lower footpegs for my knees and hips.

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Brilliant! I don't know whether to say "eureka" or "duh". I have the footpegs lowered, and that explains why (a) my toes get cold and (b) I can't do the foot maneuver that jsciullo described earler. I'm guessing Jim doesn't have the Suburban Machinery lowering kit installed.

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Thanks for the info, but I want the heat. I don't know why my feet get so cold...
In case it wasn't clear in my previous reply, Gerbing's Comfort Socks are just like their original heated socks, except no wires on the soles of the feet. Wires everywhere else, just no where you walk. Should keep your feet plenty warm. HTH.

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