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post #1 of 21 Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 5:51 am Thread Starter
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LT fins

Hi,
Nothing to do with Finland and our Farkle Fin, but with the two fins, one left, one right, under each rear view mirror.
They weren't on the bike when I bought it.

Are they really useful? What do you use them for?
Am I right in presuming they could bring some ventilation between the legs and the bike in the summer heat when properly directed? Is it worth it to add them?

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post #2 of 21 Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 6:34 am
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Re: LT fins

FWIW... I turned mine yesterday to allow the air to my legs. I noticed then at 10pm on the ride home the fins really do make a diff in the colder weather when turned to block the air flow. Didn't notice much of an option for between open or closed. Others may have better info, so i'll watch for the replies.
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post #3 of 21 Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 6:55 am
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Re: LT fins

Yes, the fins make a difference. Now that it's JUST warming up on my first season with the bike, it's pretty noticeable if your pants aren't fully insulated and it's below 35 degrees or so.

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Re: LT fins

work better than I expected, block cold air flow around legs lower body a lot and when flat against body nice in the heat with air flow, temperature varies a lot here, from sub zero to very hot and humid

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post #5 of 21 Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 7:09 am
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Re: LT fins

I think you are talking about the clear plastic wings that rotate at about a 90 degree angle under the mirrors, right? I don't pay much attention to mine, but they do change the air flow. In hot weather I turn tuck them in to get more air and in cold weather turn them out for less air. I don't notice the difference so much on my legs as I do on my torso since my legs are pretty well tucked in behind the side fairing. They also provide a lot of help when riding in the rain. If it is not a complete downpour and I don't slow down, I can stay farily dry due to the water is diverted around me with the wings turned out and the windshield up. I wouldn't want to do without the them.

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post #6 of 21 Old Mar 22nd, 2012, 1:26 pm
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Without the fins, you would be in "summer" mode with lots of air to your legs. Adding the fins will allow you to block cold air, quite effectively. One other position I use, even in the summer, is at highway speeds...I turn them just slightly outward and this calms the airflow considerably and lowers the noise but I still get cooling air. They are a great feature of the LT that no LT owner should be without.

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Re: LT fins

You can usually find some on Ebay. This link has both sides but I think you could find them a little less expensive. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wind-Deflect...19237936240074

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You can usually find some on Ebay. This link has both sides but I think you could find them a little less expensive. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wind-Deflect...19237936240074
The description says like new condition with no scratches etc, but the pic shows what looks like an old, yellowed pair.

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Re: LT fins

Ok, thank you guys, I got the message.

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Ok, thank you guys, I got the message.
I just saw one spare in my garage, and maybe I can find its mate. If so, I can do better than that eBay price and give you a nicer part than the one is the eBay photo.

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Re: LT fins

the ones from ebay are missing some of the parts.

The OP needs to see if the plastic triangle parts are still on his bike..

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Re: LT fins

They are absolutely essential. Without them you can't put LED lights in them so they light up!

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Re: LT fins

Those fins even help you stay dry-if you get caught in rain, so long you keep riding at a decent speed.
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They are absolutely essential. Without them you can't put LED lights in them so they light up!

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Is this really doable? Got any pics of it?

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Is this really doable? Got any pics of it?
I have them on my '05. Blink alternately with turn signals, and perform as running/marker lights when not signaling. Product is called "Wings of Gold" and was offered by CycleGadgets.com, who is now out of business.

Check out this thread for some home-made variants and ideas.

Should be a good start for you.

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I have them on my '05. Blink alternately with turn signals, and perform as running/marker lights when not signaling. Product is called "Wings of Gold" and was offered by CycleGadgets.com, who is now out of business.

Check out this thread for some home-made variants and ideas.

Should be a good start for you.
Thanks Tony. I read through the thread, but I couldn't discern what Arthur was trying to show in his pics, and while I could make out Dean's pics, I didn't see the desired effect.

I'll keep an eye out on the web for any clues to similar products or maybe even someone getting rid of a used setup.

I'd like to see yours someday. What I'm envisioning is something similar to what one can get w/ their d/s and p/s mirrors on their cages. Seems like they originally came out on SUVs/light trucks.

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Thanks Tony. I read through the thread, but I couldn't discern what Arthur was trying to show in his pics, and while I could make out Dean's pics, I didn't see the desired effect.

I'll keep an eye out on the web for any clues to similar products or maybe even someone getting rid of a used setup.

I'd like to see yours someday. What I'm envisioning is something similar to what one can get w/ their d/s and p/s mirrors on their cages. Seems like they originally came out on SUVs/light trucks.
When you come back stateside, look me up.

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Thanks Tony. I read through the thread, but I couldn't discern what Arthur was trying to show in his pics, and while I could make out Dean's pics, I didn't see the desired effect.

I'll keep an eye out on the web for any clues to similar products or maybe even someone getting rid of a used setup.

I'd like to see yours someday. What I'm envisioning is something similar to what one can get w/ their d/s and p/s mirrors on their cages. Seems like they originally came out on SUVs/light trucks.
This a very easymod to do. I got my Lee's from AutoZone, 3 Leda's in the cluster.

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Is this really doable? Got any pics of it?
Here is the 'how-to'

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I have adjusted my winglets back and fourth several times on any given trip depending on the wind, rain, cold, heat.
For being such a small piece compared to the windshield, you can adjust air flow more around your body than by adjusting the windshield. By adjusting shield, it changes air around your head, but by moving the winglets in it allows the air to flow around your body. When it gets really hot or really cold, that is when you can play with them and tell in an instant what they do. After that, you can understand what to do with them in most conditions and rain.
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Jeff,

Yes you really can. There once was a kit for the LT was called Wings of Gold and was sold by a company called CycleGadgets. Unfortunately, both are now gone.

Mine are working right now, but the next time I take the winglets off, I'll show you how they install. (Provided my 60+ year old brain lets me remember.)

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