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post #1 of 5 Old 10-20-2005, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Leg-Wind Deflectors for less than $5.00

How is that for a tease. Really though I did this for less than $5.00.
This summer I was at an auction and no one was bidding on a bug guard for a Ford F150. A little light bulb went off right on top of my head when an idea came to mind "hey, I can make that into something". I bid $1.00 and I took it home.

Well the weather in Indiana has turned to total crap. It's rainy, cold and I have been riding everyday mainly because it costs me at least $20.00 per day to drive one of my rovers to and from work. Plus, the V-Strom is more fun. Anyway, I was looking for a way to keep the rain off my legs, or at least reduce the amount that I was currently getting. Ergo the bug guard.

I have a Pat Walsh Designs skid plate crash guard combo (which I highly recommend) and I figured that I could easily mate the bug guard to the vertical bars on the PWD set up. Well "Easily" usually translates into a pain the ass but man that was fun after it's all done kinda thing.

Here we go:

The bug guard



After a few look-sees, I decided to make my cut. I started with a hack saw and it was a pain. I then used my trusty dremmel and it worked fine.
BTW, the cuts were rough but I don't care. I am doing this more for function than style.



I took advantage of using the mount tabs that are part of the bug guard and modified the hole to work with the crossbar bolt on the engine guard.
The PWD set up has two mounting tabs on each crossbar. You can use them for mounting lights, highway pegs or.......stuff like what I did.



After I had the bug guard mounted to the engine guard, I had to find a way to help stabilize the bug guard. I found two turnbuckles in my shop, and used them as my stabilizer. An advantage with them is that if I am going off road and I need the "bug guard" to be flexible, I simply loosen the turnbuckle to allow the guard to flex.



Here is a front view of the finished product.



I know, nothing super fancy but hey, you just can't beat the price. I will let you know how it works out after a good ride.

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-21-2005, 07:01 AM
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Brendan,
Thats a great idea and it looks like it turned out well. There is a company call "Baker Built" that makes Air Wings for touring bikes but nothing for a V-Strom.

Keep us updated on how its working for you.

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Nice idea Brendan. Definately keep us posted. It seems to me a lot of the air comes up in front of me comes from around my legs from under the tank. I wonder if this would help any.

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It was pouring yesterday morning when I left for work, so I was ready to test them out. I was amazed at how well they did. The toe area of my boots was getting wet, but not as much as I have noticed before. My shins were not getting any rain/spray whatsoever.

My legs felt warmer than if I didn't have the deflectors. On the way home it was about 40 deg and ranged from a light to heavy mist. Same deal, they deflected the rain and cold air away from my legs and the warm air from the engine helped out.



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Sounds like a decent little mod. Someone needs to mass produce some of these. :lol:

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