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From reading the posts from the members of this forum, I decided to get an Airlite highway bar chap (thanks to all of you!).
I can't tell you how pleased I am with their service....I figured, OK it's Christmas time, I won't expect much, just the opposite occured, easy order, decent price, persoanl email back confirming the order, 5 days later (includes a weekend) it's at my door. Custom-fit to my bike, it's fantastic.
Don't hesitate to order from them.
 

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How well does it work in colder temps?
 

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How well does it work in colder temps?
Rode with it today at ~35*, fantastic, didn't even wear my insulated boots, feet dry and stayed warm-ish (rode >40 miles) the whole time. I believe that "pocket" of still air it creates is the key, also because it is one-piece, it reduced even more the little bit of turbulence I had at chest/head level. All around a great investment.
Only problem I've experienced was putting them on in the cold...a little challenging to get it stretched tight, but once hooked, done and secure. The velco is industrial and there's lots of it, so there's no flap in the chap at all, even at extended highway speeds.
 

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With the highway bar chaps, I suspect this may hurt fuel economy (mpg).
 

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With the highway bar chaps, I suspect this may hurt fuel economy (mpg).
I am not as impressed with the 900's fuel econ anyway (was expecting mid-hi 50's, getting 40's in-town and low 50's on hiway) si I don't believe the extra drag will hurt my wallet that much, although I do not monitor it closely, I will be interested to see if there is any notable change. At this point with the weather like it is here, even a drop to 20mpg would be worth warmer dry feet.
 

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Rode with it today at ~35*, fantastic, didn't even wear my insulated boots, feet dry and stayed warm-ish (rode >40 miles) the whole time. I believe that "pocket" of still air it creates is the key, also because it is one-piece, it reduced even more the little bit of turbulence I had at chest/head level. All around a great investment.
Only problem I've experienced was putting them on in the cold...a little challenging to get it stretched tight, but once hooked, done and secure. The velco is industrial and there's lots of it, so there's no flap in the chap at all, even at extended highway speeds.
It sounds like a good way to stop the cold.

In the picture another member posted it looks like there is an open spot in front of the radiator...is that correct? It would make sense to allow the radiator to keep it's cooling ability.
 

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It sounds like a good way to stop the cold.

In the picture another member posted it looks like there is an open spot in front of the radiator...is that correct? It would make sense to allow the radiator to keep it's cooling ability.
Yep, it's got a fairly heavy mesh acrosst he radiator area that is vulcanized onto the vinyl in a 1" wide strip...I was very pleased at this because I was afraid of how that mesh might be attached...didn't want something cheesy. Very pleased with this product, it will be in use throughout the winter so we'll get a really good test of how it holds up to rain, cold, sleet, mileage, etc.
 
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