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Product Review - Aeroflow Miniwings

Disclaimer: Paige Ortiz included me in his beta testing, so I received a set for free. That said, those of you that know me know that if they didn't work I wouldn't be shy about saying so.


SUMMARY: Coupled with the Aerowings, the protection is nothing short of amazing for their small size. For the first time on a K16, I've experienced a K12LT-level still air pocket.



The pics below show a few views of the Miniwings and Aerowings installed on my K16. The Miniwings install with two pieces of 3M Dual Lock, and the instructions provide very precise location info. I was initially concerned that the two pieces would not hold the Miniwing in place without some flexing in the wind, but they have been rock-solid. A plus is they mount on the edge of the speaker covers, so they do not need to be removed to remove the housings.

Like my Aerowings (which I paid for last year ), the Miniwings are the smoked version. This hides the 3M Dual Lock well. As Paige noted, because the Dual Lock is so noticeable with the clear version, about the only reason to get the clear version is if you are planning on painting them.

From the saddle I can see the edges of the top Dual Lock, but (i) after a few minutes I didn't notice it anymore, and (ii) a couple strokes with a black Sharpie would take care of the white side strip of the Dual Lock (in the pics below, the flash makes the black part of the Dual Lock look white).

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Performance:

Nothing short of amazing when used with the lower Aerowings. I would NOT advise running the Miniwings without the Aerowings, *except* in the summer -- without the Aerowings, the Miniwings seem to "focus" the air flow coming around/under the side of the fairing and duct the air *directly* into the rib cage below the arms. Great for directed cooling, but not on cool days!

Where the Aerowings essentially remove air flow along the bottom of the grip and the bottom of the forearm, the Miniwings are equally effective in removing air flow from the top of the fingers/hand/forearm.

Together, the two pieces provide a well-defined still-air zone that on my bike has the "flowing" air right at the ends of the weights at the ends of the grips (note: I have Helibars, so the grips are ~3/4" back from the stock grips). At higher speeds I could feel the occasional "wisp" of air at the outside/back of my shoulders, but essentially all the stock fairing flow/buffeting is gone.

I have not had a passenger on board yet to evaluate pillion protection, but I'm hard pressed to believe it would be any worse than the stock fairing. I hope to do this test this weekend.

FWIW, different windshields did not make much difference as to the effectiveness of the Miniwings -- Aeroflow, CeeBailey, stock (haven't tried my VStream, but that windshield is no better than stock, so I wouldn't expect any revelations with it).

I was surprised to find that when the windshield is raised, there was not much increase in flow through the gap between the top of Miniwing and the rising lower outer edge of the windshield. In that regard, the Aeroflow GTL windshield more thoroughly "draps" over the top of the Miniwings, delaying the point at which the "gap" opens -- but even then there still isn't much flow through the gap, and no notable decrease in the still air pocket. The only time the pocket gets any smaller is when (hypothetically) speeds get up in the 75-80 range -- and even then the flow region only walked up the grip from the end weight an inch or so.

Obviously, I am impressed and more than a little surprised at the effectiveness of these relatively small additions -- Paige absolutely nailed it with these. I no longer pine for my LT's protection

Reiterating: I do NOT recommend running the Miniwings and the Aerowings separately, unless you *want* direct torso-aimed air streams. Other than that caveat, I wholeheartedly recommend the Miniwing/Aerowing combination. :gm


EDIT: link to the product page: http://www.aeroflowscreens.com/K1600...L_Products.htm

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I've had Aero wings for 6 month's and agree with Mark's assessment. Its like riding an "RT". I love 'em.

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Based upon this review - I just placed my order for the miniwings!

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Aerowings and Mini-wings...... someday.

Sounds like an awesome farkle set.

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I've got the biggest Cee Bailey made and it has the vent in the middle. We ride with it all the way up. That wasn't enough of a turbulence killer for my bride so I got a set of the wings. Even before the wings I got almost no air at all. After the wings I get bupkiss. I can't imagine taking it down even more. She still gets some, but nowhere near as much as she did.


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After the wings I get bupkiss. I can't imagine taking it down even more.
The #1 most important difference the Miniwings made for me was absolutely removing the air flow across the tops of my fingers/knuckles/forearms -- big difference in comfort in colder driving as the amount of heat loss from the top of the hand was large.

The generally calmer environment in the region of the upper part of the torso is a side benefit -- not critical, but welcome nonetheless.

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Mark,
I would be interested in hearing if you have had a rider since installing the MiniWings and if so what their thoughts are. Thanks.

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Mark,
I would be interested in hearing if you have had a rider since installing the MiniWings and if so what their thoughts are.
Not yet -- as noted, I hope to get this test in this weekend.

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