I guess a lot of people let our CEO know how much time and effort I have put in for the last two months in order to prepare for the audit. Tuesday she called me into her office and she presented me with a card. I opened it at my desk and found not only a very nice thank you card, but a nice thank you gift - a gift certificate for the Manchester Harley Davidson dealer.
As it happened, I had a appointment for the new Explorer on Wednesday to take care of an appearance package that I had included when I bought it. Basically another coat of clear coat to protect the paint, plus treatment of the carpet and seats to protect them from staining. When I picked up the truck Wednesday afternoon, I realized I was about 1/2 mile down the street from the HD dealership so I decided to go see if I could spend part of my gift card.
It turns out I could spend part of it; I got a window decal for the truck, a headband and heat deflectors - and I still have part of the balance left, so I can make another trip later when I decide what I need.
I had thought about getting heat deflectors for a couple of years since this bike runs so much hotter than my 2006 SG did. The 2006 only had an 88 cu/in engine and the 2011 has a 103 so the inside of my thighs get cooked if sitting at a stop light even when it is only in the 80's air temp. When I got home that night I tried my hand at installation. They look like they should be very simple, 5 minute install. Although not truly tough to install, it took about 30 minutes, some swearing, and consultation with the H-D forums (using their search function for previous posts). Some of the tips and tricks they gave were invaluable in keeping me on the right track, not losing parts into the hollow frame, and giving me confidence. So, here they are - and they work great!
First two picture are of the left deflector (left as sitting on bike). The third pic is of the right deflector. Covering those jugs is very helpful in keeping the heat away from the legs.