Escape Extreme Summer Heat. Air Deflector For Harley-Davidson Softail Models.

Harley-Davidson released a new Mid-Frame Air Deflector for Softail® models designed to improve rider comfort during the summer season in extreme temperatures. Intended for severe duty and extreme temperature applications, these inconspicuous black deflectors attach to the frame and surround the top of the rear cylinder head. The scoop shape captures the moving air and uses the flow to direct the heat down and away from the rider. Kit includes all required mounting hardware, and fits 2008-later Softail models except Rocker and Rocker C. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Website

22 Responses to “Escape Extreme Summer Heat. Air Deflector For Harley-Davidson Softail Models.”

  1. 1 Luis Aug 18th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    The answer to a question no one asked perhaps?

  2. 2 Jeff Nicklus Aug 18th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Looks to me like this “deflector” now concentrates the “Hot Air” from the engine on the oil lines ….. good move!

    Over & Out,


  3. 3 just my opinion Aug 18th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    If HD’s don’t run hot then WHY?
    Answer they do run hot. Hot enough to burn you if ridden in high heat situations or stuck in traffic for extended periods of time. If the guys designing these bikes actually used them for more then just publicity rides they would find many items that need small changes. And I am talking about changes that could be made by the vendors that supply these parts at little or no cost. They could start by using a larger capacity oil reservoir. then maybe ad an oil cooler, and how about cutting those cylinders and heads so that they will create more air flow? And while I am giving some constructive criticism. Lets talk about that quick release back rest for the FLH models that takes an additional 3 inches of seating space away from the passenger, when the passenger is forced forward it forces the rider forward creating a very uncomfortable ride for both. And I can hear it already. Don’t ride fat chicks around and you won’t have these problems. But the truth is most people riding these bikes are in the age group of 45-65 and we are not as slim as we were at 18-30 And the fact is these problems could be fixed really easily if only someone at the top of HD cared enough to fix them. I would like to see HD remain in business for another hundred years but if they don’t start listening to the people that actually ride these bikes and start making some of these small changes needed they will surely fade away.

  4. 4 fuji Aug 18th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    This high tech idea must have been a late night barn storming idea. I’m surprised the word chrome wasn’t mentioned to offset the engineering or lack of.

    Lawsuits and publicity activate creativity. LOL

    If you have gone this far with creativity why not install a small water tank and small pump to operate misters to the groin and leg area. Don’t even think of it H-D I have a patent app.

  5. 5 colemanfu Aug 18th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Not sure what is more of a surprise HD making something like this or the soft biker that would buy one. It was 94 today. It gets hot in stop and go but I worry more my motor than my boys. Come on man!

  6. 6 henry Aug 18th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    reminds me of christmas carols, “roasting chestnuts on an open twincam”

  7. 7 Fausto Aug 18th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Now it`s just heating up the other bag!

  8. 8 Bambam Aug 18th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Here’s something else – Captain Itch’s Crotch Cooler
    Am not affiliated with them in any way, me and crotch just wanted to voice my appreciation for a great product. Have ridden with it for most of the Summer and it sure kept my thunder thighs from toastin.

  9. 9 ACoBildo Aug 18th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    The problem is that these don’t work when you need them the most; sitting at a stoplight or during a parade.

    I just bought Capt-Itch’s Crotch Coolers for my Softail Custom and they are awesome. I use to dread every stop, now I don’t even feel the heat. The best purchase I’ve made.

  10. 10 Fries Aug 18th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Or how about “Chet’s nuts roasting on an open fire…..” the TriGlides are the REALLY hot ones.

  11. 11 1550tc Aug 18th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    The Kuryakyn Saddle Shield Air Deflectors, are another option if you need something like this on your bike.

  12. 12 Vlad Aug 18th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I always wondered whether using ceramic coating as a THERMAL BARRIER instead of powder coating the engine would help with engine heat? It is extremely popular on exhaust systems, where the high luster finish provides a very attractive, durable surface. The high temperature characteristics of ceramics have been combined with metallic frits to create a coating that can withstand metal temperatures in excess of 1300° F and provides 5000 hr. salt spray protection.

  13. 13 Boss Hawg Aug 19th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Gotta agree with Just My Opinion….

    More oil capacity, an oil cooler, and more air flow…the gas tanks are slammed right down on the rocker-boxes.

    Of course a good dyno tune helps tremendously, too.

    Boss Hawg

  14. 14 Kroeter Aug 19th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Someone will find a way to blame it in another frivilous lawsuit for getting burned.

  15. 15 bigalyts Aug 19th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Gotta Agree ! The way you are positioned with the Rocker Box close to the inside of your Thigh and your saggy Genetiia makes a suck ass Design. I was just going over that situation last night while riding after 6:30 in S. Fla. I can’t ride in the City during the day. If you get a Stop light then you must move your right leg off the peg and ty to angle your leg to the side of the seat. If you stand up then your right leg is almost touching the rocker box. I don’t care if the Bike is running cooler or not for the upper thigh. If your Oil is 30 degree cooler I don’t think that the rocker box temperature would be 5 degree cooler! The Bikes are just designed for MIDGETS, excuse me LITTLE PEOPLE. If the Motor was further forward away from your inner thigh then you will be able to ride your Bike and enjoy.The solution is either 2 ways. 1.) have a Bike offered Built for 6′ Guys and above. 2.) Build the Bike with built in adjustments to make the Bike suitable for the 6′ and larger Buyer..I don’t think Water Cooled Motors would make a difference in high temperatures on your thigh.

  16. 16 ray c wheeler Aug 19th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    After installing product please consider drilling lots of holes so the motor can shed captured heat..
    Haul ass!
    Ride for your Life!

  17. 17 Kustoms and Choppers Aug 19th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I think Ill pass

  18. 18 henry Aug 19th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Yes ! now my boys can look like a stealth bomber pilot.

  19. 19 henry Aug 19th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    This would make a great Christmas gift. No more “roasting chestnuts on an open twincam”

  20. 20 BryanR Aug 20th, 2011 at 12:10 am

    In my many years of riding a HD I often thought it should be liquid cooled, but as an alternitive I’ve bought and owned many big liquid cooled bikes,but I have a suggestion, if the heat bothers you ride when the sun goes down or fill your pockets with ice ! !

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