Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 22
Rated 5 out of 5 by SKIHOG Handy pouches, Unimpeded air flow experience
I write reviews for most items I purchase to help others learn about P&A before they spend their hard earned money in hopes of making better decisions. I find most Harley P&A well made, although sometimes expensive. Some of anyone's reviews are going to be based on personal preference. There seems to be a wide range of personal opinion on this product so here's my two cents.
The pouches, as my review title alludes, are great for easy access especially on long tours. Toll tickes and change for instance. Sun glasses or a wipe. Maybe a place to put the garage door remote. I don't think anyone disagrees with this functioality. But some other reviews have said the pouches hamper the Rushmore fairing vent. I was very concerned myself. I personally find no issue with air flow even at highway speed. Maybe my 5'-8" height is a benefit, for once, but even stretching off the seat I found no problem. I found no increased buffering. Take my review as just one more input. It's working for me.
So, what else can I say. Installation was more involved than I anticipated requiring removal of the entire fairing to install a foam gasket. I tend to tackle jobs by my self but this is a job where a second set of hands can help in order to hold the fairing, the windshield, the pouch and, if you have the windshield trim, that as well. I did accomplish the install by myself using some tape to hold things in place however. I also found the washer spacers that must be installed against the inside of the fairing to be difficult so I taped them in place rather than try to balance one more item. Maybe I made this harder than others, I've not read anyone mentioning this install complexity. Either way, like most non-mechanical P&A, this install was fun and requires no special tools or skill.
Just to help visualize the design and the air flow, the center pouch leaves room underneath for air to flow...although its hard to see in my picture.
Just in case anyone cares, the button to open and close the fairing vent is a little tight to operate especially wih gloves but honestly I find this product to be a good design and a great convenience..
March 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Harley16 Easy to Install
This windshield bag is great. Installed on my 16 StreetGlide . Holds everything I need and looks great, was easy to install. Recommend it highly.
September 21, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by lidstrom5 considerably reduced airflow
I bought this product after reading a fair amount of reviews and decided at 50/50 its work a shot. I love the pockets up front but not enough to enjoy the buffeting. My face would get beat up quite a bit. If I crouched down real low so my eyes were just above the windshield it was fine however where I normally sit not good. In fact when I closed the door and opened it several times over I almost couldn't tell when it was opened or closed. I don't want to extend my windshield however if I were to it would probably help. I made the decision tonight to cut the stitching on the center bag and see how it looked. The pouches on the outside don't look great but it is amazing now. I'm not sure if it's going to stay on or not because the center pouch helps tie it together but there is no doubt when that pouch was on it killed my face.
May 30, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by ABANDCB Disappointed
Got this for a new FLHTK because the on-bike storage is considerably reduced w/o lower fairing glove boxes. Kudos to HD for designing around the air vent on the new bikes, and the product is well styled, but the low rating is for two drawbacks: small pouches and terrible installation design. I knew the pouches couldn't be as big as older touring bikes due to the vent, but the packaging is deceptive. You can get into the center pouch with the item packaged. It's small, but usable. The two outer pouches are sealed in the package and once you open it up, it's evident that the sloped bottom needed for airflow considerably reduces available storage space. Good for garage door opener, change, maybe a toll or entrance ticket, but not much else. Better than nothing though. Biggest drawback is the install. HD usually engineers the install process pretty well, but not on this bad boy. Worst thing is the spacers. First of all, they don't bother to tell you that two one-inch square pieces of cardboard taped together are critical and need to be handled like you're doing brain surgery. The spacer-on-stalk idea is OK, but one of them broke before it even came out of the packing - good thing there's a spare, you'll definitely need it. The others broke off the spacer with almost no force at all, which is completely inappropriate for mounting on a new bike - the windshield and fairing fit is still really tight and doesn't allow for any movement of the spacer into position. Beyond that, now that my stalks are disconnected from their spacers, what am I supposed to do the next time that fairing or windshield comes off for maintenance???? Those spacers will be gone the first time the bolts come out, then what?? New bag for another 130 bucks just to get the spacer? I don't think so. Will there be replacement spacers available?? Doubt it. Like I said, better than nothing, but I don't look forward to ever having to take this thing off for maintenance.
February 24, 2016