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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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windshield recomendations

I am thinking about driving to DC on Memorial day weekend. (from RI ~ 400 mi) After a long ride today with some sustained high speed highway legs I'm thinking I may want a windshield for the trip. Hours of holding on against wind resistance could get pretty tiring (I'm 68 ). Any recomendations, suggestions or comments of pro/con on windshields. I think I want a fairly low one that would block some air for my upper body but that I could duck behind on short high speed burst, but that Icould nomally see over in my normal upright position. I'd also like to easily remove it - dont think I want one for shorter local rides. If I go mail order I'd have to do something soon to get it mid next week. Thanks for any input. OR; if this has been recentley discussed, please just point me to the thread. Thanks
BTW should a windshield reduce or increase my total drag?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 11:32 PM
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I wanted a smaller one also and got a Slip Streamer Spit Fire. Just right for me. I see over it but it does block some high speed wind buffeting. Simple attachment and comes off easily too. Get the size for your bars. Shouldn't drag more than your body in the wind I don't think.

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A back rest will help with holding on against the wind if ya can't get a shield.

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I have a National Cycle Switchblade, Chopped. It is quick release, and very easy to remove and put back on, takes seconds. I bought it thinking I would use it from time to time. The only time it comes off is to clean behind it. Once you ride with one, you'll wonder how you did it without.
I look over top of the shield, and can duck behind it if needed, but it does a good job of moving the wind around me, by I can still feel the breeze on my face.

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I have a Memphis Shades Slim with the quick release. I too thought that I would only use it once in a while, put it on four years ago and it hasn't been off except for cleaning. have a good trip

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I use the Memphis Shades Big Shot with the mounts on the forks. On my Spirit it is just right for me. No buffeting and is pretty stable at high speeds.
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After a few long, tiring highway trips with the wind pressing on my chest and my arms getting tired from hanging on, I installed a Memphis Shades (Classic Deuce, I think) and the only time I removed it if it's in the way if I'm doing some maintenance or upgrades.

Since I always intend to ride with the windshield on, I don't spend the money for the quick release.

A note: Windshields are not always plug and play. It took me a good bit of fiddlin' around to get mine adjusted to keep down the turbulence. Don't expect to install the windshield right before your run to DC without taking some time to test it out first.

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Originally Posted by swifty2014 View Post
I wanted a smaller one also and got a Slip Streamer Spit Fire. Just right for me. I see over it but it does block some high speed wind buffeting. Simple attachment and comes off easily too. Get the size for your bars. Shouldn't drag more than your body in the wind I don't think.

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+1. Its on my Spirit sig pic. Worked very well for 4 yrs. and me being 5'11" normal build.

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I got used to a windshield on my 78 Goldwing and after a few days with a 95 VT1100C2 I went with a National Cycle windshield.

I bought a Custom Heavy Duty in 1995 and it is still in perfect shape. In 1998 I bought a Low Boy Heavy Duty for a 1998 VT750DC and that one is also still perfect.

There are also 2 models (Touring and Chopped) That are 3 inches wider but not needed)

The Custom is about 20" high and I saw through it unless I sat upright (I slouch). The Low Boy is 15" high and I see over it unless I really slouch. The good thing about the higher one is you can trim it down to get a perfect fit. Mine is now 18" high and I look just under the top and have little wind. In the rain I can look over it with a little body adjustment.

Once you put a windshield on you will never take it off so get something permanent that does not shake, rattle or roll. (Don't know about the roll)

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Originally, I had the Slipstream Spitfire windshield, which is small and easy on/off, but it only blocked the wind off my body, and most of the time pushed it up into my face. Not something I enjoyed on longer highway rides. I changed to a Memphis Shades Fats, with quick release mounts, that I found on eBay for $50, and it's Ruby, so it matches my red bike. No more face/head buffet, but now sometimes my "little" Spirit 750 doesn't do well pushing strong headwinds (30+ mph) up mountain hills, and I have trouble keeping up to speed. Maybe with a slightly smaller windshield (Slim or other style instead of Fats, but bigger than the Spitfire), I might not have as much trouble. If you can get one with the "flip" on the top edge, that generally pushes the wind further up and over you, so something in between size with that would probably be perfect. You might not have the "slow down" trouble with that VT1100, though, and the Fats might work just fine for you.

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