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So I looked at a lot of windscreens and decided on this one. Here's a mini review:

Parts: Memphis Shades, black bracket 2321-0279, gradient black screen 2313-0088, around $240 online

Quality: The screen and the bracket seem to be excellent quality. I thought the brackets could stand to be thicker metal, but once they are bolted together they are fine. The only gripe I have is that part of the trigger lock mechanism is plastic. If they are going to charge $140 for a bracket, it should be all metal, IMHO.

Installation: Super easy. You will need a 1/4 drive socket set with 8, 10, and 13mm (IIRC), and I think the smaller the head on your ratchet the better. I guess it could be done with wrenches, maybe. They include the necessary hex keys, but you already have one of them in your Honda kit. The only deviation from the simple, included instructions (available online) was that I needed to remove the bracket that routes the brake cable, but that was no problem. It was too close to one of the bolts to get the ratchet in there.

And once it is installed, you can put on / take off in less than 30 seconds, depending on your needs. That's a great convenience on this style bike.

Fit / Appearance: Looks good to me. This is all subjective, but I wanted something that did not ruin the look of the bike, something that looked like it was basically made by Honda just for THIS bike. I think this is a home run. The gradient black and black hardware are perfect and blend right in with the Phantom look. You decide for yourself. (One note: Keep in mind, in the pics I have it tilted all the way back. In this position the cutout for the headlight and the headlight itself have a sizeable gap between them. With it all the way forward it looks much better--the two mate up about as well as you could want. More on position next...)

Performance: I rode about 200 miles today. This is my first screen ever so keep that in mind, but I was totally shocked at how much better this is. I didn't even want to ride this thing over about 65 MPH before...just was not fun, felt like I was hanging on for dear life. I don't intend to ride this fast, but today I was doing 90 no problem. It totally removes the pressure on your chest but not your arms. I had it tilted all the way back as stated above, and I must admit that the head buffeting was kinda bad. Unfortunately I was too lazy to stop and tilt it forward, but I hope that that will fix that problem. I'll report back if it doesn't. It may all be in my head, but I could swear that the shield really improves performance above 70 MPH, too. I felt like I could actually pass someone at that speed, where before it seemed like it would take a full minute to get up to 80.

Check out the pics and let me know if you want more info. Oh, the pics are at the TVA Melton Hill Reservoir in Tennessee.
 

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I had some other comments, not really about this specific screen, though...

Until I actually got some seat time on a bike, I was one of those people who thought they would never use a screen. I felt (and still do to a certain extent) that they ruin the look of a bike, especially the huge ones. I was just certain that a street bike was the way to go for me (hence the Phantom). I would kind of laugh at the hulking cruisers with their giant screen, luggage, sound system...like...good grief, get a car, people. I'm still not sold on ALL that, but I do definitely understand the screen now... It's a necessary evil, but if you look long enough it can be done RIGHT.

All it took was a few rides without a screen at 65 to 75 MPH for me to realize I will probably never, as long as I only have one bike, go without a screen. I guess if I lived in a huge city and only needed to go fast for short bursts...maybe I would like to have a big muscle cruiser, standard, naked, or streetfighter...but around here, looks like it is going to be something with a nice screen for me from here on out. I'll get a quick-detach one for those times I want to cruise the streets.

It's kind of sad, though, because I really do prefer the look of just a motorcycle.
 

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I had the same screen on my Phantom. Loved the look of it, but I feel into the same thought process as you, thinking they look way better without the screen. Speeds over 60 or taking a long ride/ trip, made the screen worth every dime though.


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There's something to be said about these smaller sport screens, especially on the Phantom/Spirit/RS.

The NC Street Shield EX is only 18" but IMO, does just as good of a job creating the rider bubble as any big riot shield, but with less buffeting.

Similar look to the shield above but only 50% of the cost.


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Looking good! I wouldn't ride without a shield but do agree the bike looks better without but my comfort riding is more important. It makes me want to ride more and sure you will too!
 

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Similar look to the shield above but only 50% of the cost.
I was definitely tempted by those and the slipstreamers for their value. I also considered the Memphis Shades Drop Top and also their Batwing w/ custom paint. So I was basically anywhere between $100 and $1000...lol In the end, not knowing how long I may have the Phantom, I went for value but not totally. Like I said in my post, I really wanted it to look like it belonged and was just not some one-size-fits-all thing, and this was about as low as I could go and still achieve that. And I wanted the trigger-lock...
 

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That looks perfect for the Phantom bike, very nice...
When I bought my used Spirit last month it came with a short shield on the front. I thought to myself when picking it up that's the first thing to came off. After my first ride in the cold morning air I thought again, hey this isn't to bad after all. :lol:
 

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You guys do know that the headlight cutout is supposed to sit flush with the housing, right?
 

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You guys do know that the headlight cutout is supposed to sit flush with the housing, right?
Yes, if you look close at my bottom pic you can see an add on piece I made to make it seal around the headlight. I found it works so much better that way. The first piece i made was about 1/2 in above and wasn't quit right then i raised the windshield up and made a new piece to seal it. I recommend that with any shield not made specifically for the bike it makes a huge difference in the cold to block out that little bit of extra wind.
I wish Honda made a shield big enough to do the job and be fitted perfect so we all don't have to come up with these compromises.
 

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You guys do know that the headlight cutout is supposed to sit flush with the housing, right?
From the original post: "Keep in mind, in the pics I have it tilted all the way back. In this position the cutout for the headlight and the headlight itself have a sizeable gap between them. With it all the way forward it looks much better--the two mate up about as well as you could want."

I should have taken the pics with it in a better position. It was my first day out and I was just going to test it across its range. It really does look great at the other end of its adjustment, but whether that works for a particular rider or not is another thing.

Like others have said, though, I'm not certain it is "supposed" to be flush anyway. Letting some air through is apparently a good thing to some people. I've even noticed some of the big touring bikes are including vents of one kind or another in their fairings. I bet it wouldn't take too long to find some factory ones like this that are not totally flush either.

A bad match is kinda a tell-tale sign of a non OEM part, though. I hear ya.

EDIT: uh, yeah, took about 2 minutes. Look through the photos of the new HD Switchback: http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Motorcycles/switchback.html
 

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For posterity:

After some more time with this and a few adjustments, I can't really give this screen a full recommendation. For a slightly long-legged 5' 10" person, I get considerable buffeting at higher speeds. I found a position where I can do maybe 65 with, say, bearable buffeting. It's really pretty good below that speed, though. Above that, it requires leaning over or way back to escape the maddening vibration.

I believe the problem is the height and width, mostly width. (It's 18 x 21, but not that wide at top). I can feel, with the totally scientific palm in the wind method, wind from ear to ear over the top. I think if it were off the ears the little on top might not matter. I don't feel "pressure" on top like I've seen many people mention.

I've seen people suggest lowers, different helmet, different mirrors... I'm not sure about helmet, but I can eliminate mirrors since I tried it with no mirrors at all and there was no discernible difference, and I am fairly certain lowers would not help with this screen and buffeting--I feel no air at all coming up from the tank, and there would still be a huge gap between the lowers and the screen anyway. Shrug.

If you do a lot of highway driving, I'd say keep shopping.
 
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