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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Shield or nah? Just curious

I have never ridden with a windshield. But I don't take long rides, either.

I enjoy the feeling of the wind pushing against my face, chest, and arms, and I feel like a windshield, though it would make riding both easier and safer, would take that away. I've been caught in rain, snow, and even hail in my short little rides, but nothing brutal enough to make me want to change my ways. Is there a dramatic difference for riders like myself who are rarely on the bike more than 60 minutes at a time?

[I'm also old and stubborn.]

So I'm really just curious if those who have ridden both ways have a preference, and why.

Thanks for any thoughts.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 02:05 PM
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For me, I prefer it without. But I do a lot of highway driving, and there I do like it.

The difference for me is when going at highway speeds, you feel the wind in your gut, hitting your lower body a lot, and end up leaning way forward. With the windshield this isn't an issue and you keep a normal position. Though with a windshield you get it shaking your helmet at first, till you get it all dialed in.

This is why I do like the quickrelease. I can use the windshield when I am driving to work, and take it off for the other times.
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I put one on my 650 about three weeks ago, so I can ride > 60mph without needing to hang on for dear life.

its really a matter of windspeed. If you are going 60 into a 20mph headwind, its exactly like going 80mph.

The thing to keep in mind is this: when you go twice as fast the wind resistance is four times as much.

Like Patrick, on the highway I prefer the WS, going less than 60mph I prefer pulling it off.

I got a Memphis Shades Fats whindshield, the quick release trigger mounts, and a set of fork deflectors to control the head buffeting for a total of about $500, and put them on myself.

If you want to you can adjust the angle so you are sitting in nearly dead air at any speed, which might be better for going slower when its cold (below 50F) in the spring and early winter.

EDIT: I forgot to mention, a large windshield like mine takes a noticeable amount of power to push aside the wind. I can really feel the difference in the response of the bike, esp going fast, you really have to crank the throttle to get the bike up to speed.

With it on and off its like having two different motorcycles.

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I went with a Memphis Shades fairing and lower deflectors. The fairing has quick release brackets and it can be removed in 2 minutes. If riding around the neighborhood I go w/o the fairing. On the Hwy or above 50mph I use the fairing as it has a 12" tall curved windshield. Can't count the times pebbles and bugs have been deflected off of hands and face.

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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 04:43 PM
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Is there a dramatic difference for riders like myself who are rarely on the bike more than 60 minutes at a time?
Based on that alone, no, don't bother with a screen.

I have a half screen on my daily commuter and it is no big deal to have the wind blast.

My vStar has a screen and when doing 500 miles a day, it is nice to have.
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I have a quick release on mine and while I do take it off if I'm out for a short ride, it stays on most of the time. For one thing, I wear a half helmet and it stops a lot of kamikaze bugs from splattering on my face. But the big thing is at speeds over 60mph. Without the windshield I'm hanging on for dear life as the wind stretches my arms. I don't get any of that with the windshield. Never had a bike with one before and when I first got the bike, the first thing I did was take it off because it looks so much better without it. I figured it would spend most of its time tucked away in the shed, but now I'm glad I have it and I'll have one on whatever I ride from now on.

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I commute daily on my bike. Summer time without windshield as it's cooler. Winter time with windshield for weather protection. It's almost I get a new bike when I put it on or off, at least to me, as the ride is that much different. By the way, my mileage got up without windshield, it does poke a big hole in the air and that takes power.
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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 08:19 PM
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If you do highway miles, WS is very nice to have. Without one on highway I feel like I am in continuous struggle to hang on bike

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I've taken my shield off a few times this summer. I do like the way my 950 looks totally naked, but windshield (and saddlebags) are not only luxurious, but kinda necessary in my opinion. If I have to hop on the highway for a stint, or ride home at night, it's nice not to be "hanging on for dear life", as other's have stated, or getting bug guts all over my shoulders and face shield.

I would actually like a shorty shield, you know, just something to take the wind blast off the chest. If the riding position were different I wouldn't mind the highway blast as much. If my feet were below me or slightly behind me then it would be less straining to lean into the wind. Like for instance I don't think I would mind wind blast while riding a super naked sport bike, but a cruiser is different. My 950 has me inclined to reclining, and relaxing, just chillin' and enjoying the ride.

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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 11:48 PM
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this is kind of like asking how they like electricity or indoor plumbing from someone who has never experienced it. you've gotten along fine without such luxuries this far so you're fine without using a windshield, but it sure is nice to have. especially if you choose to get a big screen TV.
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