The windshield affects the feel of the bike very much. I like riding for the experience of being outside, being in the sun and the wind, being in the place where you are riding, not just watching it go by like riding in a car.
I mentioned in another thread today, the force of the wind blast increases with the square of the speed. So going from 50 to 75mph is not a 50% increase in force hitting you, its twice the force at 75 as it is at 50. At 100 mph its 4 times the force trying to blow you off the bike, compared to 50mph.
Personally I enjoy riding at 50 to 60mph on a naked bike. The wind in your face and across your body with a mesh jacket gives you a total feedback of how fast you are going.
On my 650 the windshield really sucks the life out of the bike. When I wind up thru the gears I can feel the bike slowing down between shifts - its like riding with an open umbrella. On my 1300 Royal Star its not as noticeable because the bike weighs 200 lbs more, and has almost twice the HP at the rear tire.
Like others have said, if I know Im going to be on the interstate I put the WS on the bike. That doesnt happen very often, I would rather ride on 2 lane secondary roads at 50 to 60mph.
I took a trip from Rochester to Buffalo this summer, took the highway there with the windshield on the VS650, and it was ok. For the ride back I stayed off the highway. It was a hot day with a bit of a tail wind, and I felt like I was cooking in my own juices all the way back. You can stick your knees out to scoop some air up on your body while riding, but you cant ride that way for 2 hours with your knees stuck out.
About half way back I stopped at an intersection in a small town, and there was a cemetery on the corner. For a second I though about taking the windshield off the bike and leaning it against an old tombstone, and riding off. I was that miserable and hating it that much.
If there was some way you could take it off the front of the bike and put it horizontal on the luggage rack, that would be ideal for me. If I was going to ride the interstate highways all the time at 80mph, I think I would get a FJR1300 sport touring bike, or maybe a goldwing. Something that would block the wind very well like a fairing, and also let some air thru when you wanted it (air vents).
Last edited by KCW; 11-04-2018 at 09:39 PM.