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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-29-2011, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Stratoliner windshield and fuel mileage

With the Stratoliner bags and sissy bar, my Roadliner is a Stratoliner without a shield.

I want a shield, and while I could get an aftermarket one a LOT cheaper, I'd kind of like to keep the "Stratoliner" theme going.

While I look for a good deal to pounce on, though, I've got a question about shields and fuel economy.

I know (or at least THINK I know) that a racing fairing can increase fuel mileage by reducing wind resistance. But the Stratoliner is more of a snowplough than a feat of aerodynamic wizardry.

Has anyone added a stock Strato shield (or heck, just a similar shield) to a Roadliner? What happened to your mileage?

For the record, while the Strato shield doesn't look very aerodynamic, it turns out that my big carcass isn't particularly aerodynamic either.
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I don't know about windshields but i thing batwing fairings can increase mileage.
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Windshields on sport bikes are just extensions of the front fairings and do improve aerodynamics because the rider can tuck down behind it, rider's posture on a cruiser, not so much. I've never compared gas milage of with the windshied against without. I doubt there is any appreciable amount of difference. Without the windshield, the wind is plowed by me, with the windshield, IT deals with it more than I do.



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The milage is the same with or without a shield
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the wind is plowed by me
Good to hear you're plowing something.
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Good to hear you're plowing something.

That's what blue bikes do best.

In fact if you look under the seat on any of them you won't find Yamaha information; all you'll see is the "New Holland" manufacturing data...
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Good to hear you're plowing something.
Yep, it's what I do!
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Yep, it's what I do!
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Damn I'am glad I don"t have one of those anymore since I retired to No. Calif from Bayfield Co., do not have to shovel rain or sunshine.
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I have the Roadliner, and seem to get just as crappy mileage with or without the windshield. I only put it on for trips that take me at least 200 miles round trip or more. I don't like how the windshield looks on my bike. I'm thinking about cutting it down about 4-5" maybe little more, but don't really want to risk cracking such an expensive piece of plastic. I guess I should find out if anyone has the short shield and wants the medium instead....
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I have the Roadliner, and seem to get just as crappy mileage with or without the windshield. I only put it on for trips that take me at least 200 miles round trip or more. I don't like how the windshield looks on my bike. I'm thinking about cutting it down about 4-5" maybe little more, but don't really want to risk cracking such an expensive piece of plastic. I guess I should find out if anyone has the short shield and wants the medium instead....
You can cut it yourself, it was easy! Do a search on here, I posted the "How To" on here.



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