Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: The burbs of Minneapolis
Windshield for a 950 V-Star
Last year, I installed a Memphis Shades "El Paso" windshield on my 950 V-Star. The "El Paso" was one of the few models which they make, which is recommended for a 950 V Star. It wasn't cheap. I opted for the quick release version. Although I'm happy with the quality of the product, I'm very unhappy with every other aspect. This windshield comes in heights of 13", 15", 17", and 19". Since I'm only 5'6" tall, I opted for their 15" windshield. I love how it looks on the bike!
Unfortunately, after installing this windshield on the bike, my head suffers more wind buffeting than with no windshield at all. I looked into the matter and discovered that Memphis Shades and other windshield manufacturers recommend that the proper windshield height should be about the same height as a riders' nose (or lips). So.....I took a yardstick and clamped it to the windshield with one end of that yardstick at the bottom of the windshield (just above the headlight). I "looped" a string around the yardstick so that the string loop could slide up and down, and attached a line level to the string. I held the other end of the string in my teeth and had my wife slide the string up the stick until the bubble in the level indicated that everything was level. Well...it seems that I need a 21-22" windshield height!!!! I'm not sure how the manufacturer can say this models fits a 950 V-Star when a person 5'6" tall needs one (according to their own height recommendations),which is 2-3" taller than anything they make. ???
Anyway, I believe there may be other options available from other manufacturers which might provide the proper height. I'm hoping to find something that is quick release and does not mount to the handlebars. The tourer-model OEM windshields look OK and appear to be taller than what I have....but unless they changed something they didn't offer them in a quick release version. I'm also concerned that the OEM models might be too high. I'd rather look over the windshield than through it.
Does anyone have any suggestions for something that might work for me? 950 riders....what are you using? I hope to take some long trips and those might be more comfortable if I had a proper windshield.
Thanks for any help anyone can provide!
I'm just a short, fat, gray-haired, old guy, from Minnesota.