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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-09-2014, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Windshields...major buffeting....opinions welcomed

Good day.
Just want some input.

I've got a 1999 V Star classic 650. Wanted a windshield, and boy am I sorry.

Did a little poking around, folks say it should be as high as your nose level and be able to see over it. So I did a few measurements, and decided to go with a National Cycle Custom heavy duty. The touring would go higher than my nose and I wouldn't be able to see over it. The low boy and chopped were too short.

So picked up the windshield and mounts for cheap enough ( two cycle guys) and put them on. Holy crap, it was like duct taping my helmet to a washing machine.

Did some more research, everyone says you gotta get the lowers, should solve everything. Put in another order with the cycle guys, got lowers, and now buffeting is completely long as I keep it under 45mph or so, otherwise, same difference.

The windshield itself is as low as I can make it, although it can go maybe another 1/2 inch lower, the headlight cutout would hit the headlight. (Speaking of which, the cutout is smaller than the light, so it leaves a sorta crescent mood opening) Some folks say angle it forward or back, but at most I'd be able to do maybe 7-10 degrees back, at the expense of making it a bit higher. (Currently as vertical and low as possible).

All of a sudden a little wind on my chest and rain in my face don't sound so bad.

Anyone here run a NC custom heavy duty on their star? Ever had the buffeting? Solutions? I'd love to take this cross country sometime, but as is, I can barely get go cross town with it.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-09-2014, 07:46 AM
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I have a Memphis Shades windshield and at highway speeds it felt like someone was bouncing a baseball bat off my helmet I was getting hit so hard by the buffeting. Like everyone says, get lowers, so I did. I put on a set of fork deflectors (11"L X5"W) and I could not believe the difference they made. At highway speeds I experience almost no buffeting now.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-09-2014, 07:58 AM
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Can you raise the w/s up a little and give that a try?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-09-2014, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Summer View Post
Can you raise the w/s up a little and give that a try?
Agreed. I have a 17" windshield without any lowers, and experience almost no wind. I put my hand at about eye level and raise it until I feel wind on my hand. Barely starts to get windy right at the very top of my helmet. If I stand up just a couple inches higher on the pegs, I can feel it blowing my helmet around a lot.

Do the hand check. My suspicion is that your windshield it too low. It took a little getting used to because I kept wanting to look down and that caused me to look through the shield. Instead of lowering the shield, I have now trained my eyes to look off into the distance where they should be looking.

If the obstruction I'm looking at is so low the windshield blocks my view, I've already gotten too close to reliably avoid the obstruction anyway.

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