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Old 10-05-2011, 08:38 AM
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I found some threads on windshields but they were outdated. I have an XS1100H Venturer with that Vetter fairing. The windshield is bad, so I found a place with replacements: http://www.motorcyclewindshielddeale...h_query=vetter

They have some with vents and I was wondering if anyone has vents and if they are great or stupid.
Also, some are tinted and I would welcome opinions on that too.
Thanks all!!!

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Old 10-05-2011, 08:54 AM
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I've got a Windjammer 3 that I got a new lexan windshield for a few years ago. It came with 2 circular vents near the bottom.
When it's hot in the summer, I'll open them up and get some flow thru them.
I don't think it's that noticable, but I guess every little bit helps.

My 2 Cents, if it doesn't cost a whole bunch, I say get them. It can't hurt.
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I just wish mine was a little taller. In the rain I kinda have to squat a little to 'get under' the water coming off the sheild.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:58 AM
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The vents more help with pressure equalization than air flow. without the vents, or if they are closed, there is a bit of a vacuum on the back side of the shield, dont really know how to explain it but you can feel it. Open them and that goes away.

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Old 10-05-2011, 11:12 AM
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I agree with Nate. I never feel the flow of air with the vents, but when they are closed, at certain speeds, I can get a loud howling sound from them. So they are definitely doing something. I have a CycleSounds in my fairing, and without the vents, it would be just about impossible to clean the very bottom inside of the shield. I stick a towel in one hole and out the other, and drag it back and forth to clean down there.

As for the tinting, I don't know that I would want that... Tinting on a helmet shield is one thing, where you can flip it up out of the way at night or quickly change it when conditions require it, but the permanence of a windshield would make tinting it rather scary for me.
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:05 PM
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Does anyone here have experience with Memphis Shades Roadmaster or Malibu? I saw one on a bike over the weekend and I liked the look of the mounting system.

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Old 10-05-2011, 03:32 PM
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I keep the vents in my Vetter's windshield open most of the time. I find that less "crap" comes flying back at me from behind if I keep them open. I think I also get a little better mileage with them open than closed. I will close them at the coldest parts of the year, but that's only for a couple three weeks each year. YMMV of course, but I would for sure recommend going for the vents.

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Old 10-05-2011, 11:52 PM
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Talking Vents it is

Wow! You guys are quick! If I get the vents, then the tint is out anyway. I didn't see my size windshield with vents and tint. Reason I thought the tint might be nice was because on the 2lane hwayz out here the freekin' headlights get old comin at me. I've even worn sunglasses at night. A little dark when I do that. Thanks everyone for your info and I'll keep checkin' back!
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:52 PM
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I have this windshield on my G for winter use in FL and can definitely feel the effects of the vacuum push on my hands.


The wind produces pressure on my back that pushes my body forward onto the grips causing unnecessary fatigue on my hands. So I started shopping around for round vents to help equalize that aerodynamic pressure. All motorcycle-related vents were very costly, in the $30 - $40 range for a pair. Then I remebered that a lot of single engine airplanes have them to ventilate the cabin. They have the same type of vents for about $15 a pair. When winter rolls around again, guess what I'm going to get?
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:34 PM
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I have the same windshield. The mounting system is awful. The windshield won't stay in one place. Those aluminum rods keep breaking. I just rode 200 miles behind it coming from Barber. I'd like it if not for the mounts.
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