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Old 02-19-2012, 07:30 PM
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So I just put a headlight and turn signals on my bike and let me say I love the look, but the wind is killer. I was wondering what kind of windshields you guys have on your bikes. Like types, sizes, etc. I'm probably going to keep it off but was just wondering some input. Also post some pics ofyour beauty's so I can see what they look like with windshields
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:35 PM
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There's been a bunch of windshield threads, do a search and you'll get lots of pics....
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:48 PM
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So I just put a headlight and turn signals on my bike and let me say I love the look, but the wind is killer. I was wondering what kind of windshields you guys have on your bikes. Like types, sizes, etc. I'm probably going to keep it off but was just wondering some input. Also post some pics ofyour beauty's so I can see what they look like with windshields
hi Mrtinajero! just my personal preference,, once you ride with a good windshield you will never ride without one,, i have an old vetter fairing/windshield!! ride safe ,,slow mo!
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:52 PM
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Smallest Slipstreamer, throws most of the wind aside, but still enough left to enjoy the breeze of the ride. Only $60...



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Old 02-19-2012, 08:11 PM
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I have two shields for the different phases of the short riding season i get here in Michigan.


This is the Plexifairing III I use early and late in the colder parts of the season.




This is the Street Shield I use in the warmer, middle part of the summer, It puts just enough of a hole in the wind to make even E-way speeds comfortable, but still provides enough airflow to keep the me cool on the hottest days.




Both of them I bought through JC Whitney.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:56 PM
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i got a plexstar 2 for sale.....40 bux plus shipping it painted black wit gold strip. but can be removed easly....pm me if intrested
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:13 PM
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I see that you have a standard H. The specials can use a shorter screen because of the height of the bars vs the seat. However, the standards really need a taller screen to prevent buffeting. When you are riding, the screen should be at a level to enable the rider to see the road about 35 feet or more ahead of the bike.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:34 AM
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Also I was wondering what is the shortest windshield you could have that is easily detached/attached, keeps the wind off of your chest, and doesn't take from looks of the naked or adds to it?
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:40 PM
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The shortest one that is still effective, as Phil said, is the Slipstreamer. I have one and I love it. It's almost like flyscreen but really does the job of keeping the wind pressure off your chest.
Like ManagerMike, I also have two windshields for the different seasons. During the colder months I use my plexifairing, although it needs modifications. I'm going to add two vents to it to reduce the vacuum effect that pulls your body forward onto the bike. Hands and wrists get fatigued after a while from all the pressure.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:16 PM
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One thing to remember about windshields is they're a bit like a helmet or gloves; it has to fit you. Different people will have different results with a given 'shield depending on how it's fitted to the bike and how you fit the bike. My personal experiece is that you want the top of the 'sheild the same height as your nose (you should be able to look over the top) and the top edge to the rear as far as possible; this helps reduce turbulence/buffeting behind it. I see a lot of them mounted too vertical IMO. What kind of helmet you wear can determine how much buffeting you get too, so all of these things are interrelated. Smaller units will obviously offer less wind protection, but the really large units aren't always that much 'better'.

Pick one you like the looks of, then spend time fitting it; I've also found that the 'universal' types don't always fit all that well and reworking the mounting brackets can sometimes pay big dividends...
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'79F parts...
'81H more parts...

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'93 XL1200 Anniversary Sportster 85RWHP
'86 XL883/1200 Chopper
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:19 PM
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Adding to Steve's good advice.....
The general rule of thumb for windshields is to angle them so they're parallel to the forks. In other words, follow the same angle of the forks when fitting them.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:26 PM
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Plexifairing III is the bomb. I prefer the III becuase of the 'screen lower extensions to keep most of my lower legs protected.

Definitely play around with not only the angle of attack at which the 'screen is mounted, but how much gap between the headlight shell and the 'screen where they meet. I find a 1/4"-1/2" gap is enough to eliminate backpressure. Seal that gap up tight and you will feel like you are getting pulled forward from behind at highway speed.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:26 PM
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The general rule of thumb for windshields is to angle them so they're parallel to the forks. In other words, follow the same angle of the forks when fitting them.
That's a very good starting point for mounting. DO spend some time experimenting with the angle, as small changes can make big differences...
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'82 XJ rebuild project
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'79F parts...
'81H more parts...

Other current bikes:
'93 XL1200 Anniversary Sportster 85RWHP
'86 XL883/1200 Chopper
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:06 PM
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So i think i"m looking for something about this size. what is this and what are the pros and cons of this

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Old 02-20-2012, 04:13 PM
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That's a nice looking screen, especially the nice enclosure 'round the headlight area.

I'm interested in what brand/model that is as well.

The bike looks like an MNS with short bars, yes?
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