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Memphis Shades Alley Cat Windshield

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  1. ttt153
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    Got the windshield installed finally. Got the gradient blue model... I think there are about 8 different colors available. The install took about 30 minutes. Real easy.

    This quick release mechanism is the reason I got this windshield. I can take it off in about 10 seconds and can replace with different Memphis Shades model without replacing the bracket.

    I raked the windshield all the way back (there's about 1.5" rake adjustment) and lowered it all the way down (about 1" adjustment). At this setting and my height, there was a lot of buffeting starting at my chin up, so I decreased the rake forward and raised it all the way up. Haven't had a chance to ride yet, but I'll post on the results later.

  2. unpitten
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    ttt153,

    when you get a 'shot', I think we would all like to see a picture of the bike from a front/side angle so we can see how the whole bike looks with the new addition.

  3. ttt153
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    UPDATE: After the adjustment to all the way up(rake & height) the buffeting is minimized. I can feel it at 70mph+, mostly around the top of the helmet. Around 90~100mph then it's a bit uncomfortable... then again I don't think you are supposed to be comfortable at that speed. Anything under 50mph is very calm.

    I'll post some more pics later unpitten.

  4. prjzchulds
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    That looks good!

    Congrats on an even sharper-looking ride!

  5. RIPE641
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    I got the National Cycle mini wind shield. Yours looks like it covers more area. The one I have has handle bar mounts and doesn't come off as easily.

  6. MorkKW
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    Hey, DDD.

    Your new shield looks terrific and the color appears to be like it was custom made for your bike. Lookin' good. I'd really like to see our Tourer come with a detachable and adjustable shield, but....

    Enjoy your week.

    Morg

  7. pikzhavn
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    It does look good. I have a Memhis Phats, good quality stuff.

  8. pbhillibz41
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    Looks good TripleD! I'm in a bit of quandry because I generally don't like the look of windshields, but I don't want to get buffetted around like a bobble-head doll. I like the size of yours and the quick-release brackets. Makes it nice for around town driving!

  9. CUOffzhore
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    Looks good TripleD! I'm in a bit of quandry because I generally don't like the look of windshields, but I don't want to get buffetted around like a bobble-head doll. I like the size of yours and the quick-release brackets. Makes it nice for around town driving!
    My thoughts exactly. I do not like the looks of a shield either but that one looks good. Now I'm thinking that in the gradient black... on my black bike...

    -Dave

  10. ttt153
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    Thanks for all the compliments guys.

    Around town riding comfort has increased dramatically.

    I believe these windshields are 18" tall and maybe a tad too short for my height/sitting height (I'm 6'1"). If you're a bit shorter, it might be perfect. There's plenty of adjustment if you rake the windshield back like the picture to adjust for lower height or decrease the rake to raise the height. I believe the recommended height of a windshield is to line up the top edge of the windshield and slightly lower than your nose bridge in your normal riding position. With my height it's about where my mouth is. I can slouch a bit to get more protection or look over completely, if I straighten up. Overall it's not bad. I'm thinking about getting a taller Memphis Fats for longer highway trips. It should just clip on the current mount.

    At highway speed, the degree of buffeting changes drastically, depending on traffic (probably because of the narrowness of the shield, I'm guessing). For example, if you're passing a truck the buffeting increases drastically due to the disturbance the truck creates. Maybe this is the case with any shield?

    Anyways, I rate this windshield 7 out of 10.

    Pros: Quick release, able to install other Memphis, Looks great.
    Cons: Limited coverage, Bit low for tall riders.

    Have a safe ride!

  11. CUOffzhore
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    I had no idea that Memphis Shades had such a selection. Looks like about $70.00 for the shield and another $109. for the mounting hardware?

    mawonline.com

    And here is the shield and the hardware for $164.99... the whole package. Is that a decent price?
    motoshop.net

  12. 7VSdar208
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    Looks gangster!!! I love my Memphis Shades windshield. It is 10 times better looking (quality wise) than the OEM yamahammer screen on Dad's 1300T. Plus I can take it off if I choose.

  13. ttt153
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    I had no idea that Memphis Shades had such a selection. Looks like about $70.00 for the shield and another $109. for the mounting hardware?http://www.mawonline.com/newsite/mem...MOUNTING%20HARAnd here is the shield and the hardware for $164.99... the whole package. Is that a decent price?http://www.motoshop.net/mm5/merchant...MEMPHIS_SHADES

    That's pretty good price ($164.99).

    I got it at Phat Performance with free shipping for around $169.

    This is the link to the shield and bracket at phatperformance.com

    phatperformanceparts.com

    phatperformanceparts.com

    Good luck!

    Update... If you like the look of the Alley Cat with maybe a bit more surface, you might want to consider the Big Shot model.

    phatperformanceparts.com

  14. Kinijeov
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    Forgive my ignorance, I've been riding since I've been 15, but never with a windshield, so could someone explain what buffeting is? Sorry for the noob question.

  15. ttt153
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    Forgive my ignorance, I've been riding since I've been 15, but never with a windshield, so could someone explain what buffeting is? Sorry for the noob question.

    It's the effect of the current of air that the windshield/bike disperses and gets directed to you. I'm confused about that sentence too. but I hope you get the idea. The windshield disperses the air and that air will have a turbulent effect on your face/helmet. If the windshield is tall enough to clear the tubulance over your head, then you'll have a calm ride... If not, your head will feel like an antenna ball.

    I'm writing this on my phone, so excuse the post.

  16. CUOffzhore
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    Now that you've had the shield a while, what are your thoughts? I'm about to order the Big Shot (I think) and wanted your updated opinion now that you've racked up a few miles...

    -Dave

  17. ttt153
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    The smaller shields are only good for short trips on the highway, in my opinion. The Big Shot is only 1" wider and 2" taller than the Alley Cat and I don't think it's going to give you a significant protection over the smaller shield.

    Don't let the measurement fool you, because the measurement is taken at the bottom of the shield and the top is pretty narrow.

    I don't have solid data on this and since everybody's shape/height is different, it might work differently for you. I'm thinking about getting the Memphis Fats 21" and rake it a bit for longer highway runs. I know the smaller shields look cool, but I can't say I recommended it after I've been using it a while. Don't get me wrong, the shield works good, but the function vs appearance comes to play here.

  18. CUOffzhore
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    I was afraid you'd say that. I read this review, as well...

    "Reviewer: Frank Trammell from Covington, GA United States
    Bike Info: Suzuki M50 2008
    Would buy again?: No

    Wind buffeting over the windshield on my head was terible, it was giving me headaches. I tried all the heights and angles I could with no luck. Would not recomend for anyone over 5'8'' tall, I am 5'11''.

    That's a shame because the thing looks great as shields go...

    Thanks for your honesty.

    -Dave

  19. fromohiouza
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    I got the biggest version of this. I think it is called the "big shot". I can't say I like it all that much because it really moves around in the wind.

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