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Windshield and Interstate riding

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  1. kprovn31
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    I've never had a bike with a windshield until this one and I took a ride on the interstate for the first time this weekend. Needless to say, it was a very different experience and not one I really enjoyed. Is it normal to feel like you are fighting the bike the whole way even without vehicles around you at 70-75 MPH or might I have something else going on? If this is normal, is there something I can do to counteract it or do I need to just relax and get used to it? Keep in mind, I haven't been on a bike on the interstate in almost 25 years and the speed limits were 55 back then and then it was without a windshield.

  2. Mondj
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    Which model are you riding? By the way, welcome to the forum. Most of us find riding without a windshield on the freeway more of a problem.

  3. Silwerato5x5
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    What year and make bike were you riding? On my 1980 Honda CX 500 with a Vetter fairing I get almost zero buffeting and no issues with fighting the wind at highway speeds, but on my new 2009 1300 Tourer it feels like a piece of plywood up front, I improved it a lot by changing the angle back but without lowers it still buffets a lot.

    I may eventually go to a Batwing or converting something from a Harley.

  4. PaddiMolli
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    I don't have a problem with my windshield. Make sure your front tire is in good shape as that did happen to me. I would suggest getting used to it, getting hit with a rock as 75mph can really hurt.

  5. Silwerato5x5
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    I tell you what where I live in Alaska its not uncommon to get hit with tire studs around here from people that refuse to pull their studded tires off come spring, they especially fly off on dry pavement, like getting hit with a high powered BB or even a .22 bullet, almost all of my windshield damages on my Silverado are from flying tire studs.

    I guess you would not have that problem in Florida....

  6. kprovn31
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    What year and make bike were you riding? On my 1980 Honda CX 500 with a Vetter fairing I get almost zero buffeting and no issues with fighting the wind at highway speeds, but on my new 2009 1300 Tourer it feels like a piece of plywood up front, I improved it a lot by changing the angle back but without lowers it still buffets a lot. I may eventually go to a Batwing or converting something from a Harley.
    It's a 2009 650 Silverado with only 1,700 miles on it. Tires are good and the pressures were checked before going up on the highway.

  7. kprovn31
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    I tell you what where I live in Alaska its not uncommon to get hit with tire studs around here from people that refuse to pull their studded tires off come spring, they especially fly off on dry pavement, like getting hit with a high powered BB or even a .22 bullet, almost all of my windshield damages on my Silverado are from flying tire studs. I guess you would not have that problem in Florida....
    I haven't even seen a studded snowtire since I left NH in 1973 and I like it that way!

  8. 38ce
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    You can install lower wind deflectors to cut down on the buffeting behind the shield. On my silverado I raised the windshield to the higher position...this makes a larger gap over the headlight bucket and helps to neutralize the buffeting.

  9. cazilwer
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    Are you fighting actual wind or buffeting from the wind (extremely fast vibration felt in your head, almost making vision blurry)?

    If buffeting, lowers may help with that, and the following slanting suggestion may help as well. If actual wind, where it's affecting the bike itself, then try slanting the windshield (if it adjusts) more toward you, this will help make the front of the bike more aerodynamic/less resistant to the wind. If your windshield is adjustable, you need to tweak it to where the buffeting is minimal, or gone.

    Sometimes, it's just really bad frontal or crosswind as well.

  10. kprovn31
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    You can install lower wind deflectors to cut down on the buffeting behind the shield. On my silverado I raised the windshield to the higher position...this makes a larger gap over the headlight bucket and helps to neutralize the buffeting.
    I'll try raising the windshield and leaning it back some if I can. I'm 6'1" so I don't think it will affect me personally by raising it. I knew I could get some positive suggestions by posting it here. Thanks everyone. I'll let you know what happens.

  11. konecambin
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    Lowers, Lowers, Lowers!

    It's like riding a different bike!

  12. flakkerbhil
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    When I first got my 1300 Tourer the buffeting was beating me to death. I ended up getting a shorter windshield, tilted it back towards me and installed lowers. Made all the difference in the world.

  13. 38ce
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    Looking forward to how this works out for you. I wanted lowers but my cobra engine guards wouldn't permit. The buffeting is usually caused by air coming up from the bottom behind the shield. By creating a larger gap over the headlight it helps prevent the upward air-flow without any real flow-through on the body. You don't have much of an adjustment for angle on the stock silverado shield. Also the shield will come close, if not touch, your brake reservoir on right handle bar... I put a small rubber tape spacer to prevent any vibration.

  14. kprovn31
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    Thanks everyone for your input. I raised the windshield and took it for another extended interstate run and it felt MUCH better and I didn't feel like the wind was trying to pull the helmet off my head. I don't like the way the windshield looks around the headlight but I guess that's the price I have to pay for interstate stability.

  15. Sjperflj
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    Hi Gbrown, true on the look on the windshield, I have mine set up the same way, but there are lots of good roads here around Pensacola.

  16. kprovn31
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    Just for grins, I decided to buy a set of the chrome Yamaha lowers. Well, like konecambin said "it's like riding a different bike"! I can't believe how nice it is. I haven't taken it up on the interstate yet, but I ran at 65 on a local 4 lane today and it felt like I was riding in a Cadillac compared to what it was. Thanks for all of the advice!

  17. Mjzdic
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    I'd like to get a small shield if they actually work.Do they make a small shield I could pop on and off? Or can anyone recommend a decent half helmet that doesn't feel like it want to go flying off during hwy speeds.Doesn't have to be DOT approved either.Thanks

  18. bvz1
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    I can only relay my own trial and error over the years and I agree with most when they say install lowers it makes the difference... like riding in your living room...Ride safe...

  19. retzdaret
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    I'd like to get a small shield if they actually work.Do they make a small shield I could pop on and off? Or can anyone recommend a decent half helmet that doesn't feel like it want to go flying off during hwy speeds.Doesn't have to be DOT approved either.Thanks
    Small shields do make a big difference over no shield. People who have big shields will tell you they don't, but in my opinion, if you don't get some air, it ain't riding. Mine has 2 big thumb screws and it's gone.

    cruisercustomizing.com

  20. Mjzdic
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    Thanks for the info. Now I need to go out and find one that fits my bike.
    I only want the shield for long distance riding.I too like to catch air in the face
    and feel free while I'm riding but those long distance rides can have a toll on me
    and make me wanna slow down(guess that can be a good thing) to much.I like to cruise at around 65-70 or so and think the shield will help me out a bunch on those long distance hauls.

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