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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-06-2009, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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No windshield on the highway

Yesterday was pretty nice in Philly. It was about 65 degrees and sunny but a little windy. Since it was so nice I decided to ride without a windshield. I got out on the highway and the wind was pushing pretty hard on my chest and helmet. So much so that I had to tense the stomach muscles to feel like I was staying up right. Today my belly is killing me!! I noticed diring the ride that I could relax the mid-section a little if I sqeezed the handles tighter and let my arms to the work but then my throttle control lessened. Does anyone know of a way to beat this? Is that just the way it is without a helmet? If I keep the windsheild off and ride will I just have to deal with an achy belly?

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Some adjustments can lessen the aches. Repositioning handle bars and controls. Personally I like my shields.

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Well I don't have a windshield here in S.Tn, (except on my car & PU) but feel like you need to ride a time or two to get the neck and stomach muscles on their way up to par at the beginning of the spring riding season... Sounds like you may have let the stomach muscles down during the winter mos., don't we all though... But if they are sore they are on their way back...
As to the no helmet I can't comment because I have never rode without one, and stay with a full face till the weather gets too hot, no matter what the law is...
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I had a spitfire windshield on my bike when I got it. I can't use it at all it redirects the wind right at my ears, so with a helmet or without a helmet I get a pounding noise in my ears. So I had to get used to the wind directly in my chest. I used to ride a ninja and after changing bikes I cant believe how much those fairings do to redirect the wind.

Just think of it this way, now you can have that six pack like you always wanted. keep squeezing them stomach muscles.

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Well I don't have a windshield here in S.Tn, (except on my car & PU) but feel like you need to ride a time or two to get the neck and stomach muscles on their way up to par at the beginning of the spring riding season... Sounds like you may have let the stomach muscles down during the winter mos., don't we all though... But if they are sore they are on their way back...
As to the no helmet I can't comment because I have never rode without one, and stay with a full face till the weather gets too hot, no matter what the law is...Have a good one...Old Dog...
I didn't mean to imply I was going to ride without a helmet. I always ride with a full face, always.

So it looks like I'll either have to grow stronger, which is fine or put the windshield back on for highway ridin'. Fair enough, thanks guys...
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Is that just the way it is without a helmet
OK-You ment windshield, I understand, but it don't get better as you get older...lol... Believe me I know......
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you coul look at it this way..... you will have some nice abs after a month or so of riding without it....
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OK-You ment windshield, I understand, but it don't get better as you get older...lol... Believe me I know......
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Yup, I meant windshield, thanks Old Dog...
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I haven`t ridden my VN without a shield, but I took a 750 Honda for test ride last spring when looking for a bike. It didn`t have a shield and I really had to hang on at 65mph. I read in a training manual that we need to use our legs to squeeze against the tank, to hold ourselves in position. It should take some of the strain off the arms. I don`t think I have seen anyone else ever mention this technique on the forum. Maybe it is instinctive for everyone else, but I have to keep reminding myself to squeeze while I`m riding.

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The problem you could run into in tightening your grip on the handlebars is what's referred to 'Arm Pump'
The ache you are feeling in your stomach now will be similar to what you'd feel in both forearms.
Sometimes it's not too bad, but other times it can be a real pain. Almost to the point of needing to pull over.
Dirtbikers commonly are affected by this as there is more of a need to hold tight on the bars.

I'd suggest.....
  • Finding a different riding position (moving the bars)
  • Adding a backrest
  • Keeping the shield on
  • Exercising your arms and stomach more.

As the riding season goes on, you'll probably become more used to the wind pressure you were feeling and it wont bother you as much.


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