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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I live in the Phoenix area, and have an '02 which would look brand new if I cleaned it up. And it has over 70,000 miles on it. But it has been garage kept, and never used for anything but pleasure riding. Never been left sitting in a parking lot.
Be careful about windshields. I had a Memphis Shades on mine that almost killed me a few times. It was the Harley type, but it was mounted way to vertical, and was not adjustable. It was just low enough to see over. It was downright dangerous at highway speeds, it acted like a sail, and caught a lot of wind, which did it's best to yank the bars out of my hands. It would also sometimes cause violent headshake.
Also there was an unbelievable amount of wind blast coming over the top of it, which hit me right in the face. It kept trying to rip my helmet off, it blew the face shield open several times, and blew it plumb off once. Unreal. And it was supposed to be a windSHIELD? Didn't take me long to get rid of that thing. And yes, it was the correct part# for my bike, both the shield and the mounting hardware. After that nightmare, I rode without a windshield for some time, but I had Kawasaki bolt on leather bags, bag mounts/turn signal relocator brackets, backrest, and rack out back, and the front needed something. So I got a Memphis Shades Shooter windshield. It is a lot smaller, and from what I can tell, does absolutely nothing but catch bugs. But it is well made, classy, dark tinted around the bottom, and looks good, and adds something to the front.
The stock (also made by Memphis Shades) shield on my Road King does very little, it is just as easy to ride without it, but it works with the hard bags on the back. It also has storage pouches on it.
The one bike I have with a windshield that works is my '85 Goldwing. This is my second Goldwing, other was an '82 1100 Interstate. Between the fairing and the shield, Honda just got something right. It provides a very still air pocket to ride in. Sometimes I feel it is a bit too still, and makes it feel like you are driving a car. But it does what it is supposed to, and far better than any other windshield I've ever had.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike