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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-17-2007, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Windshield or No Windshield

I was wondering how many in this group ride with and how many ride without any type of windshield.

Personally, I removed mine (the one in the avacar) because I like the looks of the bike without it. But, I do have to say that after the first big ride, I was having second thoughts. But I think looks will preside over functionality for now...

What are some of y'alls comments?

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I have a National cycle Plexfair 3, Great and if you get cought in the rain keeps you drier, Even your hands.

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Yo, Ben, just my 2 cents worth....

Consider how much fatigue a windshield can save you, plus it reduces the odds of a loose gravel strike (which can be a major injury), and also cuts the chance of bee stings (have you ever had a bee get caught inside your shirt or helmet? Others have!!!!) and helps keep other insects off of you. Of course, CC's comments are good, as well.

To me, it's a no-brainer. My 750 has the National Cycle Plexistar 2.

But hey, it's your bike...and your bod.
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have one on mine. and i am the envy of all of the rocket riders at work, especially when it is cold!
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I like riding without a windshield. But I've got the full face helmet, Fieldsheer jacket, overpants and I always have my gloves on. But, I have to admit, it's the nuts when I get caught in any kind of rain.

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Had mine off for a short while last summer and came back off a long ride plastered with bugs especially in the sides of my open face helmet. Back on right away. Great for keeping the rain off as we get a bit more in the UK!
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Of course, I know I am not the norm, but I'm a no windshield, no helmet guy myself. I can't imagine myself riding without the feel of the wind whipping thru my hair and I think a windshield takes away from the lines of our bikes (My very humble opinion).........

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Never be without one.............
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I think looks will preside over functionality for now...
I want my bike to...

1. be safe,
2. operate smoothly/flawlessly,
3. be comfortable, and
4. look good...

in that order.

For me, a windshield is necessary for comfort, and therefore trumps the cleaner look of a bike without one!

I wear a full-face helmet and utilize the full coverage of the National Cycle Plexifairing 3. It shields me from the wind, of course, which makes long rides less tiring. It also blocks flying bugs, stones, etc. (I hate to show up for work with an insect planted in my ear or a gash on my forehead!) And it reduces the effect of precipitation-windchill, which is essential to me since I ride year-'round.

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Of course, I know I am not the norm, but I'm a no windshield, no helmet guy myself. I can't imagine myself riding without the feel of the wind whipping thru my hair and I think a windshield takes away from the lines of our bikes (My very humble opinion).........

Stevie D.
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I agree it feels great to ride totally free but... consider all the preoccupied (cell phone using, impatient, inconsiderate, lane jumping, alcohol impaired, stressed out, etc.) drivers out there. It only takes one event of a few milliseconds to change everything, forever. IMHO, the stakes are too high for such a risky bet.

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