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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-01-2008, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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First Highway trip - Wind buffeting

Hey all. Been riding for a little over a month. Took my first extended highway trip yesterday. 300 miles roundtrip. For most of the trip, I felt like I was being tossed around by the wind. I have a Kawasaki Windshield on it. I think it is a little bit small for me, but it keeps the wind off my chest and just barely hits the top of my helmet.

Is this usual for this size of bike? Might the smallish windshield be causing the air to hit me from the sides? I'm kind of a big guy, 6'1, 250 lbs, could that be adding to the issue? Or do I just need to get used to it?

It wasn't the most fun trip I've been on. Love the bike, but the highway driving was rough on me.
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I like the fuller coverage given by the Plexifairing 3. It may not be the best-looking windshield, but it's great for long-distance riding, and especially helpful when the weather is colder. (I had about 1.5" shaved off the top, but you're taller than I!)




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I agree, I had a Plex III on mine and it was great, I went over 500 miles in a day and not a problem.

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Those side winds on the eastern side can be a pain with the sand and what. If you do get a bigger faring, the side gusts can catch you more than your smaller one. If our bikes weighed in at 700 lbs, it would be more stable, but there's the trade off, sporty nimbleness vs. hwy stability in adverse conditions. Many commutes home I've fought a N-Wester on I-5 feeling the same as you...

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I had the large Plexi on my Nighthawk, and it rode great. The bike rode much more comfortably in the wind. Occasionally acted like a sail going over a windy overpass, but I really liked it overall. I plan to put one on my '89. I unfortunately have a couple of other higher priority purchases in front of it, like new tires.

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I have the Plexi II put on by the previous owner. Unfortunately he put a big scratch in it so I've been thinking about replacing it. I like the idea of fuller coverage offered by the Plexi III, but is anyone having problems with the glow of the turn signals? It looks like they're behind the fairing. My Plexi II ends just above the signals and at night they cause the entire edge of the screen to glow amber... kind of a fiber optic effect. It was a bit distracting at first, especialy if looking over the top instead of through it.

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You will get used to it.. I've also only been riding for a few weeks and had the same experience on the highway (feel like I'm being tossed around).. I'm also a pretty big guy (6'5'', 240) and don't have a windshield. I was discouraged after my first few rides on the highway, I really didn't like it. I now love riding on the highway and barely notice the wind. It's weird, but I'm sure you'll experience the same thing..
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I have the little Vulcan wind screen in mine. It does only really divert the wind a bit. I like it because of that, (keeps me cooler) but it's not a huge help on the highway. I have gotten pretty used to it and it and don't really think about it anymore. It sounds like it's worse for you though. You're 3 inches taller than me, so maybe it's directing the wind right at your face. You might experiment with the angle, maybe try and tilt it into a more upright position.

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I had mine behind the tursignals, worked great.

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I have the Plexi II put on by the previous owner. Unfortunately he put a big scratch in it so I've been thinking about replacing it. I like the idea of fuller coverage offered by the Plexi III, but is anyone having problems with the glow of the turn signals? It looks like they're behind the fairing. My Plexi II ends just above the signals and at night they cause the entire edge of the screen to glow amber... kind of a fiber optic effect. It was a bit distracting at first, especialy if looking over the top instead of through it.

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Took my bike out last night...it was windier than usual which made the ride almost unenjoyable... that mixed with rush hour traffic...I have decided that the back roads are so much better..unfortunately back roads don't go every where I need to go.
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