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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-14-2011, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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windshields in the summer?

So being a novice on a bike i have noticed that with no windshield there is quite a bit of resistance on me and at highway speeds i really have to hold on tight. So who rides in the summer with winshields and is it unbearably hot?

Im looking at a pretty small windshield, a slipstream spitfire sport... Any feedback wouod be much appreciated
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So being a novice on a bike i have noticed that with no windshield there is quite a bit of resistance on me and at highway speeds i really have to hold on tight. So who rides in the summer with winshields and is it unbearably hot?

Im looking at a pretty small windshield, a slipstream spitfire sport... Any feedback wouod be much appreciated
I ride with one on almost all the time.

I'm in "Hotlanta" (Atlanta). I prefer the bugs going splat on the windshield instead of me.

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I ride with a windscreen all year, but I do suggest a smaller one for summer.

(I can raise or lower mine, so when it's hot, it goes down most the time)

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I rode for about 3 months (Summer) a few years ago, and it is cooler, but if you are riding highway speeds or long distances it can really add to your fatigue, so I now ride year round with a shield. Even with the shield I am comfortable in the Summer as long as I am moving, and when you are stopped in traffic, it doesn't make any difference one way or the other. As someone else pointed out, the bugs, especially at night in farm country can be really bad, so the shield is the way I prefer over all.
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I dont have a windshield on my bikes. If it's going to be a long highway trip I wear a full helmet. Otherwise I enjoy the bugs in my teeth!

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Have a shield for my bike but took it off the first week. I just like the looks without it. I have also acquired a taste for a nice juicy junebug.

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Thanks for all the input guys, prolly going to put a few more miles on the bike then make the decision
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I haven't taken mine off yet cause of the high bug volume we have here . I'm 10 mile from the Tennesee river and the bugs haven't let up yet. I bought the Kawasaki V-Force shield. It is short so your not looking through the shield, your looking over it and still getting air but it does reflect the bugs well at the same time.
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I haven't taken mine off yet cause of the high bug volume we have here . I'm 10 mile from the Tennesee river and the bugs haven't let up yet. I bought the Kawasaki V-Force shield. It is short so your not looking through the shield, your looking over it and still getting air but it does reflect the bugs well at the same time.
u wouldnt know the dimensions of that would u
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I have a National Cycle's (NC) Deflector (about 14" tall) and think that it is a good mix or protection without feeling like a true windshield, for riders 5'10" and under (see signature picture). However, I would recommend something bigger if you ride a lot highway miles (I don't). On the highway I feel can a good bit of buffeting along the top of the helmet, but there is little wind pressure on my body. Quite tolerable for short highway runs. On back roads it is short and small enough to almost feel invisible, while still provides some bug, debris and wind protection. NC windshields also remove in seconds. The deflector option is not best in class for any one area (highway, bugs, wind protection, etc.), but it provides just a enough protection and style (IMHO) for mixed riding.


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