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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 08-12-2013, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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no more windshields, ever.

I put a Kawasaki F&S windshield on my '93, and took it off and put it back about 10 times while I had the bike. I have had 3 different windshields on my '02 during the past 11 years, and kept taking all 3 off and putting them back on. I tossed the first one, sold the second one (an expensive Memphis Shades Harley type) for cheap, and I'm keeping this one (a Memphis Shades "shooter" universal shield) to let go with the bike when I sell it. But it will NEVER go back on. I just got back from a 240 mile ride after taking it off, and it was so nice It was hard to believe it was the same bike. No more helmet buffeting, no more looking at the ugly bug covered thing, and without it, things are now quiet enough I can actually hear the stock exhaust. It actually sounds like a motorcycle now.

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I don't know why anyone would ever put one on such a small nimble bike anyway. Their main purpose is to reduce fatigue on long trips. This Vulcan is not ideal for very long trips. It's like putting a luggage rack on a sport car, why? Buy the fitting bike for your needs from the start.
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The problem really is the bike.....and the fact you never found the "right" windscreen for it.

Took me awhile to get one that worked right (Plexistar 2 with about 4.5 inches cut off the top)

Problem with the bike is you are sitting so far back from the screen that's there's too much space between your head and the windscreen. This creates alot of turbulance that end up causing alot of "buffeting".

Best move is a small short screen that takes the wind off your chest but leaves your head exposed.

I love having a windscreen....but on the 750 it was a real pain to find one that worked well. The little one I have on my Bonneville now works great BTW.... So not going to toss out the baby with the bath water here....

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The plexistar2 I cut down about 2" and it worked great with no buffeting.
Now that I'm riding the 900 Custom without one, I kinda enjoy it.

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X2 on having a fairing. I've got a big one on mine with the windshield set where its about 2"below my eyes. I do get a good bit of buffeting above 70 and will probably get a shorter shield for it.

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I don't know why anyone would ever put one on such a small nimble bike anyway. Their main purpose is to reduce fatigue on long trips. This Vulcan is not ideal for very long trips. It's like putting a luggage rack on a sport car, why? Buy the fitting bike for your needs from the start.
That seems to be an interesting comment after looking at the transformation you have done on your particular machine. If anyone wants to make changes to their own machine including adding a windshield they should just go ahead and do it. If they like the results then keep it and if not change it to something else.

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This really depends on an individual and his bike. Buffeting and noise depends on the fairing, windshield angle, height, style. Also on riding stance, head position, angle, height, helmet type and model. And proper helmet FIT is the biggest factor in noise, and that really depends on your head shape. But if you're better without it, that's great.
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And what's wrong with putting a luggage rack on a sports car?????

Ever hear of "Sports Touring?"

I didn't put a windscreen on for long distance comfort. I did it cause I hate feeling like the air is trying to shove me off the back of the bike and to put up some protection from the crap tossed at me .....bugs, rocks, etc.



The Vulcan not ideal for long trips? You the bike police now? LOL

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Plexistar works great for me.....and I use it for the same reason as KM....bugs, rocks, and debris on the interstate. I get no buffeting at all....you just have to find the right position and height combination for the individual using it.

Define "long trips please.....I think the windshield makes the longer trips more tolerable since you are not fighting the wind. The added protection from rain and cold makes a world of difference on long trips.

It comes down to personal preference....plain and simple.
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And what's wrong with putting a luggage rack on a sports car?????

Ever hear of "Sports Touring?"

I didn't put a windscreen on for long distance comfort. I did it cause I hate feeling like the air is trying to shove me off the back of the bike and to put up some protection from the crap tossed at me .....bugs, rocks, etc.



The Vulcan not ideal for long trips? You the bike police now? LOL
Amen on the "Not getting shoved off the back of the bike" I have a fairing type that also has sections that protect the hands and the knees. And it gives me "The Wind in My Face" without all that buffeting. And it's also pretty much a fact that a good windscreen cuts down the stress of wind noise and buffeting. Which is what wears a rider down more than any other factor.
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