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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-22-2008, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Windshield-- can't decide...

I would like a windshield for highway driving.. under 60 mph for short rides I like not having a windshield. My grandpa, who rode bikes when he was young and before he lost his arm in a farming accident, said he wants to buy one for me. I would like to get one that is removable, big enough to keep MOST of the wind off my chest/helmet, but not so big as it looks like a fairing on touring bike, lol. the N/C plexi-fairing 3 is out of the question for me, but I have looked at the Plexistar II and it's a little on the big side, but it doesn't look TOO bad. I like the following but am not sure on the wind resistance and 'removability' of them.


http://www.motoshop.net/mm5/merchant...=SLIP_STREAMER
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I am 5'11", I'm not sure if that changes anything... thanks.

Any suggestions, or opinions would be great!

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N/C Street shield EX windshield
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-22-2008, 02:16 PM
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I would think that a Yooper would get a lot of use out of the PF3, considering the weather!!! I like the full coverage all year 'round. I had 1.5" shaved off the top so that I'm looking out over the edge. And it can be removed without too much trouble.

By the way, the photo by my name (the road lined by pines) was taken in the U.P. ~ Delta County, off Route 2, near Big Bay de Noc.

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I'm only in the UP September- April for school (Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie) And the snow/sleet usually starts mid October and lasts until the last of march or early April.

I may end up getting a plex 3 later if I plan on taking a Iron Butt ride...

'99 VN750 with 8900 miles and growing (3,111 when I bought it 03-22-08)
Ear shave with Unipods
Drilled mufflers and degoat
TOC springs
N/C Street shield EX windshield
Jumbo Saddleman Highway Studded saddlebags
Willie and Max Saddlebag mounting kit
License plate turn signals
Home made sissy bar
Luggage Rack from Scoop
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Given your tastes and your goals, I would recommend that you pass on both the NC Plex 2 and the Plex 3...

These windshields make the bike look bigger than it really is--an effect I take it that you are actually trying to avoid.

Also: installing (and especially adjusting) the Plex 2 is not a quick or easy chore, and once it's in the correct position over the headlamp, it offers little protection for your hands.

Instead, find a windshield that is advertised to truly fit the VN750 and its handlebars, and is also described as a "quick install" and a "quick remove"...(or similar wording).

Good luck....

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I use the Maier cruiser shield. Fits your description / needs. Style 4 on the link below.

The National Cycle Street Shield would be a good choice for a bit bigger product.



http://www.jcwhitney.com/MAIER-CRUIS...4191_10111.jcw

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I use the Maier cruiser shield. Fits your description / needs. Style 4 on the link below.
The National Cycle Street Shield would be a good choice for a bit bigger product.
http://www.jcwhitney.com/MAIER-CRUIS...4191_10111.jcw

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is it pretty stable at 80 mph and easy to remove? I like the size... Also, what's the wind hitting your chest and arms like? I wish I could hop on bikes with the different windshields! lol..

I like the wind hitting me, but over 60 and especially 75-80 mph, it hits pretty hard! I know that for a trip 100 miles or longer it will get tiring...

'99 VN750 with 8900 miles and growing (3,111 when I bought it 03-22-08)
Ear shave with Unipods
Drilled mufflers and degoat
TOC springs
N/C Street shield EX windshield
Jumbo Saddleman Highway Studded saddlebags
Willie and Max Saddlebag mounting kit
License plate turn signals
Home made sissy bar
Luggage Rack from Scoop
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Easy on off, I'm only 5'7" but I have a tall torso and it does a great job in keeping the wind off the chest and face area (I use a 3/4 face in the summer). Because it's not a big shield, I've never had a problem running up the speed. It doesn't do much for hands; that's the trade off for a small shield.

I've done 300 + miles with confort.

Here's a pic of it on my bike:

DT

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GL1100 front fender
OEM engine guard
OEM high back rest
'V-Twin' HWY pegs
Black 750 Spectre handlebars
SunPro Volt Meter (Amazon)
Maier bug shield (JCW)
Bar Ends anti-vibe (JCW)
Emgo air filters
Tank bag-Eclipse
Tail bag-FroZone Cooler
Back Rest-Igloo 6 pak cooler
WalMart Saddle Bags
R/R Relocate
Dry Splines Lubed
AGM DieHard-Sears
Gutted Goat
Sporster XL Mufflers
LED's-stop,tail,turn,marker
Pickup coil mod to .45mm
Silverstar headlight
Rotella T6

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ok.. it's down to the Street shield EX or the Maier... I guess I will read up more on them, decide then buy in a few weeks..

'99 VN750 with 8900 miles and growing (3,111 when I bought it 03-22-08)
Ear shave with Unipods
Drilled mufflers and degoat
TOC springs
N/C Street shield EX windshield
Jumbo Saddleman Highway Studded saddlebags
Willie and Max Saddlebag mounting kit
License plate turn signals
Home made sissy bar
Luggage Rack from Scoop
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I think the Street Shield EX would be perfect. I went from an Enterprise II (similar to the plexifairing 3, I called it "The Big Ugly") that was on the bike when I bought it to a Spit Fire. I like the Spit Fire, but it only measures 15" above the headlight which deflects the wind away from your chest, you still get some on your arms and head. For short rides it's perfect (and for the hotter than hades TX summers) but if I was going to do a lot of highway riding, 17 or 18" from the headlight would probably be better for reducing the wind buffeting on the head. With a half helmet and the short shield I have to wear ear plugs because of wind noise, my full face with the shield up is just right.

Good luck with whatever you end up with.

Now for the obligitory "here's what mine looks like" pic.


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