I bought my first Harley last summer. It is an 05 Road Glide. 88 cubes with a power module, Rineharts, 12 inch shocks and a low profile seat. I will probably ride a "Glide" until they take away my little round Harley key. I say that, because for years I didn't understand what the fuss was all about riding a HD. I know now
My RG looks a lot like the Street Glide (just hard bags and back rest for the rider and driver and the 1 inch shorter shocks). All that said, it had an original HD shield on it when I bought it. I had to look through the shield most of the time... the turbulence, buffeting and windshield shaking was aggravating. I picked up a 6 inch Klock Werks black opaque and ran it for awhile late last summer. It was interesting and looks good on the Black Pearl paint. The problem with on the road and cool weather is, you still get a pretty good blast of air, but it obviously does not buffet and the wind is more stable. I often ride with a full face on long distance and usually ride with a 3/4 in town and putting around with and without face shields. Long and short of this story. The 6 inch KW is nice for around town and short runs. After wearing out a tape measure and reading about 37 ariticles on windshields for the Road Glide, I decided to order the 12 inch Freedom Shield. A little background on the Freedom Shield. It is made of Acrylic; great optical quality and is also made from 3/16" material with rounded edges. I ordered the dark smoke, because I like the darker shade (looks better aesthetically and bugs, dirt and minor scratches don't show up as much). You can also polish the acrylic if you do get a minor scratch. I hope this doesn't stir the controversy up concerning the flexibility of Lexan / Polycarbonate over Acrylic (Plexiglass). I have a background in aviation maintenance and that industry has had Plexiglass (Acrylic) around for a long time.
I didn't mean to go into a long discussion here, but I did. I am a little over 5'7" and have a 32 inseam. After all my calculations, I expect to have the top of the windshield about 2 inches below my straight line of vision... we will see.
I am new to posting on this site, but will try to post a couple pics of the 6 inch Klock Werks and the 12 inch Freedom Shield after it arrives.