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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-24-2014, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Need Some Help With a Windshield

19" Harley Davidson shield or the Windvest 16" ? Currently have a 17" Memphis Shades and have buffeting issues especially when i wear my helmet with a visor. I am 6'3 just for reference and see over the 17" Memphis shield fine. I'm wondering if the 16" Windvest will solve the issue or go with the taller HD windshield ? Or, maybe find a 20" or taller WS if there is one out there...

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Depending on what you prefer, looking over vs through a windshield, I would lean towards the Windvest since looking over is best. Now the buffeting might not be caused by the windshield. It could be wind from underneath in which case you'll need the lower deflectors. Your helmet can also be a problem.
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The problem with large fairings such as Road Glide or Gold Wing or even the Bat Wing to a lesser extent is that they creat a suction behind them as the push through the wind. This is why the 2014 HD batwings have a vent built into the fairiing. It reduces the pressure behind the fairing. It will help if you get a vented shield or an adjustable shield or a lamilar or MRS type wing that mounts to the front of your shield. Rifle and Clearview make vented shields. The adjustable shield is from Madstad. MRS and Lamilar make wings that mount to to front of an OEM shield. The adjustalble shield and the wings create a venturi effect that greatly reduces the buffeting caused by large fairings. Good luck in your wind shield collection.

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Depending on what you prefer, looking over vs through a windshield, I would lean towards the Windvest since looking over is best. Now the buffeting might not be caused by the windshield. It could be wind from underneath in which case you'll need the lower deflectors. Your helmet can also be a problem.
Oh ya. What he said about the lowers. And my half helmet goes through the wind better than my 3/4 helmet.

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If i lower my head boom the buffeting is gone just a nice little pocket of calmness which is why i was thinking of taller. I've read some good reviews on Windvest and they suggest 16" for a 6'6 rider which i find hard to believe there would be no buffeting. I don't think the wind deflectors will solve the problem but i might give it a shot. I hate to spend another $175 and not solve the the problem. It's not as bad with my full-face or skull cap but the problem is still there, wish i were a little shorter sometimes.

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I had a 14 HD windspliter that worked weel, but I did not like to look of it. I'm 5'10" and have 11" windvest, I also have the HD wind deflectors that mount on the crash bars and tank bolt. I also just put on Sancho wings, I still have a little buffering but can hear the my tunes at 90 so I'm good.


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The best way to get rid of the buffeting is the Madstad. Some say it is ugly but that is because most have only seen 2D pictures. I am 6'1" and I had the 14" Windvest and was actully very happy with it but I did get some buffeting when I wore my full face. I tried the 13" madstad and have never looked back. To me it actually looks better on the bike than my 14" WV did. If you don't have ard lowers you may want to get those too. They help a lot especially if you don't want to go the Madstad route.

FYI... I, like many others, have tried several different windshields. I recommend that you save yourself some money in the long run by just going ahead and getting the MS. Because if the buffeting is that big of an issue for you, you will eventually end up with one anyway. Just my 2 pennies.

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The best cure for buffeting is putting on hard lowers not changing the windshield. Looking over the top on the windshield a couple of inch is best. Looking through the windshield sucks when it is raining. JMO


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Save yourself some money by getting the Madstad now. If you go another route and buffeting is still the issue, and it most likely will be, you will end up getting the MS anyway. It is the best shield bar none for solving this issue. Hard lowers will also help a great deal and are worth the money. I had a 14" WV and thought I was very happy until I road behind the MS. Some say it's ugly but once you actually see it on a bike in person it doesn't look as bad. I have it on my CVO and I get all kinds of compliments on it and I like the looks way better than my 14" WV that I had. No I don't think it's the best looking shield for looks alone but for function it is 2nd to none.

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I have a 14" WV on my 11 & wear 1/2 helmet, which works great. But when I wear my full face, I can't deal with all the buffeting. From what I've read on this site, the Madstad will me my next w/s.


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