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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-24-2015, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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I need a trip shield - Riding to sturgis

I need some suggestions and pics. I have an 8" KW shield. I love it! Wouldn't change it for anything. For what I use my bike for, it works. However, we're planning on riding 700 miles to sturgis and back and on the interstate at 80 mph, I'll be deaf when we get there.

I need some suggestions for a good shield that will still look good. For my height (6'3") I know I should be ordering a 16" shield, but that's not gonna happen. However, i did ride my dad's '15 CVO on sunday and realized what it was like to year the radio on the interstate for the first time.

Items I'm considering:
- I WANT the black 10" windvest but i'm sure that is no more protection than my KW
- I'm considering a dark smoke 12" or 14" Windvest
- Also intrigued by the Freedom Shield in the dark tint, also 12" or 14".
- Installing a used 12" KW Flare that I already have but have never installed.
- Buying a fullface helmet and saying f#ck it.

Concerns are if the 12" is pointless because the wind will still hit me in the forhead? Is the 14" too tall for the 16" carlini apes?



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Put your empty beer can 50 feet in front of your bike, on level ground (never use a full one, you might spill it). Sit on your bike. Figure out how high you can go with your windshield, and just see the can over the top of where the shield would be. Having someone help measure comes in handy.

For me at 5'10" that's a WindVest 12. Funny thing is, when I get on my bike first thing, I sit a little taller, until my spine compresses and I relax. A 14" would be good then. But after I relax, the 12" is perfect.

Keep in mind that if you get caught in rain, you want to be looking over the top of the shield. But you want it high enough to protect you from a majority of the grasshoppers in the grasslands. With all that said. My suggestion is a 12" Windvest..... AND ...... buy a set of Matazu vented lowers. You will be happy with the lack of buffeting....... and you'll be surprised at how nice your stereo sounds.


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You know your windshield and lowers are working when you can ride like this. I usually wear a ball cap, but sometimes you just have to cowboy up at 60mph.












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I'm 6' & have a 14" Windvest. If your hearing is the major problem, buy some ear plugs.


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Its amazing how much better the wind is with earplugs. I have a 12" gunsmoke windvest I need to get rid of. Never have sold anything online so I need to read up on the rules and get going with PayPal.


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Two things here I have the 8 KW and have put thousands of miles on with it. But I always put the foam deci damp plugs in always. But when cruising and the bugs are bad the full face comes out and or a thunder storm . Nothing like a full face in driving rain or Critters

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I'm 6'1" and have the 10" Windvest. They are sending me a 12". The 10" is too short and hits me right above the eyes with wind. With a full face it's fine but with the long rides I do it is not enough. The 12" should be just right.
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I have a Freedom 12". Probably better off with a 13", but 12 is workable.

There is a thread on here about Freedom, suggest you take a look. Also, I think their web site has a measurement method.

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I'm riding to Sturgis as well.....decided to take the plunge and get a Madstad 16" for the trip. (6'5") As many times as I've heard how ugly it is, i'm not as dissapointed as I thought I would be. Seems to work great so far, and I don't even hate the look.
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My $.02
Go with the 14' Freedom Shield. I started there, but it was too short for me.

I'm 6'5", I have 14" apes and a 16" Freedom Shield on a '13 RGC. I look right over the top of it. My '07 had 16" apes and a tall (?) windshield. No problems with handle bar clearence on either one.

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Go Madstad 13" best choice IMO adjust low for solo riding, raised for 2 up. Or raised for long highway rides, better wind management. Had three other shields no one beat Madstad, best wind buffering on the market.
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