Having gone down this road before, I have a lot of experience in chasing a quiet pocket of air on my bike. Despite the big, shark-nosed fairing, there can be a lot of turbulent air and buffeting from a Road Glide (especially if you are taller than the demographic MOCO designs these bike for). You can change one thing to solve one problem and it can cause two new problems. It gets expensive... fast. Here are a few tips that helped me...
• Get a good windshield that is sized PROPERLY for you. It may not be the coolest looking, but having the right height shield will greatly improve noise as well as ride quality. My favorite brand is Freedom Shields (and trust me, I've tried a BUNCH)
• Make sure you're happy with your seat/seating position BEFORE you start chasing wind/noise issues.
• I HIGHLY suggest putting lowers on your bike. This was probably the biggest improvement I could make in wind noise and buffeting. Night and day.
• A full face helmet (not modular) is usually your best bet for quiet. But as with most things, everyone is different and YMMV. I've tried 2 different HJCs, a Shark and finally settled on an Arai full face (Quantum X). It is truly leaps and bounds above any other helmet I've tried. My head is more round and finding something that fit comfortable and was quiet proved very challenging. I have two friends that wear Shoei RF1200 and they are very happy as well, but I couldn't wear one. My wife has a Schuberth C3Pro and it is a masterpiece... it just would not properly fit me. So the Arai is my unicorn.
I wish there was a single answer that I could give folks when this question comes up, but there just isn't. Unless you have friends that have helmets you can try, you are sort of stuck dropping cash on what you read reviews on.
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'15 FLTRXS - V&H Power Duals w/ Screamin' Eagle Street Cannons - Arlen Ness Big Sucker - BT4180.14 w/Arc Moto 602v2 and Polk MM652 - Le Pera Maverick Daddy Long Legs - Advan Lowers - Freedom Shield 15"