Not having tested all the shields on the market and different heights it will be very interesting indeed to see some opinions.
I don't know if my opinion counts but I have a 12" Winvest and HD lowers. The Wings worked the same with or without the lowers. I won't ride without them, regardless of the outside temp. I am 6', 32" inseam, C&C seat on a 2010.
The Wings will add approximately 6" width to the fairing, approximately 10" vertical height to lowers and that alone has to do something. I have experienced less wind noise and less buffeting.
When riding without the Wings and no lower fairing I experienced wind coming from somewhere going right to my face and upper body. While riding, with cruise on and no hands, I extended my arms with palms facing forward. Moving my palms around I found that the wind was coming from the side of my fairing when I followed the path of the wind bringing my palms closer to my face. Wala, Sancho's Wings were conceived.
With the number of Wings that I've sold here on the forum, eBay and my Website I'm pretty sure they have gone on bikes with about every shield on the market. So far, everyone seems to notice a reduction in buffeting.
This is a difficult question to answer as I personally don't have the resources to try all the diffferen't shields on the market with my Wings and I doubt anyone else does either. Most people buy 'em, like 'em and let it go at that.
The nice thing is if you buy 'em, don't like 'em, I'll give you your money back. I refuse to have an unhappy customer. My total refunds are .02%.
I've ran both 17" and 15" Cee Baileys TRSSC, and they both work perfect in conjunction with the hogg chopps and Sanchos wings. For me personally, I have found the perfect combination and sticking with what works for me.
My motivation for asking this question was to see if there are any shields that really compliment the Wings without using lower fairings. Likewise, maybe there are shields that just don't work with them. That's good info too.
I also have the WV 14" with soft lowers - I think the shield type/size doesn't really matter as the wings are part of the physical aspect of the fairing not the wind screen. The wings keep the wind off of your upper thighs; as Sancho said...it widens the fairing about 6".
If I understand the purpose of the Wings, it's not to keep wind off your thighs, but to quell the updraft that adds to helmet/head buffeting. And if that's true, the choice of shield would certainly play a role in that function.
Yep, that's the goal, I think the wings accomplish the goal by reducing the wind that hits your legs/body and travel up your body and into your helmet; lifting it. Since I don't usually wear a helmet the only thing I notice is the reduced cold air on my thighs. I think there will always be 'some' buffeting no matter what screen you have - it only takes a small angle deviation from, say, head-on wind, to be buffeted. And if the wind is gusting from any angle then you will surely have buffeting; I don't think it's ever eliminated but only dispersed. Your head height vs the screen height is the critical aspect, you must measure this distance to select the correct windscreen. And then buy lowers and wings to increase the dynamics of your wind 'footprint'.
I will give it a shot... I already removed the engine guard (don't like the look) so this is sort of the end of the road for me after 4 windshields. if I can't figure this out I might have to switch bikes.
I don't get out often but when I do it for the long haul (400+ mile days) and on those days my brain gets scrambled from the head bobbling...
I think the only "quiet" pocket comes from a minimum 12" shield in combination with lowers and wings, I currently am running the wings and a 15" Cee Bailey shield. ( A 14" windvest took more air off my shoulders, but is not as sexy as the CB shield) Sancho's post is dead on, the extended lateral deflection of wind makes a dramatic improvement in the updraft that causes the buffeting. My foot position on the engine guard pegs will sometimes magnify the turbulence from below the fairing and that is where the lowers help.
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