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Old 06-12-2017, 06:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Windshield questions (never had one).

I don't have much of a clue about windshields. I watched a video about measuring one for my height (6'3) so I think I got that down, but if feels like I should know more. So if I buy a windshield then I guess I need a mount kit in addition to that also? I see lots of windshields and different kits. I just need something to lessen the wind beating the **** out of my when I go on a two week journey next month. Also I figure about $300-400 would be standard for all I needed to get a windshield on my bike. Any help would be much appreciated.
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I decided to go with the Yamaha tall. It's much more expensive than some of the other options, but it fits perfectly with the bike. And when you quick release it, the mount aren't obviously fugly and you can ride the bike like normal.

I got the tall because I'm 6'2" and figured a short would be too small... and then I couldn't do anything about that.

HOWEVER, the tall is too tall. I am looking through the screen. That means in rain, I'll have rain on the front and back and can't see the road. Bugs, dirt... it all adds up to non-functional.

So, I just took it yesterday to a local plastic shop and they are buzzing 2.5 inches off the top. I marked it and it feels like that's the sweet spot. They are well experienced in modding bike screens, so tomorrow when I pick it up I'll know more. If it's not short enough, I'll scratch another inch off.

The stock windscreen looks and fits great on the bike. It costs more, but worth it in my opinion.
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I have the Yamaha shield for the Stryker as there are not to many to chose from yet.
I have always used the Memphis Slim on my other bikes. I think you can use the Victory mounting on those. I will switch out to that one soon.
To know how high your shield should be?
Take a tape measure from the head light, sitting on the bike, extend it till it is just below your site line. There is your height, minis an inch.
I live in Cali, I can filter in traffic so a batwing is not helpful for that.
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See while I would get the Yamaha tall windshield and quick release, I am not down to dish out around $700 for one while there are others that are much much cheaper along with the mounts.

I was wondering about the interchangeability of certain mounts with certain windshields.
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Mounts are specific to different windshields in my experience. Exception might be some of the Memphis Shades line, which have the same mount brackets on some of their different windscreens if I remember correctly.
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I tried the tall also and couldn't stand the buffeting at 40+ MPH, I had to wear ear muffs. I'm 6 foot I tried tilting it back and forward with spacers but didn't help sold the whole setup it on here for $175, I bought it used for $225. I also didn't like the look.
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I decided to go with the Yamaha tall. It's much more expensive than some of the other options, but it fits perfectly with the bike. And when you quick release it, the mount aren't obviously fugly and you can ride the bike like normal.

I got the tall because I'm 6'2" and figured a short would be too small... and then I couldn't do anything about that.

HOWEVER, the tall is too tall. I am looking through the screen. That means in rain, I'll have rain on the front and back and can't see the road. Bugs, dirt... it all adds up to non-functional.

So, I just took it yesterday to a local plastic shop and they are buzzing 2.5 inches off the top. I marked it and it feels like that's the sweet spot. They are well experienced in modding bike screens, so tomorrow when I pick it up I'll know more. If it's not short enough, I'll scratch another inch off.

The stock windscreen looks and fits great on the bike. It costs more, but worth it in my opinion.

Let me know how this works out for you , i am interested in getting one myself.
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I got the Yamaha tall windscreen back after having 2.5" chopped off the top. Worked out perfectly. Now I have something between the Yamaha short and tall screen height.

Comfortably riding, I look over the screen with the top of the screen lining up with the road around 25 or 30 feet in front of me. Anything further down the road is unobstructed view.

I rode today in totally pouring rain for around 25 minutes. Riding is a LOT better with that thing on the front of the bike, and the height is perfect. I avoid most of the rain in the face, but still look out over the screen.

All I did was take the quick release part off, and tape the whole thing liberally in painter's tape. Then I got the cardboard from a case of beer from the trash bin and traced the arc of the top of the screen on it. I cut it on that line, laid it over windshield, moved it down a couple inches and drew the line on the tape. The plastic shop just cut along that, beveled the edges. Worked great, and no scratches.

The other thing... the shield snaps right off and I can ride without it. The black mounts look pretty good on the front of the bike, around the headlight. Kinda industrial/apocalyptic, and not bad looking at all. I think Yamaha nailed it with this design.
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I have the boulevard and then I also bought the 17 rifle shield. I am kind of alternating between the two. Ususally in the summer I ride with the short one and sometime around september - october I change it to the Rifle.
But, honestly, I find that I just don't like the tall one. It's not too tall for me I'm 6 1, and I don't look through the shield when I ride. I don't have the buffeting issue and it actually works pretty well, but the when I have it on - the bike feels wrong to me.
I don't know how to explain this but it just doesn't feel as stable anymore. Crosswinds become a problem too. Feels like a huge sail attached to the bars, which it is.
And I'm talking about highway speeds, 70-80.
All the way up to 50 it's absolutely amazing.
I have no problems with the short boulevard windshield and this is the one I use the most. But if I had to do this again I would not get the tall one at all.
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