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Offline 1965soda

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Windshield needs, maybe a bit odd....?
« on: May 03, 2012, 02:13:15 pm »
I have been debating a different windshield for my 2011 C14 and appreciate all the insight the forum members provide. 

I am looking to reduce turbulence around the helmet like many others.  However, I actually like riding with my windshield in the lowest position.  Does anyone have any experience (and hopefully success stories) using different shields/changes that have helped in this scenario?

Thanks in advance for the replies! 
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Re: Windshield needs, maybe a bit odd....?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2012, 02:27:14 pm »
  Here's the problem. You really can't have both in one windshield. There is not enough travel in the windshield movement to cover both. So it's either good up, good down or a compromise. I personally used two shields. I used a V stream in the cold months or on long trips. But in the summer, I used a 3" CalSci.
  When I only used one shield, it was a 4 1/2" CalSci. It was a very good compromise for me on my 2008 C14 (came with a shorter shield than the 2010+).  You may want to list your particulars if you want advice also. I for example am 5'8" with a 29-30" inseam. I also used a Corbin seat which is about an inch lower than stock. I also used KB risers. All this plays into the equation on how a shield will fit.

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Re: Windshield needs, maybe a bit odd....?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 02:42:07 pm »
I've just (yesterday) cut down my stock (2010-2012) shield for summer usage. Took about 4.5"-5" off of it. I also added the Cal Sci. cutout to it. Took it out on a quick ride and I didn't have any turbulence at all. Getting a good amout of air all the way from full down to full up. I do feel that the Cal Sci. cutout is what has helped the most with eliminating the turbulence.

For referance: I'm 6'1" w/34" inseam.

I've also got the V-Stream. No turbulence with it either, but it was just starting to get too hot behind it in 90 deg F temps.
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Re: Windshield needs, maybe a bit odd....?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2012, 02:44:56 pm »
As Bob implies, a hammer is a fantastic tool, unless you need a screw driver or a protractor.  Looking for the "One True Windshield" may be impossible for many riders, because we ride in extreme conditions.  I've ridden my Concours between 118 degrees F and 12 degrees F.  I assure you, the larger windshield all the way up was appreciated at 12 degrees, and the shorter all the way down was appreciated at 118.

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Re: Windshield needs, maybe a bit odd....?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012, 02:49:52 pm »
Thanks Cap'n.  I see I did not word this the best and I understand on there not being a shield that does it all really well.  I tried 3 shields on my C10 and 3 on my FJR.  In the end I spent way too much money and in the case of the FJR was never really happy with the results.

To clarify.....I am willing to sacrifice good coverage (raised position) for smooth flow when the shield is down.  I find myself keeping the shield low even in cooler weather so just something that reduces or eliminates the helmet turbulence in the low position is my goal.

I am just shy of 6ft and have a 32in inseam.  I am using a Spencer modified seat (should be close to stock height) and have Murph's wedges. 

Thanks again for the insight and thanks for any additional recommendations!
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Re: Windshield needs, maybe a bit odd....?
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2012, 03:35:31 pm »
1965soda, I bought an MRA sheild with the adjustable spoiler from Twisted Throttle. It is about the same as stock height when down with spoiler down. With screen all the way up and spoiler up it is a few inches taller and has worked well for me (6' and 32", stock seat). Mid winter cold (below 40 deg) I did wish for something a little more protective but most of my riding is in 50 deg to 100 deg here in South Carolina. Here is a link to the screen http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/4990/602/ . I used the sheild on a trip from SC to NH last fall and it worked well. Interstate travel with the 18 wheelers and the associated buffeting was the only time that I wished for more protection (but I tend to stay off those nasty I-roads as much a possible). Hope this helps.
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Re: Windshield needs, maybe a bit odd....?
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2012, 08:32:21 pm »

I had the MRA Vario and it was a pretty decent shield.  It looked fantastic on the bike as well.  However, I felt it was just a tad bit too short.  Evidently, so did the folks who make them because now they have a new MRA Vario shield called the X Creen, which is just like the regular Vario only with a larger spoiler.  I, actually, had one on order but, I've sold my bike.  Call Twisted Throttle because there is one coming from Germany that used to have my name on it.  I'm willing to bet it's going to be a great shield and with the dark smoke color, it's going to look awesome.

Good luck finding what you want.  Finding the right windshield can be a PITA and expensive.  Just ask my wife.....

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Re: Windshield needs, maybe a bit odd....?
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2012, 09:42:53 pm »
I really like my MRA. I like a low enough 'sport' type w/s to get good "clean air" in the face of my Arai. The laminar spoiler raised does move the air higher when the cold and or weather happens, the ducts/vents do calm the turbulent air behind the shield.
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Re: Windshield needs, maybe a bit odd....?
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2012, 02:54:57 pm »
Thanks for the input!  I like the looks of the MRA.....

Royal.....sorry to hear you are not on a C14 any longer but thanks for the vendor recommendation and lead!

Moto....are you going to the National by chance?  Maybe an opportunity for me to see one on the bike.
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Re: Windshield needs, maybe a bit odd....?
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2012, 11:27:57 pm »
No, not going...just riding around Utah, Idaho and Montana...
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