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post #11 of 71 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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I wont ride my M without one!
I started with National Cycle switchblades- my favorite was my Chopped- Their shields are very strong and well made.
All that said- I really didnt like the look- altho the Chopped looked best on my M50.
Since I got my plexifairing (also N.C.) I have never looked back- Nice shiled- Looks like a batwing, but sporty to match the M50.
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Switchblade, best of both worlds. Snaps on and off with ease. Pricey but high quality and sturdy shields.
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When I clean my shield after a ride, I think about all the stuff that would have hit me without it. Get one!
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How tall are you and is that torso or legs? I'm 6'3", 34" inseam, so mostly torso here.
I stick up into the wind like a sail. It used to physically hurt my back to ride my Shadow Aero without a windshield, so when I got the C50 I went all out and got a MS Fairing and 12" windshield. I still get plenty of wind but I have fun now because I'm not being beaten to death.
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Good question. Here's my take. On the C50T I had, I took the windshield off for awhile. The riding position is too upright with no forward lean. The faster you go, the worse it feels. Same with my Bonneville. Just too upright for no shield. 50/60 and under its ok, over it gets progressively, less fun.

My Street Triple is naked but has a forward lean. Good to about 70 mph, then you need to start leaning into the tank.

I preferred the windshield on my C50T. Also a shieild is preferred for winter riding, especially on the highways when its in the 20s and 30s. Best of both worlds is quick on/off type.

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I have a NC Swithblade that I pop on and off. I usually ride with the shield on but for around town I like to ride with it off sometimes. However, I never ride with it off when I am going somewhere that takes me above 40 mph for extended periods of time--the wind just burns me out quickly.

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I have a Memphis Shades Batwing and a 12" screen with a quick release. Love it! If your cruising around town pop it off but if your going for a long ride or hitting the interstate the screen makes a big difference, especially when that truck ahead of you kicks up a rock!
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I may be overly sensitive to wind noise, but a few years ago I gave up on experimenting with lowers and height and angle adjustments to the stock wind screen on my 06 C50T. I removed it and am now much happier. On longer trips I place my sleeping bag on the headlight bucket and place my Thermarest across the handlebars to take the wind off my chest. The only wind screens I have been happie with have been on some fully fared bikes. Everything is a trade off, but this is my answer to buffeting and excessive wind noise.
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I have a tinted National Cycle chopped wind screen for the summer to keep the brunt of the windblast off my chest (but still get some air) and a taller clear one for the winter months for more protection. If you're doing a lot of highway/freeway miles they are indespensible IMO.

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