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Old 11-22-2012, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi. Am proud owner of 2008 M50 - no windshield. My first bike (1982 Honda CM 450E) did not have one either.

Question: Do I want one? why?

Your expertise and experience would be appreciated.

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Old 11-22-2012, 12:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Once you've ridden behind a good screen you won't want to go without one.

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I guess it depends on your riding. If you ride 50 miles a week at 50 miles an hour, a shield doesn't have much benefit. If you are going to ride longer distances at higher speeds, then it is a definite must. When all is said and done, it is a personal preference. I've tried with and without and did not enjoy the ride with no shield.
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Yep if you do a lot of highway miles then the windshield is real nice. Personally there is nothing better then cruising at 45 mph without the windshield.

If you get the windshield get the lowers too. With my factory windshield I get a lot of buffeting. The lowers fix that.
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I like my windshield in the winter and on rainy days, otherwise I can go either way. It does take a good bit of pressure off your chest. If also helps keep you dry.
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Ive been riding for close to 30 years now and ive never used a shield whether im slow riding or hitting interstate speeds, i like bieng in the wind thats what motorcycling is all about to me, having a shield is just one step to being in a cager to me, but each to thier own.
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I look at my truck windshield and the rock impacts remind me that could have been my face on the bike without a shield.
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I ride 50 miles a week at 50mph, and the shield made the ride much more enjoyable for me. This is the first motorcycle I've owned that had a shield to take the wind off my chest, and I'm thankful for it. Anything over 50mph without a shield, and I felt like I was fighting the wind as much as trying to enjoy the ride.

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I ride with a shield and gloves. I like my flesh the way it is.
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I live on the east side of the big smoke, GTA, in Oshawa. I ask you this. Would you take the 401 to my town? I take it to work, 400 and Langstaff every day. The shield makes it bearable. However thats just me, I may just old and feeble and tired of chewing road grime. It's your call, whatever makes you feel good. That what it's all about.
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