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post #11 of 47 (permalink) Old 10-12-2018, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah i might try to make some lowers this weekend the diy threads look pretty simple lexan and 4 p-clamps
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I did the same thing. I had a switchblade on my C50. I reasoned that I could pull it off when the weather was nice and I was riding around town. Rode the bike for about 5 years and only took the shield off once. Realized that riding without one sucked and put it back on.
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I also found early on that riding without a windshield was too tiring on long stretches of highways. I felt like I was hanging from the grips.

Watching those weather reporters on TV getting blown around by 70MPH winds? I tell people that's just what I deal with everyday when I ride to work.

I installed a smaller Memphis Shades on my last bike. It did a lot to alleviate the wind on the chest, but it took quite a bit of finagling to get the angle just right to cut down on the buffeting.

My C50 came with a stock windshield that was much larger. The resultant turbulence was truly annoying. At 75+ it would flip my faceshield up.

I had some Memphis Shades lowers installed, but although it was an improvement, it was still far from ideal. I then lowered the windshield down a bit to get closer to the lowers, which were as high as they could go without hitting the turn signals...and...

Problem solved. No, the updraft has not been eliminated completely, but that's a good thing. I don't mind some breeze on hot summer days. But the buffeting is down to a bare minimum and riding is much more enjoyable.

The lowers were worth it, but it all came down to trial and error to get everything adjusted for the best results.


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It all depends on the bike. On my m90 70+ the wind is snacking you in the chest and really wearing you out.

On my rocket 3 80+ no problems.

I dont like the looks of windshields.
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Windshields add weight.

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so does a passenger riding on the seat behind you...
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so does a passenger riding on the seat behind you...
...and a case of beer on the luggage rack.

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sounds like a trip to a rally.

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Yeah i might try to make some lowers this weekend the diy threads look pretty simple lexan and 4 p-clamps
You might want to add something stiff enough behind the lexan to stiffen them up some. A good bump or something may cause them to crack.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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My cousin and I both had Vols at the same time. He took his windshield off and asked me to ride it. One and done for me. Never saw the need to take my windshield off. Hated the constant pressure on me. Not a relaxing ride at all.

Would like to try a full fairing.....


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