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Rhsra
07-20-2015, 04:52 PM
Took the bike out at highway speeds for the first time yesterday. At 50+ felt like a bad prize fighter after the ride. I'm 6 ft and am trying to dial in the bike for optimal ride for me. I'm looking for suggestions on wind screen replacement.. I like clear view and freedom shield so far.. But as always I defer to you experts.. I also feel like I may be a bit to low in the saddle. I'm inexperienced so don't know what's right or wrong.. Thanx for the help


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Skeeter
07-20-2015, 04:59 PM
Fork fangs will help the most with buffeting, along with the correct windshield height. I'm sure more recommendations will follow.

Cooper24
07-20-2015, 05:04 PM
Fork fangs will help the most with buffeting

Again with fork fangs...so they REALLY make that big of difference huh...
Ive never dug how they look, but if they work...I guess maybe I need to get a set and try em out.

Spazz
07-20-2015, 05:16 PM
Fork fangs cut the up draft known as the beard-lift...redirects lower airflow up over the faring and they work extremely well...

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CrBear
07-20-2015, 05:36 PM
Installed the JES fork fangs last night (one of the few I found in glass black), and Joseph cut me a great deal. It does cut down the updraft, but the LRS Ultra 8" was a huge improvement for me also (I'm 6').

bugdewde
07-20-2015, 05:50 PM
The stock StreetGlide windshield is NOT made for highway cruising. It's more of an around town type of windshield. It basically SUCKS! Much too short for highway speeds.
The ElectraGlide and Ultra windshield heights are more suited for highway speeds.
Especially at your height, you'll need a substantially taller windshield than a stock StreetGlide shield.

As you are going down the road at highway speeds, put one hand out in front of your face/helmet about 6 inches out and feel where the blast of air is coming off your windshield (I'm betting about nose/mouth level). At that speed, the blast of air location on your face will determine how much taller your windshield will need to be to get the blast of air over your head.
If you go faster, the windshield will need to be taller, as the blast of upward moving air is also being forced backward by the forward momentum of the bike.

I'm 5'10" -ish and have had good luck with 8-9 inch windshields in the past. You may need a couple more inches taller since you are a couple inches taller than me.
Depending on your preference, ..... typically....., you want to look over your windshield, not through it.

I use an adjustable windshield.... 8" normal position that I can look over and in bad weather (rain/cold/etc) it converts to 14" so that I'm completely behind the shield if needed. Takes a few seconds to adjust/convert heights.
See video of the adjusting process:
https://youtu.be/oYIr_qFB6eg

BluesBelly
07-20-2015, 05:51 PM
Again with fork fangs...so they REALLY make that big of difference huh...
Ive never dug how they look, but if they work...I guess maybe I need to get a set and try em out.

Awhile back I foo-flawed the fork fangs because of their un-aesthetic qualities. After reading testimonials here I sprung for the HD forward curved version and am glad I did. I won't go back. Coupled with the adjustable lower fairing wings the bike is a joy to ride compared to the stock configuration. My only complaint (if it qualifies as such) is that when I lay back and stretch my legs out over the top of the crash bar there is a lot of heat on my left calf.

Blues

RoadWarrior
07-20-2015, 05:55 PM
Again with fork fangs...so they REALLY make that big of difference huh...
Ive never dug how they look, but if they work...I guess maybe I need to get a set and try em out.

Buffeting comes from underneath, not over the windshield. If you're 5'6" or shorter, the stock windshield is probably fine. I'd try the fangs first. If you want to eliminate buffeting, the fangs are a must, then if you find a bit too much wind in your face, go with a taller windshield.

I'm 6' and went with a 10" Windsplitter. I didn't see much difference between the 7" and 10", bit the 10" looked better with my windshield bag. That combined with the fork fangs and the lower vents, I get more air in my face when I roll down the car window.

Skeeter
07-20-2015, 06:02 PM
Again with fork fangs...so they REALLY make that big of difference huh...
Ive never dug how they look, but if they work...I guess maybe I need to get a set and try em out.

Not a big fan of the look either, but they do make a BIG difference. I've been running fork lowers on all my bikes HD or Metrics for over 10+ years now. Anytime I have a head buffeting issue, I start feeling for the airstreams while riding. Always find air flowing up and over the front of the tank. Following that airflow and it's headed up toward my head causing the buffeting. I've tried just windshield height & configuration adjustments, and they help somewhat but doesn't eliminate enough.

I prefer my head being stationary and not dancing around while riding. The only way I've ever been able to achieve that is with fork lowers. The only bike I haven't added fork lowers to was my '10 Ultra Limited. I think that was because of the full lowers and adjustable extensions on the fairing.

Just my experience.

Mojo
07-20-2015, 09:09 PM
I have a 8.5 Clearview/recurve, Fairing lowers* AND fork lowers. With that package I have zero buffeting!

* ala the Ultra adjustable lowers

detroitsongbird
07-21-2015, 07:14 AM
\ I didn't see much difference between the 7" and 10", bit the 10" looked better with my windshield bag.

Does the windshield bag interfere with the vent for air behind the windshield?

Skeeter
07-21-2015, 08:02 AM
I have a 8.5 Clearview/recurve, Fairing lowers* AND fork lowers. With that package I have zero buffeting!

* ala the Ultra adjustable lowers

That's a winning combo that worked on my buffeting issues, except I used the 7" Cee Bailey (Cee Devil) recurve instead.

Cooper24
07-21-2015, 08:03 AM
Maybe I should just wait for the bubble bike! :)

Skeeter
07-21-2015, 08:15 AM
Maybe I should just wait for the bubble bike! :)

Here you go! 8)

6997

Cooper24
07-21-2015, 08:18 AM
Here you go! 8)

6997

If it has Air conditioning - I'm in!

Skeeter
07-21-2015, 08:23 AM
If it has Air conditioning - I'm in!

Well, you'll need this then!

http://entrosys.com/

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Mojo
07-21-2015, 09:49 AM
Welcome detroitsongbird to SGF!

360rider
07-21-2015, 05:00 PM
You know what?! Try different helmets too! My full face catches a ton of air but my Akourry is awesome and catches almost no wind. I also am using a LRS 7" shield....

Cooper24
07-21-2015, 06:53 PM
i don't think I'll ever wear a full face - or a 3/4 or even a 'real' half...yes, not safe I know, but I actually prefer no helmet (being from Texas) but they are law here - so it's the smallest ones I can find is what I wear - i want to be able to feel me itch my head through it if possible :)

RoadWarrior
07-21-2015, 09:49 PM
i don't think I'll ever wear a full face - or a 3/4 or even a 'real' half...yes, not safe I know, but I actually prefer no helmet (being from Texas) but they are law here - so it's the smallest ones I can find is what I wear - i want to be able to feel me itch my head through it if possible :)

I lived in NH and DE prior to TN. Never wore a helmet until I moved here. I Always carried a light beanie just in case I wandered into a helmet state. I finally found a light half I like, but I had to sculpt the interior foam to make it fit right.

Aviator5456
07-21-2015, 10:58 PM
So something I did the other day was really a surprise. I wear a Harley half helmet and decided to get a shield to carry with me in case of sudden rain. I experienced with putting it on to see how hard it would be and found out its not THAT easy so I kept it on and went on a ride to see how I would like it. Again, surprisingly it blocked a huge amount of wind from my face. I don't have fangs and I have a short windshield and before at above 80, the wind would catch my helmet and it would feel like it wanted to tear it off. I was constantly tightening the straps. I've decided to keep the shield on, though it makes it impossible to store the helmet in the saddlebag when I'm not with the bike, but what a difference that made with the wind.

Mojo
07-21-2015, 11:01 PM
My favorite half helmet is a Vega REAL Carbon Fiber topper. Its very light weight much more so than the fake Carbon Fiber model.

Cooper24
07-22-2015, 03:54 AM
My favorite half helmet is a Vega REAL Carbon Fiber topper.

The Vega is a nice helmet. Also Daytona's are pretty nice.
I have a head like Mr Peanut - stick a monacle on me, a hat and give me a cain, you would be asking for some honey roasted... Some of the smaller helmets don't fit a Mr Peanut too well unfortunately, so I have quite a collection of ones I have tried.

Cash64
07-22-2015, 10:53 PM
I'm 6'3" with 32" inseam. My setup is the Klock Werks 8.5" Flare Windshield with the fairing wind deflectors (like stock Ultra) which still provides "clean air" without the head buffeting. With your height at 6' you should be able to see over the windshield just fine. Most dealers or Klock Werks direct offer a free demo program to try before you buy. Also had Mean City Cycles customize my stock seat. Dialed me in nicely.

Bafflingbs
07-23-2015, 01:41 AM
I'm 6', and went with the Klockwerks 6.5". Cool, almost stock looks, with very little buffeting. At any speed...
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Ripplingh2o
07-23-2015, 10:51 AM
Ok, back to fork fangs...so you guys have convinced me...bought a set of HD "fork air deflectors" this morning and will give them a try. Want to see if I can "light a cigarette" while cruising down the highway at 65 (I read that somewhere). Will report back in the near term. Hopefully with positive comments otherwise they'll be in the FOR SALE section.

Cooper24
07-23-2015, 11:02 AM
I'm curious to see the report back Ripplingh20.
I'm also wondering what 'fangs' you guys with 14-15 are using...HD doesnt have any out for SG's from what I'm told by the dealer...

Skeeter
07-23-2015, 11:13 AM
I'm also wondering what 'fangs' you guys with 14-15 are using...HD doesnt have any out for SG's from what I'm told by the dealer...

Same as 13 and earlier, even though it's not listed for 14 - 15 SG or SGS. Dealers wrong. P/N 57400146A

Fitment: Fits '95-later FLHR, FLHRC, FLHRS, '14 FLHRSE, and '95-’13 FLHT, FLHTC and FLHX models. Does not fit models equipped with Fairing Lowers. Does not fit '95-'13 models equipped with Lighted Fork Slider Kit or Custom Auxiliary Lighting Bracket Kit P/N 69227-04A or 68000043

What's not shown in HD's photo is the additional hole between the two mounting holes. It's needed to feed the turn signal wiring connector through.

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Ripplingh2o
07-23-2015, 11:44 AM
7021

Got them installed; not crazy about the looks but we'll see about their effectiveness.

Ripplingh2o
07-23-2015, 02:30 PM
Went for a 30 mile ride and I'll give them a rating of 6 out of 10. Although I've never experienced bobble-head syndrome from excessive buffeting it may have been difficult for me to fairly determine their effectiveness. I still had some wind swirling as I previously had and if I were a smoker, I probably couldn't have lit that cigarette. One thing I can report, it seemed I could hear my stereo (OEM) with better clarity which may mean some of the wind (noise) was being effectively deflected. All in all, nothing spectacular, they're ok, but the fact that the Mrs. says they "look nice" is grounds to keep them.

TomA
07-23-2015, 02:54 PM
They made a world of difference for me but everybody is different in what or how they feel. Ordered a new taller clear view windshield and still waiting for the right one to get here. Sent me a shield for a 13 and older and I'm not very happy about that then wanting to charge me for a second shield until they get the first one back REALLY. Was hoping to test it before Sturgis ride but that won't happen now and I'm not leaving here without testing it first.

wildchld
07-23-2015, 05:00 PM
Never wore a helmet till the wife started riding and I got a pair of Sena headsets so I could coach her while riding. I got a Akoury AK-1 and just love it. They run a tad small but light and the Ratchet Type Chin Strap - NO D-RINGS is the best! The Sena headsets fit perfect also.

BluesBelly
07-23-2015, 05:25 PM
Never wore a helmet till the wife started riding and I got a pair of Sena headsets so I could coach her while riding. I got a Akoury AK-1 and just love it. They run a tad small but light and the Ratchet Type Chin Strap - NO D-RINGS is the best! The Sena headsets fit perfect also.

In Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, etc. there the helmet laws are basically for children under 18. I don't wear a helmet I believe I am more aware of my surroundings than those that do. I would estimate close to 75% of HD riders do not wear one on a regular basis. When I want to talk to my sweetie I just turn my head a tad and she can hear every word. We all promote the comfort zone rule. DO WHAT YOU FEEL IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

Mojo
07-23-2015, 09:07 PM
7021

Got them installed; not crazy about the looks but we'll see about their effectiveness.


None of us are crazy about the looks but you forget all that when you see the results!

Spazz
07-23-2015, 09:31 PM
None of us are crazy about the looks but you forget all that when you see the results!

Ya got that right, MOJO!!!! They were like mold.... they grew on me.... now I wouldn't be caught riding without them!

Iron Horse
07-23-2015, 09:40 PM
Ya got that right, MOJO!!!! They were like mold.... they grew on me.... now I wouldn't be caught riding without them!

They're especially effective riding in colder temperatures. They eliminate the cutting cold air that hits you hard from the waist up to your chin. Major difference. The only negative and as others have remarked, you tend to miss some of this air movement on hot days.


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Aviator5456
07-24-2015, 06:20 PM
I saved my noggin a while back by wearing a helmet when I hit a patch of ice and dumped the bike . I was only doing about 10 mph but it put a big gouge on the helmet. Do what you feel but I'm a firm believer in them...

Ripplingh2o
07-24-2015, 10:33 PM
I saved my noggin a while back by wearing a helmet when I hit a patch of ice and dumped the bike . I was only doing about 10 mph but it put a big gouge on the helmet. Do what you feel but I'm a firm believer in them...

+1 ^^^
I wear a helmet not for protecting the bean on the highway or freeway (while doing 55-75 mph) but rather for all the in-town slower speed scenarios that could cause a serious headache.

Pick
09-01-2015, 07:46 PM
I'm 5' 10" and run the LRS 8 inch shield and the fork fangs. Wasn't crazy about the look at first, but after my first long highway run I quickly got over it. I rode down to the Gulf Coast this last weekend. It was REALLY nice to get off the bike after 500 miles and not be tired from fighting wind.