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View Poll Results: At what speed to you think a windshield become necessary?
All the time at any speed. Mine is permanent or always attached. 411 22.28%
Any speed over 25mpg 31 1.68%
Over 45 mph 130 7.05%
Only at highway speeds - 55 mph+ 606 32.85%
Never use one, never will, even at 65 mph+ 667 36.15%
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Just curious if you find them necessary at all or annoying at any speed. I don't currently have one on my Sporty, but on my last bike, it was more trouble than it was worth as the buffetting was worse than the direct wind. Still, I think the lack of a windshield keeps me off the highway. Not necessarily a bad thing (expect the freeway doesn't have 55mph intersections controlled only by stop signs).

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I feel it sort of belies the point of having a Sportster.
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I have no opinion about windshields except the extra fiber in your diet is good for you.

Kinda takes the fun away from a sporty IMHO.
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Always ride with it BUT I think they look like crap. The few times I rode without one (friend's bikes) I was always glad to get back on my own scoot.
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I'm not sure why so many people have an issue with speed and no windshield? Is it because of a half or open faced helmet? I wear a full face helmet and drive the highway at least 3x a week, rarely if ever below 70mph. The only time wind is an issue is if it's a very windy day, and I'll slow down a touch to compensate. Windshields on a sporty just don't look right. As the xllent1 said - takes the fun away. If I want to be shielded from the wind I'll drive my car.
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The poll doesn't have an option for "only in the winter" so I can't vote on it.


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I have the small visor on mine but it doesnt protect from rain or wind although it does deflect some air. I suppose they would be a good thing for touring or riding in the rain.
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have a full windshield on the sporty i ride, and am damn glad to have it. Riding through the country around dusk when you pass a field all the bugs are in the road and w/o the windshield and only a t-shirt and half helmet the big beetles hurt like hell plus with the windshield not as tiring on long rides dont have to stay all crouched over when on the interstate and stuff. i like it and think the bike looks fine with it and makes the long stem mirros (so i can see behind me) look alright to, but maybe thats just me
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"any speed over 25 mpg"? i dont know how my gas mileage makes a difference

i dont use a windshield, and i dont need one, the wind doesnt bother me.
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