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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. 402 22.28%
Any speed over 25mpg 27 1.50%
Over 45 mph 127 7.04%
Only at highway speeds - 55 mph+ 588 32.59%
Never use one, never will, even at 65 mph+ 660 36.59%
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Old 4th March 2019
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I love windshields when it's rainy and cold. Hate 'em when it's not.
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After an hour at highway speeds it becomes rediculous without a windshield. It multiplies your ability to do distance riding exponetially. True story, I was riding through the desert a couple months ago and was hit in the face just under the right eye with what I think was a sea urchin. My eye started watering and cheek started swelling. When I glanced in my mirror I saw Sfxtech (another member from Vegas) happily enjoying his windshield. Bastard. By the time we got home I had a welt on my cheek and was totaly covered in bugs from my glasses down to my ribs. Sfxtech had a dirty windshield.


But "Sfxtech" will never be able to experience and tell this story!!!

Ride on!!!
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Thanks for the reply Highly-Dangerous.
Yes, a windshield offers another level of safety for riders.
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My Sporty has a quick detachable, short H-D windshield that looks perfect and performs the same. It only comes off for maintenance on the bike. I've been riding for over 50 years on all sizes and styles of bikes from every continent. I've tried them all with and without windshields. I have always put them back on after trying riding without them.
For those who don't like them, that's fine. I'm not judging. But I sure like mine.
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I have a touring bike with windshield. On the Sporty I like it without the windshield. I do wear a full face helmet though.
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Thanks Boomerguy. Yep, I have the same windshield. Only comes off when I clean it and during maintenance. I too have been riding for over 50yrs.
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My Sporty has a quick detachable, short H-D windshield that looks perfect and performs the same. It only comes off for maintenance on the bike. I've been riding for over 50 years on all sizes and styles of bikes from every continent. I've tried them all with and without windshields. I have always put them back on after trying riding without them.
For those who don't like them, that's fine. I'm not judging. But I sure like mine.
I took mine off the week before last, since the temp was in the eighties. Now that its moderated, it'll be put back on. (I am going to mail that pkg this am)
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I only use a windshield when the temps drop. I'm usually good without one down to about 50*F, after that a windshield is really helpful in staying warm.
Otherwise, no windshield for me.
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My RK has a snap on/off one and I like it, and the look of a bagger without a fairing or windshield. To be honest it doesn't come off too often. As as I age, the wind blast tires me quicker than it used to. Will see how it goes with the Sporty, I will say I prefer the clean look w/o a bug screen.
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