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All the time at any speed. Mine is permanent or always attached. 406 22.26%
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I find it a necessary at speeds over 60 mph... i just leave it on all the time.
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I think that if I had to have a windscreen to ride at highways speeds I would know its time to sell the sporty and drive the 4x4.
I thought the whole idea of riding a motorcycle was to get your wiskers in the wind.
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Windshields are fine on a dresser, but not on a Sportster. Sure, windshields, sofa seats, saddlebags, luggage racks, etc. make a bike more comfy, but if it's comfort you're looking for, buy a garbage wagon from the factory. Don't ruin the purity of the stripped-down Sportster (although they get fatter with each new model!).
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Bug screens just don't look right on a sporty or FX, there are okay for FL's I guess
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I bought a windsheild right after I bought my XL, thinking it was a good idea.... It almost rattled my brain loose. I ride highway pretty regularly and enjoy the wind.......anyone want a good deal on a windsheild?
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this thread is as boring as the "girl's bike" thread.
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fighting the wind is the point...windshields are for cars
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I think that they suck. They look like crap and I think that it takes away from what riding a bike is all about.
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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.
Wind isn't the only thing to consider with windshields.
When I bought my Sporty, it came it with a e-z detach windshield. Neither hubby or me liked the height of it on my bike. Even with adjustments it just seemed to cause the wind to blow over and up right into your sunglasses. Neither of us had ever liked the look of windshields or even desired one. But, since we were getting ready for a 2,000 mi trip, he decided to try it on his Superglide just for the trip. When we came home, he left it on, planning to take it off shortly and leave it off at least for the summer. Before he got around to taking it off, we had ridden several days around home, each on our own bikes. We got caught in the rain, and I complained about needing to stop more often to clear my glasses. He couldn't understand why I was having issues with mist/rain on my glasses as he wasn't having any trouble with that. After stopping the 3x, we realized it was the windshield difference. Because of that, he hesitated to remove it. As the summer went on, we would make stops and I would be literally covered in bugs. The bugs would be so thick on my sunglasses that it would require a stop to clean them. Hubby never had that problem. Well, the windshield is still on his bike and he doesn't plan on taking it off. And, it wouldn't surprise me at all if I end up adding one. Again, it's what is practical for your style of riding. And, we still don't like the 'look' of windshields.
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Windshields are fine on a dresser, but not on a Sportster. Sure, windshields, sofa seats, saddlebags, luggage racks, etc. make a bike more comfy, but if it's comfort you're looking for, buy a garbage wagon from the factory. Don't ruin the purity of the stripped-down Sportster (although they get fatter with each new model!).
How many 2,000 - 3,000 mi trips have you made ON your bike? It's pretty difficult to do w/o the proper 'equipment.' Again, it depends on your 'style' of riding.
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