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I have a cheapie one that I take off sometimes then put back on. (I take it off when the screws fall out, haha). I don't love the look of it but love the way it protects me from things like the wasp that got caught in my ear under my helmet strap one day and stung me 4 times, the small stray rock to my collar bone that felt like a boulder another day, and hordes of flies I have to ride right through when I'm riding along in the countryside with cow pastures on either side of me. I also can ride much farther with it, as I get less fatigue in my upper arms and shoulders from wind pull or buffeting. Next year I want to buy a sturdier one that looks better and keep it permanently attached. A wind vest maybe. -shrug-
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It always amuses me when I read someone saying that they don't care what their bike looks like as long as they are comfortable. It amuses me because usually these same people with be the first to break out the camera and start taking pictures of their pride and joy. I put A LOT of stock in looks. Now it doesn't matter, or shouldn't matter, whether someone else or not likes the way your bike looks ... but it is important that you do.

I don't like a windshield, nor do I like a faring, or baggage. When I see others on the road all laden down with protective accessories I sort of feel sorry for them, but on the other hand I do believe if it makes them happy then so be it. I rocked a windshield for a short while but just didn't like the way it made my bike look. To me it looked like a device used to compensate for rider inadequacy. Kinda like a bicycle with training wheels. It only took a few hundred miles to get used to the road hazards not having a windshield presents, and I mean totally used to it to the point I never even think about the wind or bug splatter. I sort of from the school that if you don't want to experience the elements then perhaps you need to rethink if you really like motorcycling or not. I guess some people have found that halfway mark where they can be relatively comfortable and still experience a bit of the freedom. I'd rather just experience all the freedom and pay my dues and get used to the elements. Of course that's just me.
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Baph, how many miles do you ride in a typical day? What kind of weather conditions? Temps?
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I know what your are getting at. Where I live, in South Central Texas, even in winter it doesn't get all that cold. I can ride with good gloves, FF helmet, and my Jacket in weather as cold as 35 and not be too uncomfortable. If the weather is below 35 and I'm riding more than a couple of miles I just take my car. It is not uncommon for me to put 300 to 500 miles on my bike over the weekend or any other days off, but I do not use it to commute daily. If somone feels the need to utilize accessories to reduce the wind, weather, and hazards then more power to them. For me, personally, I don't see the need. If my circumstances dictated that I DID need to have all those accessories when I rode, then I'd probably buy me a convertible and sell my bike. And speaking of convertibles, have you ever seen people with convertibles who have the top down but all the side windows up? I see that just as silly as someone with a motorcycle rocking a windshield and faring.
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And speaking of convertibles, have you ever seen people with convertibles who have the top down but all the side windows up? I see that just as silly as someone with a motorcycle rocking a windshield and faring.
We do that frequently in our Miata. Quiets it enough to be able to converse. If there's a heavy crosswind, and we're on the coast of CA where it's that way frequently, it cut's it. A lot of times it's not cold enough to warrant the top up, but the windows help hold some heat in........
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I know what your are getting at. Where I live, in South Central Texas, even in winter it doesn't get all that cold. I can ride with good gloves, FF helmet, and my Jacket in weather as cold as 35 and not be too uncomfortable. If the weather is below 35 and I'm riding more than a couple of miles I just take my car. It is not uncommon for me to put 300 to 500 miles on my bike over the weekend or any other days off, but I do not use it to commute daily. If somone feels the need to utilize accessories to reduce the wind, weather, and hazards then more power to them. For me, personally, I don't see the need. If my circumstances dictated that I DID need to have all those accessories when I rode, then I'd probably buy me a convertible and sell my bike. And speaking of convertibles, have you ever seen people with convertibles who have the top down but all the side windows up? I see that just as silly as someone with a motorcycle rocking a windshield and faring.
Then do you see how potentially silly your assumptions might be when you see someone with a windshield?
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It always amuses me when I read someone saying that they don't care what their bike looks like as long as they are comfortable. It amuses me because usually these same people with be the first to break out the camera and start taking pictures of their pride and joy. I put A LOT of stock in looks. Now it doesn't matter, or shouldn't matter, whether someone else or not likes the way your bike looks ... but it is important that you do.

I don't like a windshield, nor do I like a faring, or baggage. When I see others on the road all laden down with protective accessories I sort of feel sorry for them, but on the other hand I do believe if it makes them happy then so be it. I rocked a windshield for a short while but just didn't like the way it made my bike look. To me it looked like a device used to compensate for rider inadequacy. Kinda like a bicycle with training wheels. It only took a few hundred miles to get used to the road hazards not having a windshield presents, and I mean totally used to it to the point I never even think about the wind or bug splatter. I sort of from the school that if you don't want to experience the elements then perhaps you need to rethink if you really like motorcycling or not. I guess some people have found that halfway mark where they can be relatively comfortable and still experience a bit of the freedom. I'd rather just experience all the freedom and pay my dues and get used to the elements. Of course that's just me.

Windshields, fairings, baggage all compensate for rider inadequacy??? REALLY???






So what inadequacy does wearing a FF helmet make up for??? Just curious??? Since you seem to think a FF helmet is not a protective device from the elements???
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Windshields, fairings, baggage all compensate for rider inadequacy??? REALLY???






So what inadequacy does wearing a FF helmet make up for??? Just curious??? Since you seem to think a FF helmet is not a protective device from the elements???
The title of this thread is "What is your opinion on windshields?" not defend your opinion on windshields.
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The title of this thread is "What is your opinion on windshields?" not defend your opinion on windshields.
Oh the irony...


Just wanna understand your reasoning for the FF helmet??? Kinda acts the same inadequate way as a windshield??? NO???
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Just wanna understand your reasoning for the FF helmet??? Kinda acts the same inadequate way as a windshield??? NO???
Okay, I recon that doesn't really ask for a defense of an opinion. I don't mount my helmet to my motorcycle.
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