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First time I rode a motorcycle with a w/s was in 1985. I had just bought a '78 Yam. XS 650 and it had one of those butterfly looking windshields (popular for jap bikes in the '70's & '80's) on it. The next day I took it down the Interstate, got hit with a high cross-wind (a common occurrence here in ND), and almost smacked the guardrails on a bridge going over the Missouri Riverr. When I got home I removed it and sold it to a neighbor for $10. The next year I added a Suzuki GS550E w/Calafia fairing, trunk and bags to my stable. I really didn't have any problems with crosswinds riding this. Only put about 25k on the Suz. while I put about 77K+ on the Yam. The only time I use my w/s on my Sporty is long rides in unpredictable weather.
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Back in 78 I got a Honda and bought it new with a Vetter fairing. It even had a cigarette lighter. I rode the bike that way for a year. Then I was fed up with the paint and went on a painting spree where I painted the bike 7 times until I had the colors I wanted. The fairing never went back on. Immediately when I took it off the front of the bike got lighter, the steering felt way better, it got around in tight traffic much better, and I could feel the wind in my face again. I will never put a windshield on a bike again. I put that thing in the front yard and sold it for almost what I paid for it new.
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Back in 78 I got a Honda and bought it new with a Vetter fairing. It even had a cigarette lighter. I rode the bike that way for a year. Then I was fed up with the paint and went on a painting spree where I painted the bike 7 times until I had the colors I wanted. The fairing never went back on. Immediately when I took it off the front of the bike got lighter, the steering felt way better, it got around in tight traffic much better, and I could feel the wind in my face again. I will never put a windshield on a bike again. I put that thing in the front yard and sold it for almost what I paid for it new.
Ahh, the freedom of wind in your hair and bugs in your teeth!
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Ahh, the freedom of wind in your hair and bugs in your teeth!
Yup! Part of the experience. In recent years H-D got so good at eliminating the vibrations their bikes were once denigerated for that they actually had to back off a bit because there were complaints that they were too smooth.

To each his own. I have nothing against anyone else's windshield and only ask they pay the same courtesy to my choice to face the elements. RTFS!!!!
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First time I rode a motorcycle with a w/s was in 1985. I had just bought a '78 Yam. XS 650 and it had one of those butterfly looking windshields (popular for jap bikes in the '70's & '80's) on it. The next day I took it down the Interstate, got hit with a high cross-wind (a common occurrence here in ND), and almost smacked the guardrails on a bridge going over the Missouri Riverr. When I got home I removed it and sold it to a neighbor for $10. The next year I added a Suzuki GS550E w/Calafia fairing, trunk and bags to my stable. I really didn't have any problems with crosswinds riding this. Only put about 25k on the Suz. while I put about 77K+ on the Yam. The only time I use my w/s on my Sporty is long rides in unpredictable weather.

Crosswinds scared the life out of me too! 40 years ago I swapped bikes with a guy at work during our break. I had a 78 export Triumph Bonneville, he had a 76 or 77 (can't remember) BMW R75. He got the BMW from an old guy & it had a tall screen, crash bars & panniers.It was my first ride on a shaft drive bike which made me cautious. The shaft drive caused me no problems but a strong side wind caught me as we left town. It gave me a real fright, think that's when I started going grey!
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I bought my Roadster used, and it came with a windshield. It's good for travelling and for winter riding, but I like the bike without it for around town or for shorter rides. I think the bike looks a lot better without the Windshield, and the shield detracts from the riding experience, except on long Interstate rides or in frigid temperatures.

I didn't answer the survey, because sometimes I like having a shield; but I'm glad it's a Detachable, so I can leave it off when I want.
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I bought my Roadster used, and it came with a windshield. It's good for travelling and for winter riding, but I like the bike without it for around town or for shorter rides. I think the bike looks a lot better without the Windshield, and the shield detracts from the riding experience, except on long Interstate rides or in frigid temperatures.

I didn't answer the survey, because sometimes I like having a shield; but I'm glad it's a Detachable, so I can leave it off when I want.
Except for the first sentence, I agree completely. I didn't vote either.
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This is not judging other riders, this is just my personal preference. It's like saying I like strawberry ice cream more than chocolate or Sam Adams more than Bud Lite. Each to his/her own.
On all of the bigger bikes I've owned, I've tried riding with a windshield and without one. Riding at speeds above 55 mph without one is exhausting for me and makes me feel like a drag chute with my arms stretched tight trying to hold on. With the windshield, I can ride faster, farther and in more comfort. I only take off my quick detachable windshield for maintenance on the bike.
As far as appearance is concerned, I don't care what others think. I'm secure in my manhood and I place safety above fashion.
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I like a small fairing much better than a large windshield. The Gauntlet is great on the Sportster, cuts the wind off the chest at real high speeds, but still feels like running without, they look a lot better as well. Currently have it off, though, I like it that way as well. No to a large windshield on a Sportster for me.
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I like a small fairing much better than a large windshield. The Gauntlet is great on the Sportster, cuts the wind off the chest at real high speeds, but still feels like running without, they look a lot better as well. Currently have it off, though, I like it that way as well. No to a large windshield on a Sportster for me.
Do you have any pictures or a link to the Gauntlet? My H-D short windshield might as well be a fairing because the top is only 14" from the top of the headlight and as short as I am (5'6"), it is even with the bottom of my chin. I have no need to look through it and I couldn't if I wanted to because it is so short. It diverts the wind over my head and if need be, I can duck down when riding in high winds on the interstate or rain. It is the perfect size for me. If a fairing in this size looks as good or better, I would definitely consider it. I've tried the tiny ones that look like a hat on a headlight and they were useless as well as silly looking.
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