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Old 29th September 2007
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I have been struggling with the issue of wind since I bought my 1997 Hugger (1200 Conversion) 6 months ago. I love to ride out in the wind when conditions allow, which is why I bought HD's quick release detachable compact shield, but I was so buffeted by turbulence in the head region that I could barely see. This came as a big surprise to me since my last 2 machines, a Dyna Low Rider and a Road King, each had a detachable shield and each worked just fine for me.

I cut this shield down twice, for a total of 2 1/2 inches, before I realized that the offending air was coming from below. I have seen some good posts here about lowers, but honestly at this point I feel I have cut the top of this shield down an inch too low to salvage it for me. I'm 5' 6" tall; perhaps it will find a home with someone shorter.

I have come to wonder whether a fairing would work best for me. The aerodynamics of a plain windshield on this bike seems to be problematic at best, but I have found very few offerings on the market for Sportster fairings. What I want in a shield or fairing is at a minimum moderate protection from wind on my chest, and the ability to duck below the shield without plastering my chest to the tank in inclement weather.

Where I live on California's Central Coast, it is not uncommon to have 20-30 MPH winds come inland off the ocean in late afternoon. Adding that to the 65-70 MPH prevailing traffic speed on my road home, and you should get the picture. If you don't, consider that this is moisture laden ocean air.

HD's offering seems more stylish than functional, but please tell me if I am wrong. I see that Arlen Ness has a fairing that seems a little bigger, but I am only guessing since they don't show it mounted to a bike on their website or state dimensions. I recently saw a post about Rifle fairings, and discovered they were local to me, but they seem to be a pretty small outfit. Their Roadster fairing seems like it could work for me, but I am reluctant to throw good money after bad if there is just something about the Sportster geometry that makes a touring type Fairing/Shield impossible.

I would appreciate feedback on any of the above solutions, or suggestions on where else to look, particularly from those who have found a good answer for their setup and height.

I really want the next windscreen purchase to be my last for this bike so I can better spend my money on things like fork springs and hardbags and hotel rooms after a long day's ride.
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Thumbs up National Cycle fly screen does the trick

I have the National Cycle fly screen for my bike, and I love it. It cuts the wind down significantly, but still gives you that wind in your face feeling. If you wear a helmet, it will help with neck fatigue. It also doesn't spoil the style of the sportster in my opinion. Here are some previous threads on the topic:

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I too have a National Cycles screen, but I got the street Ex and realy find that it helps with buffeting whilst still giving the frrl of wind in your face. The price is reasonable too,around $120 US
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i just put this on mine.
i think its a givi, or something similar.
it was on my blast, didn't buy it so not sure exactly what it is.
never had a shield an this cycle so can't really say much. seems to block wind, not too much head shaking, but have not riden with it on much yet.
i am 5 feet 5.5 inches tall.
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I have the National Cycle fly screen for my bike, and I love it. It cuts the wind down significantly, but still gives you that wind in your face feeling. If you wear a helmet, it will help with neck fatigue. It also doesn't spoil the style of the sportster in my opinion. Here are some previous threads on the topic:

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That is a nice looking bike. The fly screen looks great. If my pockets were deeper, and the hardware compatible, I would get one in addition to a fuller shield/fairing. It looks like it would work great for my day tripping so, I could blast home in comfort but be in the wind on the twisties.

In my circumstance, I want something more substantial so that I can tour with the bike as well.
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This is the combination I chose to shield me from wind while cruising at highway speeds. It works very well for me.

Windshield: Slipstreamer SS-32 Falcon (16" model)
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I too have a National Cycles screen, but I got the street Ex and realy find that it helps with buffeting whilst still giving the frrl of wind in your face. The price is reasonable too,around $120 US
I'm curious about 2 things. How tall you are, and do you feel turbulence coming from below the shield?. At 5' 6" tall the Street Ex seems a bit to tall for me. I want the wind pushed over my head, but my eyes to have a clear view of the road. The turbulence issue from my beneath my HD screen is what made me ask about fairings to begin with.

If the aerodynamics are sound, I might be looking at a Nation Cycle Deflector Screen DX (same style, smaller dimentions). I like the idea of being able to adjust the rake angle, and the DX version has the quick release.
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I started three years ago with the National Cycles Ex style and it was very effective in blocking the wind....The nice thing about these is you can tilt them back or up as needed to tune it to your height.

Course that was replaced by an HD batwing and now a Ness 1/4 fairing. Just picked up a hot lookin' fairing from a GSX500 that I'm working on mounting. Should give me a little more wind streaming than the Ness and a hotter look that I want.....
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This is the combination I chose to shield me from wind while cruising at highway speeds. It works very well for me.

Windshield: Slipstreamer SS-32 Falcon (16" model)
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Thanks Deimus. I have seen similar "Fairing-Shields" before, maybe even Slipstreamers, but they were always taller. The 16" might just work for me if I choose to go that route.

It's interesting to see that you live in WA and the manufacturers are from MN. I spent a lot of my childhood not far from them (5-10 miles away) and know just how cold it can get. I also lived and rode in Milwaukee later in life (consulted at the motherhouse for a year, computers not engineering). In late fall and early spring I was somewhat jealous of my friends with baggers because of the hand protection.
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I have the HD quick detatch fairing, and only after adding a Laminar Lip to the fairing was it effective for me.
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