19" Cee Dragon vs 20" Cee Dragon
Don't know if anyone can answer this for me or provide some personal experience to help with my decsion, but figure it can't hurt to ask.
First some background. I am 6'1" and had the victory tall windshield on my 2010 XC along with Vic fork lowers and some home made forged bar lowers similar to Cee Flectors. Bought the bike used with the WS and fork lowers already on. Wind buffeting is usually not a problem and only experience minor buffeting at highway speed or really windy day. My tall windshield is cracking around several of the mounting holes, so I am needing to replace it before long.
Interested in the flip WS concept but have read conflicting comments about the various options not working well for my height.
Came across a 19" Cee Dragon on Ebay for a good price and decided to try it to see what it was like.
Put the Cee Dragon on the night it arrived and then went for a roughly 160 mile ride the next morning.
I really like the look of the Cee Dragon. It is much sleeker looking than the tall WS, and the sloped design even with the 19" height puts the top of the WS slightly lower than the 17" tall WS, so I am clearly looking well over the windshield from my riding position.
On the ride, I was mostly on back roads and not too much on highway so my speeds were mostly 65 mph and below.
What I felt like I noticed was that I was getting more air hitting my upper body and face (I use a 3/4 helmet with a visor that is mostly raised in the summer time), but that air was very clean so it was not causing any buffeting or discomfort. The couple times I was going 70+ it did start to feel a bit turbulent and slightly uncomfortable. If I moved my hand around the top of the WS and around the top of my helmet, I could tell there was significant air flow just at the top of my helmet. If I sat up really straight the wind would catch my open visor and push my head back. However, if sat in my normal riding positions, a bit more leaned back, the air flow around my face was tolerable. May have just been my imagination, but the bike felt more areodynamic and seemed like I was cutting through the air rather than pushing through it like on the tall WS.
So I really like the looks and the increased air I felt wasn't bad on the back roads, and in fact it felt kind of good to have little more air in the Texas summer heat. It felt like the bike was handling the air more effeciently. I also like the filled in lower center part of the WS.
My concerns now are, will the 19" Cee Dragon work for a trip riding all day for several days and many hours at 70+ mph? If I get caught in the rain will I end up with lots more rain hitting my visor and upper body? What is it going to feel like in the winter when that extra air I am feeling is really cold?
The real question I am hoping someone could shed some light on is, will the 20" Cee Dragon be noticeably different than the 19" in terms of the amount of air I feel? Will the extra inch move that air flow over my helmet instead of right at the top?
Are there other brands with a better flip design that might work better or perhaps I just need to go back to the standard design tall WS?
Thanks for reading this long post and if you have any helpful comments from actual experience, I would appreciate your insight.
2010 Victory Cross Country - Black & Chrome
2007 Honda VTX 1300 (Traded up)
2007 Honda VT750 Shadow (Traded up)
25 years without a bike :(
Honda CB 125, 360, & 550 in my youth, late '70s - early '80s