Tall (see thru) windshields, benefits and issues
Yesterday and today, my buddy Marc and I took a 900 mile trip from Los Angeles to San Jose and back, part on the 101 and much on various backroads.
I have the new Cee Bailey hard lowers, and put on the stock tall XC shield which was available for a 2011. I see thru this shield, not over.
I thought I would post my experience due to the new XC Tour coming standard with an even taller shield.
The teriffic good news was that with lowers and a tall shield there was virtually no buffeting. We road 600 miles yesterday, much at 75+ mph, and 300 today. I was not tired, and definitely not "beat up", which is how I feel after a few hours of buffeting.
However..,there is a price. This morning, leaving south from Pismo Beach (central coast of California) there was a sort of wet fog over much of the area. It builds up mist on the windwhield, and made visability virtually nill. On the back roads (Foxxen Canyon for those of you in the area) my speeds were reduced to 20-25 mph. On a helmet, with rain gloves, it is easy to wipe off the mist, but not so on a windshield. Thankfully, we only had the issue for an hour or so.
Might be a different story in an all day rain, particularly for those who tour and have mandatory destinations.
On a longer tour, particularly in an area like the east coast with sometimes daily rain showers, this could be a real issue. For me, in Southern California I will keep the tall shield.
Multiple Bike Disorder:crzy:
2011 Cross Country:D
2006 Suzuki Burgman 650
2007 Harley Dyna
1976 BMW R75/5
1971 BSA Lightning
1947 Harley 45