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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-19-2014, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question Opinions on Lock n Ride windshield?

Howdy... Does anyone have any experience with the Lock n Ride quick-release windshield?

Does it leave much of a "footprint" when removed? Does the smaller size windshield provide decent protection, or does it result in wind buffering at the helmet level?

Thanks for any opinions, I tried searching the forum but didn't see this specifically...

PS - I'm 5'9, and have my Gunner at the stock seat height. Thanks!

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Default Medium "FLY" windscreen- 2014 Judge

The good-

Works pretty well. It's not a Vision fairing- turbulent winds, and vortices from traffic etc will still get to you.

Very sleek, and surprisingly subtle. Doesn't have all those ugly metal bands all over the place. The mounts match the bike well, and if the w/s were off- you probably wouldn't notice them unless I pointed them out.

The bad-

Like all acrylic- the fine scratches don't take long to show. I don't care what you do to care for it. This does not render the w/s useless by any means- just annoying.

The ugly-

Victory's assembly instructions and the fit are piss effing poor. Looks like they were hand drawn by a 8 year old. The ole' HP must have been out of ink, too. To this day- my w/s has been anything BUT lock n ride. I have to lever/ pry the clamps off with a screwdriver, and use pliers to spread them back out to reinstall. On the bright side- damn thing sure isn't coming off unexpectedly.

Now- I am the ONLY ONE I've seen so far with this poorly fitting clamp. I have no explanation for mine, but apparently I'm in the vast minority so I really have no business saying "Don't buy" Just sayin.

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Howdy... Does anyone have any experience with the Lock n Ride quick-release windshield?

Does it leave much of a "footprint" when removed? Does the smaller size windshield provide decent protection, or does it result in wind buffering at the helmet level?

Thanks for any opinions, I tried searching the forum but didn't see this specifically...

PS - I'm 5'9, and have my Gunner at the stock seat height. Thanks!

If it's anything like the lock and ride backrest/luggage rack, I wouldn't let my wife or kids sit on it.
Vic is really starting to scare me with their accessories.

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I have removed and installed my lock and ride backrest a few times and it has caused my stock seat to start separating at the seams.
I sure am glad that the Vic accessories are so cheap and affordable.
On a side note, they never create issues with items that have been installed previously

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I've got the tall lock & ride windshield on my BW. I'm 6'2" and i got an unrideable amount of turbulence coming from under the shield, instant headache at 60kmph let alone 100.

I found a generic set of lowers that works pretty well but i still get turbulence on the top of my helmet & on my arms. The benefits outweigh it at the moment as it removes the pressure from your chest (typically exacerbated by the wide handlebars). and i've done a 6000km trip with it, bit of wind noise when it's particularly windy but otherwise it does its job.

Mounts are pretty sturdy and blend in well but have zero adjustability with my lowers on unless i relocate my indicators (which i will do soon). The windshield clips on very quickly and locks in. I will eventually try one of those laminar lips to see if i can get zero turbulence on the top of my helmet.

I did manage to damage the chrome slightly when installing the brackets & they've started to corrode, but that was my own fault. it also provides suprisingly good rain protection!

The assembly instructions aren't that good, Just make sure the brackets line up so the windshield clips in/out easily & is straight!

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I've got the tall lock & ride windshield on my BW. I'm 6'2" and i got an unrideable amount of turbulence coming from under the shield, instant headache at 60kmph let alone 100.

I found a generic set of lowers that works pretty well but i still get turbulence on the top of my helmet & on my arms. The benefits outweigh it at the moment as it removes the pressure from your chest (typically exacerbated by the wide handlebars). and i've done a 6000km trip with it, bit of wind noise when it's particularly windy but otherwise it does its job.

Mounts are pretty sturdy and blend in well but have zero adjustability with my lowers on unless i relocate my indicators (which i will do soon). The windshield clips on very quickly and locks in. I will eventually try one of those laminar lips to see if i can get zero turbulence on the top of my helmet.

I did manage to damage the chrome slightly when installing the brackets & they've started to corrode, but that was my own fault. it also provides suprisingly good rain protection!

The assembly instructions aren't that good, Just make sure the brackets line up so the windshield clips in/out easily & is straight!
Thank you all, I appreciate all of the valuable opinions!

I wonder about a fly screen for the Gunner, something just enough to take off some of the wind blast at chest level?

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Thank you all, I appreciate all of the valuable opinions!

I wonder about a fly screen for the Gunner, something just enough to take off some of the wind blast at chest level?

It should suffice just fine for that.

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It should suffice just fine for that.
Oh I meant a permanent flyscreen, instead of Vic's lock n ride windshield, given the mixed reviews here for the latter.

Does anyone know of someone who has affixed a flyscreen to their Vic cruiser? I have one on my Triumph, and it sorts out just fine for that type of bike. But not sure how that would look on a clean, "naked" cruiser like the Gunner.

Google image search gave me a mishmash of unattractive options lol.

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I had the lock n ride windshield on my KP. Rode it for a year and a half before trading up. I don't have anything negative to say about it at all. The wind difference with it or without it is night and day. It was very easy to remove using the supplied key and just as easy to install. It would literally take less than a minute to do either. It was sturdy and held up to speeds over 100 mph. Never had little scratches in it either. If you just start wiping at the bug guts with a rag, sure it'll happen. I always let my bug guts soak for a bit to soften them up before trying to clean them off. I bought a bug gut cleaner to spray on it before washing which really helped. 1-1/2 years later @ 17,500ish miles, my lock n ride windshield was still in new condition.

That being said, you'll never keep all the wind from getting to you. It's a motorcycle man! lol I don't care how big of windshield with lowers and mids...you're still going to get the wind. But it did help and I never regretted the purchase.

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That being said, you'll never keep all the wind from getting to you. It's a motorcycle man! lol I don't care how big of windshield with lowers and mids...you're still going to get the wind. But it did help and I never regretted the purchase.
Oh I'm not a'scared of wind, lol.

I'm just getting a lot more "wind blast" at the chest and head level than I'm used to from my other/past bikes, especially when I'm going way-too-fast

So just appreciating some input on alleviating a little of that...

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