Windbender ST Windshield & Electric Option


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Windbender ST Windshield & Electric Option

Postby wingrider.steve » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:30 am



I should start by explaining that normally I like to look through my windshield but this obviously has some drawbacks in some weather conditions and like a lot of people I do suffer some wind buffeting with the OEM shield.

After trying various different shields on my '08 Wing (and the previous '03) I eventually decided to try the Windbender shield.
I initially ordered just the shield, I wanted to try it out for a while before springing the extra cash for the electric option and the shield arrived here in the UK after only about a week in shipping, very well packed and with very clear instructions.

On inspecting the shield and its' mounting hardware the quality was excellent and I got on with the install.
It was no more difficult to install than the OEM shield and I was soon heading out for a test ride.

The optical quality of the screen was perfect and after experimenting with the shield at various different height settings I found a setting that worked really well for me and it soon became clear that the claims of reduced buffeting made for the shield are true.
Also if you take into consideration the 4 inches of adjustment on the top shield itself plus the 4 inches of adjustment available on the bikes own adjusters you have a total of 8 inches of adjustment.

After a couple of weeks of rides of varying distance I was really pleased with the performance of the shield and went ahead and ordered the electric option.

When the electric kit arrived it too was well made and well packed with excellent, clear instructions including a special drill-bit for drilling the holes in the shield necessary for mounting the electric actuator.

After very carefully measuring where to drill the shield and then measuring again and then a THIRD time just to make sure, the electric actuating kit was easy enough to install and the wiring was plug-n-play although I opted to mount the actuating switch in the side of the CB switch housing on the top left of the left handlebar switch unit rather than use the supplied bar-mount housing because I did not want to disturb the heated grip and I'm glad I did this as I find the switch is really easy to use with my forefinger.

Being able to alter the height of the shield at the flick of a switch while riding and without taking my hands off the bars is fantastic.
It works just as advertised and of course it allows me to have the shield set high enough to look through and give great protection and a lot less buffeting than the OEM shield but if I need to look over the shield due to bad weather etc I can just flick the switch and drop the shield low enough so it's below my eye-line and still have less buffeting than with the OEM shield in a similar position.

I know the shield plus electric option is a lot of money but from my experience it is definitely worth it if like me you want the best of both worlds, it's the best thing I've ever bought for any of my bikes.



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Re: Windbender ST Windshield & Electric Option

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:09 am

A power window windshield.....How cool is that :)

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Re: Windbender ST Windshield & Electric Option

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:32 am

How is the buffeting for the passenger with that windshield?

Can you adjust it low enough that you actually get wind in the face? I love my Tulsa Tall, especially in the cold, but when it gets really hot, I sometimes wish for more airflow.

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Re: Windbender ST Windshield & Electric Option

Postby wingrider.steve » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:03 am

WingAdmin wrote:How is the buffeting for the passenger with that windshield?

Can you adjust it low enough that you actually get wind in the face? I love my Tulsa Tall, especially in the cold, but when it gets really hot, I sometimes wish for more airflow.


Yeah my wife also likes the Windbender because she gets less buffeting, maybe not quite as good as a Tulsa Tall but definitely better than stock.
I've got mine set up so the lower part of the shield is on the third click up from bottom on the bikes adjusters, the upper part of the shield then gives good protection when it's fully up and when I zap it to the bottom of its travel I can easily look over it and get a reasonable airflow in my face. Then if I want even more wind blast I can pull over and lower the whole shield down to the bottom limit of the OEM adjusters.




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