Opinion on windshield vents

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Opinion on windshield vents

Postby kybigmac » Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:10 am

I am about to order a new windshield for my 93 GW with MT trike kit. The windshield that is on it now l think is probably the original, it does not have a vent. I have only owned it since Oct.so I don't know if the vent helps a lot in hot weather. should l just order the regular shield or spend the extra for the vent? Thx in advance for ur replies.

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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:22 pm

vent is a + on hot days!
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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby dennislp » Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:10 pm

vents are great keep a nice breese at hiway speed but if bugs are out I wish my rifles would group on paper like the bugs will on my forehead

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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby Johnrmont » Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:14 pm

I have had both having Gold Wings since 1975 and I don't think they work well enough for me to warrant the extra expense when replacing a stock windshield. I just upgraded to a 2"+ oversized windshield. If it was so much better for me I could have added it ... Plus, I don't like the look and cleaning up of it. :P
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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby dingdong » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:25 am

Yes to the vent. You won't regret it.

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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby themainviking » Sun Jan 11, 2015 10:06 am

I would have added a +1 vote for the vent till last year. I did not open the vent even one time. All the vent did last year is allow rain to leak through. If I lived in the really southern areas of the U.S. or in Australia, I would definitely have the vent, but up more north here, it is iffy. I have one, and do not intend to change the windshield right now, but if I ever do, I will have to think long and hard about adding a vent. That is just me, and my personal opinion on the question. It bears no resemblance to any one elses opinion.
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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby Bigbiker0 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:28 pm

It's a must,very good investment
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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:26 pm

Added a vent this summer.Only got warm enough to be bothered using it a couple of times,but definitely a nice option for hot weather.
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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby redial » Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:54 pm

Isnt there a problem with windscreens keeping the plastic ware hot in the summer? Would a vent help in cooling things down?
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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby Mh434 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:20 pm

I wouldn't trade my vented windshield for anything! Aside from the enormous increase in cooling, it also helps to reduce the low pressure zone behind the windshield, thereby reducing buffeting considerably.

The only change I plan to make is to construct a framed bug screen to fit inside the vent - when a wasp makes it through (after being battered around), it's REALLLLLY ANGRY!!! :o :o :o :o :o

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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby thomba » Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:48 pm

My windshield originally didn't have a vent. After riding around here in the hot & humid summers I followed Wing Admin's DYI on how to put a vent in the windshield. Bought the vent from CycleMax. One of the best mods I ever did on the wing. Now I wouldn't be without a vent. The hand wings are a big help directing air to or away from.
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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:39 am

I don't open my vent very often but I am glad it's there when I need to. When I have to replace this windshield I will be ordering one with the vent. 8-)
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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby brschillinger » Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:31 pm

I have a F4 Customs +4 with a vent, and as I am an ATGATT rider, I would not be without a vent.

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Re: Opinion on windshield vents

Postby enjoyriding » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:12 pm

I've done most of my riding without a vent, for years. :( Now that I am in possession of my first Goldwing, with a vent I might add, I have enjoyed the use of it on every ride so far. :P

I too, have caught a bug in the vent, which had splated my shirt. :oops: That screen sounds like a good idea Mh434. Let us know how you affix it, with a picture maybe.


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