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wind sheilds

Post by old duffer » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:19 pm



My first post but have relied on the wealth of information this site has to offer. My question is what wind shield is the best, that is close to stock and how important is the vent opening.



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Re: wind sheilds

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:33 pm

without the Vent opening, in a hot summer, you will wilt.

UNLESS you install all of the Baker Wind Wings ( or other ) and direct the wind towards your body.

I have had 3 Tulsa Tall models, and I wilted thru most summers.
Two 1500s, and one 1800...
I recently went to a Madstad, but unfortunately, they no longer make one for the 1500

I was going to suggest the Slipstreamer but I just now see that they also have dropped the 1500
https://slipstreamer.com/search/

whatever you get, make sure that you can drop it low enough to get wind in your face, and also be able to raise it enough to see through it in the rain.

for the 1800, IMO, the Madstad is the king of them all. and I have tried several, and sold them.
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Re: wind sheilds

Post by C-dub » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:32 pm

I've had my 2016 for almost 18 months. This will be my second winter and since I bought it in July I've pretty much ridden through two summers in North Texas.

Early on when I first joined this forum I read about and thought I wanted to replace my shield with an F4 Customs +4 clear shield with the vent. IIRC, the shield is supposed to be stronger than the OEM, clearer, tougher to scratch, easier to clean, and handles rain better. That first summer I was just experimenting with my shield and thought I liked it up all the way. The second summer I realized I could stay relatively cooler wit it down all the way to get more wind flow. Also keeping the vent fully open.

In cold weather I like the shield all the way up to protect FROM the wind and keep the vent closed.

Rain is tricky. If it's cold and the shield is up it had better be CLEAN or seeing through it will be difficult. I would prefer to not have to look through it when raining and have the top just below my line of sight. That way it will still give me as much protection from direct rain as possible and give me the best view.

I have since began thinking about a MadStad shield. Several members here speak highly of both. F4 also has several different height shields. Since I realized I like having the shield lower in warmer temps I backed off the +4 shield because it is not adjustable.

I'm probably going to stick with the OEM shield for at least another year or two if I change it at all. I might change to something else if it becomes damaged, but I'll cross that bridge if and when I get there.
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Re: wind sheilds

Post by old duffer » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:56 pm

I should have mention I live Michigan and it gets warm but not like the southern states. My goldwing is a 1995 and I just want a good replacement. I don't have vent in my current windshield. thanks for any information on this subject.

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Re: wind sheilds

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:35 am

Irrelevant to the 1500, but the Madstad allows you to have it your own way for any condition that you might meet.

Recently, I started out on a trip at 55°F and I had it all the way up.

Later in the day, around 2:30 PM after a very enjoyable lunch with a friend, I started back home.
it was 91°F already!!!

I left it up when I first started out, but after 30 minutes, realized this is not going to work, I was melting.
So, I slid it all the way down to the bottom and slanted it backwards towards me to get a lot of air in my face and chest.... that allowed me to ride another hour to the house.


for those who don't know me, I have a medical condition caused by a semi hitting me 10 years ago and pushing my 1500 into the center median wall.... it destroyed my body's temperature controller....
so I have to dress up for cold, or find a/c for hot temps.
~John

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Re: wind sheilds

Post by Happytrails » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:19 am

F4 customs standard vented Image
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Re: wind sheilds

Post by 89 1500 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:15 pm

Memphis Shades makes a nice replacement shield for the 15. Fits as good if not better than the factory one and the vent isn't cheap like the slipstreamer. I'm going to try a national cycle v stream next. I like the look and it's supposed to be hard coated against scratching. A vent is absolutely necessary no matter the weather.

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Re: wind sheilds

Post by C-dub » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:03 pm

old duffer wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:56 pm
I should have mention I live Michigan and it gets warm but not like the southern states. My goldwing is a 1995 and I just want a good replacement. I don't have vent in my current windshield. thanks for any information on this subject.
Get one with a vent! Above 75 degrees you will probably enjoy a little breeze. If you don't want it open until it gets warmer, just keep the vent close until it does. A vent can also help smooth a windy day ride out a little by letting some air flow through instead of all being blocked by the shield.
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Re: wind sheilds

Post by old duffer » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:37 pm

I want to thank you for all the great advice. whatever I get I will have a vent in the windshield.

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Re: wind sheilds

Post by CrystalPistol » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:31 pm

Happytrails wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:19 am
F4 customs standard vented Image
Excellent.

That vent, when open will help cool in heat, will aid in reducing fogging or misting in fog, and will lessen head buffeting from air over top of windshield by reducing low pressure area's influence in pulling the buffeting flow downward. … F4 are made of GE Lexan MR-10, a very durable and scratch resistant hardcoated Lexan.


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