Michelle wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:27 am
A friend of mine in Australia who rides a late model 250cc V-Star is wondering if a windshield would help reduce wind-buffeting. She also has coms in her helmet and they are effected by wind-noise. Would fitting a windshield help? and what are the pros and cons of having a windshield on a cruiser?
Yes, a windshield would reduce wind buffeting and should reduce wind-noise on her coms, as well. Is her helmet opened faced? No, face shield? Open faced, usually produces more wind-noise.
Now after that being said, there are issues still. The type of windshield chosen. Fly-shield Windshield, and/or full screen windshield. You can still get buffeting with a windshield. There are methods to resolve the buffeting. Some of which are trial and error to resolve. Below is a link that addresses these issues.
How to solve wind buffeting on your motorcycle:
In the below picture, is the windshield that Yamaha designed for the 1996 Virago 1100 Special that I have. This windshield is perfect for the bike. As mentioned in the video above. Windshield height is also a factor. On mine, the top of the windshield is at nose level and you are looking over the windshield. I also, wear a full faced helmet.
A little history. When I purchased the bike, the windshield wasn't attached to the bike. So, it sat in my garage for 2 years all covered up and tucked out of the away. Cruising at lower speeds wasn't an issue, all was good! However, when needing to take expressways here and traveling at speeds of 70+ MPH (113 KPH). Things began to be less than fun! I was getting totally beaten up by the wind. Helmet was bouncing around in the wind. Needless to say that my head was in the helmet. Which ever direction the helmet was tossed my head went with it. At the time, wind noise was the last thing on my list to worry about, but keeping the bike on the road was more of a concern. Trust me, I did not like this feeling one bit, After about 45 minutes to an hour of this pounding. I was exhausted when I got to my destination.
Then the light went on. Hey Joe, why don't you try the windshield? So, dummy me did. WOW!
What a difference! I thought I was behind the wheel of my car. I kept reaching for the cup of coffee in the cup holder. Oops, bike didn't have a cup holder or coffee. Now I was able to cruise, I mean cruise (70+ MPH), without being beaten up by the wind and my helmet didn't get tossed around in the wind with my head in it. The Japanese engineers produced the perfect windshield for my bike. It has been on the bike ever since the day I put it on. Aftermarket windshields may be more of guess work to get it right. Luckily, for me, I wasn't saddled with that situation. I just put it on and all was great! Below is the windshield that came with the '96 Virago 1100 Special.
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