Bug Catchers Some of the Popular Windscreen Options Let’s talk Windshields… with so many different companies out there today your options may seem endless when it’s time to choose a windshield for your bike. A couple of the most popular choices are the Klock Werks “Flare” and the National Cycle “V Stream” windshields for the Baggers. The Klock Werks windshield made famous by being on the “World›s Fastest Bagger” a couple years ago. This was one of the first on the market with the contoured styling to achieve that sleek low windshield look, but have the functionality to still move the air over you going down the road. They first introduced a 6 ½” and 11 ½” and have now added a 3 ½” and 8 ½” to the lineup. I’ve heard many different opinions on the windshields. Some people love them, and some don’t care for them at all. I personally rode to Naples, Florida with one on a 2006 FLHTCU and I never had a problem, but I’m used to riding a 1999 Night Train with no windshield, so I really don’t have much to compare it to. If you’re questioning about how effective they are just stop into the shop. We now have a demo set covering all four sizes that we will let you put on your bike and take them out for a quick ride. They also have these windshields for the FLTR models and have also recently come out with what they call the “Flare Billboard” windshields for the rest of the bikes from Sportsters to Road Kings. I currently have one of these out on a customer’s bike that I’m waiting to get some feedback on. It is a bit wider than the original Harley windshields so it should move quite a bit of air.
from 7 ½” all the way up to 17” and they also have them for the FLTR models as well. For those of you out there who don’t have a fairing, but want the benefits of having one without the sticker shock that may accompany it; Memphis Shades has come out with a batwing fairing for under $500. Considering a majority of the other aftermarket fairings are between $1000 - $3500, this is quite an improvement. Memphis Shades have produced them for the Road Kings and FL model Softails, but just recently released them for 2006 and newer Dynas, 1980-Newer FX Softails, and Wide Glides. After getting the initial Fairing and mount kit for your bike they give you four choices for windshield height and even have optional accessories including chrome windshield molding, wind deflectors that mount on the side and a three pouch bag that all mount to this. Best part is when you don’t want it on your bike just flip two lever and the whole assembly pops off the front of your bike just leaving a couple of simple brackets on your bike. They are made of an opaque black Lucite that looks great the way it is, but it can also be prepped and painted to match your motorcycle. The hardware is available in either polished stainless or black for you riders that have decided “chrome don’t get you home”. Memphis Shades has teamed up with Hogtunes and put together a great speaker system that mounts directly to the fairing. The kits has two 4 ¼” speakers and a 50 watt amp with USB charge port audio perch with built-in volume control. The speaker kit rolls in at $400, but is still a great set up for everything and your still under $1000. I’ve only covered just a fraction of all the windshields out there and I know each rider has their own personal taste when it comes to function and looks. Stop ppyy to pp in Carroll Cycle Center and we would be happy explain your options and get the right windshield for you.
Ride safe. One of the most recent additions to the marketplace is the V Stream windshield by National Cycle. Vernon brought these to my attention after he attended an expo Tony Darveau where National Cycle were exhibited. After talking to him about the V Stream; I ordered in a few. Now I haven’t rode one yet with it on, but Vernon has one installed on his bike and I’m sure he will tell you that it is great. I don’t stop hearing about how “Awesome” it is. The V Stream doesn’t have that “Flare” the Klock Werks windshield has, instead it has two funnel type contours on either side of the windshield that push the air around the rider. Vernon states that it drastically reduces the wind noise so you can hear your stereo at a lower volume level and this makes for a more comfortable ride. Less wind noise and better stereo sound? How can that be beat? These windshields are made from National Cycles Exclusive Quantum hard coated polycarbonate which carries a 3 year unbreakable warranty and is one of the hardest windshields to scratch that I have ever seen. If you don’t believe me just stop in and I’ll show you. They offer it in four sizes www.thunderroadsiowa.com
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