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Best windshield for touring - Ya, I did a search

Problem with search is so many old threads, and you can be sure if everything you read is still true.... so...

I am 6'1", and a bit wide at 250 lbs.

Just got an FJR 2014. When screen is in down position, I get a lot of wind in top of chest and head. BUT, when I put it up, my head gets POUNDED by wind and buffeting, so bad, I choose to lower it, as the type of wind and force I get is better than the buffeting.

So, I see the following

1. Yamaha Tall Touring - Seems like it is 4" higher... not sure if this is high enough for me. 6'1"-ers with 32 inseam, hows it work for you. No vent in it... worried about suction and backpressure

2. CalSci - Can get 5.5" with vent... sounds perfect!! Then I read a bunch of threads about how this shield is not cut right, rubs fairing and other areas... still true???

3. National Cycle VStream - again, no vent, worried about massive turbulence

Thoughts?

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I've had two of these on my '13:

2. Cal Sci. Didn't fit right. Rubs against the windshield support frame. Worked OK, no real buffeting.
3. Vstream. I have the "sport touring" version on my '13 and it works fine. Buffeting isn't a factor. I have since added the OEM handguards, which help with airflow around the arms and hands.

I don't think a vent is needed on the Gen III, as the airflow is different. The stock screen definitely buffets big time. I pulled it real quick. I'm short in the torso, BTW, at only 5'10" with 32" inseam, and about 180 lbs.
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I put a Cee Bailey's Yamaha FJR 1300 Reverse Contour 2013 Windshield Clear 21in Tall on mine and have no wind issue at all but I'm 5' 7". They have a 23" for 6' 1" and taller. I really like the thickness of the Cee Bailey's over stock. I also purchased the headlight guards as a combo and the Yamaha FJR 1300 Reverse Contour 2013 Windshield Dark Gray Tint 19in Sport Shield for summer rides.

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IF you haven't decided yet...

Just to muddy the waters a little, I'll mention how pleased I am with my Rifle +5/+5 shield.

I'm also 6'1" w/32" inseam. With the shield all the way up I can still see over the top (at highway speeds). As I slow down I tend to drop it an inch or so. All the way up and I almost feel like I'm in my truck. Very quiet and protected.

The Rifle mount allows for additional airflow under the shield. Well designed and easy to install. It fits perfectly on my 2011 and doesn't rub or touch anywhere it shouldn't.

There is some buffeting if I get too close behind an 18 wheeler or other big rig, but backing off a little (or passing) resolves it.

Here's a pic from last weeknd's ride that shows the screen about half way up.
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Keep in mind the mount and airflow were redesigned for the Gen3 so comparison to prior years may not be very accurate. Your torso is probably similar to mine since I'm 5'10" with only a 30" inseam. I switched to the Yamaha Touring Windshield and can find several positions that I like, depending on the riding I'm doing at that time. Almost all the way up for a quiet pocket with little buffeting for slab cruising with viewing over the top and wind hitting the top of my helmet. About 40% up for curvy roads, in a more forward riding position with wind hitting the bottom of helmet, pushing air through all vents in my Shoei GT-Air.

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I have the 23" Cee Bailey, and can't raise it all without experiencing a lot of buffetting. It wasn't too bad before I installed the MV Motorrad bar risers, but still not great for me. I'm about 6'1" with 32" inseam.

Based on other forum members' reviews I am going to try the Yamaha Touring windscreen. It's installed on my bike now, but I haven't had a chance to give it a try yet.

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I had a CalSci windshield on a CanAm Spyder RT. Not the same vehicule, but similar concerns about fit & finish.

The shape and size made it work great and eliminated the buffetting I had with the original shield, just as they advertized, so no complains there.

The screen curbature was apparently purposefully selected with a radius different from the original windshield, to create a laminar airflow. The issue is that here are no adaptor blocks to properly mate the windshield curbature to the holding bracket curbature.

Take a look at the pics I posted back then to see what the fit & finish concerns are.

http://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/s...832#post527832

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Problem with search is so many old threads, and you can be sure if everything you read is still true.... so...

I am 6'1", and a bit wide at 250 lbs.

Just got an FJR 2014. When screen is in down position, I get a lot of wind in top of chest and head. BUT, when I put it up, my head gets POUNDED by wind and buffeting, so bad, I choose to lower it, as the type of wind and force I get is better than the buffeting.

So, I see the following

1. Yamaha Tall Touring - Seems like it is 4" higher... not sure if this is high enough for me. 6'1"-ers with 32 inseam, hows it work for you. No vent in it... worried about suction and backpressure

2. CalSci - Can get 5.5" with vent... sounds perfect!! Then I read a bunch of threads about how this shield is not cut right, rubs fairing and other areas... still true???

3. National Cycle VStream - again, no vent, worried about massive turbulence

Thoughts?
On the 2014 you won't have a problem with a windshield without a vent. The front of the fairing has two generous vents built-in.

I just got back from a 600 mile weekend on my 2014A with the Yamaha Touring windshield (made by National). I am 5'11", 32" inseam and at the tallest position I have to look through the windshield. The highest I run it is a few inches below full up unless I'm following a cattle truck or pass through a bee swarm or something (also, tobacco chewing truck drivers). I'm always able to find the perfect spot for comfort, no matter what the riding condition.

For me, this is the perfect shield, better than any shield I've ever had. When it gets a bit warmer, I'm going back to the stock shield.

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I have the 23" Cee Bailey, and can't raise it all without experiencing a lot of buffetting. It wasn't too bad before I installed the MV Motorrad bar risers, but still not great for me. I'm about 6'1" with 32" inseam.

Based on other forum members' reviews I am going to try the Yamaha Touring windscreen. It's installed on my bike now, but I haven't had a chance to give it a try yet.
Please keep us posted, it's my next planned purchase.

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You can add my +1 for the Yamaha touring screen. Love the thing.
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