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New to the forum and this is my first post. I purchased a new 08 Airbag Wing about 3 months ago. I am the typical older guy who rode many years ago and wanted to ride once again. I found that I love to Ride and I currently have just over 4K miles on the bike. I have changed/added a few things to the ride such as opera lights, rack, raised the passenger pegs, fog lights, and air wings. The stock windshield was beating me and my co-rider to death so after reading for many many hours I purchased a Windbender ST. It is great to about 55 MPH and then the buffeting returns and especially on the concrete slab it is bad. I have moved it up and down numerous times and believe I have found the sweet spot. but it is not working for us on longer trips where the interstate is unavoidable. I have read about other windshields by F4, Tulsa, Clearview, Cee Bailey, Memphis Shade, Slipstream, Chrome World and a few others that are perhaps a step down. I am 6'3" and my SO is 5'2" so on the bike we are about the same height. I like the option of looking over during rainy times so that hurts the F4 and the Tulsa chances although I believe the Tulsa probably has the best aerodynamics of the bunch. I'm leaning toward changing to a Cee Bailey in a +3 with the NACA vent. We have upgraded our helmets to Symax II for me and a Shoei TZ-R for her.
Any thoughts, help, or suggestions about windshields or other air/buffeting control would be most appreciated here in Charlotte, NC.

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The other thing about a tall windshield is when its dusty or damp, at night. the glare from headlights can be a problem...


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Wind buffeting is one thing that I've found that I seem to get a lot of on my GL1500, compared to my old GL1000, with a Vetter Windjammer fairing on. Don't know if my memory is faded and I just wax about that old bike too much, or what.

I have put on a set of Baker Wind Wings and Hand Wings, but I still get a fair amount of buffeting. I think it has the original windshield, but am not positive.(Definately not a tall one)


I have wondered if installing a set of windshield 'side extensions', or 'Winglets would make much difference.

They are available for both the GL 1500 and the 1800, at V&P Accessories

Anybody here try them??







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My 1500 had 29" tall windshield on it, and I never thought it was getting a lot of buffeting.

Maybe what it did have just didn't bother me?? Don't know, but it was never an issue with me. I have ridden it for miles at a time without even having to put my hands on the handlebars.

Granted, that is usually when I am on a two lane with zero traffic. But I have traveled most of the way from I-10 to near Salome, AZ to Parker, AZ and I was leaned way back on the seat with my feet on the highway pegs.

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Thanks for your feedback John.A 29" windscreen is pretty tall, too tall for me(I'm 6' 240lbs), as I like to be able to look over the top of the windscreen(old school rider )

The buffeting I'm getting, seems to come at me from all angles.

I've tried raising and lowering the windscreen to both extremities, adjusting the Wind Wingsand it doesn't change much. We have a fair amount of constant wind in the valley here, but I still notice it while riding in the depths of smaller valleys, when there isn't much wind present.

Could be the old Vetter provided better coverage, along with the riding position. (leaning forward more, with some weight on your wrists)

GL 1000 riders/owners know what I'm talking about. The riding/handlebar position changed in 1980, with the introduction of the GL1100.

Still Lking for any feedback on the addition of'winglets', to a windscreen,if any, from those that have experience with them. I'd hate to drill the holes needed to mount them to the windscreen and then find that they are ineffective and am left with some 'unwanted' holes. Then again. I will probably only get another year, or two at the most with my present windscreen.

Hmm ........ thinking can be ..... expensive and dangerous.




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