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I'veowned 7 new Goldwings and one of the common things that everyone of them had, was a windshield that didn't do such a good job of deflecting the wind.

I love the vented windshields. This is the best and only improvements with the windshield that I have seen.

I realize there may be some intentional planning to leave some business for after-market accessories. Personally, I would rather have hada few of the functional parts on my Goldwings left stock, and the windshield is one of them.

If after-market can doa better job shielding us betterfrom the wind, why can'tthe factory windshield to the same?

It seems as though a bit of a curved upper couple of inches would deflect the wind a little higher over the rider.The turbulence or buffeting that feels like it is coming from behind is far worse on the GL1800 than on the previous GL1500 models.

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Every rider is a different height etc and some like a low screen and some like a high screen ,So it is impossible to please everybody ,which I think is why Honda fit this type of screen ,It would be an iteresting subject to do a poll on ,Like who likes high screen ,low screen ,wide screen ,etc etc ,,Ciaran

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I wasn't suggesting to only have a short or tall windshield. I was only recommending a top edge with a dip or outward curve to deflect the wind higher so that it would reduce the buffeting.

Some after-market windshield do it, why not Honda?

Honda could offer more than one style of windshield.


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I am 185 cms (5' 11") tall and the OEM screen is fine even when fixed at a lower setting. If it was any higher the top of the screen would be right on my eyeline - very irritating! The only problem with the 2003 1800 is that the screen is not vented - not very important when riding in Britain but it is when in southern Europe in the summer!
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The windscreen on my wing is about 4 inches above my eyeline. It's like pushing a piece of plywood thru the wind flatways.

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John,
How tall are you?

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Aerodynamically speaking curling the top edge of the windshield could make things worse. The least buffeting is caused by a smooth airflow, curling the top forward will cause a strong stream of deflected air to meet the oncoming flow at a more acute angle. This can result in vortex generation, noise and backdrafts. It will definitely increase the air drag on the bike as a whole. There's no free lunch, the more you disrupt the airflow the more other problems will arise.

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I am 5' 11" and most of my height is in my back. I have short legs and a long waist. This is one tall piece of plexiglass. Don't know who put it on there, but the dude must have been a 7 footer...

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John,

It's most likely not a stock windshield if you are looking through about 4 inches of it.

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AZGL1500, sounds like you and I are similarily proportioned, height wise anyway, Iput a new stock height windshield on my 1500. After riding with it for several months I cut an inch off the top. Now with the screen all the way down my line of sight over the top contacts the ground around 60' ahead. I don't find any more buffeting or wind than when it was higher. I do have the option to raise it but even in rain I don't see much difference so I keep it low. The main advantage is better vision.

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