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Old 12-21-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
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Buffeting

It has been a VERY long time since I rode last. My wife bought me a 2002 VROD; I have never ridden a Harley before and I am happy to say that I love it! I am experiencing something that I have never experienced before, and when I did a bunch of research the term I found was "buffeting". I am 6'-2" and weigh 212. The VROD has a windshield...but my head seems to be getting blown around anytime I go over 60.

I figured that I am too tall for the windshield; when I saw a picture of me on the bike the windshield barely comes up to my chin. So I bought a Laminar Lip which attaches to the windshield, makes it higher and helps a lot...but the problem is still there.

Is this something that I just need to get used to or has anybody else experienced this?


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Old 12-21-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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I too had a windshield but found it pretty useless. My 2¢: Take off the windshield and distribute the wind evenly over your smiling face.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:55 PM   #3
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Windshield is crap, ditch it.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:09 PM   #4
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Im 6'1 and had the 500 $ harley quick release made my head chatter so bad my teeth hurt.. put it on dads 07 dyna for winter its like being inside a car

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Old 12-21-2012, 11:31 PM   #5
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Lets see...you haven't ridden in a LONG time...and the wifey bought you a VROD..hmmmm...what'cha got as far as life ins??
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Im 6'1 and had the 500 $ harley quick release made my head chatter so bad my teeth hurt.. put it on dads 07 dyna for winter its like being inside a car

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then why not just take the car?
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:03 AM   #7
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Windshield is crap, ditch it.
I'm a believer now....haven't ridden with the shield for almost two years now...also reverted BACK to a Badlander from the Sundowner.

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Old 12-22-2012, 01:12 AM   #8
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It has been a VERY long time since I rode last. My wife bought me a 2002 VROD; I have never ridden a Harley before and I am happy to say that I love it! I am experiencing something that I have never experienced before, and when I did a bunch of research the term I found was "buffeting". I am 6'-2" and weigh 212. The VROD has a windshield...but my head seems to be getting blown around anytime I go over 60.

I figured that I am too tall for the windshield; when I saw a picture of me on the bike the windshield barely comes up to my chin. So I bought a Laminar Lip which attaches to the windshield, makes it higher and helps a lot...but the problem is still there.

Is this something that I just need to get used to or has anybody else experienced this?


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What kind of windshield is it? I have a Supersport Windshield on my Street Rod (not designed for that bike but it fits just fine) and I am very happy with it. With morning temps in the teens I cannot ride without it. Tomorrow I take it down to Long Beach and the first hour and three quarters will be ridden in freezing or very close to temps. Even with everything including the heated vest on I can't do such winter riding without some wind protection. The guys who tell you otherwise are not out riding when I am.
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:03 AM   #9
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If you have a supersport windshield, flip the lower mounting bracket. Raises it up a couple of inches. Play around with the angle. I much prefer a windshield. Make it work for you. Mine is dialed in for me. Good luck. You will science it out. Joe
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:17 AM   #10
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If you have a supersport windshield, flip the lower mounting bracket. Raises it up a couple of inches. Play around with the angle. I much prefer a windshield. Make it work for you. Mine is dialed in for me. Good luck. You will science it out. Joe
Good advice if you have to run one ( or buy a bagger). Windshields are no different than bars, seats, extended reach pegs ect. You have to "FIT" them to you.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:09 AM   #11
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i have a wind shield, albeit for a muscle, i went to Ace hardware and got 1" post extensions and it made the windshield more upright. it now fits perfect. good luck
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:36 AM   #12
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It has been a VERY long time since I rode last. My wife bought me a 2002 VROD; I have never ridden a Harley before and I am happy to say that I love it! I am experiencing something that I have never experienced before, and when I did a bunch of research the term I found was "buffeting". I am 6'-2" and weigh 212. The VROD has a windshield...but my head seems to be getting blown around anytime I go over 60.

I figured that I am too tall for the windshield; when I saw a picture of me on the bike the windshield barely comes up to my chin. So I bought a Laminar Lip which attaches to the windshield, makes it higher and helps a lot...but the problem is still there.

Is this something that I just need to get used to or has anybody else experienced this


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I assume you've solid aluminum wheels, which push you in crosswinds.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:48 AM   #13
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I assume you've solid aluminum wheels, which push you in crosswinds.
Thats been mentioned plenty of times so i didn't want to ask again, but is that really the case? I have them (chromed) and do find cross winds a little un nerving but then i always have. I have also read that changing them for lighter ones will help the performance of the bike. But enough to actually notice?
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:00 AM   #14
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Thanks everybody! I will play with it to see if I can max the wind blockage. Again, since I am new to Harley's the solid wheel never even crossed my mind...that would be a bummer because I find them to be very attractive.


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Old 12-22-2012, 10:30 AM   #15
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Yes the solid wheels will get you pushed around by crosswinds but once you get used to it - it is no big deal...
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