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post #1 of 12 Old 06-19-2007, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Sport shield v. 2

I too had the buffeting issue (5'10") and having read elsewhere about people cutting their factory shields I did the same.
I measured 3.5" down and then matched the curve so it looks like a short stock shield. One Dremel cut off disc and the help of a carpenter friend with a steady hand and it was cut. I then got some Gila static cling window tint from AutoZone and put that on about 4 different ways until I got a decent look that allowed me to remove air bubbles. Some black door edge guard and I was all set. I took it for several rides up to and beyond 80mph indicated and it was just like driving the old Nighthawk that I used to ride years ago.
I guess I won't have to buy the euro sport shield after all!!
Edit: sorry the pic is a little w-i-d-e, I just got Nero and haven't got it's resize thing figured out yet.
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-19-2007, 11:54 AM
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Not difficult at all, now was it? I know you're a happy camper now, just as I am and several others, too! Nice job!

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Nice work. If you don't mind, it would be great if you could post a picture like that in my "No more buffetting - $5 fix" thread so that people can see what it looks like side by side with an 02-03 windshield.

I'm glad that more and more folks seem to be realizing that cutting down the screen is the ultimate "clean air" solution. Makes a HUGE difference, doesn't it?

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Where does the wind hit you?...hopefully above the chest..

Funny, I don't mind if the blast hits my neck or helmet, what I can't stand is the wind hitting me full force in the chest pushing me back.

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The wind over this one hits me right at my neck/faceshield. Clean, no turbulence, and very cooling on a hot, humid day. Overall length is 8", top edge to top of vent (it's a 3" vent).




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Whistler,

Do you think the vent makes a huge difference? Did you cut the vent and shorten the shield all at once? I have recently acquired a second windscreen that will soon go under the knife. I was riding one night and stood up and could not believe just how quiet clean air is. Currently I have the screen all the way down and it alright but I know a shorter screen will be better. I am just curious about the vent in the bottom of yours?

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I cut my vent after checking out MonkeyGrass' chopped and vented stocker off his '02 Vee. This screen is actually my second version (the vent on the first was too tall). Hence the 3" vent height on this one.

Per MG's thinking, which seemed logical to me, the vent removes or greatly lessens the backpressure that most every shield out there accumulates during normal riding. This backpressure can contribute to the perceived buffeting that riders experience. So, I put in a vent . . . just my preference.

If I had another shield, I'd probably just chop it with no vent and see what kind of effect that might have on me.

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Thanks. I was going to shorten the screen first and then think about the vent. I was just looking for an opinion to prevent me from cutting a screen for little results.

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The vent made a tremendous difference on my chop. Start small with it, and gradually widen. If you open it up too much, it lets air straight thru and messes up the airflow. You want just enough to let a little bit trickle thru and relieve the vacuum - no more.

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The air hits me just below the neck. I catch an occasional bug in the throat but a collar on my new coat will fix that. Yes I can send it over to the $5 fix thread as well. I suppose I could take another inch off but I'm pretty happy now so why mess for a few hundred miles.

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