Yes, it was a nice bike, kinda hot, but I liked it. No, I couldn't look over the shield at full height. It was also pretty much straight up in the air, but it was quiet. If I wanted to listen to the xm or listen to my wife over the cb clearly, I would just hit a button and raise it up and it was quiet. Very handy. There was some talk about being able to move the Madstat via motor. I don't care if it adds complexity, it sounds good to me. I had an ST and my wife was on the FJR and we both loved the moving shields.