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post #1 of 13 Old Feb 28th, 2012, 3:08 pm Thread Starter
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Windshields and taller folk

Riding around on the LT the other day, I tucked down behind the 22" Cee Baley and discovered...there was no wind. At all. If I didn't look like a dork, I'd ride that way all the time!

At 6'6" (before osteoporosis sets in), will a taller aftermarket windshield provide me with that kind of wind isolation, or is it another one of those handicaps you pay for with added height?

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post #2 of 13 Old Feb 28th, 2012, 4:02 pm
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Re: Windshields and taller folk

You can get a taller windshiled, check out the ceebaileys ultra flow series in various sizes. They are quiet, really cutting down on the wind noise, but be warned it will cost you in mpg to push that large of sail through the air. I just went the other way and got a vtech sport shield so its smaller and made of polycarbonate. I just raise it up to get the quiet zone.

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Looks like I've got a 22" reverse contour. I'd say with it all the way up, it cuts about 40% of the wind at my height. (Course, that's 1000% better than the 'YOU are the windscreen' I had with the last bike.)

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Re: Windshields and taller folk

These guys have a tall version for the LT, I seem to remember that they just came out with a eXtra tall but I don't see it in their Web page yet, perhaps a call to them would get you the specs. This is the Ztechnik product.

http://shop.nationalcycle.com/perl/cycle/Z2461?mv_session_id=BpJKKg6K&search_model=bm%2d073 "

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Re: Windshields and taller folk

Sounds like you have a Cee Bailey's #2. Not sure how you're measuring but I have a #2 -2 which is perfect for me. However I don't sit that tall in the saddle my height is in my legs 6' 3" with 36" inseam. When I adjust the windshield so that I look just over the top, I get a nice quiet space. With it all the way up, I get a bit of push from the back at speed but get less water when raining. At the normal position I get 48-9 MPG one up 45-6 two up. Haven't ridden with it up high enough to get a MPG reading (I do hand calc old school. I don't trust BC). In a cross wind you'll get buffeting anyway.
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I put the laminar lip on, changed the dynamics without much increase in size of the barge

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You can always stop by (again) and swap in my stock windscreen for a test ride for comparison.
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Looks like I've got a 22" reverse contour. I'd say with it all the way up, it cuts about 40% of the wind at my height. (Course, that's 1000% better than the 'YOU are the windscreen' I had with the last bike.)

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You can always stop by (again) and swap in my stock windscreen for a test ride for comparison.
That's not a bad idea....tried upping the chrome covers...that will take more effort that I gave it at first shot. They're on pretty good.

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I have a tall aftermarket (I think it is Ztech) that came with the bike. I could sell it easily as I only used it once (MPG sucked!!!)
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Riding around on the LT the other day, I tucked down behind the 22" Cee Baley and discovered...there was no wind. At all. If I didn't look like a dork, I'd ride that way all the time!

At 6'6" (before osteoporosis sets in), will a taller aftermarket windshield provide me with that kind of wind isolation, or is it another one of those handicaps you pay for with added height?
You might want to look at the Parabellum K1200LT replacement windshield. They are the only ones that I have seen that offer Pop-open vents as an option. They have three sizes, standard, minus 2 inches, and plus 2 inches. Start at this link, http://www.parabellum.com/, and drill down to the Lt.

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Re: Windshields and taller folk

John, do you have a parabellum on your 05 and how much protection does it offer for the pillion? The original low one that came with my 05 is bad no matter where you put it!

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John, do you have a parabellum on your 05 and how much protection does it offer for the pillion? The original low one that came with my 05 is bad no matter where you put it!
Dave, I bought the bike used and it came with a Vstream tall, http://www.nationalcycle.com/whybuy.html on mine. The wife ( hate to call her a pillion ) says she gets no wind and can take a nap if she needed one. A good friend of mine has the BMW original and after we swapped bikes he said that the Vstream provided more protection than the original. I did a little research for him and came across the Parabellum as an alternate.

If you do a search you will find a few folks that have the Parabellum and like it.

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Re: Windshields and taller folk

When you folks say the higher windshield destroys your gas mileage...what are we talking about? 2-3 mpg? 5+?

(DAMN but it sure was windy this weekend. )

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