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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-25-2015, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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In the market for a Nomad and I rode an 08 1600 Nomad the other day. It was my first time on a 1600.

I liked it except at 60mph+, I was experiencing helmet buffeting. The windshield was on the lowest setting. I'm 5'6".

I've never had a bike with a big windshield before. When I look out in front of the bike, am I supposed to see through the windshield or completely over it?

How can this buffeting be corrected?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-25-2015, 01:27 PM
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The top of the windshield should meet at about your chin, i too feel buffeting on windy days, but we're not cagers either, some of it is expected.....ride on....
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Thats probably why. I can't remember exactly where the windshield lined up, but I'm sure it was higher than that.

Can you get smaller windshields for this bike?

At some point, I may go with a batwing fairing...maybe that will help.

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The solution are lowers. Got mine from Memphis Shades; buffeting gone!
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I had that problem and as Buffalobob said ,you need lowers. When riding, put your hand by the front of the tank and you will feel the wind coming up. I installed Edmonds Lowers and the issue went away.

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Attached is a pic of the bike that I rode. I think it has lowers. Isn't that what is attached to the fork underneath the turn signal?

I don't think I've seen a Nomad without these? I thought this was standard.
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Yes, the lowers are attached to the forks. The after market lowers are much bigger. Here is a picture of my lowers. I was putting on new tires at the time.

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Ok. I see that. Thanks for the pic.

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The solution are lowers. Got mine from Memphis Shades; buffeting gone!
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I had that problem and as Buffalobob said ,you need lowers. When riding, put your hand by the front of the tank and you will feel the wind coming up. I installed Edmonds Lowers and the issue went away.
Yep. Lowers I was having the same issue. Made me some lowers out of plexiglass (lexan) and buffeting is gone. Good thing about cutting your own is you can make any size or design you want.

Like this......https://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/1...ml#post2186665

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-27-2015, 02:30 PM
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Best for me is to have the top of the windshield set at my nose. Then make sure the lower windshield is down close to the headlamp. Then of course taller lowers help as well. These are homemade.

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