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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-28-2012, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Love my '08 900LT except the wind even with windshield will beat you to death. Those who have the MS batwing fairing: Does it really help? Is it worth the cost? What size shield? Are the lowers necessary.
I also ride an '88 Goldwing. The wind protection is night/day. With gas going through the roof I really want the 48 mpg of the 9 but really love the power and looks of the Wing. Advise please!
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Everything I've read, the MS Batwing is well worth it. It seems most of the reviews I've read on motorcycle superstore are 50/50 for the lowers. I priced it out at about $450 from that site. You might be able to get some of the 3 parts cheaper through ebay. For the shield size, again from what I was reading, if you are 5'9" or shorter it seemed the 9" was enough.

I want one of these for my 09 Classic but until the wife signs off on the expense account I'll have to stick to no shield or a cheaper option.

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Windshield lowers help immensely. Before I installed them I was really getting beat up by the wind buffeting. Felt like a continuous alternating left/right slapping to the head. With the lowers installed, I sit in a nice, comfy still air zone.

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I have 900 classic with OEM windshield. I have added lowers and made every adjustment possable to the windshield and I still get a tremendous amount of buffeting. I'm seriously considering a Batwing faring.

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Burnside,

Before you drop that much $$ for a batwing (unless you just think they look cool) I would try a set of lowers. I made my own for about $35.00 and eliminated 90% of the buffeting.

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+1 on the lowers. I run Memphis Fats shield (largest models) and lowers. The Memphis shield does have an adjustable angle and this seems to have an effect. Love my bike. If only I could do 70 and not be bothered by the buzz. I think the helmet may also make a difference.

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Money well spent on the batwing. Love it. RBS2 is right on the shield. I'm 5-7 and 9" is perfect. I bought a 12" also thinking I was going to use it more during winter but never did. So it now up for sale. Point is, the batwing is worth it IMO.

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I run a 9 inch shield and lowers on my classic, im 5 10: the lowers make the difference, on my custom I run a 5 inch shield and lowers, a little more head buffeting.

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... but until the wife signs off on the expense account I'll have to stick to no shield or a cheaper option.

Cheers
Well I thought I was the only one to have trouble justifying expenses for the bike...!
It was always difficult trying to explain to my partner why I needed this or that, for her there was no need so I am using a different tactic.
Whenever she buys a skimpy little dress for $180 which she definitively does not need (having plenty in the wardrobe) I get the same as credit for any mod on the bike (and mods last a lot longer than dresses...) I do not even mention it.
At the rate she went last year I have been able to do a good number of mods.
And the momentum is still going strong
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Love the batwing. 5'11", 34" sitting height, 9" shield, full face helmet, no lowers. At first I had some buffeting but within a couple of short rides I had adjusted the fairing and gotten rid of it.
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