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Hi. I'm new to motorcycling and LOVING my Vulcan 900 Custom SE. I'm adding my first windshield for occasional 2-3 hour long trips. Comfort on the highway (65 -70 mph) is more important than style but I definitely favor the look of sport shields. I'm 5'11" with a long torso and don't want one that just directs air from my body to my head. I'm considering the National Cycle Street Screen EX (18" high), or the Memphis Shades Big Shot 20", or Alley Cat 18" high. Any actual experience with these, especially from tall people, like myself? FYI - I'll probably order something by July 6th.
 

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I have the factory touring shield and so far I like it,my custom is a lot better at highway speeds now,longest trip was 210 miles with a 10 minute fuel and drink stop.I'm 6ft tall and am satisfied with it.It all comes down to what's good for you.
 

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Sounds like we may have a few things in common...

I just picked up my '09 Custom SE earlier this week to use as my daily commuter (51 miles each way on state highways), and I'm also 5' 11" (31" inseam). I opted to order the factory mid height windshield. It should be in by the middle of the week and I'll be mounting it right away. If you can hold off a few more days, I'll offer my .02 on that windshield.

-RW
 

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I got my windshield yesterday and will be bolting it on this weekend. I will post an update with my thoughts on it's performance Monday or Tuesday after I get a chance to ride my 100+ mile commute.
 

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I purchased my 900C originally with the OEM 18" windshield. Liked the looks but decided to get the Memphis Shades Big Shot. I'm only 5'9" but the extra 2 inches made a difference. I decided on the quick release so it can be taken off quickly. I still prefer riding with the shield. I use to get a few bugs hitting my face shield with the OEM windshield but that is very rare with the Big Shot. I've got the Big Shot positioned so I can see thru it or I can lift my head up a little and see over it. The bike looks better without a shield but the comfort is more important for me.
 

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I have the OEM mid-sized (15" from top of headlight to top shield) with grey tint, provides a decent shielding for me. I am 5'8" with 30" inseam. I am thinking about a bat-wing when I can justify parting with the money....
 

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My only reccommendation would be that you stay away from the National Cycle StreetFighter EX windshield. The shield looked great, but after several hours of work, I came to the conclusion there was no possible way that the shield would fit on the bike, despite what any directions said. I would say go with a shield from Kawi...at least you know it will fit...thats what I am doing as soon as I get my refund from national cycle.
 

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Ok, I'm finally back after getting in a decent ride, the beginning of the week was jacked up by a remote client site that had some major issues. Sorry for the delay in the post.

Overall, I am very happy with the windshield. It bolted up easily and looks nice on the bike. It's not a quick release, but you can bolt/unbolt the screen in less than 5 minutes...in all reality it should take less than 3 after the first time it's been on. I positioned the screen, so it attaches about 2mm below the top triple clamp. The screen comes with nice clear protective strips to put on the forks to protect them from getting scratched up.

I have to say that I am pretty happy with the screen, as it punches a nice sized hole in the air without being too large. If I was going to be doing major touring, I’d want a bigger screen…but then again if I was gonna do major touring I wouldn’t have bought a 900 Custom.

Given your description of what you’re looking for the factory mid height screen would certainly not be a bad choice, but you may want to look for a screen 2” or so taller. However, if you rode with the mid height screen, I suspect you would not take it off even for around the town riding…it’s a good height for an all-around screen and doesn’t ruin the lines of the bike.

-RW
 

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Thanks for Input

Thanks for everyone's input. RW, thanks for
the detailed review of your OEM mid-sized
shield. You said it punched a large sized hole
in the air. Does the 15" screen block air from
your body but direct it to your head? I'm especially
interested in that since I've had a couple of small
neck injuries and it's uncomfortable if my head
is being blown back on highway rides.
 

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I'd say that it does a pretty good job of directing the air flow over my head. It's a little hard to quantify, but I can say this...there was no head or helmet buffeting that I would associate with the windblast coming at my head until I got to around 80mph and was running in some dirty air coming off the back of a big rig. Once I got out from behind the rig, all was well. I can also listen to my music (headphones) at significantly lower volume levels with the windshield on, than I could with it off. I will say that if I sat very upright and scooted closer to the screen I could make the wind blast catch the front visor of my helmet and that was very noticable...but also an unnatural riding position.

Moral of the story, yes I think the wind blast is directed plenty high. However, it's still not like say...riding a Goldwing or some other tourer with a big 'ole honkin fairing and windshield.

-RW
 

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Reviving an OLD thread here.

I tried searching to see if I could find a thread with overall windscreen height over the top of the bars. I have just purchased a Vulcan 900 Custom and if there are any other custom owners here with windscreens that could measure from say the top of their bars to the top of the windscreen would be great.

or even any 900 Classic or Custom owner that could measure from the top of say the speedometer to the top of the windscreen I would appreciate it.

Also, I am 6"1 with a 32 inch inseam. My experience with my last bike and windscreen I ended up cutting the windscreen down to reduce buffeting and I know it could be coming from under the windscreen as well but the old hand test I felt it coming right off the top and hitting me in the head so bad I could barely read the gauges.

Just trying to get an idea for a windscreen. Like the quick release of the Memphis Shades quite a lot. So I am leaning that way but they have so many other options... And, if I can get a screen close to the right height without having to go through the cutting process again I would be like it.
 
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