Grand Prix 125
Main Motorcycle: 2012 Bonneville SE
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Chicago area
Other Motorcycle: Honda GB500 TT
Extra Motorcycle: Honda Nighthawk 250--sold
Boy, have I wasted a lot of time on the windshield issue! I spent hours reading in the forums and other online sources, as well as thumbing through a few catalogs, trying to pick the best shield. I also bought and tried three in all. Hopefully others can save some time by hearing my experiences.
First I tried a Slip Streamer Spitfire, an inexpensive, great little shield I'd loved when I had one on my old Honda Nighthawk. A couple of reference guides indicated it'd fit on my Bonnie--NOPE, at least not at any angle that'd be useful, and with more than one thread holding it in place.
Next up was the Memphis Shades Hell Cat, recommended by a few folks on this forum. I thought it had pretty decent looks, and I got it at a good price from a local shop. I think this would've fit, but after an hour of fiddling with a tiny allen wrench trying to tighten the mounting brackets while they were upside down and in extremely tight quarters, I gave up--most especially because I realized, halfway through, that the top of the windshield was going to be right in my sight line.
Luckily, like Goldilocks, my third choice was "just right," at least for my purposes: the Dart flyscreen. I understand that it might not be the best choice for big-time long distance touring, but I've ridden a 3-hour round trip with it and been happy. Most of the time I can sit however I'd like and it diverts enough wind to keep me content. As others have said, your head is in the wind (this doesn't bother me because my Arai feels pretty aerodynamic and quiet) but the pressure is off your chest; I don't feel like I'm going to be torn off the bike anymore. In the occasional big gust or wind blast from a semi, if I tuck down even a little bit, it blocks lots of wind.
So at least until I plan a cross-country trip, the Dart is the screen for me--and I think a good choice for most Bonnie riders. Personally, I think it improves the look of the bike or at least is a neutral; I remember seeing this style of screen on Triumphs years ago, and to me it just looks "right" on the bike. I leave it on all the time. The super-easy installation is a plus, too.
For bigger screens, I think rider height has a lot to do with how much buffeting you feel. If I do plan a long trip, I'd probably try the Triumph summer screen, or, if I can tolerate the looks, one of the MRA vario-screens with the spoiler and adjustable angles.
Hope this helps somebody. A final thought--for whatever screen you get, try to be certain it is known to fit your *exact* year and model--sometimes even small variations in positions of lever mounts, mirrors, brake lines, etc. can mean the difference between fitting or not.
Happy to Be Here, in every sense of the phrase