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Old 04-10-2011, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I finally got around to mounting my roadster windshield today. I took it out for a 5 mile test ride, and the buffeting is horrible. I don't know if this thing is usable. Maybe my expectations are a bit off. I don't know, but honestly I hated it. I have never had a windshield before. So tell me is this normal? I've read that some other people also had a buffeting issue as well, and I'm wondering if Triumph screwed up the design of this thing.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have the mid-height screen. The bike I demoed came with the Roadster, which buffeted unacceptably. They swapped the big screen out for the shorty screen and I felt that it buffeted exactly the same as the big one. The salesman told me that he hated the Roadster but loved the mid, and being about my size he assured me that I would love it too. So they traded the Roadster screen off of the SE that I bought and replaced it with the mid-sized screen. It buffeted the same as the others.

In searching the internet for a solution or to see if others had the same problem I came across triumphrat.net. I joined the conversation in this thread.

http://www.triumphrat.net/cruisers-t...ndshields.html

There is a lot of good information here regarding people's experiences with windshields as well as some good theoretical information as to what causes and what fixes buffeting. As you will see, I came up with a solution that works about 90% for me.

I'm still pissed that the bike makers aren't making any attempt to address this. In the 21st century it is inescusable that we are still suffering from this problem.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Stratofaster. I'll take a good look at the link you posted. I must have missed it in my search somehow. For the time being I took the windshield off. I will really only need it for long rides, so for my day to day riding it can sit at home.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've come to believe that buffeting is more the norm unless you are willing to ride a full fairing bike or install a batwing. I have the Roadster screen and I get buffetting that starts around 60 mph.

The screen on the Bonneville I had a few years back had zero buffeting, but was a small screen, i.e., it just reduced the wind on the core of your body. This was fine with me, but I don't have the bike anymore, don't know the manufacturer and when I go to the Bonne forum for suggestions, it seems they struggle with this as well.

My son has a FJR and he struggles with buffeting...

National Cycle now makes a Switchblade adapter for the Tbird and has screens of all sized for it. I'm hopeful that one might give me the experience I had with my Bonne. I'm thinking their smaller Deflector screen might work.
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In the thread that Stratofaster references there are some good ideas. He changed the angle on his with good results. I will probably try that at some point. For now my shield is sitting in my living room.
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've got the roadster screen on my SE. I got the bike two days ago and, like you, I took it out and rode about 5 miles with my full faced Nolan helmet on. The noise and buffeting was too much to bear. So I came home and swapped out the Nolan for my open faced Shoei helmet and took another ride. Still way too windy but not noisy. So I came home and put on the old plastic face shield (you know, the kind that snap on the open faced helmets) and took it out again. Finally, I had a set-up that worked. I'm 6'1" and look completely over the roadster screen. But the face shield on my helmet seems to block the air coming over the screen. I had little buffeting until about 65mph. Then it started to get a little crazy, but I probably spend 95% of my time at speeds under that so I think that is my solution for now. I think the bottom line is that sometimes a change in helmet or helmet design could make a big difference. Hope this helps.
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SMGray thanks for the input. However I am not willing to give up my full face helmet. For now I ordered the factory fairing (don't have it yet), and will see if I like that. I may try Stratofaster's angle method at some point as well.
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Old 04-23-2011, 04:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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There is no such thing as the perfect windscreen. I have three different styles of helmets and they all feel and behave differently with my Roadster screen. Side winds, different vehicles that you may be following, head and tail winds all have play a role in buffeting we feel .

I am 6'3' and like some wind on me better than a fairing setup with no wind. My tall Roadster screen fits me just right at 50mph or 115mph.
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:31 PM   #10 (permalink)
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There is no such thing as the perfect windscreen. I have three different styles of helmets and they all feel and behave differently with my Roadster screen. Side winds, different vehicles that you may be following, head and tail winds all have play a role in buffeting we feel .

I am 6'3' and like some wind on me better than a fairing setup with no wind. My tall Roadster screen fits me just right at 50mph or 115mph.
I have the wide windscreen stock on the Thunderbird SE and am 6'5" tall. It works fine for me. I DID have to try three different helmets and am fairly comfortable, even on longer rides, with the stock screen. I agree that with no fairing specifically to control and direct wind, you may have to play with the height and width of a windscreen, but don't forget checking out a helmet or two in the process. The windscreen that comes with the Thunderbird SE A1 works fine for me at any reasonable speed. I agree to that some wind is kind of nice, but not your head bouncing around like Builder the Bobber. Pun intended.
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