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wind buffeting 3 Years ago  
I have a 2005 roadie silverado 1700. Here is the problem. At highway speed the bike is very unstable. It always feels like I am in a crosswind. I am constantly correcting left right left right. Does not make for a pleasant riding experience.

Since it was a used bike, it had crap tires on it from the dealer. I put new Dunlops on it thinking that the tires were the problem. nOw running 38 front and 40 rear tire pressure. Still handled badly. Had an ace mechanic here in Cleveland check out the whole bike front and rear, tires, alignment, forks, swing arm etc etc. he found no problems.

Now for my fix. today I took off the stock tall winshield and rode the hell out of it on the highway 80 85 mph. steady as a rock. So I believe that the windshield was the problem.

Has anyone else out there experienced this? Was the windshield the problem or is it something else? If it is the windshield is there an after market winshield that you would recommend, I don't like riding without one. I do a lot of highway riding with my club on trips and a windshield is something I don't want to do without. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. If i don't resolve this issue this summer I am getting a new ride.

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Re:wind buffeting 3 Years ago  
Newriver, I have the silverado windshield on mine too, can't say I've noticed what your experiencing. Have you tried adjusting the angle? When I got my bike the guy before me was about a foot shorter than me so I raised the windshield up, in doing so I noticed there is a little room to tilt it forwards or backwards. I'm not an expert by any means, but its somthing to look into.
 
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Re:wind buffeting 3 Years ago  
Just an opinion but try a few angles more toward the rider. If it is to flat that will happen. I have a good angle on my fairing yet somedays it is just the evil of a fairing.
 
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Re:wind buffeting 3 Years ago  
I ride windshield less and man it is stable going at 90mph. Not that I do that all the time, just for testing purposes only. If you don't mind a little debris here and there, you will enjoy being windshieldless.
 
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Re:wind buffeting 3 Years ago  
sounds like the angle was off a bit, lean her back some. and i think the crosswind feeling you feel is buffeting, a set of curts lowers will fixer-up
 
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Re:wind buffeting 3 Years ago  
i have an 05 midnight with the stock windshield and it rides great at any speed from 60 to 110 it seems rock steady.
 
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Re:wind buffeting 3 Years ago  
I have 1600 siverado , with silverado windshield, only time i feel it is when the wind is actually blowing across, me and wife got caught in some 30-40 mph crosswind, only in a big gust did i feel it pull or wobble, this is a heavy bike u are gonna feel some pull and push
 
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Re:wind buffeting 3 Years ago  
I have the '06 1700 Silverado & have never experienced your problem. Like *4Life, I sometimes feel it when its real windy but normaly it's steady. Not much help, I know but that's my experiences with it.
 
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Re:wind buffeting 3 Years ago  
I have an 08 and experienced the same problem. An other problem I had was the wind coming over the top of the windshield and pounding down on top of my helmet.

I ended up getting a 27" tall windshield from Clearview windshields and had them install the air vent in it. I realized later that the "buffeting" at 80mph was gone. While researching windshields I had run across a lot of information concerning the dynamics of windshields and how design etc affects handling etc and it was recommended to have the vent installed on really tall windshields to avoid that air pocket that would cause the handling problem.

I would imagine that an air vent would take care of the instability for the stock windshield too by removing the air pocket that is created.

Don't know, but that was my experience...
 
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Re:wind buffeting 3 Years ago  
I went n a nice littel over-niter last weekend. On the way home I was thinking how nimble and solid of a ride this bike has, even riding behind or beside a truck there was no buffeting.
I have a tall switchblade sheild and could use new tires soon. You would think I would be all over the road, but she is rock solid.
I love my bike
 
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