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No fairing 1 Month ago  
After Sturgis I removed my fairing for cleaning. I left it off for short runs around town. I can't tell if it's because we blew the carbon out of it in Sturgis running at high speeds or does the fairing make that much difference in the feel of speed of a bike. It seems like a whole different bike without the fairing.Felt like a much smaller bike and seemed more nimble. Probably because I felt much closer to the ground. It absolutely rips ass now.I can feel the torque pull has increased. As much as I enjoy riding it without the fairing, not being able to hear a thing at higher speeds is not enjoyable.
 
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Re:No fairing 1 Month ago  
that's how i felt without the windshield. loved it around town. did feel like a smaller bike. just looking over the handle bars to the road, but didn't like getting beat up by the wind.
 
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Last Edit: 2017/08/18 09:16 By gennaro.
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Re:No fairing 1 Month ago  
It's not your imagination. Fairing makes the bike feel heavier, handle worse, and it takes away a lot of the top speed. I liked the look and protection when I had mine but when I rode without it, bike definitely handled better and was faster.
 
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Re:No fairing 1 Month ago  
I've read that the human body produces less wind resistance than a windshield. The reduced pressure behind the windshield is what's holding the bike back.
 
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Re:No fairing 1 Month ago  
Cruiser windshields don't help increase top speed, improve handling or increase gas mileage like they do for sport bikes. They're only real benefit is to keep the wind blast off the riders (and hold your kick butt stereo etc) and that's about it. As Texas said they create a low pressure behind it, and like a wing creates a low pressure lift for the plane the windshields low pressure pulls backward on the bike. If you want top speed and gas mileage always ride in a full tuck position...... without a windscreen on.
 
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Re:No fairing 1 Month ago  
That's why the newer street glides have the vent. As does my F6B shield. Helps reduce the low pressure area behind the fairing
 
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Re:No fairing 1 Month ago  
Very interesting. Good to know. Thanks all. Bob
 
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Re:No fairing 1 Month ago  
I'm on my second Roadstar, this time a 2004 - my previous was a 2001. Both came with the stock Silverado windshield, but my 04 feels like it gets pushed around a lot more in the wind - especially unsettled gusts coming off trucks etc. (Steady winds are not as bad.)

I find it is more manageable if I lower the front tire pressure to about 28-30 psi cold. Above that I am constantly correcting for winds. Any thoughts or suggestions? The front tire has been on for 5000+ miles and not showing any adverse wear from the slightly lower pressures.
 
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