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post #1 of 6 Old 11-28-2016, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Cee Bailey or Vstream windshields

I've read through most of the windshield threads over the last few weeks but I would like any first hand experiences you may have with either the Cee Bailey or the Vstream windshields. I've already had a different windshield given to me from a friend, bought a Zero Gravity Double Bubble and cut one out of an old Aeroflow shield I have from another bike. None of them including the stock (best out of all of them so far which isn't saying much) have reduced the buffeting just moved it to other parts of my helmet.

I'm 5'9" and air off the stock shield hits me in the neck area forcing air straight up into my helmet causing buffeting over 60 MPH. The other shields move the air right into my helmet causing buffeting and lots of noise. I would like a shield that will move the air over my head but still allow me to see over the shield. I've narrowed my search down to the Cee Bailey 23 or 24 inch Sport Touring or the tall Vstream from National Cycles. Has anyone used either or even both shields and what is you opinion on either or both.

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I'm 5'9" w/ 30" inseam, discerning (aka critical) re: buffeting so have tried several combos on my Gen 2. Very smooth still air pocket to top of helmet with a Clearview GT small. It sits on its spacer about 1" ahead of the stock KLR shield enabling the 1" slot to stabilize the flow. Used it for 3000 miles across northern Canada. Negatives: the edge of the Clearview Shield was exactly in a spot where the bridge of my nose or eyebrow would contact it when I had a mudhole get-off. Did that twice after my return to U.S. Bloody both times. Also, shield is acrylic and can shatter when bike tips over in garage with shield hitting metal bench.
Now have National Cycle Vstream medium, made from polycarbonate which is tougher, as well as a bit lighter. But the still air pocket, while acceptable, is not as quiet as the Clearview system so I have to crouch a bit to get into the still air pocket. I tried the taller National Cycle touring height and it was quieter, but I had to look through it, rather than over as I do with their medium ht mdl. That said, the National shields seem to have excellent optical quality. Would love to add something like a Laminar Lip to the National, but none fits it to my knowledge.
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If you get some cardboard and some duct tape you can experiment and figure out how high of a windshield you would want. Just do it somewhere where you don't see anyone you know or they'll call you a redneck.
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Nah. They just figure "There goes another one of those clapped out KLR riding freaks".

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I have a Cee Baily 23" and am 6'1" tall --- It's the adjustable shield and I have it at the next to last adjustment. This allows me to just look over the top. I love the combination of this w/s and the KLR's fairing and handgards. Don't even miss the heated seats and grips in the old K 1200---well maybe a little!
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Thanks for the info guys. With help from here and the KLR Facebook page I'm going with the VStream. It seams to get the best overall reviews ( from what I've read). Now to wait till Christmas (wife said to wait) to get it. On the plus side I'll also get engine guards and a skid plate then.
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