So maybe this is a puzzle to you: why would a motorcycle need a windshield? Its function isn’t quite as obvious as, say, for a car or other closed vehicles. But they’re still very important and if you want to get to your destination quickly and efficiently, you’ll want to make sure yours is built just for your bike and that you upgrade as often as is necessary. Plus they add to the aesthetic of your ride. If you’re confused or if you’d like more information on what the right kind of windshield looks like for you, read on and later stop by Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson® in Columbia, South Carolina to let our experienced staff help you with all your motorcycle needs. We also serve Charleston, Rock Hill, Aiken, Myrtle Beach, Greenville, and Florence.
Purpose of Windshields
If you’ve never ridden with a windshield, it’s probably difficult to understand why you would need one. But you’d be surprised just how helpful it can be. Even the smaller windshields can protect your face and hands from precipitation and debris kicked up by other drivers. But it also deflects wind from the front of your body. This prevents an all day torrent of highway winds that leave you exhausted at the end of the day. This is particularly helpful to riders who spend a lot of time on their bike traveling at high speeds, like touring riders. You’re also protected from growing adversely cold over time which is key when riding in inclement weather.
What to Consider
While you’re thinking about getting a windshield, there are a few other issues you’ll want to consider. Primarily, do you want to go for style or for protection? If you like to travel long distances, odds are you’ll want all the protection you can get. But if you’re looking for something to take the edge off your morning commute, you probably could stand to buy something smaller.
If you’re more into function over fashion, there are a couple other considerations. Firstly, most bike manufacturers make a windshield fitted specifically for each model, but there are also universal models you can fit on your bike no matter where you bought it. Consider visiting an owners forum to get an idea of what other people used to varying degrees of success. Also, all windshields are essentially made from one of two materials: polycarbonate and acrylic. Polycarbonate is more durable but tends to yellow after a while. Acrylic doesn’t yellow as easily and is less expensive, but softer so it scratches easier. And the considerations don’t stop there. How permanently do you want your windshield attached? Would you like to adjust it or leave it where it is? Will it need to come off completely periodically? You’ll want to keep all this in mind when choosing a windshield.
Proper Windshield Height
Once you’ve chosen your windshield, you’ll need to make sure it’s mounted at the proper height. If it’s too low, it won’t offer any protection, but if it’s too high, it could impair visibility. Ideally, you’ll want your windshield just below sight lines for maximum protection and minimal distraction. This is especially important if you choose a windshield that isn’t adjustable.
Harley-Davidson sells a multitude of windshield types to fit as many motorcycle models we can and each is unique to fit as many riders as we can. A Sport windshield provides more protection while still maintaining a sleek style. A Compact windshield is easy to install and perfect for daily rides on low impact roads. A King windshield offers maximum protection and comfort. For air control, consider either the Ventilator or the Wind Splitter.
Now that you know you need a windshield, we want to make sure you get the right one for your riding habits and plans. We’ve provided some ways to decide which windshield is best for you, but we’re more than happy to talk to you in person. Visit us at Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson® in Columbia, South Carolina. We also serve Charleston, Rock Hill, Aiken, Myrtle Beach, Greenville, and Florence.