12″ Electra Glide Classic Stock Shield
The windshield height and style on a motorcycle is a critical feature. Achieving the optimum height and style is a somewhat challenging thing to accomplish. The stock height on my Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic is 12″. Even at my height of 6’2″ I was looking through the windshield which I found out can not only be distracting but downright dangerous. Driving into work one morning in the early AM fog the windshield became coated with fine droplets of dew. As I rounded a corner, heading East, the rising sun broke through the fog and when it shined on the dew coated windshield I couldn’t see a thing. I managed to safely pull over and wipe the shield down so i could continue on to work. Once I got there I knew I had to bite the bullet and get a shorter shield. I started reading some reviews on the numerous aftermarket windshields and decided to stick with the Harley Davidson manufactured items. There were many alternatives out there and the reviews I read on the 10″ Wind Splitter by Harley seemed to fit the bill for what I was looking for.
Stock Shield Removed
I purchased the 10″ wind shield, which at $169 is a bit more expensive than other aftermarket brands, but that’s about par for Harley products. The next step is removing the original shield which is pretty straight forward and takes about 2 minutes. You just remove 3 torx screws from the fairing and the shield lifts right off. Once it’s off you simply insert the new shield, reinstall the 3 screws and you are set to go. Do not over tighten the screws and just firmly snug them up. The whole process took less than 5 minutes.
Harley Davidson Wind Splitter Windshield Installed
Once installed I really liked the look of the shield. It has a slight flair to it that is supposed to push the air up and over the rider and the sides extend out a bit more to offer more side protection. All in all I was very happy with the look of it and thought it looked much better than the stock shield. It also has a nice little HD emblem in the bottom center of the shield. I guess that’s what makes it $169 🙂
So it looks good, fit perfect, and as I sat on the bike I was looking just over the top. So far so good. The real test now is how it is going to perform. So off for a road test I go.
I took off for a high speed run to see if I wasted my money or solved my problem. Low speed through town at 30 MPH it worked great. What a difference looking over the shield like you are supposed to instead of through it. A nice little pocket of air around me with no buffeting. I hit the highway and took her up to 55 and I was really liking it. No head buffeting, seemed a bit quieter than the 12″ stock shield and man what a difference in visibility. Rolling on the throttle I took it up to 70 and sweet! For me this seemed to be right on the money. I had read other people who installed this saying it stabilized the bike and I have to agree with this. The front end seemed to really be much steadier than before and after cruising around a bit I headed home and put it away for the night. I figured the ride into work in the fog in the morning would be the final test.
The next morning the fog was heavy again and it was a cool 60 degrees. A good test for the shield. As I hit the highway the shield covered up with dew and as it rolled up the shield it blew right over my head. I could see perfectly since I wasn’t looking through the shield and the 40 minute ride to work was great not looking through a dew covered windshield. The ride home was even nicer. I absolutely confirmed this shield stabilized the bike a lot. That slight curve puts a bit extra downforce that makes a noticeable difference. Seemed to really lock the bike to the road. I noticed a huge decrease in turbulence on me also which made the ride even more relaxing. I guess in my older age I’ve gotten soft and although I love the open road I don’t feel like fighting the wind any more.
The one thing that may be a bother to some is the distortion looking down through the shield where it curves up. There is a pretty good amount of distortion but it is right on front of the bike where you don’t look any ways. It is something to keep in mind though and if you can find a Harley Dealer that has demo shields. You can actually ride in and they will install the demo shield for you and you can try before you buy. Not all dealers offer this but it’s the best way to see if the shield will work for you.
So all in all it was money well spent. A windshield is a very subjective purchase though. I plan on installing the quick release tour pac kit and when I remove the tour pac I’ll switch to a lower profile seat like a Street Glide seat and I may be back to looking through the shield. If that’s the case may need to buy the next lower shield. When I do this I’ll update this post. Your best bet is to find a dealer with the demo program but if you can’t this shield is a safe bet. Ride safe!