Road Glide Wind Management

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by vicster, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. vicster

    vicster Long timer

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    Looking to maybe buy a big bagger in the very near future. I'd pretty much settled on a Victory XC Tour after a couple test rides confirmed no wind management or roominess for my long legs concerns, but yesterday I got to ogling a new Road Glide. Love the looks and it's not THAT many more $$$ than the Vic', but I've not heard good things about the Road Glide's wind management. Noisy air and helmet buffeting puts it out of the running.
    Any owners/past owners care to share their experience?
    TIA
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  2. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    I had to replace the windshield with a Clearview Shield made in Colorado. That made it comfortable.
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  3. slipknot

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    The Ultra RG has great wind management as does the Electra GLide Ultra. The FLTRX custom has the stupid short shield but the Madstad brackets make the short shield actually work. On all the HD touring models with lowers the wind is better because a lot of wind is channeled from the tank into the riders chest and face. Without these we see riders with the long beards split and turned up, sort of like Dilbert's tie. HD also offers small wings that attach to the front engine guards which many claim to help but I've never tried them.
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  4. vicster

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    Thanks for the feedback. I've only been able to find road tests of the RG Custom, not the Ultra I'm considering.

    I've been on vacation a few weeks and a call in to work held a few surprises, So, I'll have to wait for the new-contract dust to settle before making a move. At this point the company wants to gut medical coverage and buy my pension for pennies on the dollar...
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  5. GNR

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  6. iBiker

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    I checked a Custom '12 RG out last week while at OBX. The salesman claimed he has rode it across the long bridges at OBX with an amazing ability to handle the crosswinds.

    I didn't ride it but I like them also. Along with the Street Glide the Road Glide sits low for my short legs.

    I would be interested in what you decide and what you find out.
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  7. ivel_86

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    I had a road glide and rode it in all sorts of wind. It did get buffeting. But it handled crosswind better than any bike I every had. The buffeting was only on certain situations to.
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  9. gararnett

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    I have a RG Custom, and have gone back to the stock shorty screen. I wear a full face helmet (unlike most H-D riders I see) and I like the wind to hit me just above the faceshield. A slightly taller screen causes more buffetting than the shorter one for me. I have been reluctant to go for a really tall screen (14" or taller). I am going to look into the contoured screens H-D offers that also have a flip at the end of the screen. Anyway, no problems for me. I would not have the windscreen of a bike keep me from buying it (any bike) so long as there is a strong aftermarket to give options. Only bad part is the cost of trial and error for multiple screens.
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  10. Hurricane Bob

    Hurricane Bob formerly: Bomber1965

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    http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_U.../demo-events.html?locale=en_US&bmLocale=en_US

    .....why listen to rumors, go for a free ride!

    and some HD dealers will throw you the keys without a demo tour date, just ask, HD dealers are totally different from metric dealers.


    My mailman asked me if I was on a motorcycle or a Spaceship......:norton

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  11. vicster

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    DynaSport, I checked today and the RG Ultra comes standard with those deflectors, which I thought was pretty cool.

    gararnet, I've been down that road before and am extremely reluctant to spend $24K+ just to start experimenting. In addition to no buffeting, I'd also like to get a quiet air pocket. I know the Victory XC Tour can provide this.

    bomber 1965, I hear ya! I tried to get a test ride today, but they were so busy, I couldn't find anyone to help me in the time I could spare. I'm thinking I'll call in advance and make an appointment next time.

    There are a lot of things I prefer about the Victory, like the quick disconnect trunk and powerlet features being standard, easier opening and larger bags, adjustable passenger floorboards, easier (for me) to access rear brake, and heated grips standard. For less money. But there is just something about the Road Glide in black I really like, so I'm definitely doing a test ride before throwing down cash.
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  12. sargev55

    sargev55 Been here awhile

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    1. ride a sportster for 100 miles at 70-80mph on the highway

    2. get bike on your road glide

    3. the wind is gone


    :D
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  13. vicster

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    I hear ya, sarge. My other 2 bikes are a Triumph Roadster with a very small, very low screen and a DR650, so I know of whence thou speaketh. Utah's 80mph speed limit made it especially "enlightening".
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  14. 0ldhippie

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    I had a '99 RG. It was the best bike I've ever owned wind wise. I was looking for another one when I found a deal on a EG. Thinking of switching the fairing over. Nothing against Victory but they have gone off the deep end styling wise.
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  15. vicster

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    Yeah, but styling is so subjective. I realise this must sound odd coming from someone who has admitted it's the RG's looks that has him interested enough to at least take a test ride, but, with the possible exception of the Vision I really like Victory's styling. I think Mike Song is one of the most under rated designers working today. The Vision's styling is certainly polarizing, but it does function well and Victory's apparently the only manufacturer with the guts to stick its toes in the Gold Wing's waters. Harley can't go there. Besides, I owned a '99 and an '02 Victory. Now those were ugly.
    Thanks for the feedback on the air management. To me, bikes of this genre are luxury bikes, and quiet air is a huge part of that luxuriousness. Hopefully I'll be able to make a move in a month or so.
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    Sorry but the Vision is F-U-G-L-Y!:lol3

    Just my $0.02 :evil
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  17. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    I see more Harley's out there touring than any other bike....Not sure what you mean by this
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  18. vicster

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    I meant the mini-niche of the all plasticisized luxury touring bike, ala Gold Wing, Voyager XII, Calvacade, Venture, etc.
    Now that I think about it, BMW is taking them on, isn't it? So, uh, never mind?:D
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  19. professir

    professir Buttugly ol biker

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    Last Saturday I did a "Take my life back" Lunch run from Green Bay Wi to Mpls MN for lunch on a SPORTSTER. Over 600 miles in a day. Pick out a bike that speaks to your riding style, and RIDE it! They all are going to have wind. They are motorcycles.
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  20. vicster

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    Yeah, and the first bike I rode any distance, as in leave the state distance, was 40 years ago on a 1949 rigid frame panhead with an inch rake, 12 over wide glide and no front brake. Two up. The point being I can (and do) do the 600 mile, no windshield days, but I don't always want to. All bikes may have some wind, but there is a huge difference between wind from my DR or R3 and wind from an XC Tour. I've had a lot of different style of bikes over my lifetime, but never a luxo-barge, so if I can swing it, I want to try one.
    I'm single, debt free and not getting any younger, so what the hell, right?
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