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Thread: Windshield: 05-09 vs 10+

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    Windshield: 05-09 vs 10+

    Anyone know why they put the "wings" on the 2010+ RT windshield? Is this just a styling thing or is there some function? Personally, I don't like the look of them.

    Last question, is the 05-09 shield exactly the same other than the wings?
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    Another comment on the factory screen: there is quite a bit of optical distortion when looking down through it, anyone else notice that?
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    Cruzer,

    The 2010 and newer slight redesign of the stock windshield provides better upper torso protection for the rider and the passenger.

    I test rode several pre '10 RTs, and the added wing protection made a noticable improvement on my upper torso. I'm 5'11' and for me, the newer stock windshield offers outstanding wind protection, thereby obviating the need to purchase an aftermarket screen. Some taller/wider riders may feel the need to purchase an aftermarket windscreen, but I'm 100% satisfied. Now the stock seat, that's another story altogether, lol.

    The Germans are known for function over form... I'd say they acheived that mark (function) considerably.

    I believe the composite materials used for the earlier generation and newer generation screens are identical. I agree, there is some slight distortion to the windscreen when viewed from different angles.

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    Windscreens are for looking over, not through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenDiem View Post
    Cruzer,
    I test rode several pre '10 RTs, and the added wing protection made a noticable improvement on my upper torso. I'm 5'11' and for me, the newer stock windshield offers outstanding wind protection, thereby obviating the need to purchase an aftermarket screen. Some taller/wider riders may feel the need to purchase an aftermarket windscreen, but I'm 100% satisfied. Now the stock seat, that's another story altogether, lol.
    BenDiem, good info, thanks! I'm with you on the seat, it's the worst stock seat on a bike I can remember. I have a BMW Comfort seat on order that should be here shortly. I'll report to the group on what I find.
    Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Windscreens are for looking over, not through.
    Agreed. I would never have my main line of sight through, but when looking close in such as in a parking lot the stock shield has a surprising amount of distortion.
    Randy
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    windsheild: 05-09 vs 10+

    I'm sure there are other differences between 09 and 10 because: Cee bailey made a different sheild for the 010's and later.

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