Windshields are undoubtedly one of the most useful parts for any vehicle going at high speeds. Motorcycles are included in this category, as well. However, you've probably noticed that some motorcycles don't have a windshield at all when out on the road. This is because of the fact that having a windshield attached to a motorcycle is not mandatory. Having a windshield attached to your bike comes down to personal preference for the rider. However, there are certain advantages and disadvantages to having a windshield installed on your bike. 

 

Advantages: There are great advantages of having a windshield attached, such as preventing debris from hitting you, being able to listen to music easier and improving the overall riding experience. Let's dive into more detail. 

 

Perhaps the biggest advantage of having a windshield is probably the most obvious one, as it blocks the wind, hence the name. Having that protection is sometimes considered invaluable because the wind can really get to a rider on long rides. Your limbs run the risk of going numb if exposed to the constant wind rushing past your body for a long period of time. Having that windshield will block the wind and help make the riding experience more enjoyable. 

 

The second advantage is preventing debris from hitting you. A small bug or a rock hitting you at 70 mph hurts a lot more than you'd expect. In fact, it can cause so much pain that it has the potential to make you flinch or jerk your arm back. Sudden movements like this can be very dangerous and cause an accident. A windshield can help prevent small objects from hitting you and giving you peace of mind.

 

The third advantage is listening to music. Having a stereo system on your bike always makes the riding experience better. However, the rushing wind often makes it difficult to hear your music playing, thus hindering your riding experience. Having a windshield will block the wind and give your stereo system a chance to let you hear your music. 

 

 

 

 

Disadvantages: The biggest disadvantage of having a windshield is looks. This is often the number one reason riders forgo installing a windshield. It's pretty uncommon to see windshields installed on certain models of bikes, such as bobbers or cafe racers, since it goes against the minimalist look that deems them as that type of bike. 

 

The second disadvantage is incorrect installation. If a windshield is not installed correctly, it can be a huge distraction and potentially dangerous to the rider. While installing one is pretty simple, it's also easy to install one the wrong way. If it's moving around while riding, you're likely to fidget with it. The worst-case scenario is that it happens to fly off and hit another vehicle causing more damage. 

 

The third disadvantage is that having a windshield installed has the tendency to make your ears pop. If you are at the right speed and your windshield is at the right angle, you will experience a thumping sound similar to a car going fast with the window slightly lowered. This will literally cause a headache and make your ride very unpleasant. 

 

 

When it comes down to it, it really depends on what type of rider you are if a windshield is right for you. You'll have to weigh the pros and cons of having a windshield installed. 

 

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