Vented Windsplitter Windshield
I do like wind in my face
This came standard on my '13 Road King. Good wind protection on long highway trips with the option of wind in my face. I like the overall "aero" style of the shield and tinted color, but don't care for the "mail box" look. It does what it was designed to do in my opinion. 5'9" and this shield is at the maximum overall height for my taste.
October 15, 2013
Good News Bad News
When I got my '08 CVO Road King I immediately replaced the stock 11" smoked job. It was useless. Since then I've used a 16" clear windshield but it produces terrible helmet buffeting at highway speed. Based on the recommendations of the HQ guys at the 110th, I purchased a wind-splitter. The good news is that airflow turbulence is significantly reduced. It also makes the bike feel even more open since you don't really look through anything. The bad news is that it puts a LOT more wind in your face. So you either have to ride with good wrap-around sunglasses, goggles, or a full-faced helmet with a shield. I opted for the latter since I wear glasses and the combination worked very well at highway speed. I was able to ride comfortably at 75 mph with almost no buffeting and pass trucks without getting beat up.
September 3, 2013
If you like lots of wind in the face- this product is for you!
I recently purchased a 2013 CVO Road King which has the Windsplitter Windshield as a standard feature. It looks great on the bike; however, it falls shy on delivering what I personally wanted in a windshield. Within the first 500 miles I chose to purchase the more traditional windshield that stands up a bit more (vs. rearward tilt of the Windsplitter) and I'm very content with my purchase. The Windsplitter leans backwards a bit more allowing the somewhat laminar airflow (bubble) to strike you at the face level, bugs included. Playing with the positioning I actually used standoffs in an attempt to push the top outward. I did observe a reduction of airflow; however, the results were still unsuitable. Going the safe route, I purchased the smoked traditional windshield and it truly makes a world of difference. The wind flow of the air bubble at higher speeds is just above my head, not in my face. At times I like to ride without a windshield; however, the Windsplitter seemed to focus the air right into my face. The vent, again, looks great; however, it just didn't really make a great difference.
Love the bike; however, the Windsplitter windshield in my opinion isn't quite ready for prime time when sitting at the low sweep angle it presently does. Don't pitch the original windshield, but do invest in the traditional type. On long trips you'll be glad you did.
May 26, 2013
Makes things worse
I love having a windshield but don't like the buffeting, so this looked like the perfect solution. With the middle vent open, the air smacks you right in the face (I'm 5' 6"), and on the highway it actally created so much lift under my helmet, that it would've pulled it right off had I not had the strap fastened. I swithed back to the regular windshield after just one ride and will never use it again.
April 24, 2013