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04-16-2016, 04:11 PM,
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Do lower reflectors really help with helmut buffeting?
I've read pro and con reports here about the effectiveness of lower wind deflectors. When I bought my new 950T a couple weeks ago, I had the dealer change out the stock 16" windshield for the 18" option which is probably the best fit for me (I'm 5'10" in that I can see above the shield but the wind is kept off my face and glasses. However at highway speeds - 60+ I get enough top-of-the-head buffeting to make reading highway signs clearly at distance difficult. Assuming a person has a windshield, do the lowers significantly reduce the buffeting I've described? I'm thinking of getting the Memphis shades lowers as the cost with clamps is cheaper than Yamaha. But if the difference is marginal I'd rather spend $100 on something else. Your thoughts? Also I'm thinking of getting a Clampbuster throttle assist to ease wrist cramping in my throttle wrist on long rides. They're only about $10 bucks and easily adjusted or removed. Anybody use one of those?
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04-16-2016, 04:47 PM,
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RE: Do lower reflectors really help with helmut buffeting?
(04-16-2016, 04:11 PM)Bernie707 Wrote: The buffeting was driving me crazy on my 950t, I found a set of factory lowers on a forum for about $70 so I got them. Made a world of difference. It didn't totally eliminate the buffeting, but reduced it by at least 80%. I can read highway signs now. Not sure if the factory ones are any better than the Memphis Shade version or not, but I love the ones I have.

I've read pro and con reports here about the effectiveness of lower wind deflectors. When I bought my new 950T a couple weeks ago, I had the dealer change out the stock 16" windshield for the 18" option which is probably the best fit for me (I'm 5'10" in that I can see above the shield but the wind is kept off my face and glasses. However at highway speeds - 60+ I get enough top-of-the-head buffeting to make reading highway signs clearly at distance difficult. Assuming a person has a windshield, do the lowers significantly reduce the buffeting I've described? I'm thinking of getting the Memphis shades lowers as the cost with clamps is cheaper than Yamaha. But if the difference is marginal I'd rather spend $100 on something else. Your thoughts? Also I'm thinking of getting a Clampbuster throttle assist to ease wrist cramping in my throttle wrist on long rides. They're only about $10 bucks and easily adjusted or removed. Anybody use one of those?
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04-16-2016, 11:12 PM,
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Do lower reflectors really help with helmut buffeting?
I have used the cramp buster on 2 diffident bikes of mine. Yes it helps a lot


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04-17-2016, 11:15 AM,
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RE: Do lower reflectors really help with helmut buffeting?
I had the same experience of severe head buffeting at hiwy speeds with stock windshield. I was hesitant about lowers also due to conflicting reviews. So I made my own with some scrap material around the garage. I had better than expected results. Didn't totally eliminate the buffeting, however MUCH improved. No more double and triple vision . Makes for a much more enjoyable ride. Still have the homemades on the bike because don't know what brand would work best but hey, these do the job. Good luck and let us know what you decide on how they work out for you. Have not used cramp buster but hear it works.
'11 950 tour, mustang seats
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04-22-2016, 01:19 PM,
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RE: Do lower reflectors really help with helmut buffeting?
I'm 6' and have a shorter windshield. The buffeting was bad at highway speeds until I added fork deflectors. After that, only the top of my helmet gets some buffeting.
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04-23-2016, 12:05 AM,
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RE: Do lower reflectors really help with helmut buffeting?
(04-16-2016, 04:11 PM)Bernie707 Wrote: I've read pro and con reports here about the effectiveness of lower wind deflectors. When I bought my new 950T a couple weeks ago, I had the dealer change out the stock 16" windshield for the 18" option which is probably the best fit for me (I'm 5'10" in that I can see above the shield but the wind is kept off my face and glasses. However at highway speeds - 60+ I get enough top-of-the-head buffeting to make reading highway signs clearly at distance difficult. Assuming a person has a windshield, do the lowers significantly reduce the buffeting I've described? I'm thinking of getting the Memphis shades lowers as the cost with clamps is cheaper than Yamaha. But if the difference is marginal I'd rather spend $100 on something else. Your thoughts? Also I'm thinking of getting a Clampbuster throttle assist to ease wrist cramping in my throttle wrist on long rides. They're only about $10 bucks and easily adjusted or removed. Anybody use one of those?

I have finally decided that the MS fork deflectors really work. It took me a few rides to feel the difference because the first couple tests were really windy days. I have now got up to 75 mph multiple times with air so smooth, I didn't even realize I was going that fast. Wind still hits the top of my helmet, but that's because my shield is only 17" (and slim). It hits my helmet when I'm going highway speed, but does not knock my head around anymore.

I need to find my cramp buster. Loved it on my FZ6, but these grips are fatter. I think I'll need to buy the cruiser one. I'm pretty sure they make two different ones; for sport bikes and cruisers.

I don't think you would regret buying the MS fork deflectors. They work.
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02-26-2017, 03:19 PM,
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RE: Do lower reflectors really help with helmut buffeting?
MS lower wind deflectors did not reduce buffeting in my case. I guess there are some unknown factors because for some they do work nicely. I only tested for a short period of time. I had the holder thingies installed "flipped" because they would not have fitted otherwise (because of passing lights), it could be they are very sensitive to position/angle.
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08-10-2017, 05:54 PM,
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RE: Do lower reflectors really help with helmut buffeting?
I had that problem with a couple of helmets, but not with my Arai Defiant Pro Cruise.
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