Windshields for some are like shoes – you have to go through a few pairs before you find one that really fits. We should know because we’ve gone through a few over the last couple of years.
Earlier this summer, National Cycle sent us their VStream Low which we promptly installed on a 2012 Victory Cross Country. While we liked the overall lean look it gave the bike, turbulence was an issue. So we were looking forward to going taller with the National Cycle VStream Touring screen to check out the difference. And what a difference there was!
We’ve had several different windshields on this bike, from the stock version to one by Klockwerks to a Gustafsson. All had their pluses and minuses, but so far the VStream Touring is our favorite due to its ability to cut turbulence and buffeting to a minimum.
The key is in the way the VStream Touring windshield is designed with a wider profile at the top of the screen to funnel the airflow out and away from the rider’s head. We rode the Cross Country with the VStream Touring windshield in both low speed and high speed conditions, and distinctly noticed how much more quiet it made the ride.
It doesn’t hurt that it’s also made from the stronger polycarbonate material than the typical acrylic used by most manufacturers. What that material offers is greater stability, which means less flexing at high speeds and in headwind or crosswind conditions and thus a more comfortable riding experience.
The downside of polycarbonate is that you can’t buff out scratches and small chips like you can with acrylic, but it will take a lot more effort to mar the surface of a polycarbonate windshield than it will an acrylic. The VStream Touring windshield we tested is produced with what is known as FMR polycarbonate, which National Cycle said offers impact resistance of up to 200 ft. lbs. of impact versus 20 ft. lbs for acrylic. Check out this video if you have any doubts.
The entire VStream line is easy to install since each model comes pre-drilled for the existing mounting brackets. It was literally as simple as unscrewing the four stock mounting screws holding the current windshield in place, sliding that windshield out, sliding the new one in and putting the screws back into place.
At 12.5 inches in height, this is the tallest of the three VStream windshields for V-Twins, and lists for $179.95 on National Cycle’s website. We think that’s a small price to pay for good deal of comfort. And considering all of the National Cycle / ZTechnik polycarbonate windshields and windscreens are covered against breakage for up to three years, even better.