Baggers Tested | H-D Wind Splitter Windshield, H-D Service & Parts Manuals, Nolan N43 Trilogy N-Com - Baggers Magazine
01. The top of the stock, clear windshield was in my line of sight while riding.
02. Another look, illustrating the height of the stock shield. While functional it's not the most attractive piece of gear on this bike.
03. The stock shield measures in at 16 inches tall. It's good to know what size you already have before looking for a new shield.
04. With a trusty Phillips screwdriver all of the 5 screws were removed. Be careful when removing the old shield. There are well nuts pressed into the fairing and they can easily be dislodged and fall into the cavity. Then this 7-minute job takes 30 and more tools are needed. Ask Ernie.
05. Here's the 12-inch Wind Splitter Windshield and the included rubber molding. A Bar & Shield medallion is affixed to the center.
06. After slipping the new molding over the bottom of the Wind Splitter the shield was lowered into place, lined up with the well nuts, and reattached using the stock screws. One tip here: the molding should be glued on with some form of rubber cement or the like. I didn't do that as there was no mention in the instructions and the molding began pulling away from the shield.
07. 12-inch Smoked Wind Splitter Windshield on '11 Road Glide Ultra.
08. Here's how the Wind Splitter looks from the front. It's lower than stock and doesn't interfere with my vision at all. Functionally the shield does a great job of directing air away from me while complementing the shape of the fairing and inner dash. This simple change makes the bike look much better.
SM for '11 Touring bikes (99483-11, $60), and the PC (99456-11, $48).
Exploded diagram of the transmission gears, shafts, bearings, etc., found in the PC.
The N43 shown in Metallic White ($299.95). Take note of the huge eye opening that increases peripheral vision. The shield is optically correct and provides UV protection as well. An adjustable vent is on the top is operated by a glove-friendly rubber slider.
On the back is the exhaust vent as well as the DOT sticker. In addition is the Italian flag as Nolan helmets are made there.
The helmet is secured using a Microlock system that eliminated the traditional d-ring fastening system. The ratcheting Microlock provides comfort and a snug fit. The red lever is used to release the buckle.
A lever on each side of the chinbar is used to completely remove it. The GE Lexan chinbar is EPS lined and mounted with stainless-steel latches. It passes the test for full-face helmets of the European standard ECE-2205.
In 2 seconds the N43 is an open face helmet.
Without tools the shield can be removed.
The N43 in open face mode without the shield. Note the side plate covers too that clean up the look.
A lever on the side activates the Vision Protection System (VPS) that provides relief from the sun. The VPS can be used during any configuration of the helmet. For extra shade and style the peak has been added, attaching to the sideplates.
After picking up and riding my new 2011 Road Glide Ultra tester, I realized the top of the windshield was right in my line of sight. After perusing the newest Harley P&A; catalog I noticed there were many windshield options regarding height, shading, and even shape. I knew I didn't want anything taller than the stock shield (although it blocked the wind to my helmet) as I don't like to look through the windshield so it had to be shorter. I decided to try the Wind Splitter model (57166-10, $159.95, fits '98-later Road Glides). In less than 10 minutes with nothing more than a Phillips screwdriver the job was done. Log onto harley-davidson.com or see your local dealer for more info and options.
H-D Service & Parts Manuals
Of all the accessories you can buy for your bike perhaps none are more important than the genuine Harley-Davidson Service Manual and Parts Catalog. Found within the Service Manual are details related to service and maintenance; it's the same manuals that dealership techs use as a reference. Every aspect of teardown, inspection, and assembly is explained as well as specs, torque values, capacities, and general operating principles. The manual is loaded with detailed photos and clear and concise step-by-step instructions.
The Parts Catalog is the little brother to the SM and within it you'll find every single nut, bolt, washer, gasket, and part that goes into making the motorcycle. Extremely detailed images show expanded views of how every part fits together and all of the H-D part numbers. This is invaluable to buy parts or that little spring you need as well as the order of parts used for reassembly. Contact you local dealer or log onto harley-davidson.com for you model/year specific books.
Use The Force:
Nolan N43 Trilogy N-Com
Helmet use is a personal and polarizing subject. Some are state mandated to wear a lid (like me), while many choose to wear a quality lid for protecting the most important organ in the body-the brain if there was any confusion. Once the decision to wear a helmet is made there becomes the choice of style and level of protection. Essentially there are full face, 3/4, 1/2, beanie, and flip-up helmets that combine some features of full and 3/4. While the options can be dizzying many of us have helmets that fit different riding needs: a full face in the cold, an open face in the summer, etc. The inner padding is removable for cleaning. The helmet is communication system (n-com) ready with an access door on the left side. Nolan has an assortment of different electronic devices available.
We came upon the versatile Nolan N43 Trilogy helmet that can change configurations depending on the weather or preference. There are at least six different configuarions the helmet can transform into. The helmet comes with a clear visor, an integrated sun shield, a peak and a removable chinbar. Check out the N-43 and other helmets at nolan-usa.co.