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Wunderlich Universal Adjustable Wind Deflector
Old 06-10-2013, 11:31 PM   #1
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Wunderlich Universal Adjustable Wind Deflector

Wunderlich Universal Adjustable Wind Deflector


Above 65mph I felt like my head was being used as a punching bag, wind buffeting making the world bounce and spin; not fun and not safe. There's also enough wind noise that I usually wear ear plugs when riding. I’ve got a Memphis Shades Alley Cat SportShield, positioned as high as it will mount (top is nose-level). I tried installing Memphis Shades lowers and they made a positive difference in general body comfort but didn’t help relieve the head buffeting.

Searching for solutions, I came across the Wunderlich Universal Wind Deflector, an adjustable supplementary deflector that clamps onto any windshield. This deflector was originally made for BMW bikes (as all Wunderlich accessories seem to be) but they’ve packaged this one as “universal”. It comes with a beautifully machined, satin finish aluminum clamp, a thick Lexan deflector, all mounting materials and a minimally useful installation sheet. There’s a much more useful installation sheet on the Wunderlich website (http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...10024-025.html); why they don’t include it in the package is a mystery. The deflector is available in clear or smoke.




Everything about this deflector screams quality and it should, at $130. Instead of shelling out for the Wunderlich deflector, you could always try a different windshield but that's a gamble too and this gizmo can be removed and reinstalled on another bike. As far as I was concerned, if it just solves the buffeting problem, it's well worth the money.



The reviews I read on the deflector were mostly very good, with most riders emphasizing that it takes a few tries with different angle and height settings to get the effect you want. The main criticism by a few was that they found the deflector distracting, sitting at about eye level (considering proper windshield placement puts the top of the windshield at nose-level). Most said they got used to it and don't even notice it any more but a few gave up and removed the deflector.




The clamp supports a pretty reasonable range of adjustments, although you need a 5mm hex key to set the height and angle so it's not something you're going to do casually. The clamp is held to the windshield by 2 set screws, rubber pads, some 3M tape and a metal plate. You mount the deflector to the clamp and the clamp to the windshield.



The 3M tape is supposed to help secure the clamp to the windshield; the rubber pads protect the windshield and give the set screws something to bite into and the metal plate goes directly against the screws to distribute the clamping pressure. The set screws are supposed to be tightened to 5.9 ft-lbs but at 5.0 ft-lbs I got concerned about cracking my shield and stopped there. It felt plenty tight and I was unable to pull the clamp off the windshield, although there was still a small amount of lateral flex possible with a real strong push. I think the 3M tape and the rubber pads provide a little too much flexibility in the mount but I haven't seen any movement of it in actual use (at 70mph).

Without the deflector, at speeds above 55mph, I can feel the wind hitting pretty squarely in the center of my helmet, so the first setting I tried was to use the deflector to just extend the line of the windshield to move the turbulence up higher. This position put the deflector just inside the lip of the windshield with minimal gap between the top of the windshield and the bottom of the deflector. The effect above 55mph was negligible.




For the 2nd attempt, I swung the deflector to the outside of the windshield and extended it as far as it would go, keeping the angle in line with the windshield. The effect above 55mph was to move the turbulence to the top of my helmet. Better but not good enough; still getting knocked around a little and quieter but not quiet enough to skip the ear plugs.

3rd attempt, I kept the position but tilted the deflector away from the windshield a few degrees, trying to divert the air higher, over my head. That worked. I got the bike up to 70mph without getting jostled all over the place and haven't felt the need for ear plugs, either. Above 55mph, I can feel around my helmet and tell that the bottom of the turbulence is just skimming the top of my helmet now. It's tempting to try a few more degrees of angle but right now, I'm happy with the results.


For the first couple of hours of riding, I did find the deflector distracting but you shouldn't normally be trying to look through it, anyway. With eyes up where they should be, you'll be looking over the top and now I find it barely noticeable; In case you need to look down to avoid a pothole, it is transparent (although you can get it in smoke, too) and easy to see through. I can see how it would bother some people but like anything else, it just takes some getting used to.

Here are a couple more views of the mounted deflector.







All in all, it's a really well made deflector, although pricey, that should last indefinitely, be portable to other bikes and with a good range of adjustment do what it's designed for on any bike with a windshield.



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Old 06-10-2013, 11:48 PM   #2
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Good review. Not my cup of tea but it may serve someone down the road.

Glad it worked for you.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:16 PM   #3
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Good review. Not my cup of tea but it may serve someone down the road.

Glad it worked for you.
Thanks. Can't say the look does anything for me but it works too well to take off.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:30 AM   #4
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This is a serious business question so I actually don't mean to offend but are you sure you have your shield adjusted correctly? Proper positioning of the shield should eliminate the buffeting. The wind should hit the top of your head when riding as I understand.

Did you do some research that suggested proper adjustment? I was lazy, didn't read much but the opening explaination skipping the product review so just curious.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:45 PM   #5
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This is a serious business question so I actually don't mean to offend but are you sure you have your shield adjusted correctly? Proper positioning of the shield should eliminate the buffeting. The wind should hit the top of your head when riding as I understand.

Did you do some research that suggested proper adjustment? I was lazy, didn't read much but the opening explaination skipping the product review so just curious.
No offense taken and I appreciate the interest. The top of the shield is right at nose level and is angled as far forward as it goes, which should push the air higher. I didn't want to shift the whole shield much higher because then I'll be looking through it all the time and it would open a big gap between the headlight and the bottom of the shield, letting a lot of air through there.

Shield came with the bike but I did check the installation instructions (http://www.memphisshades.com/mountin...-0043&start=40

Kind of at a loss for what else to try but wide open to suggestions.

Edit (6/15/13): Just because I hadn't tried it before and because someone is sure to suggest it, today I angled the windshield toward me, instead of away, and it was much much worse.
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