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windshield wind deflector

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Hi Joyce,
I tried following your instructions, but have had no luck. Is there a step that you may be leaving out? can you be more detailed, step after step like you are teaching an illiterate child.
Thanks,
Andy

I happened to come across the above postings about wind being deflected off the side car's windshield onto the rider. I am glad people are discussing the issue. I would have imagined that someone who have figured out a solution after many years that side cars have been in use. Perhaps windshields are more recent in development on the timeline for sidecar existence. After all picture of early side car rigs were all open with no windscreens.

I ride a Ural side car rig with an aftermarket windscreen (which also protects/covers my hands from the wind). I have noticed it pushes air to my sidecar, and in turn the sidecar windshield blows air onto me. I just started to adjust my front windscreen slightly by adjusting the attachments coming up from my handlebars. I have notice I can tilt it left or to the right slightly. I figure I can push some air off to my left (away from my rig). I have to figure out if my rig's design would compensate with drag on my right and hopefully balance the penetration of the rig through the air.

If I have any success with my windshield adjustments I will let you all know. Unfortunately, my experiments can't do anything for rigs such as Goldwings which have windshield that only adjust up and down. I thank everyone that brought this issue up, and I am glad I am not alone with this experience.

Thanks for all the comments so far and they have broadened my knowledge of the subject. Thinking outside of the box, has anyone investigated putting some spoilers/air deflectors on the body of the sidecar to channel the wind away from the rider? So far all comments and my thinking have been about blocking the wind once it has been pushed toward the right side of the rider. I have a fairly forceful squirrel cage fan that I will direct towards the rig and I will attach telltales to the sidecar and the bike and see just where the wind flow goes and what can be done to alter it. Any suggestions will be more than welcome.
Andy

Andy Cserny - 3/10/2012 9:04 PM Thanks for all the comments so far and they have broadened my knowledge of the subject. Thinking outside of the box, has anyone investigated putting some spoilers/air deflectors on the body of the sidecar to channel the wind away from the rider? So far all comments and my thinking have been about blocking the wind once it has been pushed toward the right side of the rider. I have a fairly forceful squirrel cage fan that I will direct towards the rig and I will attach telltales to the sidecar and the bike and see just where the wind flow goes and what can be done to alter it. Any suggestions will be more than welcome. Andy

When I bought my HitchHiker the previous owner had mounted one of those 70's vintage bug guards for a pickup truck on the front of the sidecar diagonally. I thought it looked silly and took it off. I was amazed at the wind I got without it. It was even worse for my wife on the back of the bike. I put it back on.

It mounted near the windscreen on the right side of the car, but out at the front on the left.

About the only place to find a flat one anymore is a truck junkyard or maybe a truck stop.

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