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Old 04-21-2015, 06:48 AM   #1
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Windshield for Alaska Trip

I've got a 2004 KLR that I'm riding from Michigan to Alaska this summer. It came with a KLR tall windshield. The windshield directed all the air to my face. Although it was smooth air, with no buffeting, there was a lot of wind noise. I took it off and have been riding with no windshield. I really like the clean air without the windshield. It is much quieter.

I'm planning on riding, at least, the Dempster and I read stories of rocks being thrown up by the passing trucks. So, for protection, how important is a windshield on my Alaska trip. Is it essential, or is this one of those things us southerners (being in Northern Michigan, never thought of myself as a Southerner) obsess about and over-think.

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Old 04-21-2015, 08:57 AM   #2
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I'd be more concerned with the amount of bugs, birds that I'd be wearing.

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Old 04-21-2015, 09:22 AM   #3
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... been riding with no windshield. I really like the clean air without the windshield. It is much quieter.
Yeah. Never liked windshields. Screw it or put up with it for 1000's of miles.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:56 AM   #4
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Go NAKED.
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You won't need a windscreen for a short tour around Alaska.
( I am assuming you wear a full face helmet )

Find the smallest spray bottle you can find for cleaning faceshield.
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:55 AM   #5
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Just in case you are confused the Dempster is in Canada in the Yukon Territories Just South of Dawson City (not Dawson Creek). Many people get the Dalton and Dempster mixed up as well as Dawson City and Dawson Creek.
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:47 PM   #6
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Just in case you are confused the Dempster is in Canada in the Yukon Territories Just South of Dawson City (not Dawson Creek). Many people get the Dalton and Dempster mixed up as well as Dawson City and Dawson Creek.
Not confused, but I usually get more responses from the Alaska folks. Figure you all would have good answers.

Thanks for the responses.

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Old 04-22-2015, 01:07 AM   #7
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Just keep your visor down. I've used all the "tall" screens for the bike(s) and none of them are just right unless I want a barn door attached. Whenever a truck passed me on the Dempster I pulled off to the side and waited with my head lowered. I took more rocks to the legs then my face.
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:48 PM   #8
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Just keep your visor down. I've used all the "tall" screens for the bike(s) and none of them are just right unless I want a barn door attached. Whenever a truck passed me on the Dempster I pulled off to the side and waited with my head lowered. I took more rocks to the legs then my face.
I have never been hit with rocks so hard as I did on the Dalton. The Semi trucks really tear it up on that road and throw some dirt , dust, rocks etc. Personally I am not a fan of looking through a windshield. I would get the best screen you can to stop buffering at highway speed and bring some wipes for your visor. I use baby wipes. They can double as a shower if you're primitive camping.
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