I used to get back pain after riding for an extended period of time, I thought it just came with the territory. However, it was much less of a problem after I installed a windscreen on my bike and started using it for longer rides. I eventually figured out the muscles of my back and abs are constantly straining to keep my torso forward while battling strong winds. That’s what was mostly responsible for my backache.
After I installed a windscreen on my bike I found I could ride a lot longer on the highway, in a lot more comfort. it’s just much better for traveling. it will transform any naked bike to a totally different animal on the highway.
Not only will a windscreen make your ride more comfortable, but I’ve found that it actually makes highway riding significantly more stable. The screen creates a smooth wind sleeve that goes on either side of the motorcycle and helps the bike stay a lot more stable, even when encountering wind blasts from trucks.
Somewhat related to the stability effect, is the effect the windscreen has on gas mileage. Depending on your bike the amount of mileage increase you get with a windscreen will differ, but I’ve noticed a few mpg gain on most of the bikes I have installed them on. The choppier a path wind takes around an object, the greater the drag coefficient will be. Since the windscreen significantly smooths the front surface of the bike and the path of the wind over it, it will increase the gas mileage.
As if that wasn’t enough – there’s one more benefit to a windscreen. Protection from road debris.