By Julie "Squirrel" Andrews

The first aftermarket accessory I put on my 2019 Road Glide was the Klock Werks 9” Sport Flare Windshield in dark smoke. I’ll admit, I wanted it because it looks cool. The windshield’s aggressive curves make any bagger look that much more badass. I’ll say it: the Klock Werks Sport Flare has flair.

But my choice goes beyond style. The Klock Werks Sport Flare design pushes air away to create a pocket of non-turbulent air around the rider. The top lip of the windshield curls slightly forward, channeling the wind upward. The side hips push the wind outward and away.

“This is my second one. It kicks the air right past me,” said fellow distance rider Billy Knoll. “I have the 14" windshield and I love it.”

Long distance rider Julie "Squirrel" Andrews and her Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge friends are big fans of Klock Werks Flare Windshield. 

The Flare effect reduces fatigue by cutting wind buffeting against my body and head.  And, as an added bonus, the reduced turbulence makes it easier to hear the bike’s sound system. With less air pushing against my helmet, it's also easier to hear conversations or tunes through my helmet communication system.

Perhaps the lesser known but greater advantage of the Klock Werks Flare is it stabilizes the bike. The patented design creates a downward force, reducing lift at highway speeds. Brian Klock originally developed the windshield to correct the wobble on his award-winning custom Road Glide that set the 2006 world record at the Bonneville Salt Flats for the fastest bike in its class. The following year, the Klock Werks team tested the Flare in an A2 wind tunnel used in NASCAR testing in Mooresville, North Carolina.

“The stock bike is basically a kite,” explains Klock. “We learned that the stock bike has 30 pounds of lift. You could see the front suspension stretching out.  And this windshield we designed adds 15 pounds of downward force. The faster the bike went, the more it settled.” Klock’s former wife, Laura, was the pilot at the time, and of course this caught my attention. For those riders on the shorter or lighter side compared to the average Harley rider, particularly women, the stabilization and added safety aspect is huge.

Andrews has put 20,000 miles on her Flare and it's still looking "badass!" 

Klock Werks offers two different Flare designs for touring models. What is now called the Sport Flare is the original windshield design. The Pro-Touring windshield, developed in 2012, is comparatively wider and taller, creating a bigger air pocket around the rider. Although I have yet to test it, I’m going there! I’m looking for any comparative advantage on my next 10,000-mile ride.

The Klock Werks Sport Flare comes in three heights at six, nine, and 14 inches and is available in black, dark smoke, or tint. At 5’9” I can see comfortably over the 9" Sport Flare without straining. The smoke is dark without being opaque. Your choice of windshield would depend both on preferred style and line of sight.

To determine the right height windshield for you, Klock Werks suggests sitting on your motorcycle and drawing a straight line forward from your nose. Several factors come into play, including how tall you sit in the seat, your height, and posture. Distance rider Dan Duvall points out the importance of choosing a windshield based on the length of the rider’s torso, not overall height.

“I bought it on the Internet and did a lot of product review,” said Duvall.  “I would say the only thing that might be different going forward is to get a clear one.” Many riders want to look over the windshield while some prefer a taller windshield, so a lighter tint may be in order.

Swapping out the OEM windshield on her Road Glide for the Klock Werks Flare was quick and easy. 

If you’re still not sure which windshield to choose, Klock Werks has a “Try It Before You Buy It” program at rallies and motorcycle dealerships around the country. J&P Cycles' Daytona Superstore in Florida participates in the program and carries the full line of Klock Werks windshields. Once you’ve chosen a Flare windshield, installation is a breeze. You only need a Phillips screwdriver and 15 minutes. Loosen the screws without fully removing them. Pop out the OEM windshield and carefully pop in the Klock Werks shield. Tighten the screws. Ta dum!

Klock Werks windshields are made of a polycarbonate material with a hard coating. They clean easily and shine well when using the right cleaner. (Don’t use glass cleaners, abrasives, or harsh chemicals.) I’ve ridden over 20,000 miles with my Klock Werks windshield and haven’t noticed a scratch. So is a Klock Werks windshield worth the asking price? Definitely yes. My Flare looks so good and works so well it's likely to stay on my motorcycle for its lifetime. I could pay a little less for a knockoff, but I’d rather have the assurance of the original, patented Klock Werks Sport Flare design with its one-of-a-kind style, wind protection, and added stability.

Klock Werks sold 18,500 Flare windshields in their first year after being told they would be lucky to sell 500. Cycle Source named the Klock Werks Flare windshield the 2009-2010 V-Twin product of the year. Perhaps Klock Werks’ ongoing success after a decade on the market is due to their continued innovation. Over the past seven years, the brand has expanded its windshield line to fit a growing number of motorcycle models and makes including Indian, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, Victory, Kawasaki, Slingshot, and even all-terrain vehicles.

See how easy it is to swap out for a Klock Werks Flare Windshield in our installation video.