I took my shield off the other day for a photo shoot and noticed the fork leaking while wiping the bike down. I planned on putting the shield back on today before my ride to the bike shop for fork fix, but ran out of time. I had a 21" Memphis fats installed as part of my purchase when I bought it new so I've never experience the raw VTX wind. HOLY CRAP. It felt like I had more power. No it was not the fact that the wind was pushing on me, but the fact as I was pushing less wind, or maybe it was the fact I jumped off my wife's 37 HP V-Star 650 with a 19" shield onto my 97HP VTX. Yeah that must have been it.