I actually sent this back and exchanged it for a taller one. The air off this windshield would hit at or about my eyes so I sent it back and exhanged it for the taller one which works great and the gradiant makes it look much better than just a plain clear one.
The 7 inch windshield seems to be the perfect height for my short (5' 5") stature. I can still see well over the top of the WS. I love the Gradient Black look. Matches very well to the Batwing itself. I am now waiting for snow to melt to test it's performance, but I am in high hopes.
I am 5'9" and bought a 7" shield for my VTX 1800N Batwing, it's a little too short so I ordered a 9", but I like it never the less. I measured based on 15" above the headlight but I recommend going a little taller than measured.