Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?


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Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby DetroitWingnut » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:29 am



The windshield on my 1980 Goldwing (with orig. Vetter fairing) is in pretty bad shape. I found that I can purchase exact fit replacement windshields for about $75-$80, slightly more for one with the round vents. There is an option to order tinted windshield also. I would appreciate your opinions...Thanks!



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Re: Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby themainviking » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:00 am

It depends on two things whether you get a tinted windshield and keep in mind that this is only MY experience. Others may differ.

Do you look through your windshield or comfortably over it? How dark is the tint?

If you look through your windshield, clear is better, and if you have to stretch a bit to look over it, clear is better. A light tint may work okay as well.

Dark tinted is hard to look through, and nearly impossible to look over if you are on the edge. You would find yourself stretching your neck trying to see better. I made this mistake on one of my other bikes, and it got very uncomfortable to ride in traffic, as I was continually trying to see more of what was in front of me. I will try it some more next riding season to see if I can get used to it, but I may have to cut it down.

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Re: Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:29 am

I'd be concerned about riding after dark depending on the tint even if I did usually look over the top.Had a tinted one back in the 80's on my 1100 and I can't remember what it was like.Getting old is a b*tch.
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Re: Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby tfdeputydawg » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:35 am

1. Legally, the tint can only be a "certain" amount for any windshield.
2. You look through a tinted windshield while in your cage.
I sugget the tint!
I have a F4+4 tinted/vented on my trike. Best shield I have ever had. Don't believe they make one for a Vetter fairing. This response is to indicate the tint is my choice and for those that may read this thread and are thinking about replacing the windshield on later model bikes.

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Re: Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby WA9FWT » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:14 pm

No tint for me, I feel it is a lot safer with out the tint. :) there are times when you just have to look through it.

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Re: Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby ka4yqi » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:57 pm

Clear or tinted? not to hard of choice for me. I like riding at night, so puts the tinted one out for me. I look through the windshield and it make it rough at night and even worse on a rainy night.

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Re: Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:43 am

I'm stating this again, as obviously some have never had a tinted motorcycle windshield! There are no problems looking through a tinted motorcycle windshield at night!
YOU ARE LOOKING THROUGH A TINTED WINDSHIELD EVERY TIME YOU DRIVE YOUR GAGE!!!!

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Re: Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby dingdong » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:27 am

tfdeputydawg wrote:I'm stating this again, as obviously some have never had a tinted motorcycle windshield! There are no problems looking through a tinted motorcycle windshield at night!
YOU ARE LOOKING THROUGH A TINTED WINDSHIELD EVERY TIME YOU DRIVE YOUR GAGE!!!!


Ditto! Same for me. I like my tinted shield.
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Re: Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby Sagebrush » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:35 am

I have tinted windshields on both my wife's trike and my 1800. We both look through them. The reason I went with tinted was I was told (no empirical evidence provided) that the tinted cuts down on headlight glare at night. I don't have any visibility issues looking through the windshield at night, don't even notice the tint. On my two 1100s it doesn't make any difference because I look over those windshields. I don't think it matters much one way or the other.

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Re: Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby ka4yqi » Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:53 pm

tfdeputydawg wrote:YOU ARE LOOKING THROUGH A TINTED WINDSHIELD EVERY TIME YOU DRIVE YOUR GAGE!!!!



Dont have to shout about it. I do know that my little cage"s windsheild is not tinted. I had a choice, tinted or clear. It's clear. It.s a 1988 Suzuki Samurai. I made the mistake of installing on in my 87 samurai. I now have a new clear for it. Yep the goldwing had a tinted one when I got it, it now has a clear one.

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Re: Windshield replacement:Clear or tinted?

Postby Paulcf » Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:48 pm

Why would anyone want a tinted windshield? It distorts the view and mutes colours. Plus if you ever take photos/video out thru your windshield, a tinted one will diminish the colours, etc. Plus at night they are dangerous (Yes, I did have a tinted one that came on a used bike I bought years ago). By law here you are NOT allowed to tint a front windshield and even the front side windows in your car. If caught, they will make you remove it.

Finally, isn't that what SUNGLASSES are for? I carry 2 pairs. One for bright (lovely riding days) sunshine and when it's cloudy/raining, I have a clear pair with zero tint to protect my eyes from dust, etc.


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