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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by roadwanderer2 » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:18 pm



RoadRogue wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote: now see, this is what i don't understand......if windshield wipers are mandatory on goldwings in some other countries, why can't they be mandatory here?
stuart.
Do you really want your government telling you that you have to do yet another thing because someone else thinks its safer for you based on their opinion? I think we already have more than enough mandatory regulations as it is.
What are you going to do when you need your wiper to see and it fails for what ever reason. Blown fuse, loose wire etc. Can you see over or around the windshield in an emergency? How long is it going to take you to react and regain sight of the road?
Go ahead and enjoy your wipers, its not for me. I see just fine in even the heaviest rain, water just beads of both my windshield and face shield. I never have to worry about the wiper not keeping up to the weather. Would I try one. OK but only on a windshield I can see over 8-)
now see, here's where we get into our "things". you call it as another way the government gets a hold of you telling you what to do, and then there's some people out there that can look at it from a different perspective. im that other "some people". i look at it strictly as a safety feature. true, sometime somehow someway your wiper (s) may stop working for one reason or another, and i can attest to that, and its really dangerous. me, i would have to lift myself up off my bike seat and stand on my foot pegs to be able to see over it and its a wraparound, so seeing around it would also be difficult. and here's another thing, it could quite possibly add to the cost of a fully dressed brand dandy new bike, but ask yourself this...........whats it worth to be able to see in a rainstorm without having tunnel vision, in IMHO it would be worth every cent i paid for it if it increases my chances of living.

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by alwims » Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:11 pm

I got the chance to test my wiper under perfectly dismal conditions today. 50° today, drizzle, light to heavy all day. All I can say is, OMG how did I ever ride a motorcycle on wet roads without it? My washer worked great also as I got behind a truck throwing a mud film off the road. I am sold. I just can't find anything bad to say about the whole setup. I don't care what anyone says or thinks, this thing works perfect. I did find a switch by my hand would be a lot more convenient than reaching up to turn the wiper on and off. I'll figure that out next year. :) It did rain for a little bit and the F4 shield sheds rain better with the wiper off, but for anything else the wiper is the only way to go.

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by Solidbob » Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:00 pm

Yep, she's a keeper......

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by roadwanderer2 » Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:18 am

see? i told you that you would love that windshield wiper. its a big confidence builder when riding in the rain, but yes, reaching thru the handlebars to get to it is rather annoying. im still working on a switch for it and trying to figure out where to put it. i'll keep ya posted on that one.

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Post by FM-USA » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:20 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:see? i told you that you would love that windshield wiper. its a big confidence builder when riding in the rain, but yes, reaching thru the handlebars to get to it is rather annoying. im still working on a switch for it and trying to figure out where to put it. i'll keep ya posted on that one.

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First, taking hands off the bars while raining isn't too safe.
Seems emergency's happens with 'bad timing' and removing one hand from the bars to.... :roll:

Maybe the switch can go on the left handlebar clutch lever.
I have a mom-push switch in mine and have no issues other than rain but a weather cap fixes that.

(Net pix, Chome is EZ to see, mine is black plastic)


ORRRrrrrr, use that hole to mount an accessory switch box.
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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by Rednaxs60 » Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:49 pm

Stuart - stumbled on to your thread and it's intriguing. I have to tell the boys at coffee this week and watch their expressions. Showed my partner and she said it's not a bad idea. If I were to do this, I'm certain I'd get a hard time and told I might as well just get 4 wheels in a convertible. Another project to think about. Cheers

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:19 pm

hey Ernest, heres the link to the website (s), there are 2 of them. the first one has the wiper for $190.00 US, and the 2nd one has it, they call it their "delux" model only because it has a few other "things" included with it for $300.00 US.

1st one..........httrp://www.roaddogwiper.com

2nd one.........http://www.peerclear.com take a look at both of them then let me know what you think BEFORE you purchase either one. there's a few things you might want to consider first before you purchase either of them.

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by alwims » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:42 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:hey Ernest, heres the link to the website (s), there are 2 of them. the first one has the wiper for $190.00 US, and the 2nd one has it, they call it their "delux" model only because it has a few other "things" included with it for $300.00 US.

1st one..........httrp://www.roaddogwiper.com

2nd one.........http://www.peerclear.com take a look at both of them then let me know what you think BEFORE you purchase either one. there's a few things you might want to consider first before you purchase either of them.

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1st one..........Wrong (httrp://www.roaddogwiper.com) Correct, http://www.roaddogwiper.com

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:46 am

:o oops, didn't see that. musta hit both keys at the same time. thank you alwims for catching that mistake.

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by alwims » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:59 am

Not a problem. I'm just trying to figure out what the difference is between the two brands. I'm using the PeerClear and the only thing I see is the blade may be a little different and the side mounting hole is on the opposite side on each. Same price for both unless you go for the delux model with all the extras/switches.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:02 pm

yes, and the only other differences between the 2 are the drill bits and the "touch-pad" which are included with the peer clear unit.

the bits can be gotten from lowe's or home depot for under $12.00 US and the "touch-pad" can be made with other parts. its not worth the extra $110.00 to get the "deluxe" unit when you can get the one for $190.00 and the other supplies can be got for much cheaper than what they want for them.

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by alwims » Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:14 pm

I'll let you in on a little secret I learned a long time ago about drilling Plexiglas or any clear plastic like our shields. 1st masking tape both sides of the area you're going to drill inside and out. 2nd go to Harbor Freight Tools and buy the step drill bits in the picture on this page. http://www.harborfreight.com/titanium-n ... 69087.html Use the one on the right and drill easy. I can't tell you how many perfect holes I have drilled this way. I used a step drill that has drilled more metal than anything else and it worked perfect.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:13 pm

you're correct about the step up drill bit, it does work good. i used 2 drill bits made to drill thru plexiglass. when drilling thru the windshield, all i did was hold my electric drill on low speed up against the plastic and let the bit do the work. no pressure against the shield and the bit did just fine. never bothered to tape the area, didn't think it was needed, but i suppose you could mask it up if that's your preference. question......why the masking tape?

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by alwims » Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:43 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:you're correct about the step up drill bit, it does work good. i used 2 drill bits made to drill thru plexiglass. when drilling thru the windshield, all i did was hold my electric drill on low speed up against the plastic and let the bit do the work. no pressure against the shield and the bit did just fine. never bothered to tape the area, didn't think it was needed, but i suppose you could mask it up if that's your preference. question......why the masking tape?

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I just gives the plastic a little more stability to keep it from cracking. The thinner the plastic the more important it is. Also gives the bit a little bit of grip when you first start to drill. Besides all that, it is the way I was taught. :)

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by roadwanderer2 » Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:55 pm

didn't know that about using the tape. i'll have to try that next time i need to drill thru any plastics.

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by Fatboy46 » Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:36 pm

The old windshields couldn't handle a wiper- scratches too easy. Make sure YOUR windshield is squeaky clean before you turn them on or you will just scrape a big arc onto the 'glass. There are sprays that make the water bead up and blow off- and us old school guys always looked OVER the top anyway.

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by FM-USA » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:00 pm

IF you haven't drilled yet, it also helps to put something on top of the plastic (as well as below) so it does not rise up the drill bit.

As others said...
Drill slow and very little pressure.
Also when you see the tip JUST poking out the other side, drill from the other side.
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:13 pm

Fatboy46 wrote:The old windshields couldn't handle a wiper- scratches too easy. Make sure YOUR windshield is squeaky clean before you turn them on or you will just scrape a big arc onto the 'glass. There are sprays that make the water bead up and blow off- and us old school guys always looked OVER the top anyway.
i drilled very slowly and let the bit do the work. didn't have any problems drilling thru the windshield, and i always clean my windshield with hondaline windshield cleaner/polisher before every ride and if it gets dirty while im riding, i stop and clean it again. it cleans the windshield and lets some of the water bead up and climb up and away from the center of the windshield while im riding, the wiper gets the water off the windshield in my "line of sight" much faster, and if you have an extra tall wrap around windshield like mine, its a little difficult looking over the top or over the sides.

here's a pic of what the windshield on my 1100 looks like, it's been a year since i installed this wiper and my windshield looks as good as it did when i first starting using it. no wiper streaks or lines.

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by Fatboy46 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:32 pm

Roadwanderer-- gotta say YOUR windshield looks better than my '97's

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:41 pm

Fatboy46 wrote:Roadwanderer-- gotta say YOUR windshield looks better than my '97's
well, to me, it looks like an overgrown upside down egg lol. i bought it from a bike parts warehouse near me. it cost $130.00 and its great. for those of you that like that "wind in your face" kind of ride, this ain't the windshield for you. if you want to look over it, stand on your foot pegs, if you want to look around it, don't try. this windshield IS nice for keeping your face saved from bugs and road debris especially when your out on the interstate and a vehicle throws up a pebble or something else or by riding thru a swarm of insects.

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Post by FM-USA » Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:55 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:
Fatboy46 wrote:Roadwanderer-- gotta say YOUR windshield looks better than my '97's
This windshield IS nice for keeping your face saved from bugs and road debris especially when your out on the interstate and a vehicle throws up a pebble or something else or by riding thru a swarm of insects.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:02 pm

lol, cute poem, but honestly, i can relate to it especially down in Florida when you go thru a mass of palmetto bugs. ask some of the guys that live down in southern Florida.

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Post by FM-USA » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:38 pm

palmetto bugs....
OH I know. Was down there April 2015 but wasn't too bad then.
Dem-Bug'rz!

ya, I giggle every time I read that one.
I was going to clean up his shield for a different poem. (PhotoShop)
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"NO, you leave my bugs alone. I road long and hard to get them like that." :P
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:05 pm

FM-USA wrote:palmetto bugs....
OH I know. Was down there April 2015 but wasn't too bad then.
Dem-Bug'rz!

ya, I giggle every time I read that one.
I was going to clean up his shield for a different poem. (PhotoShop)
Pix owner said something to the effect...
"NO, you leave my bugs alone. I road long and hard to get them like that." :P
lol, now that's funny :lol:.

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Re: motorcycle windshield wiper

Post by rachester67 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:04 am

Its funny the biggest problem I have in the rain is the rain coming over the windscreen and down the inside of my Tulsa extra tall. Keep a micro fiber towel in the left pocket pull it out wipe the water off and stuff is between the dash and windshield to keep it handy. Try my best to not ride in the rain. Quit listening to the weather forecast a long time ago just open the garage door check to see if anything is falling and go. Left bike in the garage to many times because of 50% chance of rain and never saw a drop. Mainly because where I am the weather folks cover 114 counties so 50% is 57 counties and I just live and work in one of them. Merry Christmas to all!!!



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