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beware cyclemax slipstream windshield

Post by jtd » Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:44 am

Ordered and received a Slipstream factory height windshield from Cyclemax for my GL 1500.

This product is the worst aftermarket item I’ve experienced in 39 years of riding motorcycles, the last 5 on a GL1500. I’ve ordered several items from Cyclemax in the past.

The windshield is too thick – 4.7 mm vs 3.2 mm stock. Thickness does not allow the windshield to move up and down on the 5 set stop attachment screws, nor does it allow the Cyclemax vent to snap together. The windshield also does not lay flat against the fairing gasket which allows water and bugs to get behind the glass - the bend radius does not match factory. There is only one way to install the windshield - attached by means of 5 attachment screws which are dependent on material thickness with regards to thread length.

Of course, I cut the hole for the vent before installing on the bike so as not to have acrylic shavings all over the dash. I was not anticipating that the product would not function as advertised when I cut the vent opening. Mike at Cyclemax was not interested in having the windshield sent back since the hole was cut. His only response was how they sell hundreds of these and they've never had a problem...see ya.

Very dissatisfied with this product from Cyclemax. I’m out $140 and 2 hours of time removing and reinstalling windshields with no result.

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Re: beware cyclemax slipstream windshield

Post by spiralout » Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:48 am

I'm not defending Cyclemax as I've never dealt with them but I'm pretty sure all after market 1500 windshields are thicker and you lose the ability to adjust without loosening the screws. I have a standard height Slipstreamer too and the radius doesn't exactly match the dash/rubber either when it's just sitting on there but it's tight when you snug the screws down. As far as the vent, idk, unless they make one specifically for aftermarket shields that are thicker. Looking at the Cyclemax site, the stock height Slipstreamer they sell for the 1500 comes precut if you order the vent with it. Looks like you ordered the non cut shield and the separate cheaper vent for the stock shield to me.

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Re: beware cyclemax slipstream windshield

Post by jtd » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:35 pm

Gap didn't tighten up w/ screws clamped down. Vent came from Cyclemax previously and mounted to the stock windshield just fine. Could have ordered the more expensive windshield with the vent installed, but there was no indication that the windshield was thicker and the component vent that they also sell wouldn't work. Frustrating to find all of this out after wasting money on purchase, so other consumers please be informed of these limitations.

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Re: beware cyclemax slipstream windshield

Post by NVSB4 » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:40 pm

I ordered the SlipStream Tall+4 through Cyclemax (with the vent installed) and didn't have an issue with the fit or any gaps.
You could always contact them and/or SlipStream to see what they have to say.

The only issue I have with the windshield is that I still bump my helmet on it due to it coming back further than standard.
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Re: beware cyclemax slipstream windshield

Post by golden highway » Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:31 pm

I have the same windshield and don't have any issues. The windshield came with the vent installed. Yes it is thicker. I did a little modification with some small washers to allow enough room so the windshield would still slide. I am sure a good hardware store would have shoulder bolts with longer shoulders so the adjustment works.

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Re: beware cyclemax slipstream windshield

Post by tprender » Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:17 pm

I ordered a Slipstream windshield off of ebay in Nov with the vent from ridersdiscount for just about the same price or less. I did some checking before I ordered and found out that the Slipstream windshield is a little thicker than the stock one from Honda and you can't move the thing up and down. I just put mine up to the highest point and it is working very good for me and went on the bike with no problems. The only problem that I had was this past Sunday while riding I had a honey bee go though the vent and hit me on my lips. Never had that happen before.

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Re: beware cyclemax slipstream windshield

Post by keithg64 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:32 am

I believe that most all aftermarket shields are thicker then stock for good resone, the stock shield is a little flimsy. I have a show chrome 4 inches wider and 4 inches taller. Cut the 4 inches taller out, with the vent hole in. I remade spacers for the adjustment slots but washers behind the bolts should work to. I have dealt with CycleMax quite a few times, nice people and easy to work with. I wouldn't have taken it back either if it was me. Lesson learned on my part. You can work with this if you like or sell it and get something else. My 2 cents.
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Re: beware cyclemax slipstream windshield

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:56 pm

Most aftermarket GL1500 windshields are thicker than stock, and the taller they are the thicker they have to be.

As a result, some vents do not fit. My Tulsa Tall windshield is too thick to fit standard vents, but I carefully heated the vent up with a heat gun, along the channel until the plastic was soft, then bent it outward so that it would fit properly.

The thicker windshields will not slide up and down with the standard adjustment mechanism - you have to loosen the five screws in order to adjust their height.

Incidentally, this is not a "Cyclemax Slipstream Windshield" - Cyclemax is just the retailer. Your beef should be with the manufacturer. I can't think of many retailers that would be interested in accepting a product for return after I had cut a hole in it.

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