Windshield


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Shiny
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Windshield

Postby Shiny » Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:27 pm



I've got an '88 wing with a tall windshield. I'm used to looking over the windshield on my '82 wing, and running in the rain with the taller unit is scary. I'm tempted to cut the windshield down, but I'm concerned with how this will effect my passenger's comfort. Does anyone have experience with shorter windshields that provide good wind protection for the rider and passenger?



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Re: Windshield

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:50 pm

Shiny wrote:I've got an '88 wing with a tall windshield. I'm used to looking over the windshield on my '82 wing, and running in the rain with the taller unit is scary. I'm tempted to cut the windshield down, but I'm concerned with how this will effect my passenger's comfort. Does anyone have experience with shorter windshields that provide good wind protection for the rider and passenger?


I had the OEM-sized short windshield on my 82, and my wife continually complained about buffeting and wind. I replaced it with a Slipstreamer Wraparound - it's several inches taller, and quite a bit wider as well. It reduced the wind and buffeting significantly for my wife.

Pros:
- Much warmer in cooler temperatures, for both rider and passenger
- No bugs hitting helmet faceshield
- Much larger still air "bubble" for driver and passenger

Cons:
- Much warmer in hotter temperatures, mostly for rider
- Rain can obscure vision (mitigated by using Moto Solutions RainCoat windshield coating)

I ended up installing an aftermarket windshield vent from a GL1800 which helped in warmer temperatures. I've had the windshield on for two years now and still like it.

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Re: Windshield

Postby guitarlos » Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:18 am

I switch windshields between Spring, Summer and then back to the tall one for Fall. I made my own smaller windhield for my Windjammer. Got lucky and just bought some scrap piece from Lowes for $5.00, at 5 bucks, what did I have to lose? Works great for warmer weather and soon Im switching to the taller one so that I can stay a little warmer.

Ive also noted that when it rains, it impeads my vision as well as nighttime riding with the glare from oncoming traffic.


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