Windjammer Windshield Height


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Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby bluec10 » Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:30 pm



I'm a Canadian caught in a never ending winter. Saw a couple of die-hard Harley guys on the road yesterday so I guess the Honda guy better step-up!

Finished painting my '79 late last fall. I found a NOS Windjammer IV that completes the '70s vibe. The Windjammer needs a windshield and I need advice about windshield height. I'm 6' 2" tall. Chrome world offers a 23" replacement for Vetter fairings. Another option is Cee Baileys who offer a 24" but don't offer vent cut outs. Any advice from other six footers out there?



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Re: Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby Placerville » Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:25 pm

The rule of thumb for the height of a wind screen is this: With the rider seated in a natural riding position, the top edge of the wind screen should be at, or just below, the riders eye level. Most prefer lower as the top edge of the screen can be annoying if in your field of vision. To much lower, (about your mouth) and the wind coming over the top will buffet your helmet, and you'll grow fatigued trying to fight it, especially at freeway speeds. To much higher, and the rotor of air coming over the screen starts causing aerodynamic issues and effects mileage. If in doubt, get the screen that comes to your eyes or past. You can always cut one down but, you can't make a short one taller. The vents are the least of your concern.
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Re: Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:51 pm

I run mine lower than what Placerville said by choice. But I also ride with just the headlight breaking the wind and that works for me too. But with a Vetter, you are best to follow the above advice as you certainly want more wind blocked than I.

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Re: Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby bluec10 » Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:00 pm

I'm on the taller is better side of the debate. I had a Slipstreamer windshield that created buffeting that hit me right in the forehead - a worse riding experience than no windshield at all. It's sounding like the taller the better.

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Re: Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby artgrantz » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:02 am

J.C Whitney used to offer windshields for Vetter Fairings in 2 sizes with or without vents. I don't see them listed now but you could ask their Technical Dept. I broke a windshield on my 75 with Vetter Fairing while on a trip. I called them and they knew just what I wanted and shipped it to my hotel.
They have many items for the older wings at reasonable prices.
http://www.jcwhitney.com/slipstreamer-universal-replacement-fairing-windshields/p2000696.jcwx?filterid=d58391y1984u0j1

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Re: Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby offcenter » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:38 pm

Why not make your own?
My original Windjammer windshield was way too tall.
And, it was too heavy, seeing as how it was made of quarter
inch thick plexiglas.
I bought a sheet of one eighth inch thick Lexan (polycarbonate)
and cut my own shorter shield with my handheld jig saw set on
low speed.
Plexiglas will shatter in big shards in an accident. But
the Lexan is much lighter and is damn near unbreakable.
Lexan is what they use for bulletproof glass.

I decided to test my thin one eighth Lexan. I set up one
of the scrap pieces and shot at it with my Crosman .22
caliber air rifle. That gun will put a .22 pellet clear through
a piece of 3/4 inch plywood, but repeated shots would not
penetrate the Lexan. They just bounced off, leaving only a
small dent in the plastic. (One of the ricochets almost broke
a window on my shop building!)
I put a lot of miles on that windshield!!
George in Jersey.
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Re: Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby Oldbear » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:23 pm

I built a windscreen for my Suzuki years ago and plan on building a new one this weekend for my Wing. Built the old one out of left over Lexan from a friend that runs race cars. I built mine so I could see over it if I rode with proper posture and I could look through it when I hide from the rain...

I mark it with the old one as a guide, added a a few inches and cut it out with a jigsaw and fine blade. I polished the edge with the plastic polish and a fabric wheel on my dremel. Last the 8 years I used the bike before I sold it.
My wife is the greatest - she won't let me sell my bike - I'm less grumpy when I ride...

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Re: Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby portugeezer » Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:34 am

I think what windshield you use should depend on what you use your bike for. I'm only 5'8" and I had the standard vetter ws on my bike. It was great around town. When I took long trips the wind hitting the top of my helmet gave me a sore neck. So I put the tallest one I could find on there. Problem solved. If you just use the bike for commuting the short one should be fine!

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Re: Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby Silverwing 650 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:59 am

I have a tall windshield on my Vetter. Problem is, I can't see through it when driving in hard rain. Anyone with a solution other than getting a smaller windshield just below my eyes.

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Re: Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby artgrantz » Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:18 pm

Silverwing 650 wrote:I have a tall windshield on my Vetter. Problem is, I can't see through it when driving in hard rain. Anyone with a solution other than getting a smaller windshield just below my eyes.

You can cut the one you have to make it lower. I used a rotary tool with a cutting disk. Just be careful and don't take too much off, you can't put it back. If you mess it up JC Whitney has (or at least they used to have) windshields to fit Vetters fairings at reasonable prices. Call the 800 number and ask for the Technical Departmant - yes, they really have one and they know their products well.

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Re: Windjammer Windshield Height

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:09 pm

I look through my Tall Tulsa windshield as well; I use this coating: RainCoat windshield coating. It works amazingly well, the water just beads up and slides right off, leaving your windshield clear and easy to see through in rain. I use it on my helmet visor as well.




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