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Replacement Windscreens

Postby bstig60 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:55 am



I know this has been spoken of before here, but I am going to be replacing the stock without a vent flimsy windscreen on my 99 1500 for something a little heavier with a vent. My 88 had a Slip Streamer +4 on it. I let it go with the bike when I sold it yesterday. The Slip Streamer was about 3 1/2 inches taller than the stock shield. So even with it set at its lowest setting, I couldn't see over it. The stock shield at its lowest setting I can see over it which is nice in early morning fog. I liked the Slip Streamer but I like the standard height. Looking for opinions here......


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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:44 am

go onto eBay, type into the search box........"99 Honda GL1500 windshield" it will bring up a few pages of windshields for it. you should be able to find one that your looking for. some have the vent cut outs and some don't. WARNING, they aint cheap.

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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby Happytrails » Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:49 pm

My bike came with a similar slipstreamer. Unfortunately it was pretty hazed so I replaced it. I bought an F4 standard with vent. I think its a little thicker than stock and comes with a vent from an 1800. Very nicely done and has good clarity. Also set the height so I can see over it if I want to or tuck in when I need to.
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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby bstig60 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:56 pm

Thanks for the responses. Has anyone used Optic Armor? They are polycarbonate rather than acrylic. See link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/111598337862?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:40 pm

$310.00 for a windshield??????????????????? lol, not in MY lifetime. sorry but that's WAY too much for me. I thought $135.00 I spent for mine was a lot of money, and mine is a wrap-around and 3+ inches over stock height, no vent. I use the Hondaline spray cleaner/polisher on my windshield, its under $10. a can and it does a great job and lasts a long time. and since I've put a windshield wiper AND washer on it, I hardly use my spray cleaner anymore.

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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby bstig60 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:06 pm

Stuart: I have a 10,000 mile trip coming up this spring. The stock screen is a thin piece of plastic; no vent. In 100 degree weather the vent is awfully nice. I have seen what a lug nut or a rock the size of a golf ball can do to a plastic screen, that's why I am asking about Lexan screens. This trip is mostly freeways and many things can fly up and hit you. Since my life rides behind the windscreen I want something that will not shatter when impacted.
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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:29 pm

hey bstig:

I agree with you 110% about the strength of some of these windshields. the vent will be nice to have in the hot weather. I have to admit, with the tall wrap-around windshield, the only wind I get is from either side which is ok with me, that way my cigarette doesn't blow out of my mouth or make my head go all kinds of side to side to hurt my neck. mine is very thick, I think its 5/16" thick. I bought it last May to put on my bike to replace the cut down windshield that the PO had on it. I rode down to the Florida keys in June of last summer with it and back up here in Tennessee, roughly 2,000 miles and haven't had any problems with it. in fact, to make it safer for me to see in the rain, I bought a motorized windshield wiper and put together a motorized windshield washer for it.

10,000 miles, may I ask where you are riding from and to? are you touring the country? that sounds really nice. I wish you nothing but the best for your long journey. hopefully GOD willing I'll be able to do another Florida ride again this year.

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Postby bstig60 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:42 pm

I have a reunion in Branson, MO the end of April. I am located about 50 miles NE of Sacramento. I plan on going to San Diego to visit some friends, the to Dallas to visit my son and his finance via Tuscon and El Paso, then to Little Rock, up to Branson for the reunion and on up to the Springfield area to visit my brother and his family for a couple of days. Then its on to South Florida (Jupiter) where I used to live to visit some friends and maybe do a fishing trip. May make a weekend run out to the Keys. Then if the weather permits, I will head up the coast to PA to vist a friend in Altoona then back across the country and home. Trip will take about 6 weeks.
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Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:53 pm

oh wow, that's fantastic. your going to be going thru 2 places I used to live. I lived up in Allentown for about 3 years, then I moved down onto a houseboat in upper key largo behind the manatee bay marina at mm 112.5 for about 9 years until the houseboat sank, then I moved up here to Tennessee about almost 6 years now. im originally from new jersey. man, your gonna have one heck of a "road trip" I wish you all the best on your ride. may you have many happy miles and good reunions with your friends and family.

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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:13 pm

Sounds like a great trip ! If you pass through Oklahoma City, let me know and we can meet up. . . .
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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:19 pm

I wish I could, but im afraid OK city is a bit too far for me, not because I don't trust my 32 year old bike, but because of health reasons and the fact that the 'ol ball n chain wont let me go that far. I had enough trouble talking her into letting me ride down to Florida alone for a month like I did last summer lol. the only reason she let me is i have friends that live down there and she knows I wouldn't get into any "trouble" if you get my drift :mrgreen:.

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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby bstig60 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:19 pm

Hey Uncle Fester: Be great to meet up, but I think I am going to be staying further south on the outbound leg, got a son that lives in Dallas. The homebound leg of the trip has not been determined yet.
I went ahead and ordered the Optic Armor +2 from Cyclemax for $270 delivered. I had a bear of a time getting the spec's, but when I got around to emailing Optic Armor direct, I got an immediate response. The +2 is 1 inch wider than stock and 2 inches taller, it is .157 inch thick and is still adjustable. The +4 is 2 inches wider and 4 inches taller and is .177 inches think for extra stability, they say, and is not adjustable once installed. Both have the same angle as the stock shield. They provide a 4 year warranty and say you can use any cleaner to clean it without damage. I did find out that they do make the F4 product....... This was much, much cheaper than the F4. Did some shopping around and Cyclemax had the best price and beat the manufacturer direct by about $20 bucks and with free shipping too.....
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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:30 pm

Sounds like a good deal on the windscreen, let us know how it works out for you, and include some pics once mounted ! As for meeting up, I get down to Dallas from time to time to meet up with my brother and do some riding in the area. MAYBE, depending when this all happens, I can arrange to be in Dallas at the same time. . . . keep in touch and we will see what happens.
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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby bstig60 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:34 pm

Works for me. I currently plan on leaving home around the 20th of April. When I actually leave and get to Dallas depends on when my sons days off are scheduled. I will let you know as soon as I know.
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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:22 pm

bstig60 wrote:Hey Uncle Fester: Be great to meet up, but I think I am going to be staying further south on the outbound leg, got a son that lives in Dallas. The homebound leg of the trip has not been determined yet.
I went ahead and ordered the Optic Armor +2 from Cyclemax for $270 delivered. I had a bear of a time getting the spec's, but when I got around to emailing Optic Armor direct, I got an immediate response. The +2 is 1 inch wider than stock and 2 inches taller, it is .157 inch thick and is still adjustable. The +4 is 2 inches wider and 4 inches taller and is .177 inches think for extra stability, they say, and is not adjustable once installed. Both have the same angle as the stock shield. They provide a 4 year warranty and say you can use any cleaner to clean it without damage. I did find out that they do make the F4 product....... This was much, much cheaper than the F4. Did some shopping around and Cyclemax had the best price and beat the manufacturer direct by about $20 bucks and with free shipping too.....


They USED to make the F4 product. There was a disagreement between Optic Armor (the manufacturer) and F4 (the retailer), and they went their separate ways. The product that Optic Armor now sells is the OLD F4 product, F4 now sells a completely different product made by a different manufacturer. Both companies claim theirs is superior. The Optic Armor one, as you discovered, is much cheaper.

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Postby bstig60 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:27 pm

Thanks for the update. My Optic Armor shield shipped today drop shipped from the Manufacturer. The specs were good on the shield and the 4 year warranty is a definite plus....... I will post updates when it gets here and pics after I install it.
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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:35 pm

do they make that particular windshield for the older wings?

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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:41 pm

bstig60 wrote:Thanks for the update. My Optic Armor shield shipped today drop shipped from the Manufacturer. The specs were good on the shield and the 4 year warranty is a definite plus....... I will post updates when it gets here and pics after I install it.


Incidentally, personally I would choose the OA over the F4, I think it's a superior product. Looking forward to your thoughts on it once you get it.

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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:07 pm

I'm actually planning on replacing my Tall Tulsa this year with a +4 Optic Armor windshield, for a few reasons:

- My Tall Tulsa is just getting a bit worn and hazed, and it's time
- It would be fantastic to not have to worry about scratching it every time I clean it
- This:




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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:57 pm

well, all I can say is......wow, that was some demonstration of the differences between windshields. when its time to replace mine, I just might go with one of these if its available for the GL1100.

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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby ronjr123 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:24 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I'm actually planning on replacing my Tall Tulsa this year with a +4 Optic Armor windshield, for a few reasons:

- My Tall Tulsa is just getting a bit worn and hazed, and it's time
- It would be fantastic to not have to worry about scratching it every time I clean it



Same here.

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Postby bstig60 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:36 pm

My new Optic Armor +2 shield got here yesterday. I plan on installing it this weekend. The instructions have me adding Velcro strips along the adjustment slots to aid in easier adjustment and to prevent scratching the shield. It will be nice to have a taller shield than stock and still be able to adjust it. The Slipstreamer +4 I had on the 88 was nice in the rain and offered a lot of protection, but in fog it could be a bear to see thru. We will see what the new shield looks like when I get it mounted.
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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:42 pm

bstig60 wrote:My new Optic Armor +2 shield got here yesterday. I plan on installing it this weekend. The instructions have me adding Velcro strips along the adjustment slots to aid in easier adjustment and to prevent scratching the shield. It will be nice to have a taller shield than stock and still be able to adjust it. The Slipstreamer +4 I had on the 88 was nice in the rain and offered a lot of protection, but in fog it could be a bear to see thru. We will see what the new shield looks like when I get it mounted.


you might want to consider one of these for your new windshield.......http://www.roaddogwiper.com I have one on mine and I love it.

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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby Fiberthree » Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:18 pm

I have seen some photos of Goldwings in Japan that have a wiper but personally I think they look a little out of place on a bike. The video on their website makes them look effective but I noticed the wiper arm extends quite a bit above the top of the windscreen.
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Re: Replacement Windscreens

Postby bstig60 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:27 pm

I would be concerned about the wear on the "expensive" shield. Besides, I don't ride in the rain unless I get caught out in it. We do get fog that will condense on your shield on trips along the north coast here in the summer time. Since Optic Armor states that their shield coating sheds rain, mist and fog, I will have to see how it performs.


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