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Post by hugger-4641 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:40 am

Ok, I know there are several threads here about windshields, but I wanted an up-to-date opinion from some of you more experienced wing riders. I had a nearly catastrophic experience with my windshield recently. I hit a VERY BAD pothole on I-40 that I could not see in time because I was behind a semi. My windshield broke in half at the vent and slammed into my face and chest at 70mph. I managed to keep my composure and get stopped at which time I threw the windshield over the guard rail along with a few words I am ashamed to repeat. Anybody else ever had this experience?
Anyway, I put the old stock windshield back on for now. I am a little weary of buying another windshield identical to the one I had as it was only 2yrs old. It was lexan and a couple inches longer than stock, but not a Tulsa Tall. I don't want a Tulsa Tall, so my question is: Should I go with Lucite or back with Lexan from a different brand, what are your opinions and experiences ?

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Re: windshields

Post by tfdeputydawg » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:49 am

First of all, you should contact the manufacturer of the shield that broke! Pretty sure most would want what's left of it back to take a look and you might get a refund!
Secondly, IMHO, the best is F4 customs!
Also, how about telling us the brand that broke????

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Re: windshields

Post by Uncle Fester » Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:30 am

My bike had a Tulsa Tall (or similar sized) windshield on it, and when I first bought the bike I LOVED it, until my first rain storm ! What a piece of junk for anyone who rides in all weather (IMO), so I took it off and put on a Wind-Bender from .

I love this thing, it has the stock range of motion, PLUS a full 3 to 4 inches of adjustment, so I can go low for summer riding, up a little above stock screen height for winter, or anything in between with no tools and a few seconds to a min worth of time, they even offer a electric option that allows you to adjust on the fly. . . .

I have had it right at a year now, with no scratching issues, I use PLEDGE wipes to clean it, and no visible vibration issues like I had with the Tulsa Tall

I do agree, go TRY to find the busted piece of your old screen, return it to the manufacture, and let them know your thoughts on their product. If they offer you a refund, GREAT, if not. . . so then you, and we, know who NOT to deal with in the future.
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Re: windshields

Post by harvey01 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:20 pm

Ditto what tfdeputydawg says above. I have had a F4 for a number of years with one problem that was resolved by the manufacturer. I have hit a pothole that damaged a front fork oil seal but the windshield is fine!
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Re: windshields

Post by OldZX11Rider » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:12 am

First of all, I'm glad you were able to ride home and didn't wake up in a hospital, or worse! :roll:
Like the others, I'd like to know what brand windshield that broke.
I don't have a recommendation for a new windshield. Until last November, I didn't have a Goldwing for about 15 years. I think I've got a Tulsa Tall. So far it's fine, but I might not like it so much come the hot temps of summer. :lol:
Again, glad you made it home okay.
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Re: windshields

Post by Happytrails » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:12 pm

Nice save. Those windshields aren't light. F4 customs standard here and its been an excellent windshield. If your worried about strength I think they have a video of them hitting one with a baseball bat several times. The shield is about 2 1/2 yrs old now and looks in great shape and good clarity still.
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Re: windshields

Post by hugger-4641 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:58 am

Thanks for the responses! I really didn't want to jump the gun slam the vendor since I can't find my records yet to prove where I got it. The windshield that broke probably had 40k to 50k miles in the 2yrs +- it was on the bike. Still, it should not have broken like that, so I am now very leery of buying another one like it . It was clear, taller than standard, and had the vent already installed. It was brand new and I pulled the protective covering off myself when I installed it. I'm 99% positive I bought it online from Memphis Shades, but not 100%. My e-bay records only go back to 2014 and I can't find it in there, so I must have bought it in 2013. I never throw a receipt away, so I know I've got the packing receipt filed somewhere when I get a chance to hunt for it.
Anyhow, I appreciate the replies and I will definitely take a look at the F4 and the others mentioned.

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Re: windshields

Post by CA_Guy » Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:02 pm

The F4 is the only way to go if you are concerned about it breaking again. They show them hitting it with a baseball bat. Mine looks like the day that I put it on my bike, and i could not be happier with it.

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Re: windshields

Post by brettchallenger » Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:12 am

I think they have a video of them hitting one with a baseball bat several times
Is this the video you had in mind? It is a polycarbonate v acrylic comparison.

It is very unusual for polycarbonate to shatter and break as Hugger describes, UNLESS the screen has been contaminated with substances which will weaken it. One common way to do this is to use polishes/cleaners containing petroleum distillates.
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Re: windshields

Post by Bigbiker0 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:49 am

If the windshield broke that way I am pretty sure it's not lexan. Lexan is very tough material ,you can bind it in any way and it don't break. I think you get a plexiglass one instead.

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