86 Aspencade Windshield


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txfireag
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86 Aspencade Windshield

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Hey everyone. I am brand new here and just picked up my first ever Goldwing yesterday: an 86 aspencade. I rode it home about 3.5 hours and for the most part it was a joy. I've only ever had smaller cruisers before.

Anyway, this bike has an aftermarket windshield by Slipstreamer but I have no idea what model. The way I sit, the top is right about at eye level to where I mostly look through it to see the road in front of me. The wind goes right to my helmet and vibrates me to death.

Does anyone have a good recommended windshield? How would I find out what model mine is and/or how is height measured? I love the feeling of being down behind it (when I duck my head) but need the option to look above it when it rains.

Thanks all!



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Re: 86 Aspencade Windshield

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If you’re prepared to replace it anyway you could first try to modify it to work for you.
I have had the same issue with several bikes and have had good results shortening the shield an inch or two.

With the bike off the stand, sit on it and figure out how much material you want to remove. Then tape the area that needs to be cut with blue painters tape. Carefully draw out the radius with a pencil and use a fine toothed blade on a jigsaw. When you are happy with the cut you can sand the edge starting with fairly coarse paper and finishing with fine paper. If you take your time you can create a factory looking edge.

Just be very careful when doing the initial cut and hold the windshield to keep it from vibrating. Be very patient and let the saw move gently through the shield.

It’s worth a shot and won’t cost you anything to try. I have usually done this without removing the shield front the bike.

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txfireag wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:45 pm
… etc … I love the feeling of being down behind it (when I duck my head) but need the option to look above it when it rains.
My 1200, I had a Slipstreamer I trimmed so that I was looking across top of it, but could scrunch down. I had removed an inch or a hair more off top. I loved view, but head got buffeting. I installed a vent next, that let in enough air behind the windshield that the air wasn't pulled over the top into a vacuum to hit my helmet. Also greatly helped to keep windshield clear of misting in light mist or foggy mornings and even when shut a bit of air is directed upwards.

I had a pattern I saved. When I cut top down or cut open for a vent, I use painters tape to draw on, sabre saw on slow speed, metal cutting blade, file, sand, polish. I use plastic lids to mark corners, etc. For vent, used drill for corners then connect with cuts. Air nozzle on air hose helps clean up. Black is matt black air release adhesive backed vynil wrap from ebay.


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I like this vent idea! I think I’ll try that before trying to buy a whole new windshield. The other one I mentioned is super expensive. I have no problem trying a jigsaw or reciprocating was and going slowly. Thanks!

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I agree, trim it, put in a vent. It will be a whole new experience. They should have had vents factory. Now most big touring bikes have vents or slots at the base of the screen. We learn things as time goes on.

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Re: 86 Aspencade Windshield

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Have you tried to adjust the height of the windshield?

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Hey y'all. I moved the windshield (there was 1" of adjustment under the trim piece) and cut in a moden GL1800 vent. Much better!

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Re: 86 Aspencade Windshield

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txfireag wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:19 am
Hey y'all. I moved the windshield (there was 1" of adjustment under the trim piece) and cut in a moden GL1800 vent. Much better!
Good glad to hear that.

I'm a tall person, 6'3" I went with the tallest windscreen I could find, it it worked til I pick up a used Saddlemen seat, and now I look over the windscreen again lol 😜 but the wind isn't bad for me.

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I bought my first Wing the other day too, an old 1985 Aspy. Those old bikes are way, way underpriced nowadays, provided that you can find one that has been relatively well maintained over its life. But it looks like I'll be facing the same issue too with the windshield so I'm glad I stumbled across this. Since I ride solo I generally don't prefer to look through one. About 2 inches beneath line of sight is more my thang. Even if it comes at the cost of a bug missile in the forehead occasionally.
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Re: 86 Aspencade Windshield

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monkeymeat wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:01 pm
… etc … Since I ride solo I generally don't prefer to look through one. About 2 inches beneath line of sight is more my thang. Even if it comes at the cost of a bug missile in the forehead occasionally.
Full face helmet will cure that, usually even with visor up and good safe like shades. I usually flip visor up, wear my Serengheti Drivers … hear bugs zing off lid.


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