Windshields


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bbrackett
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Windshields

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I tried polishing up my windshield, hit with 800-2000 grit paper, mostly wet sanded
then I hit with the plastic polishes, did a very good job, should've worked slower with the polishing
still though, came out very good, but not "Optically Clear", way better and way safer that previously.

will need to save up for a new one.. :-)


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I used a headlight polishing kit I had around. Had the normal scratches and swirl marks plus a couple stone pits and cracks from the vent screws. Chrystal clear now and the pits aren't even noticeable. Super glue on the cracks and ceramic detail spray. Super slick now. Saving up for a windshield too, just not sure what to put on.
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Just learned about polycarbonate/lexan (oem) and acrylic/plexiglass. The hard way.
Careful what you use.
The edge of lexan will have a blue tint.
Coating can be messed up and you can remove it but won’t work longterm. After a lot of effort.
I’d rather be lucky than smart
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If you decide to change your windshield, check out the MadStad windshields. Here in South Texas we have hot summers and need all the airflow we can get, so I installed one on mine and it is great. It allows plenty of smooth airflow, is adjustable and I can see over the top.
I posted about the MadStad when I installed it.
Also, I’ve used Meguiar’s cleaner wax on my windshields for years and it helps with sun glare and stress cracks. Also easier to get the bugs off.
Dave




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Had the slipstream windshield come with my bike. Was badly hazed and yellowed and dangerous. Maybe they used windex and paper towels. Very in need of replacement.

Always careful not to harm the coating on windshield. Have the F4 standard 8yrs old and it still in very nice condition. Have 2 windshields on Ural the bigger one is not as high quality as F4 but made by ceebaileys. It coatings 4yrs old and in very good condition.

Seem like as long as I not let bug strikes stay on windshield too long everything cleans up nice.



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Solo So Long
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RockportDave wrote: Sat Jul 09, 2022 12:09 pm It allows plenty of smooth airflow, is adjustable and I can see over the top.
Do you ride with a passenger, and if so, any comments about airflow from back there?
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Solo So Long wrote: Sun Jul 10, 2022 4:59 pm
RockportDave wrote: Sat Jul 09, 2022 12:09 pm It allows plenty of smooth airflow, is adjustable and I can see over the top.
Do you ride with a passenger, and if so, any comments about airflow from back there?
My daughter rides with me often on my '94 with a Madstad, and she says there is less buffeting with it than with the Tulsa Tall that I had before.
The Madstad is also adjustable to change how the airflow flows, both for rider and passenger.

I am very happy with my Madstad purchase.
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Honda Super Cub (bought 1968, sold ?)
Kawasaki Coyote (early 1970s)
Honda 350 (mid 1970s)
Kawasaki KZ900-PS (1977)
Honda Super Cubs (various years)
Kawasaki KZ1000C (1978)
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Honda 360 (1983)
BMW R1150RT-P (2001)
BMW R1200RT-P (various years 2007 - 2018, NEVER AGAIN)

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Wish it were electric, so that the airflow could change as needed during a ride.
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Same as what blupupher said, the buffeting is gone and smoother airflow.
I adjusted mine a few times, but found the sweet spot and rarely move it. Easy to adjust, just pull over and loosen the knobs.
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Solo So Long wrote: Sun Jul 10, 2022 8:07 pm Wish it were electric, so that the airflow could change as needed during a ride.
I adjust the windshield just a few times a year, usually raise it up when it gets cold, lower it when it gets hot.


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Former rides: 2002 GL1800A, 2001 CB750, 1994 GL1500 SE, 1994 VT1100C , 1984 VF500F, 1982 CB750C, 1982 GS250T, 1981 CB900C, 1978 CB125s, 1976 TS185
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