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post #1 of 89 (permalink) Old 07-06-2019, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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So I just purchased this 2018 new from the dealer. I’m getting older now so a R1 was out of the question. I couldn’t deal with this giant windshield so I searched and there’s nothing really available. I took matters on my own. If you think like me this might be the look your after
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Unfortunately, nearly all of us find the stock windshield too small. After my first longish trip (2700 miles after three months of ownership), I immediately replaced the OEM shield with a Yamaha Touring Windshield (4" higher). I found the wind beating me extremely tiring.
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Funny you should post this, yesterday I took a stock shield I bought from a forum member (thanks Ray) and cut 3" off of the top. I just mounted it up this morning for my summer shield. We've had like 8 or 9 days in a row of 90 degree temps and the touring shield on my bike was really stifling. So I have shields that are stock, 3" shorter and 4" taller as options.

Only takes a couple minutes to put the Touring shield back on for a trip.
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There was this one time that I customized my Cee Bailey. But I didn't really like it. Too much wind, very little protection, too many bugs. But no buffeting.



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LOL I cut mine with a small electric hand saw. Just seemed easier and more symmetrical. Just got in from a 55 mile back roads ride. 89 degrees and sunny. Short shield worked great. Plenty of clean air, no buffeting. Could even be an inch shorter I think, but not going to mess with it now.

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If I had to ride with a short windshield like that I'd sell the bike and buy a convertible. The daily rains and herds of bugs make it nearly impossible to see most nights.
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LOL I cut mine with a small electric hand saw. Just seemed easier and more symmetrical. Just got in from a 55 mile back roads ride. 89 degrees and sunny. Short shield worked great. Plenty of clean air, no buffeting. Could even be an inch shorter I think, but not going to mess with it now.
You can do that with Lexan, which I think the OEM is... acrylics will shatter, so best tape it up and use something else very carefully. BTDT.

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I've cut down std ST 1300 shields, a National Cycle Street Shield EX which I am running on my CB1100, and now the Yamaha stock shield. They must all be Lexan because they cut cleanly with no issues. We do use a special blade for plastic.

rbentnail...does no one ride a naked or sport bike in your area? surely not everyone rides around NC on a tourer or sport-tourer with a full size shield.

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The stock windshield looks ridiculous. I would never ride in the rain either I like the bike showroom clean all the time. I didn’t deface the stock one though.that can always go back on.I also never ride without a helmet.so even with no shield I’m fine. It was 93 degrees today and was a dream to ride. This shield at 85mph on highway in the up position is really nice. I can’t see possibly how someone could put on a bigger shield?
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rbentnail...does no one ride a naked or sport bike in your area? surely not everyone rides around NC on a tourer or sport-tourer with a full size shield.
Sure, lots of people here have short windshields. I'm normally waving at them when they're parked somewhere watching the rain come down. I also see them collected in large gas stations a lot. They are the folks with 6-10 y/o bikes and less than 10k miles.
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The stock windshield looks ridiculous. I would never ride in the rain either I like the bike showroom clean all the time. I didnít deface the stock one though.that can always go back on.I also never ride without a helmet.so even with no shield Iím fine. It was 93 degrees today and was a dream to ride. This shield at 85mph on highway in the up position is really nice. I canít see possibly how someone could put on a bigger shield?
Again, to each his own. For me it's function over looks. I find the roar of the wind deafening even with earplugs in and the constant beating from the wind makes an already tired body even more exhausted after a wet 350-400 mile day. You don't say where you are but here in the Carolinas this time of yr, if we don't ride in rain the bike would sit for a couple months as it rains nearly every day. Having a bigger windshield allows for the "go faster, stay dryer" principle to be effective. The Cee Bailey I have allowed me to ride in Hurricane Michael last May in Virginia. It's what we do, what a hoot!!

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