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Offline cafefill

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windshield height
« on: June 28, 2011, 01:48:46 am »
I just picked up my "new" 2003 Concours. It has a Clearview windshield on it, and I find myself looking through it. This is my first sport touring machine, but in the cruiser world I came from, the recommended height for a windshield is to the tip of your nose. You then look over the windshield, not through it.
Does the same apply in the sport touring world? If so, I'm quite capable of cutting it down, but was wondering if there were any issues with doing so, like buffetting, etc.
Thanks in advance for all replies.
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2011, 01:54:07 am »
Some prefer to look over, some through. I have never had a windshield I had to look through, I don't think I would like that. I made a windshield, then a shorter one, and the shorter one had less buffeting.
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2011, 03:48:34 pm »
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I too look over mine.  It is about nose high. It also makes me keep proper riding position (not slacking). No buffeting on mine.  It's a Rifle, but i'm not sure how tall.
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2011, 04:43:46 pm »
I like having both.  If I sit up str8 I can see over easy and use this in conditions that call for it like night, rain, or any time I just want to see better.   If I slump some or lean back on the back rest I see through the shield.  I have a Rifle system with no curve at the top and do not use any lip on the shield so the edge does not obscure my view and looking through it is good viability.  It is quieter and less wind behind it but also less wind in the top of my helmet vents.  Everything is a trade off.
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2011, 06:31:14 pm »
My '86 came with a Rifle system that was too tall for my tastes.  I found myself looking through it which gave me terrible tunnel vision.  I partially attribute this to the "growing pains" (including a minor get-off) Connie and I had initially.  After using the Rifle for most of a season I switched to the stock windshield and couldn't be happier.
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2011, 09:04:51 pm »
  Well, I bit the bullet today, and cut the windshield down. I first found the vertical centerline of the windshield, then  I traced a pattern of the top, moved it down to the height I wanted, and adapted the curve for the additional width. I only used half the pattern to lay out the new top curve, then flipped it over to do the other half. This way the two sides have to be identical. After covering the area with masking tape and layi  ng out the new lines, I cut the top off using a saber saw and a 12 tpi blade, going slowly at slow speed. A sanding block and some 100 grit paper smoothed everything out and slightly rounded the edge, followed by 400 grit. Once all the large scratches were removed, I flashed the edge with a propane torch, and voila, smooth as can be!
  The test ride proved to be reminiscent of cutting down windshields on a cruiser- no surprise buffetting, but now I'm able to see over the top, or duck below as needed. I think that's why they recommend placing the height of the windshield at the tip of your nose, so it's possible to do that.
Going for a ride tonight, of course.
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2011, 09:40:03 pm »
Good job. 
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2013, 03:54:45 pm »
Reviving this thread, as I think it's time to cut down and black the "spare" (aka p.o.s.) windscreen I salvaged long ago from the now sold parts bike.

For fear of re-starting a discussion right behind oil and tires, I'm open to height recommendations, curves, the propane torch technique.  All viewpoints appreciated and read.
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2013, 11:45:27 pm »
It's whatever YOU'RE comfortable with...........  some say potato some say potato
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2013, 04:24:00 am »
I'm a little guy, I've never had a windshield on anything, short enough, so that I could see over it.
Lol, it would a completely new experience.   ;)

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Re: windshield height
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2013, 09:05:44 pm »
 :-[just got my rifle windshield. after reading many posts about height, i figured the 17" would be perfect for me. i was wrong. i am 5 10 and the only way i can see over it is to straighten my arms and stretch my neck. the shield is very clear to see through although is is tinted. light tan. the effect is strange to look through a shield am not sure if i will get used to it or have it cut. if you are my height i would recommend the 15. i think that is where i will end up. :-[

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Re: windshield height
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2013, 09:42:36 pm »
I picked up a Rifle system on eBay that has a home made 15" screen.  It's better than the stock screen IMO, but it could be better and I'm thinking the curved top of the screen may be the culprit.  Does a rounded top help or hinder airflow?  I'll probably end up with a "genuine" Rifle screen: I'm thinking maybe a 17" since I'm 6'2".  Danno, if you decide to sell yours, shoot me a PM, maybe we can do a deal...
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2013, 01:50:45 pm »
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Re: windshield height
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2013, 12:37:35 am »
After reading the following thread - I am opting for a 15"
Everything just seemed to make sense to me.

http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,42902.msg268437.html#msg268437

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Re: windshield height
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2013, 04:56:17 pm »
This pic is about three years old. The shield is now slightly shorter in the center and gloss black.  I like it  :motonoises:

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Re: windshield height
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2014, 03:33:06 am »
This pic is about three years old. The shield is now slightly shorter in the center and gloss black.  I like it  :motonoises:

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Re: windshield height
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2014, 11:34:58 pm »
Snarf, that is badass.  What a great summer windshield - there's nothing better than looking at the road chin-up and not even seeing the bike.
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