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Offline Hemicuda

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"Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« on: June 17, 2015, 07:19:20 pm »
"Search" indicates Rifle is a windshield maker..

My Concours came with two tinted windshields, short and tall, neither appear to be original (neither have any blackout on them, and neither has the black "strip" over the top...

Did somebody just put the logo in there?

5 of the nuts/bolts mounting it are plastic, and seem to want to twist and not unscrew (one was missing, I used a stainless ΒΌ-20 bolt, nylock nut, small washer inside, and fender washer, rubber washer, and black cap on outside...

Would it be safe to change all to stainless, if I use the rubber washers as isolators?

Will doing so cause my windshield to crack?

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2015, 08:15:14 pm »
What you have is a rifle fairing and windscreen.

http://rifle.com/Motorcycle-Windshields-Motorcycle-Fairings-Motorcycle-Parts-Accessories-for-2003-Kawasaki-ZG1000-B18-Concours/B3953.aspx

I have the same on my Connie and did use stainless steal nuts and bolts with rubber washers and I have not had a problem with cracking.

Hope it helps.

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2015, 08:19:49 pm »
So my fairing isnt factory stock?

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2015, 08:22:40 pm »
The faring is stock.
See where the lower part of the black part attatched to the w/s is? That is part of the Rifle aftermarket system. It is vented and reduces some of the common buffeting compared to the oem w/s.
You can get many different sizes of the Rifle shield.
My '02 had the Rifle system, the current 2005 I have had a Cee Bailey when I got it. When I sold the '02 this spring, I swapped out the CB for the Rifle as I preferred it to the CB w/s. 
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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2015, 08:24:43 pm »
Your fairing is most likely stock.  The Rifle system is designed to increase wind pass through to remove head buffet.  What they have done is to create a fairing that bolts in to where a stock windscreen would go to your fairing.  That is the black plastic part of the rifle system.  They also sell windscreens in varying heights to accommodate a wide variety of riders.  In order to install a stock windscreen just remove the black plastic with the rifle logo and bolt on a stock windscreen.  I have a rifle system and love it. 

Hope this helps.

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2015, 08:31:26 pm »
Wow... Everywhere I turn, this thing has mods... Heated grips (high and low) bar end weights with built in throttle-lock cruise, cam timing mods, Corbin seat, hookup for heated clothing (heated gloves included) with a dial adjuster in the dash), and now a custom windshield system with 2 windshields... A "Givi" trunk and mount system... Exhaust mods... Cigarettes lighter/power Port on inner fairing... Oh, and foam grip covers? For use with heated grips???

And I was told it was "pretty stock"... LOL I wonder what else I will find...

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2015, 08:34:06 pm »
no.
your fairing WINDSHIELD is the most common aftermarket fairing windshield on the concours to date.
some searching in our long history of posts, should provide some info.
nor does the stoc fairing bot directly to the aftermarket rifle base...


c'mon guys, why in the world are you giving this information????

are you serious...?


this is getting to be a bit of a pickle, and please, take some advice, be a bit more social, and maybe you will get some kinder and more sincere answers.

the original shield as delivered from rifle had small NYLON washers, and all the hardware was black.
imho I always liked my Targa shield, over the rifle, it provided better wind and weather coverage, and came tinted.. hope this helps, please do research, and before placing angered posts (as many of yours have been lately) chilll,

thanks for visiting the Concours Owners Group forum...

consider getting a paid membership with this grroup, it pays off... people will see you as a member, and MAY be more willing to assist, but only if you curb the angst...just saying.

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2015, 08:40:12 pm »
No anger on this one... And I searched "rifle"... It came up with tons of info, but no explanation of exactly what it was...

Both windshields I got (short and tall) are tinted... Not super dark, but far from clear...

The dozen messages I looked at in a search mentioned windshields and heights, but didn't explain the insert system...

I am extremely grateful to learn what this stuff is and does...

Apparently, somebody spent a LOT of cash on mods on this bike...

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2015, 08:41:02 pm »
Sounds pretty nicely equipped--or "Farkled" in COG lingo. If you get a stock windshield I predict you'll appreciate the Rifle. I recently changed mine to a Rifle. One of the quirks of the Concours is that the upward lip of the stock shield looks like it should direct the air stream over your head, but in reality it caused a lot of buffering. There are several aftermarket options out there, and you have a pretty good one.
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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2015, 08:46:12 pm »
Good to know... I got nothing in the way of an owners manual, or list of mods... I DID find a post-it note in the fairing cubby hole listing exhaust and timing mods... But, I was half way into my 950 mile ride home, trying to figure out why the right bar weight was loose, and turned, when I figured out it was a throttle lock...

And looking at pics on here, I realized that the "rifle" logo wasn't stock, LOL

The heated grips were a surprise... And the heated gloves were the only "mod" (Farkle) the previous owner pointed out...

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2015, 04:21:54 pm »
Good to know... I got nothing in the way of an owners manual, or list of mods... I DID find a post-it note in the fairing cubby hole listing exhaust and timing mods... But, I was half way into my 950 mile ride home, trying to figure out why the right bar weight was loose, and turned, when I figured out it was a throttle lock...

And looking at pics on here, I realized that the "rifle" logo wasn't stock, LOL

The heated grips were a surprise... And the heated gloves were the only "mod" (Farkle) the previous owner pointed out...

Add a heated seat and your good to go.  :)
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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2015, 12:12:58 am »
I have always been told (and think I read somewhere back when I had  several bikes with Vetter fairings) that windshields used nylon screws and nuts as a safety feature - if something (like you) hit the windshield it would come off rather than breaking and leaving shards of sharp plastic attached to the fairing...which could happen with steel screws. 

My rifle system still has black nylon screws attaching the windshield to the base.  My old Honda with a Vetter Windjammer also has nylon screws. 

I wouldn't get too worried using steel or stainless steel screws though - if a guy gets in an accident bad enough to take the windshield off there are probably other things to worry about too.

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2015, 12:53:45 am »
You have a point there, thanks...

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2015, 07:57:39 pm »
Hemi, Where are you located? if not to far, we could meet up and go through her and see what's stock and what's not. I'm in Maineville, Ohio, about 30 miles North of Cincinnati.
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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2015, 08:29:13 pm »
West Branch, MI, 212 miles North of Ohio... LOL

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2015, 12:36:29 am »
West Branch, MI, 212 miles North of Ohio... LOL

Well that stinks.
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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2015, 12:45:50 am »
Yep... Sorry... Would have liked to have met you...

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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2015, 01:07:58 am »
The Rifle system is a good alternative to the stock shield (there are several and everyone likes what they like so no pat answer to what is best).  The plastic bolts are to keep the ham fisted among us from over tightening them and cracking the Acrylic shield.


Your bar end weights sound like throttlemeister.  http://throttlemeister.com/

Your bike does sound like it's had a fair bit of money spent on it.  Never a bad thing to find.
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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2015, 12:47:09 pm »
With the Rifle windshield, is there a noticeable reduction in wind noise?
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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2015, 02:29:22 pm »
I have a Rifle and I cut it down five inches, cause I'm short and I don't like looking through buggy plastic. Wind noise is highly subjective and I find the biggest factor being my helmet. I have a quiet Scorpion, a quieter HJC and a rather unquiet HJC. All behind the same windshield. The general opinion around here seems to be almost anything is better than stock. So why did Kaw keep using that windshield? Who knows. Oil, tires, windshields are kind of circular discussions.
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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2015, 05:09:52 pm »
On my 1990, I ran the stock shield during the cooler months and a shorter , narrow Targa during the summer months. My 2004 came with the Rife system and it is satisfactory, even in HotLanta. Yes, there's a lot of air thru the vent at 80mph but the airflow is not turbulent so it's acceptable.
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Re: "Rifle" under windshield... Search indicates
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2015, 01:15:46 pm »
I think I'm used to my Rifle now. Wind noise is better over stock for me. I'm still not sure if I like having the top of the screen just below eye level. I guess it's a trade off. I guess I'm happy enough with it.
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