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Windshields: Acrylic, Lexan, Lucite. Preference?

Windshields: Acrylic, Lexan, Polycarbonate or Lucite. What's your preference and WHY?

It's been awhile since a thread concerning this topic was posted and it doesn't bother me at all to start a new one. That said, whatcha think about the different windscreen materials.

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None of the above for me. Next time I go with Polycarbonate.

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I have a Madstad they make theirs out of acrylic. So far I like it, but I look over it not through it.

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None of the above for me. Next time I go with Polycarbonate.
Fine that you'd mention that but WHY?

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I have always bought acrylic. I use either plexus or lemon pledge to clean it, always cleaning in an up and down motion not a circular motion. Yeah, with time it gets scratched and pitted, but I have had good luck buffing scratched that out every now and then. I have even sanded out deep pits before buffing with good luck. Eventually you have to accept that motorcycle windshields are disposable. With that knowledge I find acrylic windshields to be reasonably priced. Finally, I often cut my windshields to achieve the exact height I want. Acrylic is easy to cut and clean up the cut edge.
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Lexan is polycarbonate
Lucite is acrylic, acrylic is Plexiglass

Lexan is MANY times more shatter resistant than acrylic, much stronger, no comparison. Acrylic is usually less expensive.

As to the "none of the above" comment...as far as I know, there are no other choices for motorcycle windshields, so going windowless would be the third choice.

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Lexan MR-10

Has a hard polycarbonate coating over softer core.

I prefer the formed windshield to that cut out of flat stock.

Think "Nascar windshields".

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Honda uses Lexan for a reason-it bends. A friend of mine went through his markland plexiglass shield in a 5 mph crash which shattered, ripping him wide open..he was lucky to survive.

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Honda does use polycarbonate. However, I will say, if you get "launched" into it, it to will also break!
As to being scratch resistant and optically clear, IMHO there is one choice!
https://www.f4customs.com/
Most likely the last windshield you will ever need to buy!!!!!
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A friend decided to clean my oem 1500 shield with Windex glass cleaner one day, removing parts of the coating...that sob :<)

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