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I picked up a 1500 vent from Cyclemax and put it in today. The pages of instruction were missing some words as well as part of the template so I got on the phone with them and they referred me to Add on Accessories. I talked with a nice lady there who sent me an email with one, but it was too small......lol

So I ended up getting my daughter to help me make a tracing of the holes and I then I traced around the front of the vent and then simply adjusted it so the lips would have support but the back part could allow it to snap into place. Once I had it, I traced it out in cardboard and cut it out with a razor and then adjusted it so the front would snap in easily. I then taped up the windshield and then used a marker to tape up the cardboard cut-out and then traced with a marker onto the tape.

I then used a DeWalt Zip Cut to cut out the windshield and then filed it down smooth and took the shield off so I could screw both parts together. Took about 30 minutes once I had the template made and I took it out for a ride to see how it does.

First of all, if you sit back from the bars a good bit, it is very hard to tell the vent is actually there. I had to lean forward a good bit to feel any air on my face at all. I guess the turbulence around the shield makes it hard to tell any difference in the amount of wind coming through the vent. All in all it was a pretty straight forward process and I have to tell you that the Zip Cut is the way to go when cutting the windshield. It was a lot easier to guide the Zip and still see the line and was very easy to control.

I will take it o the top tomorrow and cut off several inches so I can see over the top of the shield. I'll post a pic once I have it all done.

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That vent does more to eliminate the vacuum behind the windscreen than anything else.
 

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Just couldn't stand that mine had AC and yours didn't!!:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:



Glad it turned out good:clapper:
 

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Yea, I think it was. It was the best price I could find online and the folks at cyclemax were very good to work with me. They checked for me and the ones they have in stock had the same sheet of directions with the missing words and the edge of the template. It wasn't hard to make my own, but it did take 4 hands to do it.

I haven't had it out on the interstate yet, but as was mentioned, it did help smooth the air out when I passed a couple of trucks. That part was very easily felt.

I hate having to take my mirrors off though. I need some replacement bolts for them because one of them already has the head almost stripped out. One more time of taking them off and I imagine it will be useless.


You know I ain't jealous of that ol' shiny bike of yours Bill, don't ya........lol even if it did have AC!! Once I get the shield cut down, I think I will be very pleased with it for sure. I had to ride in the rain again yesterday so it is all dirty again like I keep it....
 

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LOL well it looks ok. I didn't realize until after I cut the hole that the backside had moved over on me before I traced the hole out and it's off by 1/2". She's all mine so it won't ever hurt my feelings, but I didn't realize it until I was riding and realized it was not in line with my eyes just right.......lol Oh well, it's there now.

BTW, you know when you might want to check the sync on mine and Tim's bike before you have to ship the gauges back??
 

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Here's the finished product, cut off about 4 inches of the windshield and now I can see over without any problems.

I washed the durn thing today and was worried something was gonna fall off........shined her up pretty well but she ain't nowhere near as purrty as yours Bill......but she's still mine!
 

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That should work on just about any Wing's windshield I'd think. Thats why I took my +2 and wrap around off. That vortex up in there is awful. Like getting caught in a whirlwind. Hair blows forward. I just went back to stock but I do like the vent and it looks good too.
 

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Good writeup. It looks a bit low to me. Both the one on my 1200 Aspy I recently sold and on my 1500 are higher. I got quite a bit of breeze through the vent on the Aspy and I do as well on the 1500. I wonder if the higher position has anything to do with that? My 1200 shield was a Cee Bailey's that came with the vent, and the 1500 is stock.

Here's my 1200 from the front
and from the rear

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I mounted it low on purpose. I would rather use the opening of the vent to guide the air up than to have it in my face all the time. With me sitting back and in my riding position, it is about perfect where it is for me. The stream catches me about the chin which is where I wanted it.

I thought I would have a much harder stream of incoming air coming through and I figured it would be better where it is. I like it though, if I lean slightly forward, it catches me flush in the face and when I am back, I can feel it lower on my chest, neck and chin.
 

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cntryboy1289 wrote:
I mounted it low on purpose. I would rather use the opening of the vent to guide the air up than to have it in my face all the time. With me sitting back and in my riding position, it is about perfect where it is for me. The stream catches me about the chin which is where I wanted it.
Interesting. With mine opened all the way last night, the air stream was hitting me right in between my chest and my stomach. There is quite a directed air stream too, so it was easy to tell where it was landing.

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Nice job.. Cutting into any curved Plastic surface is nerve racking..
 

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Thanks, I think it turned out pretty well also. I was worried about it but when I used the Zip Cut, it cut smooth as butter with no vibration to speak off. I was amazed at how easily it followed the lines I drew off on it. I used it to cut the top off as well and it went very easy also.

Jay, I wonder if maybe you sit up higher than I do on the bike? My seat is old and worn which may have something to do with it. When I get a new seat, I may have to replace the windshield because of it being too low. Just have to wait and see. Right now I can still relax and stay below the top of the shield or I can sit more upright and see over the top out to about 50ft.
 

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Hey Tommy, where are you living at there in Braxton. I am originally from Columbus and have traveled all over Mississippi and don't recall a Braxton?
 

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Jay, I wonder if maybe you sit up higher than I do on the bike? My seat is old and worn which may have something to do with it. When I get a new seat, I may have to replace the windshield because of it being too low. Just have to wait and see. Right now I can still relax and stay below the top of the shield or I can sit more upright and see over the top out to about 50ft.
Could be. I've had Hartco seats on both bikes. I'm also fairly tall, 6'3".

Just realized that maybe my statement about the position came off as a criticism. I didn't mean it that way. It was just an observation of the difference, and I was curious why, and also wondering if that's why the you are experiencing the lack of air flow compared with what I get. It seems it's working good for you though and that's all that is important. :)

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I didn't take it in the wrong way at all John, I knew you were only asking about it. I think it is my old wore out seat that caused me to have to cut the top off to begin with.

When it rained, I could sit up as straight as an arrow and see out over the shield at about 75ft or so. It was just way too uncomfortable to ride like that for very long.

You may be right though, with the vent as low as it is, I may be losing some of the wind, yesterday I had it out on the interstate and I could feel more at speed. I believe it would take in a lot more air higher up on the shield like you mentioned.
 
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