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It seems as though every Gold Wing I see has the standard height windshield and all drivers are looking through it. I cutmy previous bike w/shield (non-Wing) to a bit below eye level. Does anyone cut it down to their size? Just curious.
 

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I cut mine down. I like being able to see where I'm going.
 

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I cut mine down by about 2.5 inches. I had the wife sit on the pillion before I measured where I wanted it cut, that way when I have a passenger it is at the exact height I need for 2 up. When I am by myself I just slouch down a little if need be.
 

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On this subject, advice on cutting down the windshield height?

is there a preferred method?
 

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My preferred method is to raise it all the way with my +3.5 inches extra besides. I like the tall windshield and never had a problem looking through it. :)
 

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I cut mine down and used a DeWalt zip cut tool to do it. I got tired of not being able to see and having to stretch way up to see over it.
 

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wcleafs2002 wrote:
On this subject, advice on cutting down the windshield height?

is there a preferred method?
If you google "cutting motorcycle windshield" you'll find all the info you want, including youtube videos.



I think I'll cut mine down this winter when I perform all the routine maintenance and cleaning. I really enjoyed looking over my previous bike's windshield for the perfectly clear view.



Thanks for the opinions, I didn't want to look like some sort of redneckhaving the only GW with a lower windshield!
 

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Your far from that. In fact, I would think that most prefer to look over their windshield. My boss don't like the wind in her face, that means mine is high. I got used to it and really don't think I would change that anymore. But when I first did my conversion, I had a windshield that was only 18". Plays heck on the rider that way.
 

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I've not found the need to cut mine. I can see over it just fine and it's not even in it's lowest position. I must have a long neck.
 

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I have an aftermarket windshield on mine. It's a Windbender.

http://www.firecreekacc.com/our_products.htm

The reason I mention it is because it has a lot of adjustment in it. I almost always run it at the lowest setting. I move it up during the winter.



On my 1200 I had two windshields, a stock one and a Tulsa extra tall. When I first bought the bike it happened to have the Tulsa. I rode with it for a while but decided I didn't like it in the summer time. So I bought a new stock. I swapped them out.

The first year I only used the stock during the summer and the Tulsa the rest of the year.

The second year it was about half and half.

The third year I only used the Tulsa during the winter.

The forth year......... I never did use that Tulsa again.

I like looking over the windshield. Especially in inclimate weather. I ride almost every day. Looking through a windshield on a rainy day was difficult. Down here in Virgina, I can ride year around, but during the winter time it still gets pretty cold.Typicaldays are in the low 30's. A lot of days, depending on the temperatureI'd go to work, and when I came out at night the windshield was fogged over. You couldn't wipe that stuff off. It would come right back. I had to ride for 5-10 minutes to get the air flow needed to clear the windshield. So I would have to ride standing on the pegs so I could see over the tall windshield. I was just plain old better off with the shorter windshield. I never looked back.

Since I have the Windbender, I found that I like them short. The shorter the better. But it's nice to be able to raise it up during the winter.

If you go real short, the bike will look great. But it is probably good idea to have a second one for seasonal changes.

Those 2 weeks of summer you get in Rochester aren't long enough to justify too short a windshield. ;)(I grew up up there)
 

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I cut mine the 3rd day I had the bike.

The 2nd day I was riding fast and hard in the twistys on the back side of Mt. Saint Helens as you go from the shade to the sun you get blinded and lots of glare. so 3" had to come off.

I am 6'1" and the wife is 4'10" so she is still out of the wind on the back even from the raise in the seat.

I used what we call a Razorsaw or bone saw and a file. took 45 min to get it cut and back on the bike. Most ppl don't even notice and the ones that do ask who I took it to to cut it.

 

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wolfman, I got a windbender about a month ago and have been very very dissappointed. I'm 5ft 11" and can't see over it all the time- ok on the level or downhill- look thru the upper bent part even on the slightest uphill., even in the the lowest position.
I get no air but the passenger is still buffetted from the neck up.
Even tried installing the upper shield upside down, so the bent lip is down, and it worked better.
called firecreek and they told me to email them, aint heard back yet.
Thinking about changing the mount for the upper part so the top so it's about 1 to 2 inches lower,and cutting the bottom of the upper half to get more air between the 2 shields, and figure out how to get a vent in it, or maybe me side wings.
Any thoughts or ideas?
 

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Much prefer to cut them down, do it with a skill saw in small cut's (1") for practice, I use plastic silver door edge trim ( U shape) to finish off over the final cut. :waving::waving:
 

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Big John .25 wrote:
wolfman, I got a windbender about a month ago and have been very very dissappointed. I'm 5ft 11" and can't see over it all the time- ok on the level or downhill- look thru the upper bent part even on the slightest uphill., even in the the lowest position.
I get no air but the passenger is still buffetted from the neck up.
Even tried installing the upper shield upside down, so the bent lip is down, and it worked better.
called firecreek and they told me to email them, aint heard back yet.
Thinking about changing the mount for the upper part so the top so it's about 1 to 2 inches lower,and cutting the bottom of the upper half to get more air between the 2 shields, and figure out how to get a vent in it, or maybe me side wings.
Any thoughts or ideas?


That's unfortunate. You must have a different size than I do. I'm 5'10" and mine is significantly lower. My wife doesn't ride with me very much, so when she does, I don't think she knows the difference, so I can't get a good read on how it affects the passenger.

The outward curl on the Windbender is a down side, it distorts the view, so you either have to have it low enough to completely look over it, or high enough to look through it below the curl.

I noticed Windbender now has one that is straight up. Better for people to look through.

I didn't buy mine, it was on the bike when I bought it so I guess I got lucky to get the size I have.

Does your lower portion move up and down in the fairing when you release the clamps like a stock windshield would? When I first got the bike, mine would not move. A friend of mine helped me and added two washers under the mounting screws, and it moves in the stock mounts now. So that adds an extra 2 inches of movement.

Other than that, if my Windbender was too tall, I'd cut it too. But I like your idea of running it upside down. As you can see, when mine is in it's tallest position, I am looking right through the curl.


This is mine in it's lowest position.

Windbenderjust raising the lowest part:


And all the way up in it's highest position with lower part raised too:

 
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