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post #1 of 6 Old 07-25-2013, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Help with National Cycle windscreen

My '03 new to me KLR has a windshield that I assume the PO put on to replace stock.

It has the National Cycle logo cast into the screen, and a manufacturing date of 2002 stamped on it. Has a lip at the top that rolls forward.

Dimensions are 9" height above the fairing and about 16" wide along the curve.

Fits the fairing nicely, but interferes with the brake mc reservoir on the right and the mirror on the left so I can't get a full bar turn. Buffeting at 40 mph is terrible-feels like somebody is hammering on my helmet.

So I took it off. Trying to decide what to do with it. Was just going to cut it down, but thought somebody might want it in it's original shape. (Want to avoid the OMGosh, can't believe he cut that down, those are perfect for xyz... and you can't get them anymore).

Also thought it might indicate that my bars are on upside down

If I do cut it down, what height/shape should I shoot for? Probably need to reduce the height because it seems like it would be floppy if I cut out for mc & mirror clearance.

All advice appreciated
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-26-2013, 01:56 AM
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You might be able to better ID the product from here:

Looks like these guys are rather Harley-centric, but sell more-or-less generic windshields that fit other models, after a fashion . . .

I think too many variables exist to comment universally on any given windshield model . . . I have a most satisfactory TPI shield on my Generation 1; bought it from a much taller rider who couldn't stand it (he experienced "perfect storm" buffeting, because of his height).

So, I'd suggest you might offer your shield as-is, hack it up (at least cut handlebar notches), or live with it.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-26-2013, 02:27 AM
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I agree with Damocles. Taller windshields are very subjective. Take two riders the same height with the same windshield and one will hate it and the other will love it.

The National Cycle does seem to be a generic plexiglass windshield that I've never heard espoused as a good alternative for the KLR. I say either start hacking it up incrementally to try to suit it to your liking or just ditch it. I doubt anybody would be interested in buying it.

I get the smoothest ride, in my opinion, with no windshield at all, not even the stock one. I must say though, a tall windshield, despite the annoying buffeting with the one I tried, is nice to have when it's raining really hard or it's really cold out.

I'm keeping my Madstad Adventure windshield, but have never put it back on since I took it off.

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-26-2013, 09:27 AM
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After MUCH experimentation on my Gen 1 KLR, no windshield at all is the best. It's amazing how much turbulence just a short piece of shield creates. Even the stock shield cut down a couple inches still directs turbulence right under the bottom of my helmet.

Sure would be nice to have something to keep the rain off. But retaining my hearing is more important.

6'3" here.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-26-2013, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. I had looked at the NC site but couldn't find this particular model.

Rode it yesterday without a shield, nice smooth air.

So I'll just start hacking / experimenting away. When i get to the fairing, I'll stop!
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-26-2013, 02:43 PM
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i ride my gen1, with either no windshield or with the factory only. had an aftermarket but it buffeted me badly.
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