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post #1 of 12 Old 08-20-2018, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Gen 1 windshield riser?

I only see a Gen 2. Who makes a Gen 1 windshield riser?
Measurements to make my own? Don't have the motorcycle yet or I'd just measure it.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-21-2018, 11:17 AM
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what do you mean by riser? A taller windshield? I think I've only seen 1 or 2 out there for the Gen 1. And they look weird.
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There are a couple out there; I had one on my bike but removed it and bought a replacment stock one - I prefer to have clean air over the screen and felt the taller one was more dangerous offroad and more likely to get damaged.

Here's one; Parabellum Rally Shield KLR 650 1987-2007

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I feel like you could almost, if not most, go get an acrylic sheet from Lowes and form your own with a heat gun for less than $20 if you already have a heat gun.

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Maybe but I'd never use acrylic for a motorcycle windscreen; polycarbonate is much stronger and safer. I swapped out the windscreen on my touring bike when I found out it was an acrylic screen - had this image of my neck or other body appendage impaled on sharp spikes of a damaged acrylic screen.

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2018-08-21 14_28_20-Windshield Materials 101 _ MC GARAGE.jpgHuh. So use brake fluid to clean the windshield. Got it.

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...and FWIW, the Parabellum shield I linked says it's acrylic - the laminar lip one is silent.
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Attachment 21223Huh. So use brake fluid to clean the windshield. Got it.
LOL; you were supposed to read the article, not the ad above it!


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Here you go;

The two most common plastics used to make windshields are acrylic, which goes by the trade name Lucite or Plexiglas, and polycarbonate, also known as Lexan. Despite the similar-sounding names theyíre different enough to justify knowing more about them before you pick a windshield.

Acrylic is the shinier of the two and the least expensive, but it cracks or shatters easily on impact compared to polycarbonate. In any application where the windshield is meant to protect you from flying debris or where itís exposed to the same, acrylicís lower cost is offset by the likelihood of it exploding into pointy shards if itís hit hard. On the upside itís more scratch resistant than polycarbonate, so itís easier to keep looking new.

Polycarbonate is a lot tougher than acrylic. While acrylic is about eight times stronger than untempered glass, polycarbonate is about 200 times stronger. Itís used in DOT-approved helmet face shields, as well as racecar windows and machine-tool safety shields. Laminated layers of polycarbonate can even be used to stop bullets, though you donít want to annoy anyone that much if all you have between you and a high-caliber argument is a motorcycle windshield. Polycarbonate is easier to scratch, but windshield manufacturers get around this by adding a protective layer of hard-coating.

Hard-coated polycarbonate is pretty much the current state of the windshield manufacturerís art. The hard-coating is getting better, too, according to National Cycle, which says its proprietary Quantum process is 10 times more scratch resistant than the original hard-coated polycarbonate and 30 times more than acrylic.
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