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post #1 of 24 Old 05-18-2015, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a better windshield?

Here is mine. I guess it is stock ... it doesn't seem to keep much wind out of one's face. Does anyone know if there is a good taller shield that will reduce wind noise? One that works?

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post #2 of 24 Old 05-18-2015, 10:40 PM
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That's not stock. I use a laminar lip. I like it, but have no other aftermarket ones to compare to.

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There was a fellow over this afternoon looking at buying my old Wing and he had a KLR with a neat windshield setup on it. Wish I had taken a pic, but I'll try to describe it as best as I can.

He left the stock shorty windshield in place and then made brackets out of his original skid plate triangle shaped gussets and rear reflector brackets to mount the Kawasaki tall windshield slightly above and over the factory shorty. So he ended up with kind of a Madstad looking windshield for no real outlay. You could say he had to buy the factory tall shield, but he actually already had it, but didn't like the way his helmet got buffeted with it. He told me that he can cruise down the highway at 110 or 115 kmh and gets no buffeting on his helmet at all. Huge difference from the stock or factory tall windshield!

Again, I wish I had taken pics, the install looked pretty good as well. I think his main fabbing was having to bend the triangular original skidplate gussets into a shape to bolt the windshield on to them. So, he basically made a madstad or laminar lip type shield. Ingenious!

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post #4 of 24 Old 05-19-2015, 02:39 AM
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Lots of windscreen options exist, but . . . ergonomics and preferences vary so much between individuals, wouldn't make any "value judgment," that is, suggest anything as "better than" anything else.

Have a TPI on my Generation 1; suits me, but definitely didn't suit the very tall man who sold it to me.

As to wind noise; some riders (not I) use ear plugs for noise abatement.
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post #5 of 24 Old 05-19-2015, 05:39 AM
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I agree with Damocles. Do a Search on this site for windshields and read through the threads to get an idea where to start, but don't take any reviews or opinions as gospel as the effectiveness of a windshield is very subjective.

If you're going to try one out, try to find a vendor with a liberal return policy. If the shield comes with a protective film, leave the film on until you can figure out whether you like the shield or not so everything's in like-new condition if you decide to return it. If it doesn't have a film, put some Saran Wrap or something on it to keep it clean and scratch-free during testing.

Even if you have to pay to return it, you'll come out better than keeping it and trying to sell it if you don't like it and want to get rid of it.

It shouldn't take too many miles down the highway to figure out if it's going to work for you or not.

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I am using a Cee Baily shield that I have really liked. It's adjustable as well as being sized for you, but they offer a number of choices for KLR's.
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post #7 of 24 Old 05-25-2015, 11:04 AM
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Here's one I made from an old after market shield, and some plexiglass from Home Depot.

Bent the brackets from aluminum stock. About 3/32" thk I think. Used existing holes to mount it. Just required slightly longer screws than original.

It works great for me.
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Originally Posted by larry31 View Post
Here's one I made from an old after market shield, and some plexiglass from Home Depot.

Bent the brackets from aluminum stock. About 3/32" thk I think. Used existing holes to mount it. Just required slightly longer screws than original.

It works great for me.
Nice work. That looks awesome.

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I literally did a triple-take look at that pic.

I totally thought that was the batcycle down to the fender, identical trunk,
and blacked out w/ decals removed.

About the only differences are my Dakar windshield which actually goes vertical
then is tilted forward at the top (built in lip). and I did the forks and swingarm in
black too on my '09. Then, in 2012, go figure, they started coming that way from
the showroom. The wind hits my forehead with the Dakar and I'm 6 ft tall.
A slight slouch and I'm completely protected from the wind blast and rain.
Sit up a bit and catch a breeze to the whole face. I love the thing. Can't post pics
but they have a good website. Cash is 120-140 depending on height and tint.
Fitment was perfect and good optics (with a few small waves) thru the 'glass.


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