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Tifford 07-07-2009 05:46 PM

Review of ZG sport touring shield
It took four weeks to get it to where I live. I then had just enough time to put it on before my 2,000+ mile trip.

I think I can give you guys a good review here with the 2000 mile trip which was mostly interstate.

You can read all of my review below but the bottem line is that YES I would buy this item again if I had to do it all over again. It does reduce the buffeting esp from the big rigs. This is not an off road shield. It is made for interstates and does a good job there.

Here it is. I got the light smoke version.


I would say that the shield is worth the money. I took the same trip last summer with the stock shield and last summer my head felt like it went 10 rounds with a the heavy weight champ. On this trip I felt like it reduced the buffeting by about 70% to 80%. With the stock shield the air coming off of it would hit about where my lip would be. With the ZG sport touring shield it would hit about in the area of my forehead. I'm 6 feet tall and wear blue jeans with a 32" length. ALSO, I put a beaded seat on the stock seat which helped greatly with the sore butt but also raised me up by about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Without the beaded seat the buffeting would have been even less because I would have been even lower.

I can see over the shield which is great. I can turn the handle bar all the way if I need to.

It is a little thinner than the stock shield and the top tends to vibrate from time to time but that is a minor concern.

I can't give an honest review of how it takes cross winds. Last summer my bike was much lighter and cross winds were at times a bit of a problem. Now with ammo cans the bike is a bit heavier and cross winds were no problem.

This is not a fault of ZG but of the nuts that Kawasaki uses to mount their shield. The nuts have rubber on them that dry rotted. A minor complaint but they shouldn't do that on a bike that is less than a year old. Be careful of the rubber nuts when you take off your wind shield.

Here are some pics.





Lockjaw 07-07-2009 07:37 PM

I concur completely. Had mine on for a while now. Good buy. And I agree about the goddamn rubber rot too. :mad0235:

Tifford 07-07-2009 08:05 PM


I think you had yours a full month and a half before I mounted mine. I liked how it looked on your bike and what you had to say about the shield. As a matter of fact, your post lead me to order one.

The internet is a wonderful thing, lots of information about good products out there. Not only that but bad news travels really fast on the internet which helps us to avoid bad products.

Lockjaw 07-07-2009 08:13 PM

Cool...glad I steered you right. I remember now...sometimes I am a little slow. Today being one of those days. :18:

Looks like we have the same trunk too. Now you just need to get some motech crashbars and paint your shit green. :)

Oh, and strip your drain plug.

Tifford 07-07-2009 08:19 PM

Thanks for steering me in the right direction. You gave great advice and you were on target.:63a:

Lockjaw 07-07-2009 09:09 PM

It happens sometimes. Anytime brother. :)

kpacman 07-11-2009 11:07 AM


The bike looks great, the single exception being that lousy Steelers bumper sticker!

Tifford 07-11-2009 10:23 PM

I was a little kid in the 70s and the Steelers were on top then. Many many years later I'm still a Steelers fan.

I like the Steelers. The front office doesn't seem to put up with drama players like: vick, ocho, t.o. or others. The main reason to be a Steelers fan though is their D. As long as the D did well it was a good game IMHO. Hard hitting D is what it is all about.

Did you see the hit we put on the ravens in the playoffs? That was a hit!

kpacman 07-12-2009 05:35 PM


Just tooling with you! Half my neighborhood is made of Steelers and Pen's fans...probably one of the reasons I try to spend as much time away from here as I can. Tough being a Ravens/Cap's fan these days!

How is the bead seat on your KLR. Both I and my son are struggling with the stock seat on the 2009 (brings new meaning to the saying numb n_ts).. I just put on an ATV cover that others have recommended and it seems to help somewhat. I have Beadriders on my Concours that are great,but the stock seat is a bit softer than the KLR and I was concerned beads might not help with a stiff platform underneath.

Tifford 07-17-2009 12:54 AM

I really like the beaded seat.

Here are my thoughts on it.

1. Your butt will get sore after 100 or so miles esp if you never change your seat position

2. If you change your position on the seat, you change the pressure points that are on your butt. This helps greatly!

3. THIS IS THE BEST PART.........Don't ask me why but after walking around for 5 minutes or less my butt was no longer sore with the beaded seat!

When I had the stock seat the 'recovery time' for my butt was much longer. With the beaded seat my butt still got sore but it didn't take long for my butt to feel like it could do another 100 miles.

4. Last year I didn't have the beaded seat and traveled 1000+ miles (one way) and it hurt like heck to do another 3 hours after that.

This year I did 1000+ miles (again one way) and the extra 3 hours was not that big of a deal.

5. I like that I had nice cool air flowing in and around the beads. It kept my butt from getting sticky.

6. $14 at autozone and about 20 minutes to cut it down to size.

7. I researched the topic and found that a professional rider rated the beaded seat right behind the $300 airhawk seat. At $14 for the beads this was a no brainer for me.

It is cheap
It allows your butt to recover faster for some reason
I really like shifting my butt around on it after about 30 minutes
It keeps your butt cool.
I will not go on long trips with out it.
I currently have it off for around the town short trips.

FWIW....I rode with a guy who had a BMW 1200RT and this guy was not liking life at all. His bike was really nice but I could tell he was in pain. He said he had to go to FL and we were in NC at the time......I hope he made it.

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