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Windshields may not be the sexiest accessory you can add to your motorcycle, but on a long ride (or even a short one in bug country) having a windshield can make your riding less painful and more enjoyable. Bugs, rain, and windburn are just some of the nuisances that make many bikers pull off the road prematurely.
Today we will walk you through the key windshield elements so you can make the best windshield purchase for your particular application.
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Adding a windshield, or at the very least a deflector of sorts, is a great way to eliminate the aforementioned ailments. Some of the biggest names in motorcycle windshields are Memphis Shades, National Cycle, Kuryakyn, Slip Streamer, and Windvest. While all of these brands make great windshields, they each have very key differentiators.
Let’s begin with the top 5 things to think about before making your decision:
There are two or three basic materials used to make motorcycle windshields; acrylic and polycarbonate and Quantum Hard Coated polycarbonate. What’s the difference?
Once you figure out the material that best fits your needs, you must decide how you want to mount your windshield. Do you want the windshield to be quick release or a permanent fixture of your motorcycle? When it comes to quick release, here are the three most popular options:
Okay... now to the meat. What size or style of windshield is the perfect for you? It really is pretty simple, but the first thing to remember is that size is more than just windshield height. Key measurements or dimensions to take or at least think about are:
If you still feel that your eyes or face are getting too much wind Cruiser Customizing recommends considering goggles or a full face helmet. The new Bell Helmets Bell Rogue Open Face Street Helmet also provides better face protection without actually being a full face helmet.
Okay... so most windshields are not the sexiest looking accessory... but what style suits your fancy? Here are a few of the most common styles from bigger to smaller:
Now you are almost there! You have now figured out the perfect style, material, and mounting option for your specific application. Now hold your horses, we're not done yet! Are you running an aftermarket lightbar, headlight, handlebar, risers, fork covers... or any other item that has the possibility of interfering with windshield fitment? If so, call a Cruiser Customizing professional at 1-888-857-5417 to examine your options.
Thank you for checking out this Cruiser Customizing Windshield Buying Guide. You can find all of the products mentioned above at www.cruisercustomizing.com and can get detailed help by calling our windshield professionals at 1-888-857-5417.