Tech Tip: Motorcycle Windshield Installation

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March 1, 2010 | By: Kody Wisner

While it may not be one of the coolest accessories for your bike, a motorcycle windshield is something each and every one of us who owns a bike has — at one time or another — considered. Whether it be a long day traveling in rain, riding through a never ending swarm of bugs, or a wind storm that blows dirt and sand just as fast as you’re traveling on your bike, a stylish and well functioning windshield certainly has its place.

If you haven’t made the leap or are considering adding a windshield to your bike, here are several things to consider:

Height: The standard answer you will get when it comes to the height of your windshield will be “it should be the same height from the ground as the tip of your nose when seated on the bike.”  Not only will this rule of thumb help create a slipstream effect and push the air up and over your head, it will also allow you to look over your new windshield if you ever have a situation where you can’t see through the windshield itself.

Headlight diameter: Motorcycles come with several different sizes of headlights. When choosing a new windshield, be sure to know ahead of time what size headlight your windshield has to confirm to.

Fork size / Handlebar size: Windshields normally mount to forks or handlebars.  Universal windshields tend to mount on handlebars, are easy to adjust, and fit most bikes. Make and model specific kits are available that tend to guarantee a good fit and finish for many bikes, assuming of course you select the correct kit for your bike.

To wrap up today’s post, check out this handy chart that shows how to correctly measure your windshield, followed by a J&P video about windshield selection and installation.

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Great post! I’m a female adrenaline junkie in a male dominated world too! Got my first taste for going fast earlier this year and haven’t looked back, dreaming of affording my own fast MC soon and reading on installations helped.Thanks!

Wonderful tips! Windshield installation is easy for those who have instructed by a professional and gain more knowledge about technical process. For others you can also try these steps at home but make sure you have done it successfully.

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Good info!!

My spouse drives an 04 Low Rider. There is a HD detachable windshield that came with the bike. Her height puts her right at that cusp of not quite looking over it but not really looking through it either. The area near the top has some distortion which is a real pain esp. when riding at night. HD doesn’t make a smaller (of larger) windshield and I am trying to figure out if there is a feasible way to cut it down several inches without ruining it. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.

What about vrod!

I’m looking at replacing the windshield I have now and was wandering about a bigger shield. Thanks for the help.

I recently purchased a new bike and it has a windshield, first for me. I have a problem with the vibration I get by the wind going around the windshield. 2010 heritage. I tried all three sizes and ended up with the tallest made from Harley. This however does not match the rule of tip of my nose. What can be done about the vibration effect. National windshield says theres will not have that effect, but that is alot of money to spend with out knowing if its true.

Very informative. I like guides such as the windshield height matching the tip of my nose. Useful and easy to remember. Thank you!

Informative Stuff! Thanks for provide chart.

VERY INFORMATIVE AND WILL USE THESE TIPS NEXT TIME I REPLACE MY WINDSHIELD. THANKS

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