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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-22-2017, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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How Important is my Windshield Flare?

The V1000 that I purchased last month does not have an OEM windshield. Not sure who it's made by. It flares out at the bottom, as can be seen in the attached pictures.

After installing Barkbuster Storm handguards, I now can no longer turn the wheel all the way left or right. The handguard makes contact with the flared part of the windshield. I can't turn the wheel all the way left to lock it. And I can't make really tight turns in either direction.

I think the solution is to trim some or all of this flared section off. The flared part measures 6.5" high x 2" wide. I could cut the top 2.5" of the flare off (leaving a 4" flare). Or I could cut the entire flare off. I'm inclined to think cutting 2.5" is the safest choice.

I was hoping to hear from anybody familiar with windshield design about the pros and cons of cutting 2.5" off or removing the entire 6.5" flare.

Thank you.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-23-2017, 10:37 AM
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First - FWIW, I lived in Brighton while serving at CFB Trenton in '72 to early '74. Still LOVE the area!

I've modded a few windshields for my Vs. Suggest you put tape (I used duct-tape) on BOTH sides before cutting, mark w/ a felt-tip marker, then cut w/ a jig-saw. Can't remember whether I used HIGH or LOW speed, but you'll figure it out PDQ!

Then I took a file to smooth the cut-edge, followed by sandpaper. Here's a few pics....
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Thanks Eddie. Fortunately a friend of a friend owns an acrylic business. He has cut a few of our motorcycle windshields, so he'll be doing the job. Properly.

We've only been in Brighton for a year, but we certainly like the town. And the area. Probably hasn't changed a whole heck of a lot since the 70's.

I used to live in BC and spent a lot of time (work-related) in Kelowna. Pretty darned nice there too. In fact, this summer I rode out west, and spent a lot of time riding in BC (family in the Lower Mainland). Always a spectacular place for motorcycling.

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