Well....I've finally done it....I installed a Goldwing windshield vent in my LT. I bought this one
from Chris Chrome. I went with the tinted (smoke) one instead of clear, because I have the CeeBailey's tinted shield. The vent is a slightly darker tint that my windshield, but it looks pretty good. The install was tricky as my CeeBailey's windsheild is .100" thicker that the goldwing windshield that this vent is made for. As such, I had to do some delicate custom work with the dremel to make it fit. Cutting the hole in my new windshield was a bit painful (psychologically)...as it just felt wrong to cut into such perfect specimen.
I didn't take any pictures, but will later on. While the vent install looks great, I'm quite disappointed that its function, is less than spectacular.
Quick side story...I met a few riders a "ride/meet to eat" last Sunday...and one of the fellas told me...don't do it...don't install that vent. Well, I didn't listen. Besides, I had already bought it, and it was sitting on my workbench ready to go in. Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?
Ok, so I should have listened...and not installed the vent. I was hoping for a nice refreshing breeze aimed right at my pie-hole....but instead, the breeze curls upward, and does so about 18" in front of me. In short, I can feel no benefit from having the vent.
. And on a day like today (95 here), I could sure use some extra breeze.
Bottomline, it didn't pan out as expected. So...what I've got now is a constant visual reminder that I should have listened to those wiser that I. If anybody else is considering doing this, I'd recommend against it.
If you do (do it), then be careful when drilling those starter/pilot holes if you have an acrylic windshield (which CeeBaileys is). Acrylic is very brittle stuff. One false move with that drill bit (like when it wants to grab when you punch through the other side), it'll spider crack on ya. I thought I took every precaution....by pre-drilling on the opposite side to prevent chipping, I had one hole that almost got away from me. Fortunately, the damage was contained to a very small area adjacent to the hole, and is hidden by the vent flange. I just hope the damage/crack doesn't propagate from under the flange making it visible.
Eating humble pie,