Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: Alaska preparation
Installed my Vstream shield today. Here are a few pictures showing comparison to the stock shield, how it looks on the bike and a few minor niggles I have with it. I haven’t test ridden it yet and won’t get to that until later this week as I am heading out of town on a short business trip.
I got the tall shield from National Cycle and it is a fair bit larger than the stock shield, maybe 3/4-1” taller and much wider at the top. It seems to be the same thickness and stiffness which is good. It fit the mounting holes well, although getting their little metal bushings in place was a little challenging working alone. I didn’t want to drop one down inside the nose fairing, so I ended up putting a couple screws in to hold the shield in place and then went back and put in the bushings and screws one by one. Once I had all of the screws in place and snugged down a little to hold the shield in place (I pushed upward on it so that all play was taken out below the bolts/bushings), I went back and removed the screws one at a time to apply a drop of blue thread locker.
The three minor niggles I have are:
1. The contour of the bottom of the shield is a little different than stock so the tips of the chrome trim pieces touch the shield, but there is a gap of at least 1/16” in the midsection of the trim pieces. They were a pretty close fit on the OEM shield.
2. With the shield fully down, the shield contacts the right side bumper, but is about 1/16” off of the left side. It appears wind pressure will push it onto the bumper as I could make it contact the bumper by pulling back just a little on the top of the shield. So, I expect it won’t vibrate while riding, but it may in town so I may have to loosen the screws and try to adjust it a little. If I were to install it again, I think I would lower the shield before tightening the screws and try to get it snug against both bumpers. However, I was following the Clymer manual which said to raise the shield before removing it.
3. I noticed that the shield nearly touches the fairing when in the fully down position. So, I raised the shield watching it closely and sure enough it actually hits the fairing as it comes off the bumpers, maybe say 1/2” off the bumper. I checked both sides and both sides rub against the fairing as the shield is raised and lowered just before the fully down position. Probably not a big deal as it will just wear off the paint eventually in an area where it probably won’t be noticeable. I don’t much care on a 12 year old bike, but if this were a new bike, I’d probably either send the shield back or try to trim it if the manufacturer would not take it back.
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Last edited by Voyager; May 6th, 2019 at 10:14 am.