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post #1 of 11 Old Dec 9th, 2005, 8:29 pm Thread Starter
 
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A Deadly Combination!

Well, thanks to Motorman, I rolled his Sarge's LT out of my trailer today. And Sarge is just as happy with my '05 FJR 1300 which he took in trade...a good deal for both of us! I learned immediately not to put the LT on its sidestand when it is leaning downhill!
Thankfully my Cee Bailey Windshield was waiting for me when I got home. Now I have to admit to having a deadly combination -'No mechanical skills and no factory manual'. I want to change the windshield and I am sure it is simple but rather than hack away at the chrome bolt covers on the front of the windshield, I thought I should ask...do these just "pop off" or is there a techinique to getting to the bolts that hold the windshield on?
Thanks and safe riding....and thanks to all who helped me decide on the LT vs the Wing.
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post #2 of 11 Old Dec 9th, 2005, 8:41 pm
 
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Yes they just pop off. From the inside to out......Regards Pete
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Pete, thanks.
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You push sideways one way to bend the spring-steel retianer and the other side comes off. Installation is the reverse. Push the wrong way and you make life more difficult.
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post #5 of 11 Old Dec 9th, 2005, 10:40 pm
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The title of your post grabbed me.

Just a heads up - and if you are willing to take the risk more power to you...

Acrylic windshields are VERY brittle, can crack and turn into extremely sharp shards when impacted. This is NOT a matter of conjecture and has happened to several members on this list. I am not aware of anyone that has been injured, YET. Acrylics are best served by being encased in a metal frame, (like airplane windows) - NOT free standing.

Having said this I LIKE the design of several manufacturer's of acrylic windshields but think they are putting their customer's safety at risk. To my knowledge there are no Federal or State safety standards for motorcycle windshields.

BMW makes their windshields from polycarbonate since it is virtually impossible for it to shatter. It will bend, but not crack, even under an extreme pounding.

I have taken a 5 lb. hammer and beat the **** out of both while firmly clamped in a vise. While not a *scientific* experiment I was VERY glad I had a POLYCARBONATE face shield on while hammering away at the acrylic since it exploded.

I personally went back to an OEM polycarbonate with laminar lip after having gone full circle with several other designs....


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post #6 of 11 Old Dec 10th, 2005, 7:28 am Thread Starter
 
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Now you tell me!

Where were you when I was ordering!
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Yes they just pop off. From the inside to out..
Be ready for the alarmingly-loud "SNAP" sound that the silver covers make when they pop off, and on. My first reaction was "What did I break??".

Use fingers only; no tools required to remove, pry, or leverage the covers off. Same thing when putting them back on.

I stand to the outboard side of the bike, reaching toward the center of the windshield, and pull the cover towards me. Once you've done it once you'll see it's not a big deal.

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Thanks Howard

Howard, thanks. I did figure it out and, yes, the "pop" did make me think I broke something until I saw the prongs on the cover. BTW, I am a former Ohio guy...lived in Columbus...161 and the freeway....but mostly Cleveland. I moved when I realized the motorcycle season was basically July...
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One more suggestion........

After you get the covers off and go to tackle the windshield. Run the windshield up a little, gives you more room. Loosen all 4 bolts, take the top 2 out first and then while holding the windshield take out the bottom 2 last. Installation is the reverse. Bottom 2 first. Don't over tighten the bolts.

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BTW, I am a former Ohio guy...lived in Columbus...161 and the freeway....but mostly Cleveland. I moved when I realized the motorcycle season was basically July..
Cool, Ron. I guess moving to FL did accomplish the goal of getting a longer riding season!

This is my first winter as a rider. Still pretty bummed out about the snow and ice, but I do have my Gerbing gear on hand, and ready to give it a try. The first day there isn't a chance of ice remaining on roads I'm out of here for a short ride.

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Sorry, Ron.

I didn't read your post in time to help out. I recently installed a CeeBayleys #2 (-3) and I'm happy so far. I agree with Ron K Miller's cautionary statement, but I decided to take my chances. I always ride with an armor jacket and helmet with the visor down. If the windshield were to shatter, I think I would have enough protection. Just steer clear of trucks dropping rocks onto the road. Bugs splatting on the windshield is one thing, but a rock...

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