Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
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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