seeing through the windsheild - BMW Luxury Touring Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 9:17 am Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
Posts: 390
seeing through the windsheild

Riding 180 miles in the rain this weekend brought back an old problem: I cannot see through the windshield. This is a stock windshield on a 99 LT. Any advice, treatments, etc?
budzee is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 9:59 am
Senior Member
 
lesn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: new berlin, wisconsin, usa
Posts: 338
Re: seeing through the windsheild

You mean the '99, doesn't have a windshield wiper ?
lesn is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 12:27 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Helsinki, Finland, Europe, Northern hemisphere
Posts: 594
Re: seeing through the windsheild

I never look through the windshield - always over it. But I guess we all have our own way / habit / preferences,

Born to be wild so why not

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
C-A-D is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 12:35 pm
Senior Member
 
blueknightga6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Acworth, GA, USA
Posts: 1,176
Re: seeing through the windsheild

In rain, I would recommend looking just over the windshield and not through it. Mist and raindrops would almost certainly degrade the view. And the way mine might fog depending on conditions would make it worse.

Now at time I will ride looking through the windshield, like on the interstate with pretty cold temperatures or when I want the quiet on the highway.

Chris Ehlbeck
2002 BMW K1200LTE Toscana Green Retired with 85,391 miles
2014 BMW R1200RT Quartz Blue Metallic

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
blueknightga6 is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 4:12 pm Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA
Posts: 390
Re: seeing through the windsheild

To CAD, I too always look over the windshield unless it is raining and I am trying to keep my passenger dry. I was just wondering if aftermarket windshields fog as bad as the OEM.
budzee is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 4:45 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 977
Re: seeing through the windsheild

Quote:
Originally Posted by budzee
To CAD, I too always look over the windshield unless it is raining and I am trying to keep my passenger dry. I was just wondering if aftermarket windshields fog as bad as the OEM.
in the short time I have had mine, came with a very tall vertical windshield so rain ran around to the edges and then came back and hit me waist to helmet, put a V Steam on it and the rain went over the top if down or around the sides if up and hit me in the chest, found a old stock new stock windshield and the rain goes over the top only up or down and hits me - I've always worn a rainsuit - I don't know how fast you have to go to be out of the rain - just my experience

all 3 I've had fog the same

I find the bike best in cross wind with the stock BMW windshield

Gary
2018 R1200RT
Past rides
2012 K1600GTL
2000 K1200LT
1992 K1100LT
2000 V Star 650/Velorex sidecar
1985 K100RT
1965 R60/2
1960 AJS 500 single
gary45 is online now  
post #7 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 5:30 pm
Cat Herder
 
tvguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA
Posts: 1,354
Garage
Re: seeing through the windsheild

My OEM windshield fogged all the time even if it wasn't raining. I never had a problem with the Cee Bailey windshield fogging.

Tvguy
'16 R1200RT - "Golden Eye"
'11 R1200RT - "Night Fury" SOLD
'02 K1200LTE - "The Silver Bullet" SOLD

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
tvguy is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 7:22 pm
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: abbotsford, B.C., Canada
Posts: 4
Re: seeing through the windsheild

I was told to I could use a wax/cleaner for polishing my bike. This wax/cleaner was also good for the windshield and mirrors. Used it for a year. Parked my bike for the winter. Spring came took the bike out and of course it was dirty so in my rush to get going I pressure washed my bike. I use a hot water pressure washer and when I hit the windscreen a film came off. Stopped immediately but continued when I realized it was a wax film. Since then the windscreen does not fog and the rain seems to move off the windscreen quicker. No promises and don't recommend this procedure, take it for what its worth.
bruce01 is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 8:17 pm
Senior Member
 
kevincaron's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Posts: 368
Re: seeing through the windsheild

Got mixed up in tropical storm Lee last Sept. on my way to Cape Cod. Out of 12 travel days I rode in rain of an hour or more for 10 of them. Had the windshield just below my eyes and just looked over the top. Every now and again I would drop the windshield all the way down just to clear the drops off it and my face shield.

At times I could just see the taillights of the car in front of me but not the body of the car.

Took a week for the prune to get out of my fingers!!!

Why am I here and what day is it??
kevincaron is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 8:47 pm
Senior Member
 
DanDiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Tampa, FL, USA
Posts: 4,834
Re: seeing through the windsheild

I find it a lot easier to look over the windshield in the rain and let the rain splatter off of my helmets face shield. If not, there are too many layers of plastic to get wet and distort the vision.

I did 7+ hours in the rain last year from southern WV to Atlanta.

Dano
Tampa, Fl.

12 K1600 GTL
02 K1200 LT (gone but not forgotten)
DanDiver is offline  
post #11 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 9:14 pm
Member
 
lemdav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Kingsford, MI, USA
Posts: 63
Re: seeing through the windsheild

Use lemon pledge furniture polish on the windshield, rain beads up and runs off.
lemdav is offline  
post #12 of 13 Old May 15th, 2012, 11:43 pm
Senior Member
 
wrmoss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Glasco, Ks, USA
Posts: 929
Re: seeing through the windsheild

I have always looked through the windshield when dry--and just over the top in a rain. Habit formed when I owned my previous bike with a fixed windshield...now I have choices!

Wade
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


99 K-1200LT
82 Yamaha Virago (Girl of my youth)

"No one knows as much as all of us do." --General George Patton



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
wrmoss is offline  
post #13 of 13 Old May 16th, 2012, 8:40 am
Senior Member
 
Cochinosucio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Argyle, Texas, USA
Posts: 494
Re: seeing through the windsheild

Quote:
Originally Posted by wrmoss
I have always looked through the windshield when dry--and just over the top in a rain. Habit formed when I owned my previous bike with a fixed windshield...now I have choices!
+1 water will jump off your faceshield. Windscreen can become useless at times in the rain for visibility...

"You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him."
Leo Aikman


Remember folks, street lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph. ~Jim Samuels




Current Love
2001 K1200LT Champagne (Roxy)

Previous loves...
2000 K1200LT Canyon Red (Suzie Q)
1986 Honda Interceptor Black (Weezy)
1999 K1200LT Graphite (Grey Goose)
Cochinosucio is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Windsheild Help erglenn K1200LT 4 May 14th, 2008 8:31 pm
newbie question - night windsheild glare vasculardoctor K1200LT 6 Jul 27th, 2007 3:38 pm
Windscreen Hight rab1967 Ergonomics & Rider Comfort 9 Aug 10th, 2006 8:50 am
Windsheild motor problems bbake250f K1200LT 2 Jul 15th, 2006 8:15 am

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome