Chopping Your Motorcycle Windshield...

You may have noticed that the stock windshields on most
motorcycles reach much higher than your vision. I can only assume
this is so it will fit most people.  However, your eyes should look
OVER your windshield.  It is not only a safety issue because of the
glare, dirt, bugs, and rain (overall visibility), but seriously, why be
on a bike if your looking through a windshield?  I purchased my
Harley-Davidson windshield the same day I bought my bike.  
Because they didn't have a "shorty" or "chopped" windshield in
stock, I had to purchase the stock height.  The very next day we
were in the garage modifying it.

How to chop your windshield...

You can purchase a "chopped" or "shorty" windshield for almost
any make and model of motorcycle.  But if you already have a
windshield that is just too tall you can easily chop it yourself to suit
you.

First, sit on your bike and find the proper height you need.  You
want to be able to see over the windshield.  So the top should end
about the same level as the tip of your nose.  

Mark this spot (a Sharpie works well) then draw a line across the
windshield, making sure of course that it is even all the way across
from the top.  

My windshield was tapered so I was removing more from the middle,
kind of like clipping a thumbnail.  Tape it off with masking tape.  You
want the tape to be left on, so tape from the mark down.  

With a jig-saw follow your mark.  Use a fine tooth blade and be sure
it is SHARP.  Do not try to use a dull blade, this will not cut through
the material adequately and could possibly cause the windshield to
melt from the heat caused by the friction.  

PAY attention to where your saw guide is, do not apply pressure or
it will gouge into the windshield under the tape.  With very fine sand
paper you can smooth out the finished cut.

DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!  This isn't difficult to do but you are
cutting plastic material and if you are not careful you CAN damage
it.

Note:  You will feel the wind in your hair after chopping your
windshield!  But you will still get protection to your chest, upper
body, and face, which is what the windshield is intended for.  


February, 2011-RidersInfo.net
MOTORCYCLE WINDSHIELDS
and How to Chop Yours
All rights reserved 2010/2016 ridersinfo.net
Yellow arrow illustrates the top of the
windshield at tip of nose, still providing upper
body protection.  Notice the field of vision is
over the windshield, (white arrow).
Example of stock harley windshield chopped

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