Homemade Motorcycle Hand Wind Deflectors (V Star 650)

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Hand Wind Deflectors are used primarily to block cold air during winter riding, which makes gloves capable of withstanding older temperatures than without deflectors. Numb fingers are not good for working motorcycle controls. Deflectors are also used for deflecting stones, bugs, cigarette butts and the like. Objects hitting your hands at 65 mph can sting.

The homemade set of deflectors I made are from simple materials and were fabricated at home using basic tools. The deflectors are secured to the mirror mount using the mirror bolt itself.
These were made to fit my 2003 V Star 650 Classic.

Materials used: Aluminum sheet (I used .030' aluminum that I scavenged from a decorative lay-in (24' x 24') architectural ceiling panel; 1/8' x 1' flat aluminum bar, small nuts/bolts

Tools used: Sheet metal shears, hammer, clamping bench (I used a Black & Decker Workmate), steel pipe as form for panels, Dremel tool or file, small clamps, drill, bench vise

(Update: I know these look bulky and all, but it was an experiment. Please see the improved, revised, updated design at

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Step 1: Make pattern and cut sheet metal

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Make a pattern out of stiff paper/light cardboard. I made mine a kind of rounded trapezoid shape.
Transfer the pattern to the sheet metal. I used a nail.
Cut out the shape with sheet metal shears, leaving approximately 1/2" extensions on each side. These extensions will be folded over to create a stiffer panel. The rounded corners do not get extensions.

Step 2: Bend panel edges over for added stiffness

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Insert panel edge extensions into the work bench/vise. I used a Black & Decker Workmate.
If you don't have one of these, clamp a straight piece of wood (with sharp corner edge) to the top of a workbench or table.
Push on the panel so that it bends 90 degrees.
Gently hammer on the bent edge until it works it's way back over the panel and then hammer down flat

Step 3: Smooth corners

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Smooth the rounded panel corners and the sharp edges of the folded panel extensions using either a Dremel tool, a file or sandpaper
Very nice job, might have a go myself. Paint? they look good, as is.
marple200 (author)  vincentmcmurray3 years ago
Check out the other plexiglass version on my other post. They are better. In fact, I'll be doing some improvements to those this weekend as well.
bahi3 years ago
Nice work. Did you notice any mileage increase?
race0075 years ago
I knew there had to be someone else who was tired of cold fingers.Thanks for this instructable. great job
marple200 (author)  race0075 years ago
Just posted a new and improved Motorcycle hand wind deflector Instructable and thought you might be interested
i dont have a motorcycle but im doing this for my bike
I was just looking at your other one (2.1). They are much better. Although all great ideas have to start somewhere. This is still pretty cool, and, no offence, but when I first saw these ones I was like "he's just stuck some lamp shades on his handlebars" lol, but still, great idea :)
Terryt5 years ago
This is a great idea !! Ive been using atv handle bar covers on my Honda aero 750 and my hands still freeze solid after about 20 min. Im going to give this a try. Great job !!
marple200 (author)  Terryt5 years ago
Just posted a new and improved Motorcycle hand wind deflector Instructable and thought you might be interested
RonAym6 years ago
I have no motorcycle, but i ride a lot of time bike for recreational trips, even in a bike a bug or small stones blown in the wind is not a good thing to crash with you hands. Nice idea and a great looking job.