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Motorcycle Windshield - Curved

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My motorcycle windshield was broken right after I bought the bike (used).  I was initialy planning to replace the plastic and reuse the existing hardware, but I really did not like the large size of the old windshield, and the mounting was really ugly.  New motorcycle windshields are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, but they are expensive, and I just could not find exactly what I wanted. 

Molding acrylic plastic is not hard to do (I have made a couple of items this way before, but not a windshield), and the material is readily available, so I decided to try making one.  This one has a slight compound curve (bend in two diections) but most windshields are just a simple curve.

The bike in the picture is a 2001 Honda Magna 750, with my homemade windshield installed.  This type of windshield would probably work for most any bike.  It is fairly small, and I did not see any need for metal bracing on the windshield.  It is mounted with four struts of 1/4" all-thread, bolted through the plastic.  It has held steady at up to 75 MPH (legal, here in Texas), with no vibration or movement.  It has killed allot of bugs that would otherwise have been splatttered all over me!


 
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jayeshshinai8 months ago
very good instruct able. I miss my motorcycle..
audreyobscura9 months ago
Cool! I didnt really ever think of using cardboard as a jig for plastic sheet material, and heat forming.

Awesome!
magnawing9 months ago
A good hair dryer set to high heat works well for the shrink tubing without the danger of scorching the tubing with a flame (or burning your fingers)
doc.kennedy9 months ago
Great job and good detailed instructions - thanks!
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