It’s probably safe to say you don’t give your motorcycle’s windshield much thought unless there’s something wrong with it. Like fun-house-mirror distortion, scrapes, scratches, or bug splats, for example.
Obviously, splats happen, but if it’s time to replace your windshield, you’d be wise to consider one from F4 Customs.
They’re made in America from high-grade polycarbonate (Lexan), which has 30 times the impact resistance of acrylic, and are 100% optically clear — so there’s no distortion. They’re also scratch resistant, and shed rain.
“We start with virgin material, and we use the highest grade optics we can buy,” F4 Customs president Don Frank tells me. “We bake in our proprietary coatings, so our windshields are extremely scratch-resistant, even against steel wool. They shed rain, so you don’t have to worry about riding in the rain and being able to see. They’re optically perfect, and because they’re polycarbonate, they won’t break.”
“It’s virtually the last windshield you’ll ever have to buy,” Don adds.
F4 Customs sent me one of their windshields earlier this year for my ’06 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic. I chose the lightly-tinted model to replace my stock clear windshield, mainly because I think the smoky grey tint looks great on a black motorcycle. I’ve ridden several thousand miles since then in all kinds of weather — including six hours in the rain, returning from a recent trip to the South Carolina H.O.G. rally — and can report that I’m completely satisfied with the F4 Customs’ performance: you can’t beat its clarity, and it sheds rain exactly as advertised.
F4 recommends cleaning with Windex and a paper towel, and the water repellant coating is baked in, so there’s no need to re-treat.
To install the windshield, you’ll need to remove the hardware from your stock windshield in order to re-install it on the new one. Although it isn’t overly difficult, having a second set of hands is extremely helpful in getting the holes to line up perfectly.
F4 Customs windshields are available for a whole range of touring motorcycles, and come with a 4-year limited warranty.
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Disclosure: F4 Customs provided their windshield free of charge to me, but the opinions here are my own.