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I will start out by saying that I'm 6ft-5in tall.:surprise:

I get my height from the Butt up so I sit fairly high when I ride.:smile:

I can barely see over the stock windshield that came on my bike, more less the industry standard of 50 feet ahead to ground level as looking over the top of a windshield. The screen measures 23 1/4 inch from the top of the headlight cut-out to the top of the screen. To be correct as in the aforementioned distance looking over the screen to the 50 foot point, it looks like it should be about 4 inches shorter:frown:

I've had a lot of bikes with their stock shields and put on a lot of them on other bikes and I've never seen one come stock with one so high. This would be dangerous for anyone shorter as they would be forced to always look through the shield, which is a no-no.

The thing also causes buffeting worse than a group of Baptist at the Buffet line! It can actually blur my vision at over 65 mph or so.:|

I apparently will have to cut it down to size but I think that I shouldn't have to do this to a new bike.

I'm open to comments please.

Thanks!

Sam:wink:
 

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Hi Sam, since you mentioned your bike is new, can you see if the dealership can swap it out for a shorter one? I agree that it appears to be pretty high with you being 6' 5" tall. Just a suggestion.


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Keith, I called the Service Manager at the dealer where I bought the bike and explained the situation to him and he said he'd check with parts and see what was available etc. He said that the windshield gets shipped with the bike and he doesn't know if there is a option when the order the bikes as far a scree height goes. The dealer is 586 miles from my home:surprise:

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I understand, that is a good distance away. Maybe another member will come up with an idea. Please keep us updated. I sold my factory tall windshield on my 950 tourer and went with a fairing and a much shorter windshield. Much better wind deflection.


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I'll keep everyone up to date on what happens.

By the way, I really like the 950T and had a deal set up to buy a used one in Poplar Bluff, MO but decided I wanted a warranty and bought new instead. I had ridden the 1300 back in about 2010 and liked it but bought a new Suzuki 1800cc Cruiser, the C109R instead! It was parked in a Mall parking lot not long after I bought it when a guy driving a big semi just ran over the whole bike and totaled it:surprise:

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I'll keep everyone up to date on what happens.

By the way, I really like the 950T and had a deal set up to buy a used one in Poplar Bluff, MO but decided I wanted a warranty and bought new instead. I had ridden the 1300 back in about 2010 and liked it but bought a new Suzuki 1800cc Cruiser, the C109R instead! It was parked in a Mall parking lot not long after I bought it when a guy driving a big semi just ran over the whole bike and totaled it:surprise:

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You do know the 950T windshield will fit out factory mounts. You might try getting one off of ebay, also keep an eye on here. Guys seem to jet their factory windshields for fairing often.
 

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Thanks Baron! I'll check it out before I do elective surgery to my Baby!

Where in Kansas? I'm riding into SE Kansas all the time.

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I will start out by saying that I'm 6ft-5in tall.:surprise:

I get my height from the Butt up so I sit fairly high when I ride.:smile:

I can barely see over the stock windshield that came on my bike, more less the industry standard of 50 feet ahead to ground level as looking over the top of a windshield. The screen measures 23 1/4 inch from the top of the headlight cut-out to the top of the screen. To be correct as in the aforementioned distance looking over the screen to the 50 foot point, it looks like it should be about 4 inches shorter:frown:

I've had a lot of bikes with their stock shields and put on a lot of them on other bikes and I've never seen one come stock with one so high. This would be dangerous for anyone shorter as they would be forced to always look through the shield, which is a no-no.

The thing also causes buffeting worse than a group of Baptist at the Buffet line! It can actually blur my vision at over 65 mph or so.:|

I apparently will have to cut it down to size but I think that I shouldn't have to do this to a new bike.

I'm open to comments please.

Thanks!

Sam:wink:
Funny how everyone has their own experiences... I have a 2007 1300 with the tall windshield. I'm 6'0" and find that if I sit up nice and straight I see over it, but if I slouch/relax a bit I'm looking through it. Despite that being a "no-no", it doesn't bug me when I do (OTOH, I'm a warm/dry-weather daytime rider - aka wimp - which mitigates any 'issues' I think). I CAN always just sit up and look over it if need be. YMMV of course. Just interesting that at 6'5 you don't see over it.
 

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"I can barely see over the stock windshield that came on my bike---."

As I said, I can see over it if I sit up as straight as a framing 2x4 but my experience and preference tells me that it is at least 3 inches to tall.

If I 'slouch' at all when I ride then my line of vision is interrupted by the very top of the screen. I do slouch and certainly don't sit bolt upright all the time.

Aftermarket windshield vendors tell you on their websites to sit normally as you ride your bike and looking over the top of your screen, you should see the ground at the 50 foot point.

It CAN be very dangerous to have to look through the screen due to bugs, road grime, distortion etc-etc. If a bunch of bug guts doesn't allow you to see a big pot-hole or a 4x4 or shovel in the road then it could be catastrophic.

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"I can barely see over the stock windshield that came on my bike---."

As I said, I can see over it if I sit up as straight as a framing 2x4 but my experience and preference tells me that it is at least 3 inches to tall.

If I 'slouch' at all when I ride then my line of vision is interrupted by the very top of the screen. I do slouch and certainly don't sit bolt upright all the time.

Aftermarket windshield vendors tell you on their websites to sit normally as you ride your bike and looking over the top of your screen, you should see the ground at the 50 foot point.

It CAN be very dangerous to have to look through the screen due to bugs, road grime, distortion etc-etc. If a bunch of bug guts doesn't allow you to see a big pot-hole or a 4x4 or shovel in the road then it could be catastrophic.

Sam:smile:
I certainly know the 'official' reasons why looking through the windshield is verboten. Just have never actually encountered anything like that myself - e.g. never enough bugs and muck to not see a 4x4 (or even a gravel patch, frankly) or distortion such that I can't tell what I'm doing. Frankly, I've had far more concern with seeing through my helmet shield (and I do carry "lens cleaner" alcohol wipes for that, if needed) than my windshield.

To each their own, though. Certainly not advising you or anyone else to 'take risks' they're not comfy with, just saying what works for me.
 

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That sounds quite bizarre. I've read that the top of your screen should be level with the tip of your nose. Which seems to work very well for visibility, though I do get a bit of buffeting on my Roadstar.
How strange that they would bring out the bike with such a high screen???
 

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Yep the stock windshield on the 1300T's is Yamaha's tallest one at 23 1/2" Even tall guys can't see over it. The thought process was probably it was so high to help the backseat passenger.
 

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Maybe it was done on purpose so that Yamaha can sell more of their smaller accessory replacement windscreens???:surprise:

I've had 5 top end BMW motorcycles and aside from the GS, all had what I call 50 mile seats---as in 50 miles your rear end will cry out in pain:grin:

When I took my new BMW K1200 LTC, their top of the line and most expensive bike back to the dealer to complain about the seat, the parts manager showed me the official BMW accessory catalog and I found out that for mine and each of their bikes they had a "COMFORT SEAT" available to purchase:surprise:

My comment was that I bought their premium touring bike and I have to buy the expensive and optional comfort seat!!!!!!:crying:

I had no idea that my new bike had the "NO-comfort seat" from the factory:wink:

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To see what I'm talking about in a visual sense, go to the "Daily ride thread," the last post by a "HINSON," and look at his picture. He is probably average height and as you can clearly see, he views the road maybe 5 inches below the top of the screen.:surprise:

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I will start out by saying that I'm 6ft-5in tall.:surprise:

I get my height from the Butt up so I sit fairly high when I ride.:smile:

I can barely see over the stock windshield that came on my bike, more less the industry standard of 50 feet ahead to ground level as looking over the top of a windshield. The screen measures 23 1/4 inch from the top of the headlight cut-out to the top of the screen. To be correct as in the aforementioned distance looking over the screen to the 50 foot point, it looks like it should be about 4 inches shorter:frown:

I've had a lot of bikes with their stock shields and put on a lot of them on other bikes and I've never seen one come stock with one so high. This would be dangerous for anyone shorter as they would be forced to always look through the shield, which is a no-no.

The thing also causes buffeting worse than a group of Baptist at the Buffet line! It can actually blur my vision at over 65 mph or so.:|

I apparently will have to cut it down to size but I think that I shouldn't have to do this to a new bike.

I'm open to comments please.

Thanks!

Sam:wink:
I have to agree. I just goa 2016 1399 tourer and the wind buffeting is really bad. (I'm a Baptist and have been in many, many, buffet lines so I know what you mean...hehehe) I'm shorter (5'10") so I look directly through the windshield when riding whereas on the previous 1100 VStar I was at or just above the top edge. I think the fact that the windshield stands straight up is a contributing factor. When I get home, I'll check and see if I can somehow, make an adjustment/modification that will allow a bit of backward lean and see if that makes any difference. As for the bug guts on the windshield: I just rode over 1000 miles, some of it throught the Ocala National Forest (at night) and have bugs splatered all over the windshield but nothing so large as to cause a problem with seeing what is in front of me. That would take a 'love bug' swarm (google it) or a bird, I would think.
 
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