Replace your broken, or ready to break, windshield sliding bracket with one of these. $165 shipped USPS priority.
Definitely the brackets move on my machine (2017). unsure if it’s a ‘problem’ or just a condition that will last without true consequence forever.Following.. i have a 16 with a Vstream. The shake on the highway is annoying and a distraction. I tried to gaze at the brackets/trim pieces while it was doing it and it was hard to tell if it's the mechanism or the screen itself. Idk..
This is not a HUGE manufacturer, He's just one of us that has built & designed a great replacement for a wear item. You can buy the Kawasaki replacement for over $800 and maybe get a 30 day warranty !.Definitely the brackets move on my machine (2017). unsure if it’s a ‘problem’ or just a condition that will last without true consequence forever.
I like peace of mind, we are spirited riders pushing the boundaries often, broken several windshields - now finally got the right combo and no more windshield breaks.
@Tipp Custom Parts any specific testing been done for extended periods, weather any problem with the slide material cold/hot, has this been tested? We travel 15K - 25K mikes per year and ride in all weather, road conditions (some terrible here in PA) and would like to know the ruggedness testing and warranty?
This is correct. It's a hobby. Luckily I enjoyed my lifetime career so much that I can enjoy it as a hobby. But I do know a lot about metals and strength and methods. It's not like I'm out in the shed with a hacksaw and a file. Warranty, hmmm, I'll guarantee it not to break or spread open like a stocker. For a year. I'd have to see it.This is not a HUGE manufacturer, He's just one of us
If mine breaks it’s going under warranty, for sure not paying $800..!This is not a HUGE manufacturer, He's just one of us that has built & designed a great replacement for a wear item. You can buy the Kawasaki replacement for over $800 and maybe get a 30 day warranty !.
Impressively small amount of wear over 100K miles, I may have missed the testimonial of mileage etc, earlier on.I've used mine for over 100k miles. Using the largest barn door available (aeroflow). I do ride at high speed quite often, so the results are in.
Actually I wouldn't even offer these for sale without the 100k mile test period. I'm comfortable. I did look at mine recently when goatmar first contacted me, I wanted to verify fitment of the new and improved light weight unit. While mine was off I measured the wear on the plastic bearing surfaces and it hadn't worn more than a .001 or .002 in all those years.
This is correct. It's a hobby. Luckily I enjoyed my lifetime career so much that I can enjoy it as a hobby. But I do know a lot about metals and strength and methods. It's not like I'm out in the shed with a hacksaw and a file. Warranty, hmmm, I'll guarantee it not to break or spread open like a stocker. For a year. I'd have to see it.
What did you mean by "I am still fascinated by the tape replacing the need for lubrication" ?I have been going back and forth between the 2013 with the stock mechanism and the stock shield and the 2018 with the upgraded mechanism and stock shield. Probably a thousand miles in the past couple of weeks.... The upgraded mechanism is really NON vibratory and has none of the chatter and flex I got from the original. It is a real contrast to my 2013. This morning I ran to Indy on a wide open highway with no visible traffic at a higher rate of speed and found it to be really nice and solid at that rate (not gonna say how fast it was though I'm pretty sure the Porsche ahead of me was trying to get a felony performance award) . I found a huge and marked contrast to the 2013 I took to Michigan this past Monday.
I have complete confidence this thing is going to go the distance without fail. If anyone ever has a failure in their lifetime I would be shocked. I watched you put the Loctite on so I ain't skeered of it coming loose. I am still fascinated by the tape replacing the need for lubrication.... Been around enough guys who have ridden with you to know that your Barn Door on the front of that 08 takes a beatin in the wind.
Installed the windshield bracket yesterday.Blue has a TCP WS frame coming YAY!!!
I will measure it, however, estimate top of WS there is 1” of movement front to back, with stock frame and CalSci Large windshield.
2017 (new in 2018) ~52K miles, lots of highway speed travel and good # of closed road pulls to the speed of something real fast . Some extended land-speed records led to windshields blowing up, found the right windshield now holds up - looking forward to the TCP bracket.
Wayne, Carol & Blue
Brief update, riding time has been a little dry…. First real use of the machine after the windshield bracket replaced and now with ~1,500 miles behind us .Installed the windshield bracket yesterday.
Prior to disassembly I measured actual For/Aft movement at top of Large CalSci it was 11/16” - 3/4”.
After install For/Aft movement is reduced to about 3/16”. Remaining looseness appears to be in the vertical channels / track.
The original looseness was either an opening of the slot at the
Bottom of the bracket that slides on the base of the windshield mechanism or wearing of the hard plastic (I don’t thinks it’s Teflon) that lines the slot.
Good product Dave,
Wayne, Carol & Blue
PS - Windshield is no longer rubbing the dashboard, there was some minor contact previously when windshield was fully lowered.
firstname.lastname@example.org needs a bracket for 2008 concours 14 please and thank you! A calsci xl wide folded down and I replaced bracket with used from a wrecker. But it had a twist... which I untwisted with a torch and vice, but now it sits tilted back a bit. I could torch again, or.... Brackets and thingsI've got 7 brackets in process. 3 are now spoken for. I'll pm those that are interested when they're done. Probably late next week.
The stock bracket is cast, You were able to heat and bend it without it just breaking ?email@example.com needs a bracket for 2008 concours 14 please and thank you! A calsci xl wide folded down and I replaced bracket with used from a wrecker. But it had a twist... which I untwisted with a torch and vice, but now it sits tilted back a bit. I could torch again, or.... Brackets and things
I don't know much about bending or heating cast aluminum, but cast aluminum amplifies all problems. I do know quite a bit about wrought aluminum bar stock. Any high strength aluminum that can be age hardened to a temper of T6, T4, or T3 should not be heated to over 350 F. (It all starts to melt at approximately 950 F). But anything over 350 reduces strength significantly. Also bending reduces strength significantly. Both at the same time is detrimental to the strength. Any welding or bending that you see from a factory (oem) is done with special methods and is over engineered.Aluminum is interesting.
You are correct...In Tom's post above, he says he didn't even notice the loose and flexible condition on his 2018 with 22k on it. Until it was gone. He's had 3 C14s and half a dozen windshields.
I had a Vstream for a short time, years ago. I remember it shaking pretty bad. So that could be part of your situation. I think I remember that they are made of lexan which is much stronger than regular acrylic shields. So they made them thinner which allows the wiggle.
Brief update, riding time has been a little dry…. First real use of the machine after the windshield bracket replaced and now with ~1,500 miles behind us .
Windshield does not bounce around like before from wind blasts on highway, stands at appropriate angle constantly / no leaning back several degrees from the large amount of play that developed in original bracket.
So far so good!
Wayne, Carol & Blue
Sean, I wasn't aware you wanted a H frame. The more I think about it the price will be more like $500. Let me know in the H frame thread.Yes !! H-frames....
Pm sent with purchase information. Thanks!PM sent so I can get my name on one of those 5 left.
Thanks for that. Its not supposed to be a replacsble item so no torque spec is available. I just tighten them up good and tight until the long end of a ball drive Allen wrench flexes a little. Probably about 40 in/lbs lol.FWIW I torqued these to 40 in-lbs w/ blue Loctite. I looked in the FSM for a torque spec just for fun, couldn't find one, so used the standard 5mm fastener spec.
Fastenova got me thinking about torque values on the 4 bolts holding this bracket to the motorcycle. 40 in/lbs seemed light to me. So I had to assemble a couple brackets today for shipment. I use an assembly fixture with the same threaded holes as the motorcycle. I did my typical tightening using an Allen wrench and observed that the long end of the wrench was flexing close to 3/4 of an inch. So I used a torque wrench to see how tight that actually is and found it to be 70 in/lbs. I feel 70 is better than 40. It's what I call "good and tight" without approaching thread damage. Not even close. I've used that same fixture to assemble close to 40 of these brackets, with no damage or wear to the threads. The aluminum in the cast brackets that you're bolting to on the motorcycle is harder and stronger than my fixture. So I recommend 60/70 in/lbs of torque. Or good and tight.FWIW I torqued these to 40 in-lbs w/ blue Loctite. I looked in the FSM for a torque spec just for fun, couldn't find one, so used the standard 5mm fastener spec.
It’s early in the year - as more people get their machines dusted off the more requests will come in.My one-year membership as a vender will expire end of April and I'm going to let it die. Interest has completely died since the new year, I guess everyone who wanted one got one. I'll still make some if I get enough requests and you can pm me at my Laker9142 membership to add your name to a list.
I bet for the right price he would. Limited production stuff gets pricey quick though.Just want to say thank you for an excellent windscreen bracket upgrade for the COG community. As 2andblue inquired, will you be taking on the swingarm bracket for the Connie in the future ? I for one am VERY interested in this upgrade. I feel it addresses a much more important problem than the windscreen issue. Just let me know if you have any plan on taking this on....Thank you, Sean.