Polycarbonate Windshields? - Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
arkiebiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Searcy, AR
Posts: 1,228
Default Polycarbonate Windshields?

Just curious why there aren't more polycarbonate windshields for the Victory line of bikes.

There are plenty of the casted acrylic, but I really think a polycarbonate shield is superior.

The only one I know about is the National Shield VStream...are there any others?

And finally...are there any shields out there that would fit on a MadStad bracket...I'm still on the fence about the MadStad...but I may pull the trigger on that TOMORROW (possibly).

2012 Victory Cross Country Tour
******************************************
Searcy, AR
Blytheville, AR (Hometown and the BEST BBQ Sandwiches in the world)
************************************************** ******
Arkansas Bikers Website
http://www.arkansasbiker.net
Garmin Zumo GPS Forums
http://www.zumoforums.com
arkiebiker is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 04:40 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
saddlebag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 5,632
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by arkiebiker View Post
There are plenty of the casted acrylic, but I really think a polycarbonate shield is superior.
I've had both on my XR. The stock was PC, the aftermarket acrylic. As I understand it, the PC is less apt to scratch, but if it does you can't polish it out. IIRC, it is also much stronger than acrylic which may not be such a good thing if you happen to mate with it in an accident.

Are those the areas of superiority you were thinking of, or something else? Is my understanding of the two correct?




https://www.victoryforums.com/signaturepics/sigpic6903_1.gif
2011 Cross Roads
saddlebag is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
arkiebiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Searcy, AR
Posts: 1,228
Default

saddlebag...pretty much right now. But I don't understand your statement about an accident? I'd rather bounce off the thing then to have shards of plastic cutting me up...

I'm just surprised that ALL motorcycle windshields aren't made out of PC...it doesn't appear that cost is that much of a difference?

2012 Victory Cross Country Tour
******************************************
Searcy, AR
Blytheville, AR (Hometown and the BEST BBQ Sandwiches in the world)
************************************************** ******
Arkansas Bikers Website
http://www.arkansasbiker.net
Garmin Zumo GPS Forums
http://www.zumoforums.com
arkiebiker is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 05:16 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
BBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: NW AZ
Posts: 12,692
Garage
Default

Can't answer the question about the PC vs Acrylic but any shield that will bolt up to the Victory XC stock mounts (4 holes) will mount to a Madstad bracket.
BBob is online now  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
arkiebiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Searcy, AR
Posts: 1,228
Default

I found my answer...actually, this is what MadStad says on their FAQ:

Q: Why does Madstad use Cast Acrylic instead of Polycarbonate

A: Cast acrylic is: Stiffer, more optically clear, better scratch resistance, better chemical resistance for cleaning, easier to mold, less costly, does not cloud or become hazy over time.

We use 3/16" cast acrylic to make all of our shields which provides superior durability.

2012 Victory Cross Country Tour
******************************************
Searcy, AR
Blytheville, AR (Hometown and the BEST BBQ Sandwiches in the world)
************************************************** ******
Arkansas Bikers Website
http://www.arkansasbiker.net
Garmin Zumo GPS Forums
http://www.zumoforums.com
arkiebiker is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-19-2014, 07:24 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
saddlebag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 5,632
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by arkiebiker View Post
But I don't understand your statement about an accident? I'd rather bounce off the thing then to have shards of plastic cutting me up...
I think about it like hitting a brick wall vs snapping off a plastic tab before flying over the Buick's hood. When decelerating, better to do it somewhat gradually IMO.

But discounting their accident containment properties, I do think my OEM PC screen seems like it is more substantial and of better quality than my aftermarket one. Just not sure that my observation is a valid assesment. My aftermarket acyclic piece came from Cee Bailey who does aircraft windshields. I'd think they probably have a pretty good handle on plastics used in such applications.




https://www.victoryforums.com/signaturepics/sigpic6903_1.gif
2011 Cross Roads
saddlebag is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Victory Forums - Victory Motorcycle Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome