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One of my biggest frustrations with my 2012 XCT is the height of the windshield. I am 5'8" and look right through the middle of that wall of glass.

Having a ridden an XC (with its shorty windshield) and having the wind knock the crap out of me for about 100 miles, I figured the tall XCT windshield was owed most of the credit for fixing the problem. I wanted a windshield that i could look over (just barely) but didn't want to part with the $$$ on the wrong height--especially if that lower height introduced a buffetting problem.

The other night I remembered that I had old 93 GoldWing windshield tucked away. Although it wasn't in great shape, it inspired me. A few seat of the pants measurements showed me that with a little jigsaw and drill work, I could at least fashion a windshield mule that I could use to test different heights.

I started at what I calculated would be a Cee Bailey Original Design 14" height. After a few rides, I ended up cutting the mule down to a 12" height. That windshield from Cee Bailey (with a vent) is $205. Once of these day I'll get one.

But until then, I got to thinking that my mule doesn't look all that bad. Last night I painted the support black-outs on it like the original had to make it look just a little better. It's still a mule, but at least it isn't repulsive.

The lesson I learned is that at my 5'8 height and riding posture, the 12" shield (using Cee Bailey Original Design measurements) affords good wind protection (there is more wind than with the stock XCT windshield--but it's a motorcycle fer cryin out loud!) and I look just over the top of it.

I'll be calling Cee Bailey one of these days. But until then, I'm gonna put a few more miles on my mule!

 

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I have the Cee Baileys 14-inch original design (I'm 6'1") with light tint and vent. It works well for me. I can look either over or through it, which really does mean that I can also look right at the top edge. It doesn't bother me. I bought it so I would be able to look over the shield when it fogs over.

I also managed to cram some rubber washers under the lower bolts, making the shield lean back more.

Your "mule" from a GoldWing looks very much like mine except slightly shorter, without the tint or vent. I don't know why you would want to change it, unless it is scratched, which the photo doesn't show. It looks great!
 

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Ahoutzer--The shield isn't pristine by any measure, but it's not really in all that bad of shape. The more I ride with it, the more reasonable it seems to just live with it! Dealing with with fog and rain were also considerations for me wanting a shorter shield.
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