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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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windshield on a 900 classic

Here's the deal, I got a free windshield from a friend, it came off an older Vulcan, but we're not sure what-



I've looked all over for mounting brackets and nothing I find looks like it's going to work and if it looks close then it's over $100, I really don't want to pay that.

I can make the bottom work, just fab up a couple spacers and get some longer bolts-


The top however, has me stumped-

nothing really lines up with anything. I've thought about fabbing a strap to go from the bolt on the upper triple tree clamp to the shield, but I don't think I really want to mess with that bolt. I've been looking for a clamp that could go around the top of the fork tube and attach to that, but no luck so far. Any ideas?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 08:11 PM
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What machine are you putting that on?

Your sig says that you have a 07 Classic, which I assume is what it is going onto, but the triple tree clamp looks different than mine. I have another mount on the front of the clamp that guides the wires and cables. It would make a pretty good place to add something for the windshield.
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Yup, it's going on an '07 Classic. It's stock, the only thing I changed was putting 900 custom drag bars on.

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Woohoo! It's on! Now granted it's not a fancy $100 mount kit, it's a little redneck, and it cost me a whole $5


After spending some time in the garage last night looking at different possibilities, I decided to take it to the shop where we have real metal working tools to make things a bit easier. So this morning I strapped the shield to the 900 and headed for work. 6am, 40 degrees, and about a 20 mph wind, chilly 15 mile ride to the shop.

I figured I'd tackle the bottom mount 1st. Using the factory lightbar mount pionts was a no go, the bottom of the shield hit the blinkers. No problem, move up about 1.5" and drill new holes. Now in the 1st post you'll see the pics where spacers would be needed, didn't really want to do spacer thing, wait a minute, I'm in a metal shop, take the brackets off the shield, fire up the press brake and make the bend a bit tighter, bottom mount done-


On to the top mount. The top holes on the shield bracket lined up with nothing, except maybe the handle bars, hmmm, that just might work. Made a trip to the local hardware store picked up 2, 1" clamps with rubber isolators, a piece of 1/4" all-thread and some nuts, washers etc for $4 and some change. Top mount done-


Now for the ride home, it was still 40, still a 20mph wind, but now it was raining as well. Oh well, I dressed for it and it was a good test. The shield is very solid and works pretty good, some slight buffeting on the top of my head, but no wind pressure on my chest at all, very different from riding without a shield. It'll definitely make winter riding more comfortable, but come spring it's probably coming off. I prefer to feel the wind, not hide from it, but I'll gladly hide to extend my riding season, lol!

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Brilliant!!

MY BEAUTY ** 2008 900 CLASSIC LT
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Thanks! I gotta admit, I kinda like it I put 350 miles on last Sunday with it, it was about 40 when I left the house and the cold didn't bother me much with the shield keeping it off my chest. Now I'm wanting a taller shield, at 15" the wind over this one hits me right in the nose and eyes, it's not that bad, but it get's very annoying. I'll keep my eyes open till I find something taller, I can always hope for a cheap batwing, lol! I gotta admit, this has changed my plans for the 900, it's heading for the bagger/touring set up Part of the reason is that the 900 is very capable in that capacity(touring), from the small amount of research I've done so far the 900 Classics look kick-ass as baggers, and I really don't want to outfit my MS as a bagger/touring ride, IMHO, it was meant to be a hotrod so that's what it will become.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-04-2009, 08:07 AM
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First Victory sheild I've see on a Vulcan.

There's no place like 127.0.0.1!
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