Join Date: May 2015
Location: Marietta, GA
Year/Make/Model: 2010 Kawasaki Voyager
Part 5a: Shorty windshield and fairing bags.
When I purchased the bike it had the Kawi tall 16" shield on it. I'm pretty tall (6' 3") and could not see over it. No good. So I got a the Kawi mid-sized shield (14").
The 14" shield is good for cold weather, but I don't get enough air in the summer, so I decided to cut the tall shield down and make a shorty shield out of it. I wanted it just tall enough to be an inch or so higher than a set of fairing bags I also wanted to install.
I had the tall shield taped with masking tape and ready to mark. I was going to use the curve of the 14" shield as the pattern for the cut shield, but it just didn't quite work with the bags. In disgust, I just happen to lay the 14" shield on the other one, but in the opposite direction and behold, the bottom of the 14" shield made a perfect pattern for cutting the taller shield! So that is what I used to mark it as seen in the pic 1 below. I used a saber saw with a coarse tooth wood/plastic blade to cut it. I'm not the best at following lines when cutting, so it's not perfect, but I am working on smoothing it out.
Next, the fairing bags would not mount as they were. The back piece is too short to go into the fairing and down to the bolts that hold it on. I have a couple of rolls of small Velcro straps that stick well to the backing of the bags and got the idea of using them to connect the bolts to the bags. As you can see from the pic 2, they have a cinch hole on one end. This is perfect for putting the bolt thru between the windshield mounting strip and the windshield itself. Then I measured where a second hole needed to be for the bolt to go thru the strips on the other side of the shield and made a hole there (pic 3). Pics 4 & 5 show how I did this.
I have reach the picture limit for a post, so on to the next post...
RAM mount for TomTom Rider 400 (with anti theft module)
6000k LED Headlight & Spots; Kisan Headlight Modulator (works with LEDs),
__Brake Light Modulator, LED License Plate Holder
Dobeck EJK 3.0
Lucky Mirror Extenders
Misc. RAM Mounts for Cup Holder, SPOT, Phone, etc.
Chuckster BAK, Trailer Hitch and Cooler Rack
Wiring for Trailer
Ray's Throttle Mod
Things to do:
Drilling Baffle Plates (Maybe)
Paint HF Tag Along Trailer to Match Bike