New member - New Vaq - Windshield Dilemma
Hey guys. Finally found a new scoot that I liked the looks and handling of to replace my 99 Nomad and just picked up the new red Vaquero last week. I'm definitely a windshield/fairing sorta person having gotten spoiled by the Nomad and found the frame mounted fairing rides to be much smoother IMO than the fork mounted fairings. One of my main reasons for getting the Vaq..
Part of my negotiating the deal was 20% discount on parts/accessories so I backed the truck up while enjoying their A/C on a 98 degree day during the paperwork. I knew I wanted a taller shield after doing a bit of reading on here and riding the bike a bit so I ordered a 14" Kawi clear with the intention of having that for my winter shield and to use as a guide to get my desired height to order a 9-12" tinted for everyday riding.
So when I ordered the shield, I hadn't looked at the online accessories page and the catalog the parts chick ordered from didn't show this:
For Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero™ requirers:
qty 1 14091-0949 Cover, Windshield
qty 1 92161-0656 Damper, Windshield
qty 5 92154-0206 Bolt,Socket, 6x30
qty 5 92200-3775 Washer, 6.5x14.5x1.5
I'm REALLY not diggin that chrome cover setup (not to mention the extra $40 to put the shield on when it comes in) for the red Vaq as I chose the red over the black partly because of the lack of chrome on the front of the fairing/headlight area (but mostly just liked the actual red color). The dilemma is that I've looked at a boatload of pics of different Vaqueros here and I see a bunch with the 9" CB and what looks to be 12-14" rifles and an 11.5" clearview all without the chrome strip. I've also seen a couple with the chrome strip that look like they may be the Kawi 12" kit.
After seeing that it was "required", I got to thinking that it might be to spread the stress on a taller shield (as the short smoked stocker doesn't have it) to keep the holes from cracking but then noticed all the ones without the strip and think I even saw a Voyager pic with what looked to be a 12-14" tinted that didn't look to have the chrome strip. Maybe it's just that the Kawi shields are thinner that it's needed? If anyone that has the taller shields without the "kit" would weigh in that would be awesome.