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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.
 

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The Kawasaki windscreens are quite thin and flexy, that's the reasons behind the need for the fugly chrome strip. If you want a taller screen that's the thickness of the OEM short screen that's original on the Vaquero look at Cee Baileys windscreens. My dealer had a Vaquero on the floor with the taller 14" Kawasaki windscreen on it and it took me about 2 seconds to decide I didn't want the Kawasaki screen, it's way too thin for my tastes... I went with Cee Baileys 11" dark grey, no need for trim pieces and it looks great!



 

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I have the same shield as DarkStar (11" Cee Bailey) without additional mounting hardware and without a problem. I also bought a Rifle 16" that I eventually chopped down to 13". I leave that shield on most of the time as the 13" height is better for my passenger. Both shields are thicker than Kawasaki’s and will do the job without the added chrome bracket.
 

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Another thing to consider is that a clear shield will allow the mounting bolts and mounting area on the fairing to show which is another reason for the chrome strip. A tinted shield like the Cee Bailey or Rifle tinted shield won't.
 

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I had both a Cee Bailey's 9" and a Rifle 12", both quality shields and the Rifle was a less expensive. Neither were quite right for me so I sold the Cee Bailey's and cut the Rifle down to 10.5" and I've been happy since.
 

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Another thing to consider is that a clear shield will allow the mounting bolts and mounting area on the fairing to show which is another reason for the chrome strip. A tinted shield like the Cee Bailey or Rifle tinted shield won't.

All Cee Baileys screens, clear or tinted are black masked on the lower portion for that very reason, to clean up the mounting area... no extra charge...:D

http://www.ceebaileys.com/kawasaki/vulcan_1700_vaquero_ws.html
 

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There is a 12" Kawasaki windshield kit that comes with everything you list above. I have both the 12" and 16" oem windshields and have no complaints, haven't seen the other brands on anybody's bike in person. I screwed up and got just the shield and just used the screws and underneath the shield the fairing is ugly. Bought the chrome piece, screws and gasket and thinks it helps with the stress on the shield. Put it on yourself, just 5 screws and save $40.00.
 

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DarkStar - Thanks for the pix. I think yours was one of the pics I looked at when searching around. I thought it was probably about the thickness of the shield but it's deceptive as the 5" stock deflector shows 3/16 on a caliper same as the Cee Baileys and Rifles. Agree that Cee Baileys looks sharp.

rusty - It's not about putting it on that's going to cost. I'll mount it myself. Cheapest price for the parts or the 12" kit with the parts is what is costing the $40. Plus I just don't want the chrome strip. I'm lovin the Vaq for NOT having so much chrome to clean and all the nooks and crannys in the Nomad that used to aggravate me. Only reason I want a clear shield at all (I normally look over my shields as I'll do with a shorter tinted one) is to have a tall one for more wind protection in the winter. These skinny ole bones don't like the cold as much as they used to.. :p I may even go with a 16 after I get a new seat on and see where I sit in relation to the shield I end up with for warm weather cruising.

bikesrfun - I hadn't thought about the strip on the bottom. The CB's even got that covered with a paint strip. Nice touch.

I'll loosely mount the 14" when the parts come in since I'm getting a new seat at the same time and will be able to see just what height I need at that point. It'll be easier to measure it out with a tall one on the bike and I'll take the 14 back to the dealer.

If 11" will work for me I'll probably go with the Cee Baileys as it looks to be good quality and they offer a free adjustment if you send it back to them. That's good customer service in my book. Or the Rifle looks decent if I need an even size and you can't beat the price if they hold up. We'll see..
 

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Hi All, Well I finally pulled the trigger and bought my 2012 Vaquero candy Lime green on Monday 7/30/2012 and picked it up yesterday( put about 100 miles on it). Bought it from Troy City Garage in Troy NY and regardless what anyone says about this dealer , they treated me like family. They were the only ones in my area that would let me test ride the bike before I bought. Phibbs powersports came in $200.00 less than that what TroyCity quoted me but would not let me test ride. When I told the sales jerk that I don't do business that way he hung up on me.

Anyhow. I was desperate for a windshield so I called Cruiser Customizing and they had a 16" in stock and could be shipped to me by Thurs. I am concerned becasue I am told you need the trim kit but when I called Cruiser back and spoke to my sales rep Ernie. He researched it and said that it wasn't necessary and the Kawai windshield would install with the existing hardware.

I do want to purchase a Cee Bailey but I can't wait the 9-14 days so I will install Kawai on it for now and have it cut down to where it will be comfy ( I am a windshield kinda guy). I want something high enough so when I wear my 1/2 helmet I can hear the stereo and not get beaned in the mug with bugs. I have read this thread so far and I guess my question is, will the windshield work as a temporary fix with the stock mounting hardware till I get my Cee Bailey? Any replies would be welcomed
 

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Hi All, Well I finally pulled the trigger and bought my 2012 Vaquero candy Lime green on Monday 7/30/2012 and picked it up yesterday( put about 100 miles on it). Bought it from Troy City Garage in Troy NY and regardless what anyone says about this dealer , they treated me like family. They were the only ones in my area that would let me test ride the bike before I bought. Phibbs powersports came in $200.00 less than that what TroyCity quoted me but would not let me test ride. When I told the sales jerk that I don't do business that way he hung up on me.

Anyhow. I was desperate for a windshield so I called Cruiser Customizing and they had a 16" in stock and could be shipped to me by Thurs. I am concerned becasue I am told you need the trim kit but when I called Cruiser back and spoke to my sales rep Ernie. He researched it and said that it wasn't necessary and the Kawai windshield would install with the existing hardware.

I do want to purchase a Cee Bailey but I can't wait the 9-14 days so I will install Kawai on it for now and have it cut down to where it will be comfy ( I am a windshield kinda guy). I want something high enough so when I wear my 1/2 helmet I can hear the stereo and not get beaned in the mug with bugs. I have read this thread so far and I guess my question is, will the windshield work as a temporary fix with the stock mounting hardware till I get my Cee Bailey? Any replies would be welcomed
Hey Streetpilot. Congrats on the new Vaq!

The Cee Baileys as well as the Rifle shields are .187 thick. The larger stock Kaw shields are thinner so they need the additional hardware. If you take a good look at the bottom of your 5" deflector on the Vaq you'll see it's thicker at the bottom and tapers thinner about 1.5" up. You can really see it if you pull it off the bike. So I'd say if the CC 16" shield is at least as thick as the Cee Baileys or Rifle shield you should be ok with the hardware you have.

When you do finally take the deflector off, watch out for the washers. They're plastic and when they fall off the bolt have a tendency to be silent as they make a bee line for the brake rotor assembly and are VERY good at hide n seek... Don't ask me how I know this.
 

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Also DO NOT put any thread lock on the windshield screws don't ask me how I know. Don't try to screw them till they tighten they won't they screw into a rubber plug of some sort.
 

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I have put 12000 miles on my vaquero with a 14" clear Kawi windshield with no chrome strip and had no problems and no cracking. I did tape off a 1.5" strip across the bottom and spray painted it flat black so that you can't see the seem where there fairing comes together but I would definitely say the chrome kit is not necessary.
 

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Also DO NOT put any thread lock on the windshield screws don't ask me how I know. Don't try to screw them till they tighten they won't they screw into a rubber plug of some sort.
I did the same thing and it pulled the rubber mounts out of position and I had to take fairing apart to fix them. I change my windshield from stock shorty to tall clear one often and learned not to over tighten and DO NOT USE lock tight.
 

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Thanks Vagabond. I received the windshield on Friday afternoon and put it on the bike and off we went. It is awesome and works great but still gonna get a Cee Bailey for it. Same height. I like the fact I can hide behind it and stay bug free. I never looked cool as a young dude and I am not gonna start now as an older dude. The lower ones look pretty nice but for me they serve no purpose. I bought a cruiser to go cruising and listen to my tunes and not fight the wind and bugs. Next I have to get that removable backrest and aux lights and then I will call it quits until next season.
Paul :cool:
 

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Another tip from my mistakes

Also another tip from my mistakes. I painted the bottom of my 14" Ceebaily to look like the stock sheild. Note: don't paint over the paint ceebaily put on the bottom of the windsheild it bubbles up. I used paint for plastic and maybe thats why but I suggest removing their paint or paint up to it if anyone else gets this bright idea too. I fought that and made a bit of a mess of it. Dennis I PM'd you.
 

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I have put 12000 miles on my vaquero with a 14" clear Kawi windshield with no chrome strip and had no problems and no cracking. I did tape off a 1.5" strip across the bottom and spray painted it flat black so that you can't see the seem where there fairing comes together but I would definitely say the chrome kit is not necessary.
Thanks Dennis.. good to know. Too late as I sent the 14" Kaw back and have a 12" dark grey Rifle coming Thursday. If the Rifle is good quality as I suspect it is from what I've read here, I'll be ordering a 14" clear from them in a month or so. Curious what kind of paint you used on the shield and how it's holding up??

Thanks Vagabond. I received the windshield on Friday afternoon and put it on the bike and off we went. It is awesome and works great but still gonna get a Cee Bailey for it. Same height. I like the fact I can hide behind it and stay bug free. I never looked cool as a young dude and I am not gonna start now as an older dude. The lower ones look pretty nice but for me they serve no purpose. I bought a cruiser to go cruising and listen to my tunes and not fight the wind and bugs. Next I have to get that removable backrest and aux lights and then I will call it quits until next season.
Paul :cool:
Glad to hear it worked out for you Paul. I'm all about the comfort as well although I'm not concerned with hiding behind the shield till the temps dip below 45. Hope your enjoying your new Vaq as much as I am mine..

Also another tip from my mistakes. I painted the bottom of my 14" Ceebaily to look like the stock sheild. Note: don't paint over the paint ceebaily put on the bottom of the windsheild it bubbles up. I used paint for plastic and maybe thats why but I suggest removing their paint or paint up to it if anyone else gets this bright idea too. I fought that and made a bit of a mess of it. Dennis I PM'd you.
Ouch.. thanks for sharing that BigA. I'm curious what Dennis used to paint his as well since I'm planning to put the mask on the lower 1.5" or so of the Rifle. Was the Cee Baileys not painted high enough to cover?
 

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Ouch.. thanks for sharing that BigA. I'm curious what Dennis used to paint his as well since I'm planning to put the mask on the lower 1.5" or so of the Rifle. Was the Cee Baileys not painted high enough to cover?
No, it covered the bottom 1" 1/2 or so enough to cover up where it mounted to the bike. I got the idea of painting the lower part of the windshield so it looked like the stock shorty was on there. I saw on pics of RACNRAY's bike is like that also and thought it was a good idea. I still think it was a good idea but was poorly executed on my part.
 

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No, it covered the bottom 1" 1/2 or so enough to cover up where it mounted to the bike. I got the idea of painting the lower part of the windshield so it looked like the stock shorty was on there. I saw on pics of RACNRAY's bike is like that also and thought it was a good idea. I still think it was a good idea but was poorly executed on my part.
Gotcha. I will have to paint the bottom of the clear Rifle so hoping to find out if Dennis' is holding up and what kind of paint he used. I like your idea of painting the bottom. I thought Ray just installed a clear over the deflector with longer bolts.
 

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Congrats streetpilot! Know several people that buy dirtbikes there but never thought to go there for a streetbike - my bad. I got my vaquero at Ronnies..

I had noises where shield meets fairing so bought a second gasket and now have one on both sides of windshield. Plan to powdercoat the chrome piece this winter.
 

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So the Rifle came in Thursday and I finally got a chance to put it on last night. I was a bit surprised that the holes didn't line up very well. I started the center bolt first and there was no way outer two would line up. Started outer two very loosely and was able to wiggle it around enough to get all of them started. Looks like one of my winter projects are already lined up..

Since this shield is technically a Voyager replacement and I was under the impression that the VV and Vaq fairings were the same I'm wondering if anyone with a VV would chime in if you put a Rifle on as to how it lined up.
 
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