Looking Over the Shield

With the Correct Height Shield:

  • You will look over the shield by 1”-2” so you have a Clearview of the road ahead.
  • The air will flow up, creating a nice pocket behind the shield.
  • When the shield gets wet or fogs, you still have a Clearview over the top.

Things to Consider:

  • Looking over the shield you will feel slightly more air than when looking through it, which may be an advantage in hot weather.
  • There is also a slight chance of high flying debris contacting the rider over the top of the shield, though smaller objects will be carried over the rider with the airflow.

Checking the Height:

  1. On a level surface, place an object on the ground 50 feet in front of your bike.
  2. Sit on your bike in your normal riding position.
  3. Look at the object on the ground in front of the bike. 
  4. The intersecting point where your eye line meets the object is the correct height of shield you are looking for.
  5. You will measure this distance using a yard stick or tape measure, using one of the two measuring styles length/vertical. These are explained in the next section bellow.   
  6. Using these simple steps will allow you to get the most accurate height measurement for you. 

Measuring:

There are 2 ways to measure the height:

  1. Length – Measuring from the top of the shield to the bottom along the shield surface. On some of our shields where we have changed the angle of the shield for improved performance, the length may not be the recommended measurement because the length may actually be longer and the top edge of the shield may be lower due to the angle.
  2. Vertical Height – Measuring at a 90 Degree Angle Straight up from a common point (Top edge of shield, tank, ignition, handlebars, etc.) This is the recommended method where vertical height measurements are listed. We suggest having someone hold a tape measure or ruler so you can sit comfortably on your bike.

Note: On shields where we show the vertical height increases, +1”, +2”, +3” etc., it works best to hold a ruler straight up from the top edge of the stock shield to see where 1” taller, 2” taller or 3” taller would come. (On these measurements do not follow the angle of the shield)  

 

Looking Through the Shield

2D DRIVER LOOKING THROUGH SHIELD
Looking through the shield 2”- 3” below the top edge of the shield
 

With the Correct Height Shield:

  • The rider and the passenger will have the quietest ride and the most protection.
  • You will have a Clearview through the shield.
  • The top edge of the shield will be 2”-3” above your line of sight.

Things to Consider:

  • When you are looking through the shield, it is more difficult to see in the rain or if the shield fogs. You can use Rain-X on our shields which will help keep it clear.
  • Also, in hot weather riding you do not have as much air flow. Our vent option helps if it is available in the shield you are looking at.

Checking the Height:

  1. On a level surface, sit on your bike in your normal riding position.
  2. While looking straight ahead, measure the height that will be 2”-3” up from your line of sight.
  3. With this height, you will not have the top edge of the shield directly in your view.

Measuring:

There are 2 ways to measure the height:

  1. Length – Measuring from the top of the shield to the bottom along the shield surface. On some of our shields where we have changed the angle of the shield for improved performance, the length may not be the recommended measurement because the length may actually be longer and the top edge of the shield may be lower due to the angle.
  2. Vertical Height – Measuring at a 90 Degree Angle Straight up from a common point (Top edge of shield, tank, ignition, handlebars, etc.) This is the recommended method where vertical height measurements are listed. We suggest having someone hold a tape measure or ruler so you can sit comfortably on your bike.

Note: On shields where we show the vertical height increases, +1”, +2”, +3” etc., it works best to hold a ruler straight up from the top edge of the stock shield to see where 1” taller, 2” taller or 3” taller would come. (On these measurements do not follow the angle of the shield)

Whether looking through the windshield or over the windshield, it’s time