Choosing The Correct Shield Height

Harley Davidson Ultra Windshield sight line Measurement

How can Clearview Shields help me choose the correct height?

Clearview Shields offers a variety of height options to customize the windshield to the rider. Our goal for every rider is to tailor fit the best windscreen to your personal Body Size, Motorcycle Modifications, Riding style, and Expectations.

A rider’s body size is the most influential part of determining the correct windshield height.  In addition to how tall you are, your sitting height and seat compression will alter the height of windshield you need.

The next aspect to choosing your windshield height is your riding style. Riding style defines how you generally approach riding your motorcycle.  Do you take an aggressive “leaned in” posture ready to take riding full throttle or is it a more relaxed “laid back” posture?

Another factor is the rider’s screen view. Much of what Clearview Shields is about is to establish a Clearview of the road ahead whether it’s through or over the windshield.

Below you will find our method to measuring screen height.  It is best performed with a friend who can hold the measuring device while the rider assumes a comfortable riding posture on the bike.  Remember your eyes will be intersecting the top edge at the 50′ reference point placed out in front of the bike. DO NOT SUBTRACT FROM THIS HEIGHT.  You will be looking well past 50′ when you are riding down the road.

Measure 50ft of string or rope attahced to wood or something else on the end.
Measure 50ft of string or rope attached to wood or something else on the end, or simply measure out 50′ in front of the front tire and place your object on the ground.
Place the 50ft rope at the base of the front wheel of your motorcycle and stretch the string out to the full 50ft.
Make sure the 50′ object is aligned with the front of the bike
While seated on your bike, look either through or over your windshield (depending on your screen view preference) at the wood or item attached to the end of the 50ft rope.
While seated on your bike, look out to the object you placed at 50′ (roughly 15.2 Meters).  Can you easily see the reference you placed on the ground?  Are you looking through the screen to see it? Remember, your choice is to either through or over your windshield.  The picture above would be the ideal height to Look over. Even though the top edge is right in your field of view.  When riding down the road you will look well past 50′ even at speeds under 40mph.

Looking Over the Shield:

Screen View-Over

 

 

 

 

With the Correct Height Shield using this method for everyday riding you will be able to look over the shield by 1”-2” so you have a Clearview of the road ahead.

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. Your line of sight should go just over the top edge of the shield while looking at the object
  4. If you do not have a level surface, the top edge of the shield should be at nose level

 

Looking just over the top edge of the shield at the ground 50 feet in front of your bike
Looking just over the top edge of the shield at the ground 50 feet in front of your bike

Looking Through the Shield:

Screen View-Through

 

 

 

 

With the correct height shield, the top edge of the shield will be 2”-3” above your line of sight.

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
Looking through the shield 2”- 3” below the top edge of the shield
Looking through the shield 2”- 3” below the top edge of the shield

Regardless of your screen view, 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 referenced on our website for your model of motorcycle. 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.

No matter what height you choose for your windshield, make sure you are riding with a ClearView.

Feel free to contact us with any other questions, comments, or concerns.

To email our customer service department: info@clearviewshields.com

Or you can give us a call toll free at 1-800-798-6089.

 

Thank you,

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Elizabeth Stenger

Social Media Coordinator

Clearview Shields