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post #1 of 23 Old 08-09-2014, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Do OEM windscreens become cloudy over time?

I have a simple question.

Do OEM windscreens become "cloudy" over time?

The one on my '07 Wee was in very bad shape when I bought the bike (was very "cloudy" - since I bought the bike used (Charlotte) 2.5 years ago I have no idea why it clouded or how long it took to become cloudy). I've recently bought a pristine OEM Wee screen (completely clear), and I'm wondering how long I can expect it to remain nice and clear if I park the bike outside during (daytime) work hours (bike is garaged at night and most of the time on weekends).

Will the new screen start to become cloudy in a year? Two years? Three years? 10 years?

Thanks.

(I recently posed this question in the big windscreen thread, but I think nobody pays any attention to that thread unless they're interested in the buffeting issue - which I'm not. Got no replies...)

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In the bright Florida Sun I notice most cars with plastic headlights start to turn white then yellow after about 7 years. Many clear polymers, like your eyes, turn white (milky) after years in the sun light.

Park the bike in the shade / garage and most friends bikes after 6 - 10 years show almost no whiteness...

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I dont have much experience with the OEM windshield on the strom as I changed mine when I got the bike. But I can speak from some experience with my OWM BMW windshield. After a few years the windshield became very opaque and cloudy. Moisture had become trapped between the laminate layers of the windshield and in the humid climates the windshield would turn almost solid white, but parked in the sun for an hour or two and it would clear up.

As Harry mentioned, it could be that the windshield has been exposed to UV for an extended period of time and the polycarbonite is clouding, or it could be moisture. I would venture to state the obvious.. nothing lasts forever.
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Mine is 8 years old and crystal clear.

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Just don't use a window cleaner with ammonia on the plastic. I use Plexus or Pledge and have no problems but the bike is garaged when not in use.

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Mine are covered with bugs and road crud but underneath they are clear.
Must be how you maintain them.
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All of mine have become cloudy after a while. That's what happens when you never wash off the accumulated bug guts and road crud.

Who cares? You look OVER it don't you?

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All of mine have become cloudy after a while. That's what happens when you never wash off the accumulated bug guts and road crud.

Who cares? You look OVER it don't you?
First, thanks to all for the comments.

And yes, you're right, especially at my height (6-4), I do look over it. Still, the old milky / cloudy / badly scratched one on my bike was by far the worst looking thing on the bike and that sort of bugged me. I finally got a nice clear one and wanted to know what to expect.

Again, thanks.

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Another cheap solution to a scratched and cloudy windshield is to paint it to match the bike, kind of like an extended cowling. I partially blacked out mine to create a shaded area for better GPS viewing. Again, since I look over it there is no effect on road visibility. I may go ahead and paint the whole thing lime green like the bike, though.

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Another cheap solution to a scratched and cloudy windshield is to paint it to match the bike, kind of like an extended cowling. I partially blacked out mine to create a shaded area for better GPS viewing...
Yeah, I read somewhere on here months ago or a year or two ago about some person who did that. And I thought about doing that too. In the end I did nothing, then a nice new clear screen became available and I got it. I'm satisfied, but I might have been either way.

Thanks for taking the time to comment and to post the photo (nice bike, by the way).

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