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post #1 of 27 Old 04-05-2008, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Plastic Melting on DL650

I just came back from my local dealer who said the reason the plastic on my speedo pointer was melting was because I installed an after market shield - Cee Bailey. The pointer on the tach is ok, just the speedo pointer is melting. The service guy told me that the stock wind shields will not reflect the sun and do damage to the bike but "after market shields will reflect the sun in such a way as to melt the plastic on the bike".

Sorry, but this sounds like so much BS. Can this possibly be true?

Seems to me that the DL650 has a defect in material and the dealer is not willing to do the warranty work.

The bike is expected to be ridden in the sun and therore, the owner should reasonably be able to expect that the plastc will not melt if the sun reflects onto a plastic part.

I have had Cee Bailey shields on several other bikes, BMW's, and have had no plastic problems. I live in Southern California where is is very hot and sunny and really don't want to have to worry about the plastic on my 2008 DL650 melting. If this is typical of Suzuki then I'll sell the bike.

Any similar experiences, comments?


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post #2 of 27 Old 04-05-2008, 09:05 PM
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To hell with your speedometer problem.......

Who is Ashley????


Seriously, I think your dealer is full of BS.

Is there another dealer around you can take the bike to???

Remove the Cee shield, install your stock one, then take it in.

That's what I'd do.

Tell Ashley I said hello:drool:
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The fact that it's only one gauge suggests it's not the sun. What, the stock screen is some kinda miracle anti-refracting/reflecting plastic? Please. And your Cee Bailey is even tinted. Like BTD said, take it to another dealer if you can, or go straight to Suzuki with your complaint.

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It's possible that optics are causing the problem, but I suppose you just can't buy a new indicator needle without the whole gauge cluster?

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Buy a Givi shield for your bike, VStrom specific shield. It will have a sticker right on the face that warns you not to park the bike so the sun is shining on the back side (driver's side) of the shield. The shield can act as a focusing device that can create a hot spot on the area of the bike right behind the shield.

Sounds like this may be happening with your shield. Does the shield mfr. give any warnings to this effect?

BS? Real? I'm not chancing it, I park front end facing south.

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Got my new 06' and had just put my new givi shield on...Was putting armour all on the dash...saw a wisp of smoke...and the dash top melted:cryin:
Only happened that once... i think about it when i park and when i'm riding west in the afternoon's. Definitely a bummer but i've learned not to look at it...
Wonder if tint would keep it from happening?
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Yes, I've noticed some roasted plastic, mostly the area under and behind the windshield, and maybe one of my gauge faces, too. Yes, it's really my +12" clear Ceebailey windshield that caused it, as near as I can tell.

Funny related anecdote - when I was in university many moons ago, doing a chem lab, I had something similar happen. I was working on the sunny side of the lab - old chem building, actually had windows - with a volumetric flask full of clear liquid and my calculator on the desk. Next thing I know, there's smoke coming from my calculator folder where the flask had focussed the sun on it perfectly.

I still think Suzuki could stand to use somewhat more heat-resistant plastics for these parts.
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To hell with your speedometer problem.......

Who is Ashley????...................................... .........

Tell Ashley I said hello:drool:
Maybe Ashley is getting too close to the speedo?

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Thoughts-

How about having the shield painted- you probably don't look through it anyway.

Dark window tinting on the inside surface.

Cover the bike when parked.

Oh, I just thought of a revolutionary new product- the windshield cozy!!! (Not just for toasters and blenders anymore.) Ask someone's granny to knit one for you. Or use a pillow case.

Or, in the future, park front wheel facing the sun. I did this all of last summer, bike parked in the blazing sun from 7:30am-5:00pm. Never a problem with heat damaged plastic.

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