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:var_52:I recently bought a brand new Wee. The very first cleaning it got consisted of a quick rinse of water followed by a drying with a brand new microfiber towel. I also used a new towel on the windshield, gently wiping it with a little honda spray cleaner. Much to my dismay, I now have swirl marks and faint scratches in the shield!

I have tried to remove them with a small helping of Meguairs plastic polish, "Plastx". I followed the instructions to the letter and nothing. Scratches still there. To make matters worse, I took my new Laminar Lip out to the bike just now to try a dry run of positioning it, barely touching the little round tabs on the windscreen. Low and behold, MORE F#$&!#G scratches!!

I went on line to see what a replacement might cost, get this, 183.00

Are you kidding me? Did I get a defective screen from the beginning? I've never, in the 40 years of riding and owning motorcycles, seen a piece of plastic windscreen scratch so easily.

I could see if I used a dirty rag and really rubbed the hell out of it but I didn't. I was very careful for this very reason..

Suzuki, YOU MAKE YOUR WINDSCREENS OUT OF CRAP!!!
 

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You didn't clean it with soap and water? You did a quick rinse and then rubbed the heck out of it? The reason you have scratches is because you sanded it.
 

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I've had many bike with windshields and never scratched one yet. I do take a very wet cloth and wipe the w/s just enough to get it wet, ie, let the water soften whatever is on the glass, so as not to scratch it when removing whatever is on there. Same goes for the rest of the bike, painted parts, chrome, whatever. I do use a Plexiglass polish to finish the job.

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+1 for what trainman says!!!! BUT, Problem is two fold. 1. You have very good eye sight (people with some loss of eye sight think their shields are not scratched) and 2. Suzuki uses a so called plastic, that is softer but less likely to shatter than other manufactures shields. Personally I like their choice since I never look through the shield anyway. My Honda Gold Wing shield was washed exactly the same way as the Zuk and I was shocked the first time I did the Zuk. I thought I had lost my touch or something! I know it's little or no consolation, but there are after market screens that are nearly scratch proof. (and buffeting will be reduced.) I have since moved my screen closer to me to do the job it was meant to do, and painted the inner surface black. And if you think you can see scratches on the screen, wait till you paint it black on one side. Search the site and you will find ways to remove the scratches. (and then you can put some new ones on it the next time you clean it.) (sounds like the definition of insanity to me.):var_52:
 

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You didn't clean it with soap and water? You did a quick rinse and then rubbed the heck out of it? The reason you have scratches is because you sanded it.
Yes, I cleaned it with soap and water but the bike wasn't very dirty anyway. Just an anal new bike owner and wanted it to sparkle if only for a week or so. The windshield was treated with tender loving care, new microfiber, (not the one used to dry the bike), and just a touch of Honda spray and I didn't rub the hell out of it. A gentle touch is the way to go on windshields..

I guess I'll do a search on "scratched windshield" and see what I come up with. So far, the Plastx hasn't done a damn thing.

I'm accepting all suggestions from the Vstrom veterans out there.
 

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MicroFiber rags!

Only use microfiber towels to polish anything, windshields, especially black painted surfaces. I also either use Honda clean or Plexus cleaner. I've even heard of people using Pledge furniture polish, but I haven't so you're on your own on that one. I've had a Memphis Shade, Rifle, National Cycle, Suzuki, and even a old Honda windshield with no problems. The trick is to not let it get to dirty to start with, if you do use a spray bottle or a clean towel, get it wet with water and let it soak on the windshield to soften up the bugs-DO NOT WIPE WITH IT! Then spray Plexis or whatever on and wipe in one direction-straight line only, no swirls, and turn your polishing cloth over a lot, don't keep grinding dead bugs into the surface, this should help you. Cheers-BB
 

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I'm with you Vuduchld, the Suzuki windscreen on the Strom is very easy to scratch. I had a Volusia with a factory windshield for 5 years and it was in better shape when I sold it than my Wee's screen was in three months. Heck, on my Harley Electra Glide I can rub on dead bugs with a dry rag all day long and not leave a mark, but not so on a Strom.
 

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Mine looks like I dried it off with a cheese grater. I dont really care though as I dont look out of it anyways. Its a Strom, not a Harley.
 

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my screen is so covered in red and yellow bug splat that i cant see any scratches
Hmmmmmmmm, you mean like this?




(Chris, maybe we could meet in the middle someday and go for a ride together.)
 

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Since I never look -through- the windshield, I've been toying with the idea of lightly sanding my stock windshield then painting it to color-match the bike. I really like the look on the sport-bikes and think it might translate well to my Vee. Anyone else ever try this and, if so, are there any pitfalls I'm overlooking? :cool:
 

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I only used my stock shield for about a week and it looks like it's 5 years old. I replaced it with a National Cycle shield and it has been on for 10 months and not a scratch yet. You are right... the stock shield is made of junk plastic.
 

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Since I never look -through- the windshield, I've been toying with the idea of lightly sanding my stock windshield then painting it to color-match the bike. I really like the look on the sport-bikes and think it might translate well to my Vee. Anyone else ever try this and, if so, are there any pitfalls I'm overlooking? :cool:
I painted mine black as I don't look through it and my GPS is shielded better from the sun now. I would suggest cleaning the shield to remove any trace of wax or silicone from it and then sanding with 1500 wet & dry. Paint the inside of course as bugs will come off the plastic easier than the paint. IMO it looks better. Honest, Bob
 

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I painted mine black as I don't look through it and my GPS is shielded better from the sun now. I would suggest cleaning the shield to remove any trace of wax or silicone from it and then sanding with 1500 wet & dry. Paint the inside of course as bugs will come off the plastic easier than the paint. IMO it looks better. Honest, Bob
Got any photos?
 

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What Honest Bob said.

Got any photos?
"I painted mine black as I don't look through it and my GPS is shielded better from the sun now. I would suggest cleaning the shield to remove any trace of wax or silicone from it and then sanding with 1500 wet & dry. Paint the inside of course as bugs will come off the plastic easier than the paint. IMO it looks better. Honest, Bob..."

I did the same but I used Krylon Fusion Gloss black on the inside of the shield also, Jack :D
Sure do heres a side X side comparison [ mine is the Black DL1K ]
 

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"I painted mine black as I don't look through it and my GPS is shielded better from the sun now. I would suggest cleaning the shield to remove any trace of wax or silicone from it and then sanding with 1500 wet & dry. Paint the inside of course as bugs will come off the plastic easier than the paint. IMO it looks better. Honest, Bob..."

I did the same but I used Krylon Fusion Gloss black on the inside of the shield also, Jack :D
Sure do heres a side X side comparison [ mine is the Black DL1K ]
Nice paint job on the windscr . . . . . WAIT!!!!! Is that Nessie out there??????
 

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Not Nessie or Champ!!

Nice paint job on the windscr . . . . . WAIT!!!!! Is that Nessie out there??????
Nope thats Soames Point camping area in MDI Me. which I have been told is the only Deep Water Fjord in the lower 48 states !!:D and thanks for the positive input on the screen Paint :D
 

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same problem

Yes, I cleaned it with soap and water but the bike wasn't very dirty anyway. Just an anal new bike owner and wanted it to sparkle if only for a week or so. The windshield was treated with tender loving care, new microfiber, (not the one used to dry the bike), and just a touch of Honda spray and I didn't rub the hell out of it. A gentle touch is the way to go on windshields..

I guess I'll do a search on "scratched windshield" and see what I come up with. So far, the Plastx hasn't done a damn thing.

I'm accepting all suggestions from the Vstrom veterans out there.
I did like you. Micro fibers, no alcohol cleaners, everything you're supposed to do to prevent scratches, to no avail. Then tried every windshield and nanoparticle polish in this galaxy....... scratches out the ass. I bought a V-Stream in June of '08 and it's still as clear as outer galaxian air.

Stan Henley
 
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