Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Southern Maryland
Chopping my other shield
For gen'l info in case someone's thinking about chopping down a shield.
This used to be a 23.5" Cee Baileys shield. It was too tall (came with the bike), and I needed to lower it for the next cold season. It's now 20.5" tall (in the lowest position), and much more practical for my height. I also cut a vent in the nose of the shield to decrease backpressure (credit goes to MonkeyGrass).
I mounted it on the bike, then mounted the bike. Sighted in on a tennis ball I had placed about 50 ft. away on level ground, and pointed at it with my finger. Made a tiny mark on the shield where my fingertip touched the shield, then checked the sightline again.
I laid out my cutline, then used a strip of cardboard cut from a document folder to scribe the line. I used a large Tupperware lid to scribe the radiused corners and the nose vent. Dremel'd the cuts, then sanded with a Dremel coarse sanding drum, then handsanded with 100 grit, then 220 grit paper. Not sure what to use to polish the edges, but I'll think of something.
Took it for a spin. Quickly noticed this did not do anything to reduce buffeting; that wasn't my reason for chopping it (I run my chopped stocker [last pic] to eliminate that little issue). It did improve my eye position on the road, which was the reason I chopped it. I can now see 50 ft. and beyond without the top edge messing with my eyes.
Hope this helps anyone who might be contemplating doing the same thing to their shields.
2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT (Annabelle)
2013 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 (Juliette)
2013 Yamaha FJR 1300 (Rachel)
2008 Suzuki Bandit 1250S (Fiona)
2006 Honda VFR800 (Jenny)
2005 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 (Hannah)
2003 Honda Shadow Sabre VT1100 (Veronica)
Last edited by whistler; 06-13-2008 at 09:47 PM.