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post #1 of 14 Old 08-24-2012, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone install headlight guards?

I can't tell you how many windshields I've replaced on my cars over the years because of rocks being thrown by the vehicle in front of me. I was on the Cee Bailey site looking at their plexiglass covers ( kinda fugly ) and I beleive I've seen some made of wire mesh. So I was wandering, is anybody here running with some kind of headlight guard? Anyone ever had a rock ruin your motorcycle headlight?

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-25-2012, 01:34 AM
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I've got this one.

Custom designed for the Strom, four point fitting on the existing fairing screws. Bought this after a rock cracked the headlight.

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post #3 of 14 Old 08-25-2012, 01:55 AM
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I have the same one,bought it from Tourtech the day after I bought my V.
A very well spent $100 !!!.


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A film type cover is pretty effective and a lot less hideous:
Motorcycle Headlight Protection Film - webBikeWorld

Good gravy, really? This is the best Cee Bailey could do? The covers are nice, but those adhesive Velcro dots are completely idiotic and doomed to fail.

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I have the same one,bought it from Tourtech the day after I bought my V.
A very well spent $100 !!!.
Got a link? I couldn't find anything on Touratech's site -- do they still carry this?

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Yes they do,it should be in the Vstrom section.I live 3 miles from Tourtech USA so I just go hang out there sometimes ( very dangerous !! ).


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I have the Ventura headlight protector (I think that's manu), it's like the Cee Bailey but is one piece. Mounted per manufacturer instructions and it rubbed on part of the headlight scratching it. Removed the original mounting velco and added my own strategically around the protector. No more rubbing or scratches but during the 100 F heat wave we had the the glue on the velco gave up and everything started to slide downward an 1/8 to 1/4 inch.

I have removed it and will try again with heavy duty exterior velco.

Should have gone with the TouraTech one but this one was a gift from my daughter.

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Hey thanks for posting a pic from Cee Bailey for me. For some reason I just cannot figure out how to capture a pic from a website and post it elsewhere from my I-pad. You know I like the look of the plexiglass on the Cee Bailey but the method of attachment just detracts too much for me. And after hearing about other experiences with the Velcro buttons losing their adhesion in extreme heat, well me being in Phoenix AZ, I don't think that would work anyway. Wire screen seems to be the only viable option.

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'72 Honda XL250
'73 Yamaha RD350
'75 Yamaha XT500
'76 Yamaha XS650
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'77 BMW R100/7
'76 Triumph Bonneville T140-V
'07 Triumph Bonneville America
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I got two 6x9" strips of the headlight film from Xpel for 20ish bucks with shipping. Used paper to trace a pattern on the headlights, then trimmed the film some more on application. It has some air bubbles, but has been on for five thousand miles without issue.
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A film type cover is pretty effective and a lot less hideous:
Motorcycle Headlight Protection Film - webBikeWorld

Good gravy, really? This is the best Cee Bailey could do? The covers are nice, but those adhesive Velcro dots are completely idiotic and doomed to fail.
I had the Cee Baileys with velcro mounting on a Beemer for years with no problems. But I wasn't in a high-heat environment so I can't speak to that.
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