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Hello from Marine City MI

Tell us a little about you, and of course... about your bike!!

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Schu
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Location: Marine City MI
What Virago you Own: 1995 XV1100 (sold)
1976 DT175
1975 DT400
1975 DT250 (2)
1975 DT175
1975 DT125
1975 DT100
1975 GT80
1974 DT360
1974 Z50
1972 JT60 (2)
1971 JT60
1971 CT175
1970 CT175
2017 SCR950

Hello from Marine City MI

Post by Schu » Wed May 27, 2015 7:41 pm

Hello,
My name is Bill and I've been a Virago owner for a couple years now. Was looking for something cheap to swing a leg over and get back on the road. Ended up with a 95 XV1100 and can't complain a bit. It runs strong and hasn't let me down yet. I'd post a picture of my Virago but all my photos are larger than the 1MB limit. I'll have to try again with some different camera settings. Let's try and post something else for a test.
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Not mine. Wish it was.

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Re: Hello from Marine City MI

Post by Rob » Thu May 28, 2015 6:29 am

Hi Bill. Thanks a bunch for coming on and doing a test post. It is much appreciated. I am debating moving the limit to 2MB. Would this cover your photo file sizes? I just upgraded the hosting storage limit to 12GB, which isn't much in the scheme of things, but plan to go to the 350GB Hosting plan when things pick up. Tests like this help me a bunch in making things better for future forum visitors.
I have a 750 and it has plenty of power.. makes me wonder just how much a difference there is from it to a 1100. Maybe I will get to upgrade one day. :D Hope to see some pictures of your bike here soon! Take care.
Rob
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Schu
Posts: 59
Joined: Wed May 27, 2015 7:13 pm
Location: Marine City MI
What Virago you Own: 1995 XV1100 (sold)
1976 DT175
1975 DT400
1975 DT250 (2)
1975 DT175
1975 DT125
1975 DT100
1975 GT80
1974 DT360
1974 Z50
1972 JT60 (2)
1971 JT60
1971 CT175
1970 CT175
2017 SCR950

Re: Hello from Marine City MI

Post by Schu » Thu May 28, 2015 9:34 pm

This here's an XV1100. There are many like it. This one is mine. Lol I have since trimmed about a foot off the top of that windshield. I was afraid it would clip the traffic lights. You can't even see the top in this photo! I also trimmed about 6 inches off the lower wings as well because they hit the horns when you turned.

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Re: Hello from Marine City MI

Post by Rob » Fri May 29, 2015 12:58 pm

:lol: That is a tall shield isn't it. You cutting it down doesn't create the risk of that material it is made out of cracking? I would be VERY interested in seeing how you do this. If you are interested I would gladly like to see you post a -how to- in the DIY section. Possibly even taking it from there and making a 'Tech Article' out of you posting. You would be credited with the creation of course :D I am always on the lookout for new content for the site. So what type of shield is that? I have been wanting to add on to my bike but haven’t decided on what one to buy yet. I didn't know you could trim them down without breaking the plexiglass or whatever they are made of. So let me know where you bought it at and how you cut if if you would.. or just post this info in the DIY section =] When I get on the interstate the wind tries to rip my head off VIA my helmet. So I am hoping the addition of a good shield will prevent this. Have a great day!
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Schu
Posts: 59
Joined: Wed May 27, 2015 7:13 pm
Location: Marine City MI
What Virago you Own: 1995 XV1100 (sold)
1976 DT175
1975 DT400
1975 DT250 (2)
1975 DT175
1975 DT125
1975 DT100
1975 GT80
1974 DT360
1974 Z50
1972 JT60 (2)
1971 JT60
1971 CT175
1970 CT175
2017 SCR950

Re: Hello from Marine City MI

Post by Schu » Fri May 29, 2015 8:06 pm

I don't know what manufacturer that windsheild is. It was on the bike when I bought it and there aren't any logos or stickers on it. I didn't like it at first but now I can deal with it. You want to be looking just over It instead of thru it. You'll know why the first time it fogs up or you get caught in the rain. I took several photos of the process when I trimmed it down but I deleted them after I sent them to ViragoJoe. I believe the shield is made of lexan and it cuts easily with a jig saw using a standard blade. There are several posts online that walk you thru it step by step. You honestly can't tell I trimmed it down. I found a few videos on YouTube of some real hacks simply destroying their shields. They look like they used a hatchet. I just wish it was easier to take off and put on.

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Re: Hello from Marine City MI

Post by Rob » Sat May 30, 2015 12:42 am

Interesting. Gives me some ideas on how I might end up doing mine. I was thinking of getting one that widens enough to cover the hands for them cold Michigan mornings. Nice to know I can cut one down if needed. I will worry less about the height being to tall now that I know this. Thanks! If you can get Joe to resend the pics back to you throw them up in a post. I'd like to see them.

Sounds like it is a fight over having the shield low enough to look over incase of fog yet high enough to block rain? I take it this is a trial and error type deal. I bought a set of googles but they fog instantly to where you can barely even see but once you get riding the fog goes right away. I wont be wearing them again... I can't take off with my vision that bad even if it does clear up within 1/4 mile. I am in the city.... that wont work. :shock: Take care.
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Schu
Posts: 59
Joined: Wed May 27, 2015 7:13 pm
Location: Marine City MI
What Virago you Own: 1995 XV1100 (sold)
1976 DT175
1975 DT400
1975 DT250 (2)
1975 DT175
1975 DT125
1975 DT100
1975 GT80
1974 DT360
1974 Z50
1972 JT60 (2)
1971 JT60
1971 CT175
1970 CT175
2017 SCR950

Re: Hello from Marine City MI

Post by Schu » Sat May 30, 2015 9:08 am

I taped a line on my shield and road for a few days to be certain before I cut it down. And did you know that shaving cream helps reduce fogging? Use the foamy kind and wipe it over the entire shield and let it stand for several minutes. Then buff it off with a soft cloth. If you have any doubts do one half of your bathroom mirror and then take a hot shower. You won't have any doubts. It doesn't stay effective for very long but it helps me on my way to work in the early morning.

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Re: Hello from Marine City MI

Post by aldo5468 » Sun May 31, 2015 11:12 am

I've had four different windshields on my XV1100 over the years I've had it and like the Slipstreamer Hellfire S24 that's on it now the best. It offers some hand protection as you can see in the pic's. Had to cut it down an inch to get my eye level an inch over the top (I'm 6' tall). Just before the Hellfire, I had a National Cycle Plexifairing 3, with even better hand protection, but it's a bit too much windshield for a V'go, better suited to a large cruiser.
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'94 XV1100, Mustang seat, V&H pipes, K&N air cleaner, 125 rr and 127.5 frt mains, Kuryakyn Iso-grips, Mapam/Restyling forward controls, Star mirror stems, 7" headlight, Slipstreamer Hellfire windshield, XV700 wire wheels, VDO voltmeter, FZ1 master cylinder, XJ650 clutch perch

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Re: Hello from Marine City MI

Post by Rob » Sun May 31, 2015 12:28 pm

I really like that Slipstreamer Hellfire S24. I think that is exactly what I am looking for. Are you using the stock handle bars on your bike aldo? I checked ebay and them hellfires are probably the best looking ones to me. They do have a lot of other models though and a few close to that. Was looking at the stealth as well. It looks pretty good but not quite sure how it would look actually on a virago. Thanks for posting them pictures it really helps me decide on a good shield.
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Schu
Posts: 59
Joined: Wed May 27, 2015 7:13 pm
Location: Marine City MI
What Virago you Own: 1995 XV1100 (sold)
1976 DT175
1975 DT400
1975 DT250 (2)
1975 DT175
1975 DT125
1975 DT100
1975 GT80
1974 DT360
1974 Z50
1972 JT60 (2)
1971 JT60
1971 CT175
1970 CT175
2017 SCR950

Re: Hello from Marine City MI

Post by Schu » Sun May 31, 2015 12:39 pm

I like the style of that shield better. Mine is very old school looking but it saved my butt yesterday. Got caught in the worste storm of my riding history. I simply slowed down and tucked into the shield. My son didn't fare so well with his Harley sporting ape hanger bars and riding sleeveless with nothing but wrap around safety glasses. I am the opposite. I wear all the riding gear from head to toe including a full face helmet that proved most beneficial of all. It was a torential sideways rain with branches blowing out of the trees. Even had a pair of garbage cans appear out of nowhere in the middle of the road. Ah yes, and then there was the ambulance that needed to get by us as we doing our best to stay upright in our own lane. All good fun! 20 minutes with a towel and she was cleaner than when I headed out for the ride.

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