Windbender HP Performance - High Performance!
Motorcycle Windshields for Honda GL1800, F6B, and GL1500
"It's like having and Invisible Windshield"
The Windbender HP is a high performance windshield that is the heart and driving force of our development. Not only did we want to eliminate the wind issue for the rider and co-rider, we wanted to be able to see over it like it wasn't even there. Due to the shape of this windshield, there is some distortion while looking through its upper edge, but, remember, we want to look over it.
The Windbender HP comes in two sizes for the GL1800 and two for the GL1500, For the GL1800 the 15" HP for riders over about 5' 10" and the 11" HPS (S for Sport or Short) for riders shorter then about 5' 11". The sizes for the GL1500 are 17" and 14" for the HP and HPS respectively. We ask you to read our sizing instructions below to determine the correct size for you. This is a good rule of thumb as even some riders 6' tall will like the view over the top of the HP-S. While we encourage you to get the right shield the first time, don't worry if it's not quite right; our exchange policy is superior!
The HP (15") and HPS (11") are available in both clear and in a medium bronze tint. The bronze tint is not so dark that you can't see through it at night, but you'll be looking over it anyway, right? The HPS is also available in a dark smoke tint that matches the Windbender base. The dark tint is for appearance only. You won't be able to see through it at night, but you'll be looking well over the top of it anyway; that is what it is designed for!
All of our top shields for the GL1800 are available for the F6B and can be interchanged between the two motorcycles . . . without tools . . . in both manual and electric adjust modes. The HP and ST sizing instructions apply to all of the motorcycles we offer shields for.
Although all Windbenders retain the stock Goldwing windshield height adjustment, we prefer to leave the base in it's lowest position for the best wind protection. Additionally, the Windbender top shield adjustment is designed to be much easier to use than the stock adjustment. However, you may certainly choose to adjust the base unit to find optimal top shield adjustments for your riding style and desires. The base unit may be moved at any time, but it is much easier to set-it and forget-it.
It is IMPORTANT that you can adjust the HP so that your eyeballs are 4 inches or more above the top of the shield. Eye-rattling buffeting can occur with the HP if it is too tall for you and you won't like looking through it - The recurve is not optically clear. You should choose the HP-S if the HP is not more than 4" BELOW your line-of-sight in its lowest position.
To find this position: Have a piece of tape in your hand and sit on your bike in your all-day slumped riding position (preferably on the side stand, or with both feet on the ground). Put that piece of tape on your windshield straight out from your eyeballs to mark your line-of-sight. Remove yourself from the bike and measure the distance along the front of your windshield from the top of the windshield garnish gasket to the mark you made for your line-of-sight. You should order an HP that is at least 4" shorter than that measurement. Six inches less than that measurement will give you even more capability to see well over the top of your shield.
Either Windbender HP windshield has about 6" to 12" of air lift above the top of the windshield (depending on your speed). We recommend adjusting the windshield so that when seated on the bike, the top of the Windbender is can be set no less than 4" below your line-of-sight (about the height of your chin). With this as your starting point, you can move it up for riding down the interstate or down to get a breeze in your face or for riding twisty roads and in low visibility conditions. When adjusted for interstate riding, the wind will be moving over the top of the rider's helmet by a few inches. This is important to the co-rider, because of their elevated sitting position they are going to want the wind at least above the face opening in their helmet. For this windshield to work as well for the co-rider as the rider, they have to be somewhat matched. For example, if the rider is very short in the body, and the co-rider is very tall through the body, along with the added height in the passenger seat, it may place them high enough in the wind stream that they will get some wind in their face. Even though the buffeting will be reduced, the Windbender may be a better choice since it can be raised higher for the passenger and doesn't have the distortion to look through for the driver.
|Windbender HP Sizes - Top Shield Height. This is the minimum installed windshield height||GL1800 / F6B||GL1500|