Although it may not seem like it, motorcycle windshields are one of the best accessories your bike can have. Apart from looking cool, they have a few other functions which have nothing to do with aesthetics, and everything to do with usability and practicality.
For starters, they reduce the amount of fatigue drastically. Anyone who’s ever ridden a bike at higher speeds, for an increased amount of time will know this. It protects you from the wind, as well as the rain. It may not fully shield you from them, but it also blocks out any insects heading your way. Sometimes upgrading the stock windshield with one offering more protection is the best choice you can make, and this is especially true for people who ride a lot. By the way, you can also check out our guide on the best seats for fjr.
FJR Windshield Reviews
Here are a few of the best FJR 1300 windshields currently available.
Puig 5267W Clear Touring II Windshield Review
It’s well built and durable, thanks to its 3mm High-Impact acrylic body and 1.1 pound weight. Primarily designed for street and sport bikes, it’s a great all-around windshield.
What we like:
- Wind Protection
At the price they’re selling it, we can’t really fault it much. It’s half as expensive as some of its competitors, meaning you can get nearly two of it for the price of one of the more expensive products. In addition, it’s really reliable, will hold up to the elements for quite a while, and it offers a great amount of protection from the wind. You can make it fit to almost any bike, what’s not to like about that?
What we don’t like:
- Not purposely-built
Being universal, you will have to tinker with the adjustment, especially when you first install it. Certain bikes will be a straight plug and play kind of deal, others will not. In most cases you’ll only have to tweak and modify the windshield or the base of the bike holding the windshield slightly, but there’s no guarantee. If you can’t get it to fit at all, you will have to return it. Don’t worry however, that rarely ever happens. The instructions provided with it aren’t really helpful too, making the job even harder. Finally, there’s the question of height. It’s alright, but if you’re slightly taller and the bike happens to be lower, this windshield will leave you desiring one which is higher. If you’re after a higher windshield to replace the stock one, this might not be for you.
Yamaha FJR1300 Touring Windshield Review
The OEM-looking windshield is designed to the original’s specifications, so you know it’s a great proposition. Weighing in at 2 pounds, it’s not even that heavy for its size.
What we like:
- Perfect fitment
Like we said, it’s designed for the FJR in mind, so you’ll have no trouble installing it. What’s more, because it’s purpose built, it doesn’t look out of place on the bike. The bike could have left the factory with it for all people know. It has a factory look to it that the others in this article simply can’t match. You’ll have to really look for the visual cues giving away that it’s not actually the factory windshield. It’s slightly larger than the stock windshield the bike comes with, so you get more protection all-around. It’s wider and taller, but still leaves viewing room over the top of it. The price isn’t too bad either, considering it’s more durable than the other AEM ones, and it bolts in directly.
What we don’t like:
- A bit loud
- Limited fitment
Compared to the OEM windshield, this one does exhibit a bit more wind noise, although that could be down to its larger size. In most cases it isn’t that big of an issue, since it’s barely noticeable. What is an issue in certain cases is fitment. People have had issues installing it on pre 2005 FJRs, so if you have that year and model, and you don’t want to do any modifications, you might want to skip out on this one.
National Cycle VStream Windscreen
This is the flagship amongst windshields. The granddaddy. Constructed from hard, durable polycarbonate material and coated with FMR hard-coating, you’ll struggle to find anything that comes even close to it, let alone beat it. Built by National Cycle in the USA, it’s a great product which doesn’t disappoint.
What we like:
- Fits all models
- 3-Year Warranty
- Low wind noise
We can’t praise it enough. It fits all FJRs, even the ones which don’t have the fairings, as it comes with a mounting bracket system included. No other windshield has that kind of adjustability and ease of installment. The massive 3-year warranty gives you peace of mind, and so does its sturdy construction. Wind noise is down to a minimum too, especially when compared to the stock windshield. The factory warranty is alone able to justify buying this windshield.
What we don’t like:
Just to be clear, the buffeting is nowhere near as bad as the stock windshield, but it is still present, and with such a high price, you’d expect just a little bit more. If we’re honest however, the price isn’t that big of a disadvantage once you consider what it has to offer. The reason it’s in cons is because it is, still, a bit too high for most people. If you have the money to buy it, by all means, go for it. It’s one of the, if not the best windshield.
Choosing the right windshield can be difficult if you don’t know what to look out for. First of all, you want to make sure that the windshield is built from high-quality, durable materials, but is also well put together. It’s no use having the best materials if the fit and finish is below acceptable. Remember, polycarbonate is your friend. A windshield built from polycarbonate is 20 times more impact resistant than one made from acrylic plastic. It may not seem like a big deal right now, but try hitting something even as small as a medium-sized bug at 70 mph before making that statement.
Finding a windshield which is especially scratch resistant is an added bonus, as it will significantly prolong its life. Warranties are great if you can get them as they offer you added security, but they’re not a necessity with products such as windshields. Lastly, you want to find a windshield designed and built specifically for your bike model. There are lots of one size fits all variants out there, but not all of them are good. You’ll be lucky to get one which fits. With a special windshield, you won’t ever have that problem as it was made for your bike from the get go.
Whichever windshield you go for, you’ll be more than pleased. The Puig is great if you want the cheapest one available, but don’t mind making a few custom modifications to fit it. Granted, not everyone has the skills to make it fit perfectly, but it isn’t that difficult. There are plenty of articles and videos which will help you. The second windshield is nearly OEM spec, but because it’s bigger, it provides more protection. It’s slightly more expensive than the Puig one, but bang for your buck, it’s the best proposition on this list. The perfect mix of price and performance. Lastly, if you want the best, go for the National Cycle windshield as it really does offer everything. Price aside, it’s the best option for the FJR, offering protection, easy install, adjustability and a massive warranty.
We hope this article helped you choose the right windshield for your bike. Like with most things, make sure to take care of your windshield and it will last you a very long time.