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Finally received the replacement ZG DB windshield, installed, and provided the extra wind deflection as advertised at high speed while tucking. However, there are two concerns:

1. Quality of craftsmanship/finish is lacking. There are numerous pitting on the windshield that should not had passed QC. Mine is dark smoke and it stood out fairly well. In the clear or light smoke variety, I want to say the pitting has got to be an eye sore.

2. The windshield is thinner compared to the OEM windshields. By this I meant not only the stock OEM windshield but the "sport" and "touring" windshield offered by Kawasaki. Due to the ZG DB windshield being thinner, I can actually see it moving buckling at speeds from 80-105mph. I didn't see the same effects when the OEM shield was put on.

Overall, it performed as advertised (additional wind deflection) but it's lacking in the finish/craftsmanship department. A friend came over to check out the windshield after I took it on the highway and he immediately took notice to the pitting on the lower portion and sides of the windshield.

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Due to the amount of pit markings on the shield, I had taken it off and replaced with stock shield. At high speed, I am afraid the pit marks along with the buckling under wind pressure may cause the shield to shatter. You can see in the pictures that some of the pits are easily detectable and rather large. Whether or not this will add instability to the shield is a personal opinion. This is strickly my personal opinion but I would rather be safe than sorry.

Here are the picture of the standard stock OEM shield, notice the smooth shield without pittings:









Here are the pictures for the ZG DB with pitting marks all over the shield, normally from a manufacturing standpoint; this is and should be consider DEFECTS:












Here is the comparison of the two shields so you get a better idea of what BEFORE and AFTER look like:




Finally, see how much thinner the ZG DB shield is in comparison with the OEM:

 

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Send them a message with pics! From my experience with them last year with my ninja 250, they should remedy the problem for you. I was sent a different model year from there outlet and after I called them they sent me a brand new one BEFORE I sent the other one out. Hey, it's worth a shot, right?
 

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1. Quality of craftsmanship/finish is lacking. There are numerous pitting on the windshield that should not had passed QC. Mine is dark smoke and it stood out fairly well. In the clear or light smoke variety, I want to say the pitting has got to be an eye sore.

2. The windshield is thinner compared to the OEM windshields. By this I meant not only the stock OEM windshield but the "sport" and "touring" windshield offered by Kawasaki. Due to the ZG DB windshield being thinner, I can actually see it moving buckling at speeds from 80-105mph. I didn't see the same effects when the OEM shield was put on.
I have one aswell...

If you could please expand on what you mean by pitting?

Also, i have noticed the same at speeds. Especially because I use a suction cup ez-pass that I stick on the very top of the right side of the screen. Infact, it's so noticeable w/ the ez-pass attached and speeds that I stopped riding with it on for fear of the screen shattering. Doesn't really affect me tho cause the P.O.S. ez-pass booths never register my bike, because its too light to trip the sensor. However, I will say with the extra weight of the ez-pass attached and 110 mph in low winds, it shook but held together; how many times I would be able to do that is another story.
 

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I have one aswell...

If you could please expand on what you mean by pitting?

Also, i have noticed the same at speeds. Especially because I use a suction cup ez-pass that I stick on the very top of the right side of the screen. Infact, it's so noticeable w/ the ez-pass attached and speeds that I stopped riding with it on for fear of the screen shattering. Doesn't really affect me tho cause the P.O.S. ez-pass booths never register my bike, because its too light to trip the sensor. However, I will say with the extra weight of the ez-pass attached and 110 mph in low winds, it shook but held together; how many times I would be able to do that is another story.
Nicklovin,

Look closely at the left and right side of your ZG DB windshield where it looks like the plastic is heated and then stamped to create one long bubble (one on right and one of left side). You'll see clearly there are defects and many tiny little pot holes (pitting) around those areas. On mine, there are so many that it shouldn't had passed QC. If you look at the OEM shield, you'll notice how smooth and perfect those two bubbles are compared to the ZG one. I just rode the bike to work going (15 miles) 70mph and the buckling of the shield is a major concern for me. I am going to contact ZG directly and see what they have to say but at this point it looks like the windshield is might have stability issues.
 

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Nicklovin,

I am going to contact ZG directly and see what they have to say but at this point it looks like the windshield is might have stability issues.
Keep me posted
 

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Did you guys have to cut notches in your ZG DB windshield so the handlebars wouldn't collide with it?

I had to Dremel tool some notches because the handelbars would hit the windshield when nearing full lock, which would activate the front brake or clutch..

I noticed improved riding while tucked - great wind protection then, but more windflow hitting me while riding upright..
 

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I am still riding with stock handlebar so clearance on mine was a non issue.
 

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I got a touring screen through ZG Outlet on eBay and it was fine, with none of that pitting. I would send that back.

I have been using the Kawasaki touring screen with mixed results so have just ordered a Laminar Lip for it. The lip fits the stock screen but the touring screen's lip is pretty identical.
I wanted better wind protection above 50 mph while sitting upright with the stock handlebars.
Will post a thread next week with the results.
 

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WTF were they thinking? The QC inspector needs to get some more sleep at night.
 

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I would send that shield flying through their front door! No reason for sending that shield out to a customer! In fact, they should send you a credit, and a new replacement shield, because I would not buy another product from them without such.....
 

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Just an update for those interested. Two very good folks at Zero Gravity was very helpful in replacing the windshield I sent back to them. Customer service was spot on and excellent!! The replacement shield is beautiful with none of the tooling marks and pitting of the original unit sent to me.

In addition to the shield, the problem with the shield buckling/vibrating extremely harsh at high speeds (90-110mph) has also been resolved. Zero Gravity sent one shield trim along and it dramatically improved the rigidity of the shield at high speed. I installed the shield on my new 650R without the trim and still had noticeable buckling/vibration but the vibration all but stopped once the trim was installed.

The new shield is quite beautiful and the shield trim added a sexiness to the shield while at the same time improving rigidity at high speeds. All I can say is that I am impressed and satisfied with the customer service correspondence with Zero Gravity and the delivered goods!!
 

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:worthless Put up some pics of the new shield!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very good to hear! I think I'll be ordering one of these soon:laugh:
 

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:worthless Put up some pics of the new shield!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very good to hear! I think I'll be ordering one of these soon:laugh:
Hehe, figure someone was going to ask for pictures. My darn camera has a bad memory card and wife is refusing to buy a replacement. My phone has a camera but it's not very good. I will take some pictures with it today and update so everyone can see the differences.
 

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Glad to hear it worked out. I had a ZG Double Bubble before I switched to a PUIG and it worked great! Sorry to see their QC had a hole in the system but glad to hear the customer service is good.
 

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Bought an MRA through Twisted Throttle a few months back because Zero Gravity was taking its time developing a touring shield for the 2009. Installation was a snap, the quality was excellent, and it works as advertised. We took a 125 miler last Sunday and got caught in the rain (this is Seattle after all), and the rain was deflected up to the top of my face shield, which helped.
 

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Tried this as a quick reply and it didn't take. A few months ago I picked up an MRA touring screen through Twisted Throttle because ZG was taking its sweet time developing one for the 2009. It arrived quickly, was a snap to install, and the quality was excellent. We took a 125 miler last sunday and got caught in the rain (this is Seattle after all), and it deflected most of it to the top of my helmet, which helped visibility.
 

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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Here are the pictures promised.

Side View



Front Left View



Front Left View



Front View Larger
 

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Woh, that IS sexy!
 
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