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I've just gotten the new GIVI 258ST Windscreen installed, and boy is it great. Very large, massive really compared to the stock unit. (and very still behind it)

Anyhow, I don't like the idea of using a nasty gas station squeegee on it, would only scratch it for sure.

Do you guys have a method you use to clean off the inevitable bugs & crust on your windscreen, that you can have ready on the scooter ?

TY - David
 

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I am using the last ounce of my beloved Nano-Wax which is now unobtainable. Any quick spray detailer works well and is non-hazing. Bugs get a 50/50% mix of hydrogen peroxide and H2o, it dissolves them, then the quick spray detailer on top.
 

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Spray Lemon Pledge.

Dollar General type store brand works just as well.

Spray the cloth and wipe. Spritz the bugs 5 minutes before.
 

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I've just gotten the new GIVI 258ST Windscreen installed, and boy is it great. Very large, massive really compared to the stock unit. (and very still behind it)

Anyhow, I don't like the idea of using a nasty gas station squeegee on it, would only scratch it for sure.

Do you guys have a method you use to clean off the inevitable bugs & crust on your windscreen, that you can have ready on the scooter ?

TY - David
When I go on multi-day trips, I bring this giant spray bottle with me:


... and three or four micro-fiber towels (I buy them by the 30-pack, I think it is, at Sam's Club).

If I'm doing my day trips (e.g., 146 miles this afternoon), I keep a smaller version on the bike, with one towel. I use that to clean my helmet visor and GoPro, as necessary; I do the windshield when I get home.

This is the non-scientific system I've been using for a number of years, and I'm both pleased and satisfied with it.

On a more scientific level, here's a pic of a two-page article in this month's AMA American Motorcyclist magazine (and if this proves to be unworkable, I suppose I can make a PDF out of it):
Newspaper Font News Publication Slope
 

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For all it’s aerodynamic looks of my 13, I can’t recall the last time I saw an oncoming bug manage to float over the bodywork without splattering. I seen bugs splatter as slow as 20 mph on this thing. In contrast, I’ve driven through bug swarms at night with the wife’s car, as fast as 45 mph , looks like a Star Trek scene, and have every single bug harmlessly swept over. Clean paint in the morning.
The Burger… It’s splattered bugs cleaning…every day
 

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Hire a family of Armadillo's. They will clean all the bugs off.

We stopped in Texas back in 1984 and a group of Armadillo's came over to my 65 Dodge Dart and were licking and clawing the dead bugs off the bumper and lower roll pan.
 

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Absolutely a PLEXUS fan and on trips, I throw a can under the seat and a couple of micro-fiber cloths for windshield and mirror glass only. Also, if I happen to see, or even google coin-operated car wash, I might swing by one every few days and blast the front fairing/windshield/mirrors, etc to get the grime off. And that's it until I get home at trip's end.
 

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Absolutely a PLEXUS fan and on trips, I throw a can under the seat and a couple of micro-fiber cloths for windshield and mirror glass only.

Also, if I happen to see, or even google coin-operated car wash, I might swing by one every few days and blast the Dentures, Crotch rot, Toe-jam.... to get the grime off. And that's it until I get home at trip's end.
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Use a spray Bottle with this. Works grate and is cheap. I would not use anything in an aerosol can. I found it can start to delaminate the wind screen over time.
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Unless I'm washing or detailing the bike, I don't make any great efforts to get the windscreen squeaky clean. I want it clean, but minor distortions don't bother me.
I place a couple water-soaked paper towels over the dirty screen and leave them there.
Even with a real mess, it only takes about 10 minutes to soften up any bugs so I can wipe down, then finish with a dry paper towel.
Not perfect, but it doesn't scratch or discolor the screen. And, since I'm too old and feeble to tuck-in under and behind the wind screen and look directly through it works for me.
 

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We need a clarification from @BackOnABikeAfter40years! for this thread: is he a look-through or a look-over rider? If the former, he needs to see where he's going; if the latter (like me), cleaning the windshield can wait until he gets home (and maybe has access to a garden hose, etc.).

As I mentioned earlier, on my outta-town trips, I like to keep my helmet visor and my GoPro clean. And if I'm riding to my daughter in Asheville (c. 840 miles away), and taking a day off to get some nice on-bike pics from the photographers at the Tail of the Dragon (c. two hours away), I like to clean up the whole bike beforehand.
 
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Thankfully I am tall enough to look over the windscreen on my '03, because it is pretty much done for, but I'm not willing to spend the money on a new one of any type. When I do clean it I use a basic glass cleaner. I usually do this when I'm cleaning the visor of my helmet, so once a week or so when I'm doing my safety check.
 

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Wow tons of ideas here.

So far - with my old, original and somewhat cloudy Suzuki Screen, my method on the STO Rally trip was to carry 2 ziplock bags, one with wet Blue shop towels to liquefy bugs, and another bag with dry Blue shop towels to gently wipe off.

Worked pretty well.

I like the various stuff - polishes - waxes etc + the microfiber towel idea.

Obviously the distance of the travel or just local affects the size of what you carry.

So, I'm gonna re-read all these posts & maybe buy a couple things to test that I can get local.

Your enthusiastic responses suggest that when something really BUGS you, you take action !

That much is CLEAR, right ?

TY - David

(PS: But not for long - and worse with a GIVI - man this thing is huge.
I can actually feel the GIVIs size sap a couple horsepower from the modest supply my 400 has lol.....)
 

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We need a clarification from @BackOnABikeAfter40years! for this thread: is he a look-through or a look-over rider? If the former, he needs to see where he's going; if the latter (like me), cleaning the windshield can wait until he gets home (and maybe has access to a garden hose, etc.).

As I mentioned earlier, on my outta-town trips, I like to keep my helmet visor and my GoPro clean. And if I'm riding to my daughter in Asheville (c. 840 miles away), and taking a day off to get some nice on-bike pics from the photographers at the Tail of the Dragon (c. two hours away), I like to clean up the whole bike beforehand.
With the new GIVI - I'm a 'look thru' cause I'm not 7' tall lol
 

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Water soak towel, best idea, rinse em in clean water an use em again Ima start carryin 3 bags during love bug season 1 for clean wer, one for dirty wet and one for dry
 
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