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Has anyone installed or seen a Goldwing WS vent on a Clearview WS? I have a GW1500 vent I was going to install on my GIVI WS, but the curvature is too great on the GIVI WS.

The vents on Clearview WSs look very similar to the vents on GW1800s. I think the curvature on the GW1800 and GW1500 are the same except the hole is smaller on the 1500 and it is all clear plastic instead of the grey plastic pieces on the 1800s.

I like my GIVI's shape, but I would like to have a vent. I discovered on my GW that if you open the vent one notch, it reduced the wing noise and buffeting. I assume the same effect would occur on the Clearview 650 WS?? Comments?
 

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Roy, if I was in your situation I would give Clearview a call. I owned one of their windscreens for years on another bike. I always found them easy to talk to on the telephone if I had questions.

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Doug in Kentucky
 

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From what I have been told the vent Clearview uses is a Goldwing unit. I don't know which model Goldwing though.

The Clearview windshield is actually a little to thick for the vent so the hole that is cut in the windshield had a radius cut on it to create a narrow lip for the vent to set into. That might cause a problem for you to cut yourself. However if you are buying a Clearview windshield you might be able to check with them and if the vent is the same as the one you have they might sell you one with the hole already cut in it.
 

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I did not know it was a radius cut. I believe that is beyond my skills. I called them this morning but got a recording. It would not surprise me that they are closed all the is week for the 4th holiday.

They only show a XL without a vent for the Exec in inventory on their web site. I was going to ask them if they can install the vent on that WS. I would like to avoid a long wait for them to make one.

Do you have any experience with opening the vent one notch and reducing the wind noise and buffeting? It was something I found on the GL1800 site and it works on the GW. If it does not make much of a difference on the 650, I might just use the GIVI I have..
 

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Roy, I cut my GIVI for a 1500 Goldwing vent. I did not fit 100% but was like a 95% match with just a small gap on the front sides. But the answer to if it was worth it, Yes and No. It did help some but what worked better was shimming the bottom of the GIVI out 1/4 inch. I also cut the top of my 1st GIVI flat across, removed 1.5 inch.

On my newer GIVI I had it crack so I drilled the crack, shimmed the bottom and cut the top down over 3 inches to releave the pressure at the top. I get no buffeting but the air/wind noise is higher.

On the thicker Clearview, when they cut the hole, they then mill out the edge about 1/2 inch diameter greater than the hole, countersinking the vents frame. It is not something I would do without a Jig, holding block and plunge router setup.

On a OEM shield, there is a small gap where the bottom meets the black plastic mask. A GIVI is curved under at the bottom edge and seals that gap, compounding the lack of airflow behind, IMHO.
 

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I don't get much buffeting with the vent open or closed so I don't notice much of a difference. Noise level does seem to be a little lower when I open the vent and the back pressure behind the shield is reduced.

If you can get them to cut the hole, installing the vent is a simple job.
 

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Roy, I cut my GIVI for a 1500 Goldwing vent. I did not fit 100% but was like a 95% match with just a small gap on the front sides. But the answer to if it was worth it, Yes and No. It did help some but what worked better was shimming the bottom of the GIVI out 1/4 inch. I also cut the top of my 1st GIVI flat across, removed 1.5 inch.


On a OEM shield, there is a small gap where the bottom meets the black plastic mask. A GIVI is curved under at the bottom edge and seals that gap, compounding the lack of airflow behind, IMHO.
Dave, I am glad you posted that you have put a vent in a GIVI. I have had this vent for at least 4 years and have never attempted to install it. When I brought it, I was told by a guy I knew that it would work.

I was thinking about using clear silcone seal or a piece of white foam to fill the gaps. But the question is is it worth the trouble and possibly screwing up a good WS. From Craig and your comments it sounds like a "maybe".

The exec GIVI WSs do not have that curved lip on the bottom, so I guess I get some back pressure relief from having an open slot at the bottom of the WS.

I will take another look at installing it.
 

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I got a call back from Clearview. They can not add a vent after the WS is made. The vent hole is cut before the WS is formed and a spacer is placed in the hole to keep it's shape during the molding.

Delivery time to get a new one 2 1/2 weeks.

I guess I will keep the GIVI. I already cut the wings off the GIVI WSs I use. It makes no difference in the amount of air that hits your hands. So I guess I can cut a hole in it also.
 

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The large is what I have on my Exec. With the screen in the lowered position I can see over it and with it raised I look through it. I usually ride with it raised in the summer so that the wind comes under it to my hands.
 

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When the WS is in the low position at highway speeds, I like to have the top of the WS below my line of sight, but not low enough to get a lot of wind and noise on my head. That lets me ride with the WS in the low position when it is cool or cold without getting the cold air on my head from over the top of the WS or on my hands and body from the gap at the bottom of the WS in the raised positions. My GIVI is 30.5” and is about 1” too tall at slow speeds, but is good at highway speeds. I am concerned that a 28” high WS would be too low in the down due the WS bending down at highway speeds for riding on cool or cold days.

In the upper position, I look thru the WS to eliminate all the wind and noise.

I guess depends on how you like to ride. But the electric WS is one of my favorite features on the Exec. It is really nice to have different WS options on one bike.
 

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I have the vent that came out of my Clearview that cracked when I laid it down. The vent is in perfect condition, and if anyone is interested I'll ship it to any of the lower 48 for $20.00.
 
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