Currently, most LRS windshields are made from Impact Modified Acrylic. Our ELITE series of windshields are made from Glass-Coated Polycarbonate material.
Modified Acrylic (IMA) is made by adding butyrate to Acrylic and significantly
improves its impact strength. IMA has moderate scratch
resistance because of its relative hardness and is an good choice for
windshields. Scratches can be buffed out. Several major brand names of
windshields for motorcycles are made from IMA.
(Trade names Lexan and Makrolon) was dubbed early on as the “Unbreakable
Plastic”. Compared to Acrylic, it is softer and tougher (leather-like) than
acrylic. We have had a UPS truck drive over one of our Ultra windshields to prove that it can take a beating. In its general purpose form, polycarbonate is not a good material for
windshields because it scratches easily and is UV susceptible. When a mar
resistant (Glass) coating is applied to the outer surfaces, it becomes an
excellent material for windshields. The cost of coated polycarbonate material,
plus additional processing time drive up the price of this type of windshield.
Cleaning: Because all plastics are susceptible to various chemical solvents, we recommend our HOG WASH detailing solution or the use of mild soap and water for cleaning plastic windshields. Purple Slice and Brillianize are also acceptable cleaners. Always clean windshields with a soft cloth, not paper towels. DO NOT clean plastic windshields with Windex. Avoid using solvents such as gasoline, acetone, MEK, lacquer thinner, etc., on plastic windshields. DO NOT USE LOC-TITE ON YOUR WINDSHIELD.
Aesthetics: Our windshields maintain a classic look while achieving the maximum results. Many of the riders who try our windshields write back to us and tell us just what they experienced when they put it on their bikes: the results have been astounding and the looks are sharp.