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I had planned to do a step-by-step picture diary of my boulevard screen install.

But, installing it was so difficult I got really angry and didn't take very many pictures.

The instructions make it sound like it is a real easy install but I had tons of trouble. I fortunately did not scratch or dent anything but I came very close multiple times.

I don't know if I like it yet or not. It cost $230 from my local dealer. As you can see in the following pictures, it is kinda hard to see so it really doesn't make much of a fashion statement. I rode a bit and couldn't tell much of a difference. Maybe when it warms up I will take the bike out on the interstate to see if it makes it more comfortable out there.

Here are the instructions: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8230728/f6c-boulevard-screen-instructions.pdf

Here is what you get in the box. Everything is packed really well and you almost have to damage the screen and hardware to get it unwrapped!



These handlebar hose clamps are really hard to figure out. You need to use a small blade screwdriver to depress the inner thingy (?) to allow the clamp to come off. Even with the clamps off the brake lines are really hard to maneuver around. It would be very easy to scratch the handlebar and/or the instrument cluster if you didn't pay serious attention during the install.



Here is the rider view. It is "clean" and looks like OEM equipment so that is a plus. The rubber "screw-in-a-bushing" mounting method is very secure and with a 5mm allen wrench you could remove the screen in 30 seconds or less. I really had my doubts about the screen-to-mount interface but I am surprised at how well it works.



Here is a close left side view. You are supposed to use a torque wrench to tighten the mounts but I just used a 10mm combination wrench and a 5mm allen wrench. The nuts look a little weird sticking up from the mounts and they are easy to nick with a wrench. I was very careful and put masking tape on the nuts and I still nicked them. I made certain to use a 6-point wrench, too. I will use a sharpie pen to color the nicks, just like I colored the scratch in my front rim. Getting everything aligned before I tightened everything down was not easy at all. I am pretty sure it is on straight but I must have checked it 20 times.



Here is a close side view. The screen is very clear and fortunately it will be very easy to clean both the screen and all around it. Even though it looks "nice", when I see how little I got (in materials) for $230 I just feel cheated a bit. $150 would have been a much more reasonable price. (My dealer even gave me 10% off!)



Here is a front side view. I like how the bottom of the screen matches the contour of the LED headlight. Even just a few feet away it is almost invisible. The brackets look a little weird since you can see them through the screen. I think a light tint on the screen would look better. For example, check out the tint on the screen in the next picture.



This is the tinted screen on my VFR1200. (I traded the VFR in towards the Valkyrie.)



Here is the other side from the front. This side is the most difficult side to install because the throttle cables get in the way.



Here is a side view. The screen is almost totally invisible. I'm not sure how "sporty" a boulevard screen is supposed to look. I'm not even into fairings very much but in the catalog this screen looked a bit sporty. Since I have already bought it and there is no way to send it back, I will mentally trick myself into thinking it is awesome. It will take a while though!



Here is a frontal view. I run the LED headlight on bright all of the time so I think that will overpower anyone being able to see the screen from the front. You can see that it does not rise over the instrument cluster very much so I doubt it will do much to change the amount of wind that I feel when riding. I'm okay with that because I like the feel of the wind. Hopefully it doesn't create any turbulence or buffeting. I will eventually post a follow-up report with that information.



Here is a view from farther behind the bike. Like I have mentioned before, you can barely see it, but maybe in the end that will be a "cool" thing. My wife just washed and detailed her car last weekend so it looks all nice and clean and pretty. She and I are totally opposite when it comes to cleaning vehicles.



So, a summary:

The good:

It looks OEM.
It isn't overly flamboyant with style so if a more subdued look is what you are after this is not too bad.
It is very sturdy.
If I had to install one now, knowing how it goes on, I could do it in very little time.
The packaging is crazy over-the-top so it arrives in perfect condition.

The bad:

The throttle cables rub the mount on right hand turns.
The instructions are only available via PDF on the Internet. There are no instructions in the box.

The ugly:

It costs $230.
It was a PITA to install.
I don't think it does anything other than "look somewhat cool"?

Anyways, that's all I have for now!
 

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I've had this screen on for over a month now. I like it and it does work, just cuts/displaces enough wind blast so you are not buffeted. (I do ride the bike fairly fast most of the time) But you can still feel enough wind to know that your on a bike which I like. By comparison to my other 3 bikes that have cockpit screens its effect is one of the better ones.
It's a very discrete looking screen, You do not really notice it that much as it sorta blends in.
 

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Much appreciated info ! I'm mounting mine this weekend, it is 2" extended. I have the normal boulevard screen as well, so I should be able to eventually do a comparison between them. Thanks Xyzzy !
 

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Thank you for this tutorial.

Not all-inclusive because of the Google translation, but is it the original Honda boulevard or another screen?
My feeling:

-The Bolts Attaching handlebars ... (painting and apparent weak bolts) can be hidden underneath.

-The Key holder OF accelerator cable and chafing

-The Look of the bike is very good (even if the windshield does not protect much) is for me the most beautiful accessory of all that exists for F6C yet.

I do not like Pares breeze on this type of bike, but it gives a great class, I would find one for me.

PS:
Your wife has a very nice car!
 

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Kinda hate to dredge up an old thread but any ride reports and thoughts on how well this does on the interstate? It's been several months now so just curious what the overall thoughts were?
 

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Kinda hate to dredge up an old thread but any ride reports and thoughts on how well this does on the interstate? It's been several months now so just curious what the overall thoughts were?
It moves the air a bit higher but the transition between clean air and air "outside the bubble" gets more turbulent.

Overall, for the price, I wouldn't buy it again.

I don't ride the freeway very much though. Maybe I would rate it higher if I did.
 

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Where can this screen be purchased? I've done a few Google searches and cannot find anything...
 

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Just installed my boulevard screen yesterday. I have some tips that may help in your install.
1. No need to remove the cable clamp.
2. You cannot force the support onto the bar, gently slide it down from the curve in the bar at the top.
3. Then slide the lower clip down into position under and then locked into the upper clamp part. Have the two bolts and nuts in your hand and slip them into the holes from below and hand tighten the nuts.
4. I positioned my bar clamps 1" above the cable clamps not the 2mm recommended. This positions the screen slightly higher, almost an inch.
5. Place your rubber grommets in the metal holder and screw on the windscreen at the top first. Now wiggle the bar clamps so the windscreen is parrellel to each rubber gromit. When it's passive put your kickstand up on a block and check that it is symmetrical.
6. Tighten the bar clamps carefully and then place the lower screws through the windscreen and tighten. Watch the throttle cable routing it should be above the stay. I used two rubber gromits to pad the protruding screws so the cables wouldn't get rubbed.
 

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Another note..went for a ride this morning. I am 5'6" tall and I feel a substantial difference in the wind pressure on my chest. If you are taller you may not notice it at all. The clean air hits me about 1"-2" under the chin of my full face helmet. The air hitting my helmet is clean and does not buffet me at all. Went up to 90 mph at one point and it was the same. On the freeway I am noticing about a 60%-70% drop in pressure on my chest. Probably not enough protection for winter months or if it gets wet but it's great for the summer. I will buy a taller Gufstofson (sp?) screen for the winter months or touring.

PS: Xyzzy....great write-up and photos, Thank-You!
 

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Thank you!
 

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I have a question on this screen, can you see any way to adjust it, i.e. can you slide it higher or lower on the bars?

Also, from the way it is mounted I assume you have to run the handlebars at pretty much the stock angle, since lowering or raising the bars would alter the deflection, what do you think?
 

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I have a question on this screen, can you see any way to adjust it, i.e. can you slide it higher or lower on the bars?

Also, from the way it is mounted I assume you have to run the handlebars at pretty much the stock angle, since lowering or raising the bars would alter the deflection, what do you think?
Just fitted the screen today, works pretty good!

The answer to the questions are (1) There is not much 'adjustment' possible, due to the fixed nature of the clamp/bar/screen angles, maybe a few mm down and only 2mm up before the clamp hits the cable mount, and (2) yes the screen moves if you alter the handlebar angle HOWEVER you can no longer raise the bars because the screen hits the top of the headlight, and lowering the bars just results in an odd windscreen angle.
 

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Looks like the thread on the Boulevard screen just keeps staying active. I have the Boulevard screen (which I intend to use for warm weather riding) and the tall windshield (which I think gets a really bad rap) for cooler weather riding. My only issue is taking them on and off. What a pain. The stays on the Boulevard screen chipped the paint when I took it off - it flaked off in several areas. So... how do I get warranty on this? I bought it for about $130 off We!Bike (Japan). Can I take it to the dealer and show them my receipt and ask them to replace it? Should I just spray paint it black myself?
 
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