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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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F4 windshield: Tint or no tint?

Well, I have decided to get the F4 +2. Now I have to choose between tint or no tint. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons for a tinted windshield? I do live in Florida, and usually ride in the boiling sun, so I'm thinking a tint would be good. I value your opinions!

I leave early tomorrow morning, for Daytona. (2 1/2 hours, north) Hope to get the F4, there.
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 05:46 PM
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With the taller windshield, think about after dark, you will have to look through it not over it.
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I don't particularly care to ride at night because drivers have a hard enough time seeing me during daylight; I have a tinted F4 +4 and especially do not like to ride at night wiht the tinted windshield as I'm looking through it and lose a lot of visibility. That is especially problematic when riding outside of town and others are seeing deer beside the road and I don't. The other downside to a tinted windshield (at least for me) is the reduced visibility in a rain, as the mist and rain make it even more difficult to see through the raindrops that hit the face shield and roll around the windshield. The tint looks good on my bike, but unless you can guarantee yourself that you will only ride in daylight and only on well lit roads I would advise against a tinted windshield based on what I've experienced.
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I can't speak for the F4 tinted windshield, but I have used a Tulsa Tall tinted windshield for a few years and have found there is no hindrance when riding at night. If I were buying a new windshield now, it would be the tinted type.


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I ride a lot at night so I would not like a tinted shield. I don't like the smoked out headlights either for the same reason.

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post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by gmk1800 View Post
With the taller windshield, think about after dark, you will have to look through it not over it.
Isn't the +2 still adjustable?
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post #7 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 07:20 PM
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I have not had a F4 tall windshield.
I have had other brands on other motorcycles where I was looking through the windshield.
What I concluded was, there is no way I would have a tinted windshield where there is a possibility I would be riding at night looking through it.
You can wear darker sunglasses during the day to deal with the sun.
You can not remove the tint at night.

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Get clear. I would not make a change like that unless there is something you don't like about clear. I like clear. I have clear windshields in all my vehicles.
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I had a tulsa tall (that could be adjusted) in tinted and liked it and now have a +4 tinted and like it. The tulsa scratched up in the first year Got the tall to decrease wind on wife and have no choice but to look through it . Ride some at night when I have to but do not make a point of being out when the deer are roaming . Next one will be tinted also. Would rather be able to adjust it though. Maybe when the electric ones come out.
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Originally Posted by michael2480 View Post
Isn't the +2 still adjustable?
Yes, they say it is.


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