The GPz900r uses a polycarbonate ‘Panlite’ (brand name) screen.
It’s a really good design (thought needs a tank bag!) and tucking down behind it gives you a genuine wind-break when highway cruising and keeps you surprisingly dry when that unexpected rain-shower hits. But like all polycarbonate it yellows and develops fine crazing over time. Just UV I’m afraid, and in Australia we get that in spades!
I regularly use the ‘toothpaste’ polish trick to clean it up, but I would love to replace the the screen.
Plenty of acrylic replacements available, including some specifically designed for competition. But I’ll be honest for the road I prefer the strength of polycarbonate. But I haven’t found any after-market suppliers (Vstream don’t have anything for the GPz900r) and secondhand scrfeens are ridiculously priced – ranging on eBay from $500 (with stress cracks around mounting holes) to over a grand for a pristine example.
Maybe I should make my own replacement – with both clear (winter) and tinted (summer) options. I know enough about plastic manufacturing techniques to think this could be a pretty simple process, the time-consuming part is creating a nicely finished timber vacuum-mould. But this type of process requires multiple parts to be made and it’s just not economically viable for a production run of just a few parts – you might as well buy the one listed for a grand.
Obviously it wouldn’t have the fancy black edge finish of the OEM Panlite screen – but this is purely cosmetic and paint, or acrylic stickers or just tape would be more than effective and still look fine.
Anyone else be interested?
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