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Windshields #153761 09/19/22 02:12 AM
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Good evening all. Recently purchased a 2022 XT250 and was considering purchasing a windscreen for it. I was unable to find any recent posts on the subject, so decided to ask about currently available products. The two windshields I have found that come up on a search for the XT are the Parabellum ( http://parabellum.com/Parabellum-Rally-Shield-for-Yamaha-XT-250-2008-Present-P139.aspx ) and one made by a company called National Cycle ( http://www.nationalcycle.com/vehicles/motorcycle-1/yamaha/yamahaxt250.html?cat=7253 ). The Parabellum appears to mount to the sides of the cowl around the headlight, while the National has the traditional handlebar mount. The Parabellum is made of acrylic, where the National is Polycarbonate (not sure which is better). Has anyone bought/mounted either? Any thoughts would be welcome. Thanks and ride safe.


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Re: Windshields [Re: AZ Desert Wolf] #153766 09/19/22 09:47 PM
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When I got my XT 225 it had the National cycle shield on it. It is a nice windshield, not too big, but big enough to keep the wind and bugs off and if it's raining, you can duck behind it so the rain doesn't sting your cheeks. The handlebar mount is sturdy and enables you to adjust it to the right height and angle. The polycarbonate is a lot stronger than acrylic. Hope this helps!

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Thank you skypupbob...all useful info. So with the handlebar mount, the screen still seems pretty solid (no significant instability)? I read something similar regarding polycarbonate vs acrylic. The only thing I liked about the Parabellum better was the mounting locations, as I already have phone mount on the handlebars, so not much room left for the windshield mounts. Any other feedback would be welcome.


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Re: Windshields [Re: AZ Desert Wolf] #153793 09/24/22 11:36 PM
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Yes, the screen is very stable, and the mounts really don't take up much room on the bars, so I think you could fit the phone holder in there somewhere.
I don't think I mentioned that I love the windshield, and can't imagine riding without it. That being said, I have removed it a couple of times when riding some very gnarly single track. I was different, I didn't realize how many small branches and leaves it keeps from hitting you in the face. I instinctively duck behind it.

Re: Windshields [Re: AZ Desert Wolf] #153855 10/17/22 12:59 PM
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i have the Parabellum, so far pretty good and stable, you can see the mounting, on the post i did for the mesh headlight cover, i do wish it had the extra bar across for a mounting brackets.

https://japan.webike.net/products/24200463.html

this is another option, someone else has got this and said it was good.

Re: Windshields [Re: AZ Desert Wolf] #154228 03/02/23 07:10 AM
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Don't know if I should continue this post or start a new one given the time that has elapsed, but wanted to advise on my experience with the National Cycle Deflector Screen that I purchased and installed. I had ordered the U-Clamp hardware as opposed to the quick mount, as it was all steel construction vs plastic and I did not plan to take the shield on and off. I mounted it exactly as specified and I would rate the look and quality of the screen itself to be very good. I also thought the wind deflection properties were quite effective, as it directed the air over my helmet and around my torso.

Unfortunately, the one major problem was the bars from the mounting hardware may not have been thick enough, as there was an annoying vertical shaking or vibration of the screen when riding. The shaking occurred even on smooth pavement and was especially bad when on bumpier roads. I did not try taking it off-road, but I would guess that it would have moved so much that it would have been hitting the top of the front fairing. I tried adjusting it multiple different angles, but the shaking remained. I communicated with a rep and manager at National Cycle and they did try to help, but they also told me that some shaking was normal. What annoyed me the most was when they told me that the windshield may not be right for my application (putting it on a XT250), since I had to mount it with the bracket rods extended most of the way out (leaving only an inch of rod sticking through the eyebolts on the brackets on the handlebars). I pointed out to them that when I entered my specific motorcycle on their website, it specified this particular windshield, so it was the one for my application.

Needless to say, I decided the movement was not acceptable, as it was distracting and if I did want to take the bike on any light trails, I would have to remove the shield. As such, I decided to return it, although I have to eat at least a 15% restocking fee from Summit Racing where I bought it. I'm going to try using the bike without any screen, but if I want to take the wind off my chest, I will likely try out the Parabellum next, as it is designed specifically for the XT250 and mounts directly to the fairing. I would post pics of my attempts with the National Cycle shield, but I still have yet to figure out how to put them into the site.

If anyone else has the Parabellum on their XT, please let me know how satisfied you are with it's ability to deflect the wind. Ride safe.


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Re: Windshields [Re: AZ Desert Wolf] #154230 03/02/23 01:48 PM
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I would also be interested in the Parabellum, so let's see what they say.


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Re: Windshields [Re: AZ Desert Wolf] #154237 03/03/23 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by AZ Desert Wolf
Don't know if I should continue this post or start a new one given the time that has elapsed, but wanted to advise on my experience with the National Cycle Deflector Screen that I purchased and installed. I had ordered the U-Clamp hardware as opposed to the quick mount, as it was all steel construction vs plastic and I did not plan to take the shield on and off. I mounted it exactly as specified and I would rate the look and quality of the screen itself to be very good. I also thought the wind deflection properties were quite effective, as it directed the air over my helmet and around my torso.

Unfortunately, the one major problem was the bars from the mounting hardware may not have been thick enough, as there was an annoying vertical shaking or vibration of the screen when riding. The shaking occurred even on smooth pavement and was especially bad when on bumpier roads. I did not try taking it off-road, but I would guess that it would have moved so much that it would have been hitting the top of the front fairing. I tried adjusting it multiple different angles, but the shaking remained. I communicated with a rep and manager at National Cycle and they did try to help, but they also told me that some shaking was normal. What annoyed me the most was when they told me that the windshield may not be right for my application (putting it on a XT250), since I had to mount it with the bracket rods extended most of the way out (leaving only an inch of rod sticking through the eyebolts on the brackets on the handlebars). I pointed out to them that when I entered my specific motorcycle on their website, it specified this particular windshield, so it was the one for my application.

Needless to say, I decided the movement was not acceptable, as it was distracting and if I did want to take the bike on any light trails, I would have to remove the shield. As such, I decided to return it, although I have to eat at least a 15% restocking fee from Summit Racing where I bought it. I'm going to try using the bike without any screen, but if I want to take the wind off my chest, I will likely try out the Parabellum next, as it is designed specifically for the XT250 and mounts directly to the fairing. I would post pics of my attempts with the National Cycle shield, but I still have yet to figure out how to put them into the site.

If anyone else has the Parabellum on their XT, please let me know how satisfied you are with it's ability to deflect the wind. Ride safe.



***Have to update my prior post slightly, as Summit Racing got back to me on my windshield return and ended up refunding 100% of the purchase price. They had said there would be a 15% restocking fee, but I guess they reconsidered when they saw the product was returned in pristine condition. So in all fairness, I wanted to shout out and note that they came through with a positive customer service experience in the end.

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Re: Windshields [Re: AZ Desert Wolf] #154696 10/09/23 11:02 AM
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This is also a very late reply, to a very late entry, but I thought maybe my two cents worth might be helpful. I've had a National Cycle Deflector screen on my 2009 XT250 for about 5 years, riding over all kinds of terrain. Unlike AZ Desert Wolf, mine was purchased with the "quick mount" hardware. To this day, the shield has performed well, and continues to be solid, visually clear (when I remember to wash it), and extremely helpful for buffering wind for me (shorter rider 5'6"). I had a look at the NC site just now, and that shield doesn't seem to offer the clamp on hardware anymore, that may have been an inherent problem leading to the shaking that Wolf unfortunately experienced.

The biggest issue for me is the need for some of the already limited handlebar space for the mounting, although the supplied posts may provide additional mounting area for some smaller items or other creative use. All this to say, I like the Deflector with the mounting system I have. That being said, I'd like to hear more about the Parabellum as well, including buffering and mounting ease.

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