Allan's National Cycle Fairings Story

August 27-31, 1998

These are pictures of my Magna with a National Cycle Plexifairing 3 mounted on it. Here is how that came to pass:

When I got my Kawasaki Vulcan 500 in February, I started looking for a windshield which would really get rid of the wind ... not a "fly screen" or a "chest protector" but a real windshield, especially one with wind protection for my hands. But I wanted it at a reasonable price. I found exactly what I was looking for in the National Cycle Plexifairing 3 for about $129 US. It worked just great. Well, I did have to get their special mounting hardware (those darned 1" bars). And I also had to trim the top down some because it was too high, but that was short work with masking tape, a hacksaw, and some sandpaper.

So when I got my Magna in August, I naturally looked at National Cycle's fairings. The only one that is listed in their catalog as fitting the Magna is a particular model of the Airhawk GT, the N8038. In the catalog, they even list the nonstandard hardware bag you need: bag #77.

Well, I ordered this windshield, but when I got it near the bike, I found that it didn't fit anywhere! The two main "fitting" points are where the lower curve goes behind the front turn signals, and the side curves which are supposed to offer wind protection for your hands. Put the Airhawk on the Magna, and neither of these is in the right place!

I double-checked, and I really did get the right item, the one that NC said would fit the Magna. My conclusion: National Cycle is lying when they say they make a windshield that fits the Magna. I was able to get NC to take the fairing back even though they don't admit it's defective. (I didn't want my retailer to have to eat the cost of National Cycle's mistakes.)

Based on the notion that even National Cycle doesn't know which fairings fit which motorcycles, I decided to take my old Plexifairing 3 off the Vulcan and put it on the Magna. What do you know? It works! It works at least as well as the Airhawk did, anyway. Here are some pictures; click on any of them to see a page with all three in larger sizes.

Conclusion: you can't always believe the catalog, but that works both ways. Sometimes the things that claim to fit don't, but sometimes the things that don't claim to fit do. Maybe after a long or fast ride I'll realize that the Plexifairing 3 isn't right after all, but since I already own it, it feels like I can't go wrong giving it a try.

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