My previous bike was a large machine with full windshield and big soft bags. When I purchased this sporty Fat Boy, I just couldn't envision it with a large windshield and big saddlebags. I also had the urge to get back to my roots, which is, of course, Then Came Bronson.

At first I put the roll bag on the back of the bike, but it was made to go on the handle bars. So, one afternoon, (wanting to have a real Jim Bronson experience) I fastened the roll back up on top where it really belonged and then took off. I was truly impressed with the protection I got from the bag. There was virtually no wind blast on my chest and shoulders. My face though, was still taking a beating. I decided to experiment with some Plexiglas and this is what I came up with.

As you can see from this view, you will need to purchase a rigid or semi-rigid roll-bag that is anchored to your handle bars and light-bar (if you have one). This one is called the "T-Bag."

After shaping the plexiglass with a Dremel rotary saw attached to my power drill, I cut two 1 and 1/4 inch slots into the base of the windshield for the two, one inch nylon straps that will pass through them in order to anchor the windshield to the roll bag.


I made the anchor straps out of black nylon dog leashes. I sewed approximately seven inches of one inch wide Velcro onto the ends of each strap so they will attach to each other as they are curled around the bag. One end goes underneath the windshield while the other end passes through the slot in the base of the windshield, pulling the ends as tightly as possible and fastening them together.


I found that my mini windshield worked best for me at eight inches at its pinnacle.

I found a rubber squeegee blade in my tool chest and cut it to fit between the "L" brackets. This helps to stop those occasional bugs that were slipping beneath the windshield and smackin' me in my mug.


My "T-Bag" is 16 inches wide, so I cut the windshield to the same width. I bowed (or contoured) the windshield by boiling water in a pan and setting as much of one end of the shield into the water as would fit. After boiling it for 15 minutes, I removed it from the water and leaned on it with chest over hands for about five minutes. You will need to bend it rather severely, but not to the point of breaking it. Repeat the process on the other end of the windshield. As you can see, it took on a nice windshield like shape.

I had hoped that this bow in the windshield would keep the windshield upright at speed, but unfortunately, at 60 MPH the thing straightened out and laid down flat on the bag! The solution to this problem was to mount the two metal "L" brackets to the windshield as they appear in the photos. I have run my motorcycle up to 85 MPH and held it there for approximately one mile. With this arrangement the windshield has held fast.


I now have the benefit of a lot of storage space up front. The roll bag does a great job of keeping the wind off of my chest and shoulders, and my mini windshield protects my neck and face. (Warning: The nylon straps will stretch in a down pour causing the windshield to lean back. You will have to stop and tighten them under these conditions, unless you originally install the anchor straps wet. If you do so, you will get an extremely snug fit when the straps dry).


Same size bikes... two different looks. Kim and Billy.