(also posted on ADVrider)
Installed the newly arrived CalSci XL today. I ordered it Mon morning. It was in stock and it showed up today - very nice. Packing quality was so-so, not nearly as good as Clearview does, but apparently adequate as nothing was damaged. That and it weighed less (5 lb total) which probably saves on shipping costs. It arrived with cleaner, a towel, and a pen (which dissapeared immediately ). The instructions were as minimalist as the packing. Type written, no pics, on half of a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
Installing the shield is not rocket science and the directions actually cover the task just fine. It took about half an hour being very careful. Something that annoyed me was that CalSci opted to cheap out and not include all of the hardware necessary for installation. The height adjustment hardware I can understand, but the hardware to hold it to the rotating pins on the bottom?? Especially after they provide the hardware to mount the screen to the supplied supports. C'mon guys - this is a premium shield. Quit being so cheap.
Note the contrast between the 4 year old original hardware I had to re-use vs the new stuff. Yeah, one trip to the hardware store will solve this, but I shouldn't have to.
Overall the shield quality seems fine - up there with Clearview and CeeBailey shields I've had. It's also very minimalist - not a lot of shape and curvature like the Clearview (which subjected me to brain rattling turbulence so probably a good thing!). This is by design I'm sure. An air slot cut into the front near the bottom. Looks like a Trans Am hood w/o the snorkle. I can live with that. The clear plastic supports that attach to the shield and used for height and stability are a bit cheesy. They are bubbled from the bending process (I assume) and a bit foggy so I can't say I'm impressed with them. What woudl be better? Not sure and they seem to work well at least with no change in height/tilt functionality from the original design. The XL size is as tall a screen as I have sat behind. Much higher than the tall (but not "Monster") Cee Bailey and Clearview I had. Itseems a bit awkwardy tall compared to it's width, but then again, so am I at '6-5" and under 200 lbs.
Overall I'm not wowed, nor am I dissapointed. $260 + shipping is not cheap, but in line with Clearview and CeeBaileys. The bottom line here is how does it work at speed? I took a short hop around town and the air flowed nicely over my head up to 50 mph. I'll do a hwy ride this afternoon and post more pics and impressions then.