It's no biggie; windscreens don't last forever. I don't mind having to get a new one, and this time I'll take some proactive measures to address the shortcomings in the design.
Well, the fairing itself is fiberglass, and painted very well. You're right that it's a long time – I think the turnaround for my order was six weeks.
I try to keep it below 75 at all times pretty much because watching the thing vibrate on the highway made me nervous.
Well-designed stays won't look anything at all, because they'd be well-hidden. I'm going to take a stab at designing something that will shore up the fairing and prevent a lot of the stress that must have killed the windscreen. I'm thinking a U-shaped brace that attaches under the fairing using the supplied hardware, and then two brackets that attach on the sides, somewhere. It might be a good idea to work some rubber bushings into the mix to damp out as much of the vibes as possible. This'll take me a while, but when I have a successful result I'll let everyone know.
Oh, it totally is. They should have supplied steel stays from the get-go, and they should go back and redesign some in right now, and mail the rest of us the new parts.
Tell them why, and suggest that if they developed a support brace and supplied existing customers with it as a gesture of goodwill they might not have to deal with many more cancellations. I doubt they'll respond accordingly, but it's worth a shot.
Just to be clear for everyone: the fairing is fine. It's very sturdy, and while I'm sure tens of thousands of miles might cause cracks to appear eventually, I think we're a long way from that happening. The polycarbonate screen is what gave up on me.
In the region of Connecticut where I live and ride the roads are ***bad***. India has nicer roadways. I have no doubt that nobody in Japan thinks about designing to withstand these conditions. It's completely understandable that the thing didn't like being shaken and jarred so vigorously. Frankly, I don't like it either.
I have a Mustang GT with the performance pack and this Z900RS, and I sold my CBR600RR to put a down-payment on the 'Stang. What I really should have is a beat-to-hell truck on big squishy tires and another beat-to-hell KDX. I picked the wrong vehicles for my sub-third-world environment. The joke is on Connecticut, though, 'cause I'm leaving as soon as I can afford it.