The new Agressor™ featured, like the Plexifairing3™, a QuickSet™ Mount with RakeAdjust™ and NoHole Ballsocket™ – high end features in a small package.
This gradient-tinted Agressor GT™ is on a Honda CB1100.
The Agressor GT™ on a Yamaha V-Max.
The Agressor GT™ on a Kawasaki VN750 Vulcan.
Along with the Agressor GT™, National Cycle also offered the AirHawk GT™, a smaller, sportier version of the Plexistar2.
In 1997, National Cycle introduced their new Cruiseliner™ Saddlebags. Model-specific mount kits were designed for each bike for a perfect fit. They were watertight, lockable, available in pocketback (shown) and smoothback styles, and – best of all – could go on or off the bike in just a few seconds.
Smoothback-style Cruiseliner™ saddlebags are shown here on a Suzuki Marauder.
Smoothback-style Cruiseliner™ saddlebags are shown here on a Kawasaki Vulcan.
One of National Cycle’s biggest success stories was the little Flyscreen® windshield, which emulated the racing screens on 1950s British racing bikes.
A fork-mounted Flyscreen® in dark tint on an FXDWG Wide Glide.
A headlight-mounted Flyscreen® on a Suzuki SV1000.
National Cycle contributed to the design and function of the K1100RT electric transport windshield.
In 2000, National Cycle launched their ZTechnik® brand for a line of accessories designed exclusively for BMW® motorcycles. ZTechnik is now a well-known brand in the BMW community.
This is the ZTechnik® Dolphine™ on a BMW R1150RS.
A ZTechnik® polycarbonate replacement screen for the K1200RS.
ZTechnik® also offered replacement screens for the BMW R1200CL touring cruiser.
A ZTechnik® specialty was developing effective windscreens for bikes that came without them.
At the 2001 Sturgis Rally, National Cycle introduced a quick-release windshield that was, for the very first time, height adjustable and key-lockable. This was a precursor of things to come.
The cover of National Cycle’s 2001 Catalog.
In 2001, National Cycle’s president Barry Willey, along with Bill Crawford, completed their “Neutron Star”, a Yamaha Royal Star cruiser chassis with a Yamaha V-Max motor – the first power cruiser.
Barry Willey does a burnout with the Neutron Star in the company parking lot.
In 2002, National Cycle introduced Paladin®, a line of Highway Bars and quick-release Backrests/Luggage Racks designed exclusively for all late-model Honda cruisers. Each accessory was custom designed and engineered for each specific model.
The Paladin® QuickSet Backrest/Luggage Rack was compatible with Cruiseliner™ mount kits. It offered quick-release convenience with key-lockable security.
Unlock it, push the release levers, and it’s off… in seconds.
The cover of National Cycle’s 2003 Catalog.
2003 saw the release of National Cycle’s widely acclaimed SwitchBlade® Windshields for metric cruisers and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Each bike had a mount kit designed just for it, which mounted any of four sizes of SwitchBlade Windshield – which came on and off in less than 5 seconds. Best of all, they were Quantum™ hardcoated Lexan® polycarbonate.
SwitchBlade® Mount Kits were available for plain forks, tapered fork covers, and nacelle fork covers. Chromed steel and stainless steel made them indestructible.
To remove a SwitchBlade® Windshield, just give it a quick tug. To reinstall it, place it on the lower spools and give it a quick push. It’s that easy.
Exclusively for SwitchBlade® for Harley models was a security lock, so riders could have a quick release windshield without it being quickly stolen.
A SwitchBlade® Chopped™, the most popular size, on a Honda VT1300CR Stateline. Also shown are Chrome Lower Deflectors, a Spotlight Bar, and Hand Deflector – all designed to fit and work together.
National Cycle’s exclusive Quantum™ hardcoating was tested on a Benelli Adiva scooter, which had a full canopy and windshield wipers. One million wipe cycles later, the windshield was still scratch-free.
Quantum was so clearly superior to everything else that the company used it also for their Heavy Duty™ windshields, replacing the older FMR hardcoating.
In 2004, Honda gave National Cycle an Innovation Award for their groundbreaking Quantum™ hardcoating.
This chart shows the scratch resistance superiority of Quantum™ hardcoating over the industry-standard FMR hardcoating.
Scratch resistance of these materials is based on the Tabor Abrasion Test, but for years the company had easily demonstrated the results with plastic samples and a simple piece of steel wool.