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A proactive approach to windshield cracks and pitting is to install windshield protective film. There are a few manufacturers that produce durable films.
ClearPlex from Madico.com
Exoshield from getexoshield.com
Maxxion from premiermobilegroup.com
While you'll typically see these used on exotics, the cost to install for a K900 is around $600, depending on where you live. Considering the replacement cost of a VIP windshield is almost 3X that, after all the recalibration work is done (not to mention the possibility of the installer damaging the leather dash cover) it's not a bad investment. In my case, I commute through a town with two gravel pits, so the risk is very high of a thrown up stone or two.
The downside to these films is that they are not as hard as glass, so they will scratch over time, particularly if you use your wipers a lot. Not an issue for me as I don't drive mine in the winter. The film does take RainX reasonably well. I have not tried the $50+ "nano" water repellents.
BTW - personal experience: If you get a crack right on the upper edge of the windshield, Safelite will NOT repair it (Columbus OH branch anyway)