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post #1 of 10 Old 01-22-2018, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone run a naked Glee?

Hi friends! I'm the proud new owner of a 2014 Glee, whom I have named "Quasimoto". Salvage title, previous owner absolutely rode the piss out of it offroad and, as bits started to break, he removed them. I got it for a grand with 43k miles, Elka stage 3 shock, gold valves, and a host of other goodies which would pay for the cost of entry by themselves. I plan to put a windscreen on it, but other than that, I don't think I'll do anything else plastics-wise. Has anyone run their bike like this? I'm mainly looking for how bad the buffeting will be, as that's been my major gripe with my K3 Vee.
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Not to be confused with running a Glee naked.
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I don't know if the buffeting will be bad at all. Just wind. With no windshield your helmet is up in the slipstream like a lot of bikes.
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I'm running a 2012 650 naked (after a head-on with a semi).
There's a thread about it here: https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...m-back-up.html
I found that I liked it around town or off road as a naked, but there was too much wind (not buffet) to be comfortable above 100kph. I had a MadStad screen on the original fairing which was great, with very little buffet, and it miraculously survived the crash with a couple of scratches so I built some custom brackets to mount it in the same position as before. It is almost exactly the same level of comfort as with the complete fairing, and a lot lighter. There is no wind pressure on my chest or head, and very little buffet. A minor annoyance was that my round headlight reflected off the inside of the lower part of the screen, so I fabricated an "eyebrow" out of a piece of plastic flower pot.
I always liked the performance of the original dual headlights, but I found the single round one with a 95/100watt halogen is nearly as good, and I don't ride much at night.
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I'm running a 2012 650 naked (after a head-on with a semi).
There's a thread about it here: https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...m-back-up.html
I found that I liked it around town or off road as a naked, but there was too much wind (not buffet) to be comfortable above 100kph. I had a MadStad screen on the original fairing which was great, with very little buffet, and it miraculously survived the crash with a couple of scratches so I built some custom brackets to mount it in the same position as before. It is almost exactly the same level of comfort as with the complete fairing, and a lot lighter. There is no wind pressure on my chest or head, and very little buffet. A minor annoyance was that my round headlight reflected off the inside of the lower part of the screen, so I fabricated an "eyebrow" out of a piece of plastic flower pot.
I always liked the performance of the original dual headlights, but I found the single round one with a 95/100watt halogen is nearly as good, and I don't ride much at night.
That looks excellent! I think a Madstad will be the way I go as well. Do you find it ok for cold weather riding?

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If you decide to do something with it I do have few front end pieces namely tank covers, headlight faring, dashboard and few windshields to chose from. Just saying.
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He is from northern NSW Australia there is no cold weather LOL !!!
Its been under 30 degrees a few times this last week!

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Only ran it once without the windshield, to the car wash and back. Was easier that way to get all those hard to reach places.
Surprising how much of a difference it makes, felt like an entirely different bike, or like I was ridding without a helmet (not that I ever did that

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