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post #1 of 6 Old 10-29-2013, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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V-Strom fairing coverage

I have not ridden a V-Strom yet so I'm wondering what the effect of the fairing is? I like riding naked bikes for the unobstructed view and the ability to remove the windshield for warm weather riding. But the V-Strom does not have a huge fairing so I'm wondering how much wind deflection it provides? It is enough to ward off cool air without blocking completely to the rider? I rode a Gold Wing this summer and did not like the almost total lack of airflow.
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-29-2013, 03:33 PM
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I've got the 650 and the fairing provides moderate wind protection. Some wind still hits my arms and the top of my head. My feet get hot in hot weather.

The biggest issue with the vstroms is buffeting, not wind protection. If you want to know about buffeting, search this forum but it isn't allowed to discuss in this thread.

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-29-2013, 03:39 PM
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I came from an 81 Goldwing and had the same problem you did - to much coverage. I bought a 2011 650 and couldn't be happier. On the wing anything above 75 degrees was to warm. On the VStrom I'm good from low 30's on up. The only thing that may get warm in hot weather is my knees (I always wear protective gear) and then I just have to spread my legs into the airstream and I'm good. I have been tickled with mine and I think you would too.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-29-2013, 03:45 PM
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See the sticky threads for the different models.


Any discussion of aftermarket or modified screens or mounts needs to be in those threads so stick to observations of stock equipment here rather than changes.

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-29-2013, 07:47 PM
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I have a stock 2013 DL650 ADV model, with the stock windscreen with laminar lip, hand guards, engine cover, crash bars, bags & trunk.

With this models stock windshield I have no buffeting. I am 5'11" tall with a 30 " inseam. I get wind, but some of that depends on if there is wind blowing, the wind speed and what direction it is from in relation to my direction of travel. I have found that the lower fairing does a really good job of keeping the wind off my lower body, but I haven't experienced any heat issues. The hand guards do direct some wind onto my arms, shoulders and upper torso. More so than the windshield. I have the windshield in its highest position with the longest spacers on the top. I've found that if I'm not riding in any wind, I don't get any wind on me, other than what the hand guards deflect. ( As a point of interest I had hand guards on my 2000 BMW R1100R and ended up taking them off as they actually made the bike colder to ride. It had heated grips so it wasn't an issue ).

So with the above background to answer your question. If the gold wing is giving you 100 % protection than the Vstorm that I ride would give you on average 60-70 %. There is no wind pressure on your chest or helmet. I've always found that heat is the big enemy. We can dress for the cold, but we have trouble dressing for the heat if you are a ATGATT individual and on the road.

Last summer I rode my Harley Softail with a batwing fairing in 100 F + and it was way too hot. I will enjoy the cooler ride from my Vstom.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-02-2013, 11:50 AM
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My last three or four bikes have been naked bikes. Heck..maybe more than that. I'm getting tired of that as my rides and commute are longer and much further. My 08 vstrom is worlds better.Worlds. Its a stock setup. .as far as the windshield goes. I'm 5'8 and get zero buffeting. Its a beautiful thing to ride. Two up, we can actually talk (with helmet visors up) and not yell. After trying windshields on my Bonneville, I wanted to torch that bike. Instead, ill sell it. Youll love it.

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