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post #1 of 12 Old 08-27-2007, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Is it me or is this bike loud?

Those of you with other bikes, are they quieter on the highway than the Strom? Just curious, because wind noise never bothered me with 6 previous bikes but the Wee is LOUD to me on the highway. Tried a shorty screen, no screen, 24" Parabellum & stock screen. Got a new helmet. Tried several different ear plugs. The roar or boom is still there at 50-85 mph unless I stand on the pegs. Then it's quiet. Not trying to dis the bike. Just trying to gain knowledge & exhaust all options before trading it in or going deaf.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-27-2007, 08:50 AM
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Madstad Bracket + MRA Vario screen and I'm all good up to and including triple digit speeds

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Try a Madstad to get rid of most of the buffeting. Then, try a tank bag to get rid of the little bit that's left. To me, the Strom is Whisper-quiet, compared to my Nighthawk.

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Madstad + Givi screen. It's quieter than my Burgman

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Madstad + Givi screen. It's quieter than my Burgman
+1, if I had a burgman, that is.
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Yes this bike is loud!
This is my 17th bike and it is definitely the loudest of them all.
Since I changed to MadStad bracket and a high quality screen it became better but still a long way to go from the non existing turbulence from my R1.
I do wear good earplugs(Pura-fit 6800) and a good helmet.
Often the wind noise bring on the crickets that sing in my ear non-stop, not very funny.
I am very envious of all you out there that says your Strom became turbulence free/quiet after installed the bracket and an aftermarket screen.
The best solution for me is to ride without screen, maybe the ultimate solution would be to remove the whole fairing?
I was aware of the buffeting problems before I bought the bike since I read a lot about other peoples issues, but I hoped it could be fixed, which I tried without luck.
Since this bike is such a great one in most other areas it`s definitely a keeper.

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I just learned something encouraging on a short ride tonight. The wind noise is coming from under the fairing, not over it. Some have already mentioned that somewhere but I didn't believe it. I pulled my knees in against the tank & the noise was reduced by about half. Then I raised my knees some, keeping them against the tank & the noise went WAY down. Can't ride like that very long but it gave me some ideas. Next weekend I'm going to remove the side panels of the fairing & see what that does. Maybe even stick a couple of small plexiglass "wings" between the frame & tank to block the upward current to my helmet, like 2" wide, 15" long or so. If I come up with something that works, I'll post my findings. Oh, I tried the Motrax Windjammer 2 tonight. Had to tape it on because it kept popping off the helmet. It helped some, nothing drastic. Helmet felt like a sauna though but the Scorpion helmet didn't fog at all.

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I have seen some use the tank panniers. They say it eliminates the air coming in under the fairing. I have not tried this but have done some experimenting and this would seem to help.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-28-2007, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting, I hadn't thought of that but I'll look into it. Thanks.

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Having just ridden a rented BMW F650GS with its vestigial stock windshield for a few days, I can certainly say the V-Strom with a GIVI windshield is MUCH quieter. I don't even remember the stock windshield on the V-Strom being as loud as this BMW is. I even put earplugs in when riding around town, the wind noise is so loud.

Regarding your fairing ideas, have you seen the threads about the vortex thingies somebody came up with?

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