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post #1 of 10 Old 04-30-2008, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Question practical function for lower fairings?

I searched but didn't find what I'm looking for regarding lower fairing options. I was wondering if they contribute to more stability at 100+mph speeds? I found the wee to be a bit too sensitive to the wind at higher speeds. Also for keeping dirt off the bottom front of the engine (oil filter, etc), does it help there?
Any variation in wind protection or heat deflection away from the legs?

I actually don't care about the cosmetic appeal of lower fairings, just function.

Would it preclude installing a skid plate to protect the lower engine bits? That's a higher priority for me, but I haven't bought anything yet.

Has anyone purchased the TCP lower fairings from TwistedThrottle.com?

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-30-2008, 11:56 AM
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I have the JMV fairing lowers, and I bought them for no other reason than they make the bike look a whole lot better, to me.

I have found no functional advantage or disadvantage with them installed.


However...

I purchased a Suzuki of Europe sport screen, mostly because I liked the way it looked, also. But it made a big difference in several areas... The wind buffet issues are gone, the bike is less affected by crosswinds, and it gained about 5 mph in top speed.



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Do you have that sport screen in the lowest position? I like the way it looks. I've been thinking of going minimal with a screen for aerodynamic efficiency. My buddy has a huge Windstrom screen that provides a sweet quiet wind protection, but I wonder what it does to efficiency (speed/mileage, etc)?
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Do you have that sport screen in the lowest position? I like the way it looks. I've been thinking of going minimal with a screen for aerodynamic efficiency. My buddy has a huge Windstrom screen that provides a sweet quiet wind protection, but I wonder what it does to efficiency (speed/mileage, etc)?
Yep...

My screen is in the lowest position.

Call me old-school, but I'm one of those riders who actually likes a nice stream of turbulence-free air over the top half of my helmet. I still get plenty of upper-body protection from the wind with the sport screen, and no turbulence. And I always ride with earplugs, so the added noise is not an issue for me.

The stock screen and the larger aftermarket screens are not for me. They don't look right to me, and they don't allow enough airflow for my liking, and they definitely seem to make the Stroms more of a handful in windy conditions.

One trip I took last year involved riding for roughly 500 miles in pissing rain and high winds. I have a good rain suit, and a good helmet, and the bike was rock-steady at 70 mph. So I can't see why I'd want a larger screen.


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How tall are you? Do you have the stock seat height? This might be just the thing for me too.
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My screen is in the lowest position.

Call me old-school, but I'm one of those riders who actually likes a nice stream of turbulence-free air over the top half of my helmet. I still get plenty of upper-body protection from the wind with the sport screen, and no turbulence. And I always ride with earplugs, so the added noise is not an issue for me.
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I'm six feet tall exactly. The seat is stock, and stock height.

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Super! Next question: Where can I buy the darn thing? I've tried a couple quick google searches but hit dead ends.
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I'm six feet tall exactly. The seat is stock, and stock height.
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i like the way your bike looks.
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I like the way your bike looks.
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It's kind of funny, since the Stroms get bashed about their looks by so many online bikers, but with the sport screen and fairing lowers, I get more favorable comments about how good the bike looks, than I have with any other bike I've owned in the 30 years.

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Super! Next question: Where can I buy the darn thing? I've tried a couple quick google searches but hit dead ends.
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Any Suzuki dealership in the UK or Continental Europe can supply you with one. Here's the part number...

990D0-27G50-SMO

I acquired mine from these good folks in the UK...

http://www.johnpeasemotorcycles.co.uk/

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they also have a supplier in quebec these days. i can get you their contact info if you want. it sells for about 600$ cdn... (the fairing)

for the windshield, yeah, what he said...

newfoundlander: that is the sweetest strom i've ever seen. i saved the pic and made it my desktop.

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