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post #1 of 6 Old 04-17-2010, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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Givi vs California Scientific

Has anyone gone from a Givi windscreen to a Cal scientific and if so what did you think? I notice the Cal is wider near trhe bottom.
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-17-2010, 04:09 PM
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Givi versus California Scientific

I recently replaced my Cee Bailey with a Cal Sci.
Love it.
Just no comparison. I can ride with an open visor which I could never do with the C. Bailey.
I bought the "Large" and have it mounted on a Madstad mount.
I don't think you could go wrong.
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I had a CalSci last year and went back to my stock screen. Here's why:

The screen I got from CalSci hit my OEM hand-guards. I told the owner, had to pay shipping myself to ship it back for modification. Once I got it back I had the same problem. The owner kept blaming my bike/installation/handlebar position. I took pics/videos measurements everything. After weeks of this I got tired of it and asked to return the item .. he refused. I sold it here (with a disclaimer about the hand-guard issue) a few days later at a loss.

I know other people on this forum had good luck with CalSci, however, it seems that if your luck is not so good you're SOL. Additionally, the finish of the product was never very good either before or after modification, rough edges / saw marks and the like.

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The screen I got from CalSci hit my OEM hand-guards. I told the owner, had to pay shipping myself to ship it back for modification. Once I got it back I had the same problem.
That's weird. I have exactly the same bike as you (2009 DL 650 ABS) with OEM hand guards, and they never came anywhere close to hitting my CalSci windshield, even when I raised the mounting bracket.
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Has anyone gone from a Givi windscreen to a Cal scientific and if so what did you think? I notice the Cal is wider near trhe bottom.
Thanks
Yes, had both and rode back-to-back trips to compare them. I use a Tall CalSci. Both on a Madstad.

Givi:
Cheaper
Can be purchased through distribution
Not as quiet or smooth

CalSci
Costs more
Has to be purchased directly from CalSci
Available in 4 different heights
Shape and NACA duct make airflow smoother and quieter.

I've also tried the CalSci with the NACA duct taped over. It really does make a difference. I don't have any problem hitting the bike at full lock, but have a Madstad which might make some difference.



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///I know other people on this forum had good luck with CalSci, however, it seems that if your luck is not so good you're SOL. Additionally, the finish of the product was never very good either before or after modification, rough edges / saw marks and the like.
Correct: it is that way on purpose. Otherwise it might reflect sunlight into your eyes.

You can easily make it shiny by running a rag with solvent over it a couple of times. Except that according to Jim Lawrence, the owner of CalSci, V-Strom owner, and a guy with something like 350,000 miles on a motorcycle, that's not a good idea.

Optically, the product is flawless: at least the two I have are. Here's an overlay comparison of the two screens OP asked about.

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...switched from GIVI/MADSTAD (quite good) to tall CALSCI on stock mounts in mid position (much better wind protection)...can ride 80/90 mph with visor up...only mild wafting of a breeze from the NACA vent...no buffeting..never tried the CALSCI with the MADSTAD....I am 6 feet but sit tall can see the road 40/50 feet in front looking over the screen
May not even take it off for summer...we'll see how hot it gets

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