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07-21-2019 05:24 PM
michael95453
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Hey Michael... Looks perfect to these bifocal eyes! I must ask though, what type mirrors do you have in the 2nd AND 3rd photos? I noticed you have also upgrade a time or two. What's your quick thought on both? And I hope I'm not starting a "off topic" discussion with this question. If so I truly apologise for the inconvenience.
Wow! That seat looks mighty forgiving also. Ha!
Safe travels in your journey.
1st and 2nd pics are the same mirrors. $17/pr on ebay (years ago). 3rd pic is latest...bar end mirrors bought on ebay, probably around $20/pr.
07-20-2019 09:57 PM
popismyhero Hey Michael... Looks perfect to these bifocal eyes! I must ask though, what type mirrors do you have in the 2nd AND 3rd photos? I noticed you have also upgrade a time or two. What's your quick thought on both? And I hope I'm not starting a "off topic" discussion with this question. If so I truly apologise for the inconvenience.
Wow! That seat looks mighty forgiving also. Ha!
Safe travels in your journey.
07-20-2019 07:32 PM
Houstrom46* Silver beak. Hmm... that has a nice look to it. Good call
07-20-2019 05:44 PM
michael95453 I've never been a big fan of the beak. I bought a used '14 in red, back in 2015. I like red, but I always thought that the V2 had a "front color imbalance"...all the red was at the front. And the beak really called attention to itself. I first added red wheel trim to give it more color balance. Then I painted the beak with satin black Plasti Dip to try to make it "disappear". Went with that for a year or two, then stripped it off...back to red. After an encounter with a wild turkey (the bird) which broke a number of plastic front end parts, I ordered a replacement beak in silver. It almost matches the aluminum strips on the fairing (nobody notices) and I'm pleased with the overall look of the bike now.
07-20-2019 02:42 PM
Big Boy Wind Tunnel??????

99.99% of motorcycle riders on any bike create the same aerodynamics as riding a barn door.

Only 'dustbin' faired bikes have any chance at good aerodynamics
07-20-2019 01:43 PM
NVDucati
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Originally Posted by Houstrom46* View Post
.... It's today's styling fad with no usable function. Probably no different than when the auto industry went with the Jetsons styling cues in the late 50's/early 60's with the tail fins...
You may be 100% right. When I first saw them I thought it was homage to the early Dakar bikes and a styling cue. But as I plotted to de-beak it, it appeared to be carefully designed aerodynamically.

I guess I still don't know. I'd love to see a wind tunnel smoke video of it.
07-20-2019 12:23 PM
Big Boy Here's some options for ya.
07-20-2019 11:14 AM
Motorpsychology It's there to prevent stray photons coming from the headlight and falling on the front fender. Frequent washing of the beak will prevent light pollution from staining it.
07-20-2019 10:39 AM
Houstrom46* When I first saw the beak on the V2, I thought it was stupid looking. The shape looked more like a tacked-on after thought compared to the more elegant straight beak of the V3 (though I didn't care too much for that one either). I'm getting used to the look now and don't think too much about it anymore. I see lots of bike have them now, save for the Tenere and the AT. It's today's styling fad with no usable function. Probably no different than when the auto industry went with the Jetsons styling cues in the late 50's/early 60's with the tail fins.
07-20-2019 02:57 AM
JBeasty Some folks claim to like the beak, some say they hate it. Then there's the debate about which model has the better beak. Personally, I think most owners secretly feel it's unfortunate...
So I decided to accept the bike, warts and all, and come right out and CELEBRATE IT!
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