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Hi all, and a belated Happy New Year! 馃嵕

I'm Mike, a 33 year old Swede who got my drivers license and also my first motorcycle last October, a -22 Wee-Strom. (Mid-life crisis anyone?)

The same week I got the bike the temperature dropped to -1掳C/30掳F making me reluctant about going for more than just a few rides and at the moment I'm looking out at the about 25-30cm snow that fell this week thinking I won't ride for another couple of months.
I found this forum looking for some kind of solution for helmet buffeting - something I don't seem like the only one suffering..

Cheers!
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I have a 2022 Vstrom 650 and don;t suffer any buffeting issues that I can;t live with. 6'-3" and 220 pounds and the windshield is still in the same position Suzuki set it up in (middle position, I think). As a first bike owner, is it possible that you were expecting serenity while riding and now the minimal buffeting is a bother? (Not asking to insult, but rather to learn).

I will admit, when being passed by a tractor/trailer or other large vehicle there is sometimes considerable buffeting until they get much further ahead, but that's expected. I read one thread where a guy said he wanted windshield and helmet improvement because while riding just turning his head to the side felt like it was going to get ripped off his shoulders. Riding into the wind will do that to some degree, while riding with wind behind you is your serenity.

Welcome from New Mexico, Mike!
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Welcome to the forum, Mike.

If you haven't, you might try here: Buffeting




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My solution for helmet buffeting on my 2012 DL 1000 was to install a shorter windscreen. That reduced the wind protection to just below my helmet which was much better that the buffeting!
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Thanks for your replies! 馃槉

I have a 2022 Vstrom 650 and don;t suffer any buffeting issues that I can;t live with. 6'-3" and 220 pounds and the windshield is still in the same position Suzuki set it up in (middle position, I think). As a first bike owner, is it possible that you were expecting serenity while riding and now the minimal buffeting is a bother? (Not asking to insult, but rather to learn).

I will admit, when being passed by a tractor/trailer or other large vehicle there is sometimes considerable buffeting until they get much further ahead, but that's expected. I read one thread where a guy said he wanted windshield and helmet improvement because while riding just turning his head to the side felt like it was going to get ripped off his shoulders. Riding into the wind will do that to some degree, while riding with wind behind you is your serenity.

Welcome from New Mexico, Mike!
It's not impossible, the only other bike I've ridden was a naked one(Yamaha MT-07).
My biggest problem isn't comfort, rather a lot of noise in speeds from about 80kph/50mph that's pretty much unbearable even with earplugs. That wasn't as problematic with my whole upper body in the wind on the Yamaha. I'm 3" shorter than you, but don't know whether that really accounts for anything in this regard.
My head does get rattled near bigger vehicles, but as you said, that's expected.

I have (within the 660km/410mi I've ridden so far) tried moving the stock windshield both up and down and I reckon I prefer the downmost position since it resembles Big Boys solution. However there will be more trial and error when spring comes before I think too much about a possible replacement.
I've been very happy with my Givi windscreen as have many others.
I worked in Sweden in 2014 and spent my spare time researching bikes. I bought a 650 when I returned home. All I had in Sweden was a bicycle although they do have excellent train and bus service. Sweden is a beautiful land with many beautiful women.
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I second the Givi Airflow screen. It made a huge difference to my bike, making long distance trips much more quiet and comfortable. Chalk and cheese with the OEM screen.
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Hi all, and a belated Happy New Year! 馃嵕

I'm Mike, a 33 year old Swede who got my drivers license and also my first motorcycle last October, a -22 Wee-Strom. (Mid-life crisis anyone?)
Welcome (y) post some pictures

... you have a way to go, 鈥淢idlife鈥 takes place approximately between the ages of 40 and 60
Welcome!

Enjoy the Strom. They are fun.

Some have reported a reduction of helmet turbulence and noise after installing mirror extenders. I have them but only notice I can see aft better with them.
Welcome to the Forum. Snow.... no problem. Where there is a will, there is often some sort of solution..... http://www.dl650.org/photos/pbsoluces/keker52/ski-chaines/index.html LOL
V盲lkommen! I'm a quarter Swedish (Andersons from Gotland). :)
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