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I did a search for "wings", and only saw one pic on this site, can't believe no one has offered these retail/aftermarket. Well worth a few hours of time, no extra holes to drill. OE bolt on top, with a right angle bracket, crash bar end simply tie wrapped for now, but plenty strong as is. (one wrap of rubber elect. tape for grip, and crashbar protection) No more tornado from the belly and up. I was riding in 97 deg heat yesterday, w/no helmet. I had so much turbulence coming UP my frt side, I couldn't bare to keep my eyes open. Screw that!

I LOVE lexan!!
 

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I'm not your mom but do you wear a full-face helmet? Hard to imagine how you would have difficulty keeping your eyes open from buffeting.

Nice fabrication. The GS-adventure has a similar deflector. I've never felt the need, I have the madstad with stock screen and am totally happy with the wind management.
 

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heat? I hear ya, up here in the PNW we actually hit 72 degrees today- I had to switch to my mesh gear!

:green_lol:

I've seen these on wings and harleys but never on a strom.




but seriously........ wear a helmet, heat or cold, rain or shine.
 

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I'm not your mom but do you wear a full-face helmet? Hard to imagine how you would have difficulty keeping your eyes open from buffeting.

Nice fabrication. The GS-adventure has a similar deflector. I've never felt the need, I have the madstad with stock screen and am totally happy with the wind management.
you missed this part: I was riding in 97 deg heat yesterday, w/no helmet.

I had so much wind coming up behind my glasses, it was impossible to keep both eyes open. I know, WEAR A HELMET!! But 97 deg with high humidity? Can't do it! I've been riding for 40 years, I know it's dangerous, but passing out from the heat while going 70 mph can be problematic too.

BTW, I have the madstat brackets, and a givi....no probs with the screen, the air was coming up my torso
 

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I have never noticed any ill effects from riding with my helmet on at 90+ degrees, I just move my windshield down to its lowest level for max airflow.
 

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Agree with the above, especially if you have the Mad Stad. Lower the windshield and tip the top back as far as it will go. It seems to relieve some of the helmet buffeting too!
 

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A trick that worked for me in Central Valley CA where it was 107 degrees was to fill my helmet (full face SHoei 1000f) with water, put it on and open all the vents. Worked like air conditioning for about 30 - 40 minutes... repeat.

Granted I was on a road trip and didnt have to face anyone looking like a waterlogged hairy melon, but it did allow me to wear a helmet. :biggrinjester:
 

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The idea of that is very functional. Doesn't look all that pretty though does it? Kind of cuts the VStrom logo in half. Looks tacked on. IMO of course.

I wonder if its possible to make one that follows the flow of the tank better? On a slight angle maybe? Might be able to use the existing bolts to mount it too.

I don't have any issues with buffeting.
 

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you missed this part: I was riding in 97 deg heat yesterday, w/no helmet.

I had so much wind coming up behind my glasses, it was impossible to keep both eyes open. I know, WEAR A HELMET!! But 97 deg with high humidity? Can't do it! I've been riding for 40 years, I know it's dangerous, but passing out from the heat while going 70 mph can be problematic too.

BTW, I have the madstat brackets, and a givi....no probs with the screen, the air was coming up my torso
I was riding in 103 deg heat index here in Ga full sun with a full face last week, its warm but not warm enough to bust my melon if I hit some oil. no problems with my glasses.
 

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Never noticed any buffeting at waist level, and coming up? I've seen that posted many times. It's hilarious. There sure are some dandies on this forum. Denial baby!! Gotta' love it! ;o)

It looks tacked on? IT WAS! duh! where the hell do you guys come from?


Now, for those who would like to correct the screwy windflow, I can vouch for the deflectors working very,very well. THAT, was the only purpose of the post.

For those who want to school me on proper motorcycle attire, it's not needed or wanted.

And, the ignorant few who think riding MUST be uncomfortable because Suzuki WANTS it that way, uh.....STFU. A simple informative post must always turn into a scolding by the know it alls? Big B, you're an arrogant, annoying li'l shit. I've seen enough of your posts to know you aren't normal. Maybe your li'l brain got overheated by the helmet use in hot weather? jus' MY opinion! ;o)........we're all allowed one, right? LMAO!!!

I'm actually being easy on y'all, cuz I know your only enjoyment in life is bashing on this forum. I'm not here to make anyone cry!!
 

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Not bad

Doesn't look bad for something quickly put together. I would be interested to know if you detect a reduction in gas mileage. As a GE employee, I love Lexan too!
 

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Doesn't look bad for something quickly put together. I would be interested to know if you detect a reduction in gas mileage. As a GE employee, I love Lexan too!

You better run, they're likely to beat you with my lifeless carcass!! ;o)

BTW, My daughter interned at GE Aircraft engine in Cincy......or is it Dayton?...whichever, HUGE place!
 

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105 in Az today and I have a full face helmet and I'm fine. Maybe because its a "dry heat" but I'm not even sweating yet and I'm a big sweater.
 

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105 in Az today and I have a full face helmet and I'm fine. Maybe because its a "dry heat" but I'm not even sweating yet and I'm a big sweater.
This isn't a helmet thread, but per usual, gear nazi's tend to get their panties bunched, strangely ironic, huh? ;o)
 

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You better run, they're likely to beat you with my lifeless carcass!! ;o)

BTW, My daughter interned at GE Aircraft engine in Cincy......or is it Dayton?...whichever, HUGE place!
Good for her. Hopefully that was a good experience for her. I belong to GE Energy. I read or hear the term "Smart Grid" only a few hundred times a day.
 

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When it's 97 degree heat and riding becomes a problem...I get a lemonade and find the key to cars.

Seriously, I'm not lecturing anybody and everybody can do what they want. I dimply don't understand how a hobby that has so much inherit danger needs to add more layers of it.

Anywho....I also thought about sticking a couple of pieces of aluminum but so far, it's more of "what will it do" rather then any real need for it.
 

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I use a set of Aerostitch tank panniers with a very similar result. They're placed on the sides of the tank and extend from just under my hand guards to the top of the Pat Walsh crash bars. They block the wind that would normally flow up my legs to my chest. I have a riding friend who uses a set on his R1200R for the same reason.

Interestingly, I have a set of 9" wide aluminum cases mounted on the rear. Before the tank panniers, I would get a bug splatter pattern on the outside 2" or so of each rear case. Now with the tank panniers, the air flow is pushed outboard of my knees/legs and almost nothing hits the rear cases.

An effect on fuel economy? Probably, but I suspect it's reasonably small. I'll find out for sure when I head to the ADVrider rally in MT in late-July. However, it's something I'm willing to accept because I want the extra carrying capacity -- the bike cover and shower clogs in the left side, the off-bike walking shoes in the right side.
 

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I think they will be great in the cold of winter, when it gets dark early and they also look like a quick on and off comfort mod for long distance riders when you get caught in a full day of riding in heavy rain. The major cold weather wind managment I noticed between my Buell Uly and my wife's wee was around the legs and up the torso. The Buell was much better in the cold and rain arond the legs due to the shape of the airbox cover and little fairing. I also put little lexan wings on my goldwing under the mirrors and they sure did make a difference in my cross country rides. Sorry the thread got hijacked into a helmet issue, keep the innovative ideas coming.
 
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