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Okay you lucky 2012 owners, of those of you who experienced buffetting on your previous "legacy" V-Stroms, what's the word with the new design body and stock windscreen? Did Suzuki get it right and is buffeting a thing of the past now?

I'm sure their upgraded windscreen with the laminar lip will be even better as I have the same screen (MRA Vario) on my '09 Wee and it's fantastic. Just curious about long-term reports from any experienced Strommers as to how the standard screen behaves - are buffetting complaints now likely to be over?

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So is it like dirty air? Sorta like following a semi trailer? :confused:
 

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Just finished my second day of 2012 wee ownership. I have a total of 110 miles. I have never ridden the old version stroms. I have the tall option seat and the stock shield mounted in the top position. I'm 6'4" with about 36" inseam. Today took me through a combination of straight on, cross, and tail wind with some gusty conditions.

This bike certainly lets a lot more air past the shield and fairing compared to the barn door on my Goldwing as expected. However the air is pretty clean and consistent and certainly doesn't qualify as buffeting by my definition. I know what buffeting is about with my wing and past motorcycles. So far I'm quite pleased with air management.

I expected to replace the shield since before buying the bike and still plan to, however my opinion of what will be the right solution is in question now because of my positive experience.
 

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Never had the old model but I did have a 955 Tiger with some buffetting I had to work through. I have 800 miles on the new DL and experience little to no buffetting. I'm 6 foot with a 32 inseam. The windshield is still in the middle position becuase I haven't had a need to try the other positons. The wind hits me right at the top of the visor.
 

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Hello All,

I just wanted to chime in briefly re: buffeting on the 'strom...I had a 2009 with a Givi D260 and a Madstad bracket - a perfect combo for me... the best thing about it is adjustment options for various wind and rain conditions ( e.g., more tilt in light rain/slow commute to help water slide off my face shield...)

Another thing I wanted to mention is that nobody talks about torso and head size... now, I must admit I have weird body dimensions - I am about 5'9", but with a large (XL helmet size) head, and a tall torso - about 31.5" inseam... This combination requires taller screens for me...I have sat on the new 'Strom a couple times, but I have not test ridden one yet... I would bet that even though I would get less buffeting that the old model, I would need a taller aftermarket screen for highway riding...

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Better

BUT, remember this is a very rider specific thing.

On my K6 I had a home made spoiler on the windshield, my 2012 is stock.

The wind protection is also different - on the K6 during the commute I stayed drier, long hauls the 2012 surprisingly wins.

Rode several hours in heavy rain last weekend with leggings and an open weave mesh jacket on, I was barely damp when I stopped - most of the rain had been pushed around me.

On the commute my legs get wetter on the 2012, but at speed the 2012 aero is really good at deflecting rain and wind around the riders body.

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BUT, remember this is a very rider specific thing.

On my K6 I had a home made spoiler on the windshield, my 2012 is stock.

The wind protection is also different - on the K6 during the commute I stayed drier, long hauls the 2012 surprisingly wins.

Rode several hours in heavy rain last weekend with leggings and an open weave mesh jacket on, I was barely damp when I stopped - most of the rain had been pushed around me.

On the commute my legs get wetter on the 2012, but at speed the 2012 aero is really good at deflecting rain and wind around the riders body.
That's interesting. I haven't done a long distance ride on the L2 yet, but it will happen after another week, down to SF.

In any case, I'd modified my K7 with madstand and MRA touring screen to get rid of buffeting, and the L2 with MRA is totally fine. At speed, I guess I can agree that yes it's pushing the air around me enough. There have been some days here in winter with crazy crosswinds, but of course the new bike has less "sail area" at least.
 

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slight wind noise but no buffeting on my 2012 . it also depends a lot on what shape your lid is , when i have a cheap make lid on its not as quiet as when ive got my shoei on. ive also tried raising and lowering the screen & it dosent seem to make any difference and im 5ft 9ins . not as good as my yamaha xj6 diversion was, the fairing on that was brilliant 70-80mph sat there in still air completely quiet..
 

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I hav a 2012 adv. that I rode 550 miles on a very windy day. No buffeting noticeable. I ride a goldwing and a 1200GS(recently sold to make room for the Strom) and I see no reason to change the shield, which I had the assembler "set" on the highest position. I'm 6 ft. 2 inch. HB
 

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Rode home from the dealers on my new 2012 today, some of it at 90-100km/h and its very good, hardly any buffetting, wind just goes over the top of my Shoei Hornet helmet - screen set in the middle position, I'm 5'10". Very happy. Way better than my XT660Z.:hurray:
 

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No buffetting at all on this one, had the MRA shield on my dl1000, I'll probably just leave this stock shield on, unless I go for the barn door calsci for more wind and weather protection in the winter months. 6' 1", I've had the shield on middle position, and tall, not much difference as far as I can tell.
 

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I get some buffeting using the top shield setting when riding at 60mph+.

On middle setting I get no buffeting at any speed
 

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ive also tried raising and lowering the screen & it dosent seem to make any difference and im 5ft 9ins .
I'm 5'8" and also found no difference between the center and high positions. I think that if you're 5'9" or under, when the screen is in the middle, it's already deflecting most of the air right over our heads anyway.

I put it back down to the middle because in the high position, the upper rim of the windscreen is right in my field of vision.
 

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Hello All,

Well, it looks like wind protection is generally quite a bit better on the new 'Strom... I wonder about stability in gusty conditions... you folks in Texas or W. Oz likely have most experience with this... as I have posted here before, occasionally I must deal with the challenges of the Columbia Gorge, and also the Astoria, OR bridge... both pretty intense... we also get some tasty storms coming in on the Oregon coast at times...

Thanks for your info...

--John
 

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I am 5"7 and have clocked up just over 4000km's on mine day rides and 1 trip and I have no buffeting issues.
I do have a bit of wind noise though, but that could just be the helmt.
I have mine on the top setting as I have tried all 3 and it seems best.
I have tried the MRA vario touring screen it made no difference tried all settings one after the other between both it and the stock screen.
I ended up returning it for a refund.
 

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BUT, remember this is a very rider specific thing.
Indeed.

I am 6'1" with the stock seat. With the stock screen in the lowest position, the wind hits me around the shoulders. In the middle position the wind hits me in the upper part of my helmet's shield. At the top position it hits me above the face shield toward the top of my helmet.

I also ran without the screen just to see what it was like. The wind hit me about mid torso and was about the same cleanliness as the screen in the lowest position, just a lot more of it. I would say it's not naked bike (SV650) clean.

Regardless, I am happy with the stock screen.
 

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I re-mounted the MRA windscreen to the high position last night, and at 5'9" height, it did make a little nicer airflow but there's no buffeting in either setting.
 

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Hello All,

Well, it looks like wind protection is generally quite a bit better on the new 'Strom... I wonder about stability in gusty conditions... you folks in Texas or W. Oz likely have most experience with this... as I have posted here before, occasionally I must deal with the challenges of the Columbia Gorge, and also the Astoria, OR bridge... both pretty intense... we also get some tasty storms coming in on the Oregon coast at times...

Thanks for your info...

--John
It's fine. Mind you, mine had a fork brace and steering damper week one ;), so it didn't get a workout in really strong winds stock.

In moderate winds though - less side push than on the K6.

Pete
 
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