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post #1 of 8 Old 01-23-2005, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Take the windshield "towel test"

This tells you a lot about the wind management problems on the DL's. Simply put the windshield wherever you like, then take a big towel or some other padding type thing and wrap the gap at the bottom of the shield, between the lexan and the slider contraption. seal it all up good and go take a ride.

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-23-2005, 09:41 PM
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I'd like to try as you've suggested, but there's three to four feet of snow where I live and it ain't go'na be melting any time soon.

I have my 2004 V-Strom windshield in its highest (unofficial) 4th position.

Please tell me what happens if I plug the hole below the windscreen?

I'd hate to be in suspense for the next three months.

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-23-2005, 11:02 PM
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And what is the outcome of the towel test, I have an 800 mile ride Friday/Saturday.
 
post #4 of 8 Old 01-24-2005, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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well, its interesting. you find out that the air coming from that direction is affecting you [me] in ways I would not have imagined. on the third setting [second from the highest, that is], with it all closed up around there, the air getting to my body, from say waist-high to neck, is drastically reduced. I would not have thunk it, given the relatively narrow width of that part of the bike... wouldn't seem to matter much at all way back there where I am sitting half a mile from the screen. Bottom line is its quieter, but the flip side is that when you get up to about 90 or so, there is a backdraft and updraft... sort of levitating the jacket. I don't find that unpleasant.

as hard as the head-bobbing and blurred vision and accompanying fatigue and headaches.... no help. that, using either the stock or the "extended stock" which is the Givi.

While on this subject, would you guys look at http://www.corbin.com/honda/neofair.shtml

I wrote to them and explained what I thought about the V-strom and told them I think their concept is the right approach. Just sticking lexan on the tip of the badly-designed Strom fairing is never going to produce good results: for one thing it is just too far away, and trying to accomodate that slider limits the maker's ability to put a lower "skirt" on the thing to avoid that huge-mongous gap at the bottom of the shield. The design of the trimtab puts the shield close to the rider, and allows a LOT of adjustability. I hope they take a serious look at it and I hope the V-strom half-fast-fairing is not a block which cannot be overcome.

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-24-2005, 07:47 PM
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I think the problem is that the shield is too far away. I can go with the tallest shield out there but the wind can still whack the helmet from the sides and back. If I bend forward a bit I'm much better off. I took the mirrors off, no difference. I'm going to try lower bars to bend forward more and see how that works.
post #6 of 8 Old 01-25-2005, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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yep jirv

yep. you are 100% right. you sit so far away that the wind effect is about like the passenger gets on normal bikes. I'm not too optimistic. i see no real enthusiasm for ANY of the windscreens now for sale.

the only help I can see is you can probably shed about 1" of that throw by getting rid of the sliders, and just use some small spacers and bolt the lexan directly to the mounts for the slide, pulling the plastic right against the front face of the fairing.
I'm going to see some plastic-benders around here and explain it all to them and get a couple of pieces done to try.

glad you'll have the corbin before your trip!
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Re: yep jirv

Hey Zapp
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yep. you are 100% right. you sit so far away that the wind effect is about like the passenger gets on normal bikes. I'm not too optimistic. i see no real enthusiasm for ANY of the windscreens now for sale. the only help I can see is you can probably shed about 1" of that throw by getting rid of the sliders, and just use some small spacers and bolt the lexan directly to the mounts for the slide, pulling the plastic right against the front face of the fairing.
I'm going to see some plastic-benders around here and explain it all to them and get a couple of pieces done to try.
z
Looking at your other windshield thread there seemed to be some promise for the Windstrom Manta and the laminar lip. What happened?

I need to buy a windshield and was counting on your search to find it for me :cry:


in answer to your question --- Upper Lake Livingston --- I'll be in the hill country this spring --- may pass through your neck-of-the-woods--- will check your schedule later.

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-31-2005, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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want to tamper around with the mount first and see what results happen

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