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post #1 of 49 Old 01-25-2005, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Is ANYONE happy with ANY kind of windshield?

please give some hope here?

I can only spot one person that has used the California Scientific? about two that have used the Windstrom. I see no enthusiasm for laminar lips, givi, cee bailey.... there's always the caveat: .... "its pretty good, except that your head is a mister bobblehead and you can't see anything for the double vision".....


If evolution is valid, why do I still bite my tongue occasionally?
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post #2 of 49 Old 01-25-2005, 08:15 PM
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Well.... maybe a little hope. The stock windshield on my DL-650 gave me a giant dose of buffeting (6-3") no matter the height of the windshield. I got a touring Laminar Lip and that was the cure. I can ride with my face shield up up to 60 mph or so (shield in the middle position). At 70 mph, the ride is so much quieter, there is no longer a need for earplugs. Buffeting is down about 90%. Upper body protection is far better.

I never expected that little piece of plastic to turn my bike into a Gold Wing, but it did take me from an unbearable situation to a quiet and comfortable ride in most situations. Not bad for $85.00. The only exception to this is with strong cross winds. They will collapse the still air bubble and you find yourself back into buffeting... though not near as bad as without the lip.

All in all, I am thrilled with the result and the lack of $ I spent.

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post #3 of 49 Old 01-25-2005, 09:18 PM
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Waaay toooo subjective and sooo maanny variables. For my 5'9" 31" inseam, I'm pretty happy with the stock shield on my wee strom in the 3rd position.
It's better than my GS ever was, and I like to think I'm riding a dual sport not a total street bike so I consider some noise/turbulence part of that equation.
How many different ones have you tried?
Maybe your on the wrong bike and need to buy a Gold Wing or BMW RT.
post #4 of 49 Old 01-25-2005, 09:20 PM
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I must be the only guy on the planet that thinks the factory issue wind screen is pretty good. I sit way above it and my helmet is in very clean air, which means no buffeting at all. It keeps most of the junk off my torso and my full face helmet takes care of the rest. I ride in all kinds of weather too, not just dry conditions.
post #5 of 49 Old 01-25-2005, 09:39 PM
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Including todays ride, I only have 313 miles on my less than a week old 05 DL650, but the stock screen in the low position is working pretty good for me.Now if the weather can keep this up here in Missouri.
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post #6 of 49 Old 01-26-2005, 01:02 AM
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I had the 02 DL1000. Know that original screen had sever buffeting problems. It would try to lift your helmet off your head and it felt like someone was slapping you across the head. I'am happy with my 04 DL650 screen. The idea is to have the bottom of your helmet above the top of the wind screen. I'am 6'3" and use the 20 +mm touring seat with the sheild in its highest postion.
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post #7 of 49 Old 01-26-2005, 07:44 AM
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I'm using a CB 23.5 in the middle position.

It's no Goldwing but it is better than my DR650 was with a fly screen at 140 kph.

I would say it's almost as good as it's going to get. I still have one option to try: mirrors, risers, and a GL1100 screen.
post #8 of 49 Old 01-26-2005, 08:44 AM
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I'm just over 6", 34" inseam and have a Windstrommer that came with the machine. If I put it all the ay up I have to look through it. Middle is pretty good but to avoid all buffetting I need to bend forward a bit. I'm going to swap bars to something alum and 2" lower to see if that gets me out of all of it. Stock (04) will probably get cut lower to be my summer short tour screen.
post #9 of 49 Old 01-26-2005, 09:39 AM
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I had problems with buffeting and wind noise on both of my '03 Suzukis at first. It took some experimenting, and some $$$ to figure things out. What I learned was that having wind from a windscreen hit you mid-helmet (above the chinbar and below the very top of the helmet) is the culprit. It is much worse than riding a bike with no windscreen. The other thing I learned is that all full face helmets are NOT equally good at wind management. A solution can require the combination of a windscreen modification AND a change in helmet.

My V-Strom solution (I am 6'6"):

In the Summer, I ride with the shorty stock screen (the '03 does not have the adjustable setup). This puts my helmet just above the windblast from the screen. I bought a Shoei Z-Two helmet. It is far superior to the other helmets I owned in this situation where the helmet is fully in the wind. I get no buffeting, wind noise is at an acceptable level, and I get plenty of cooling air for those hot months. Basically the windscreen is taking the wind pressure off of my chest, which is all I need for comfortable riding.

In the late Fall & Winter, I swap a tall Cee Bailey windscreen on to the bike. This lifts the wind to where it is just brushing the top of my helmet and also gives more overall body protection from the cold wind. The Shoei Z-Two is very noisy in this situation. But my older Shoei RF-800 is perfect. My HJC CL-14 sits in the closet. It does not perform well in either windscreen configuration.

With the new adjustable mounting system and windscreen, and with differences in rider height (and head shape where helmets are concerned), solutions will differ. But the principles are much the same.
post #10 of 49 Old 01-26-2005, 09:46 AM
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Manta "TS"

I bought a Windstrom shield that I put on when I picked the DL1000 up (I had test ridden the bike first and didn't want anything to do with the OEM shield) and Eric kindly dubbed me a beta tester for the "TS" mod that works much like the laminar lip. This shield works really well for me (5'11" and 30" inseam) in the middle position. I won't look through plastic (otherwise I'd just get a cage). Quiet up to about 85 then not much sound and no buffeting up to 125 indicated. Side wind causes some noise, but it does on a Gold Wing too. I think the design actually improves the look of the bike. Quiality, fit and finish are excellent. Can't imagine anything better for this bike. 1500 miles so far so I guess its not a difinitive review.

'04 DL1000
'96 Magna custom
'85 BMW K100RT
'79 KZ1300 naked
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