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post #1 of 11 Old 03-06-2005, 05:31 PM
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Cee Baileys for '04 Review

I got a 23 1/2" Cee Baileys Comfort Shiled about a month ago, today was my first ride. I'm 5'7" so according to Cee Baileys I should have gotten the 21 1/2", but I wanted something that would protect my wife as well. To start, it installed easily and fit well, my first impression was it looked tall and skinny. Riding it, the first thing I noticed is that in the lowest position I am looking right at the top of the screen, the next thing was I was getting a terrible reflection off the gauges and triple clamps. The reflection was bad enough that you couldn't see through the screen at times. The wind noise and buffeting is gone but a strong cross wind can make you wish for no screen at all. Now this height is for people over 6'2" so I tried elevating myself to see if I should get the shorter version. The buffeting is just as bad as stock with me just a few inches out of the saddle. All in all I am disapointed. It fits well and looks good but it seems to add as many problems as it fixes. I actually am concerd about riding at night with this because, I think my vision would be severly impaired by headlights coming from behind me.
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-06-2005, 10:33 PM
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Well, I just ordered one tonight. I hope mine works out better. I'm 5'11'' and I ordered the same height. I don't think I'll have the top of the windshield problem, but I hope I'm out of the windnoise, too. The reflection think is interesting; I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

Cheers, Doug

PS Thanks for the info.
post #3 of 11 Old 03-08-2005, 08:36 PM
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Cee Bailey experience

Howboucha!

Hey, I made the same mistake by ordering a size taller than advised by Cee Bailey. They know what they are talking about so I suppose we should trust 'em.

Anyhow I should have ordered 23.5 inches but went for 25.5. They would have taken the shield back and exchanged it but I just chopped about an inch and one half off. Now it's perfect. I can see over it easily and it does a great job of deflecting most of the air and eliminates that dreaded thudding on the back of the helmet as with the stock screen.

It is a very high quality screen and I am very pleased I bought it. I guess this proves you can get a screen that's too tall and that's in some ways worse than no screen at all.

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post #4 of 11 Old 03-09-2005, 03:35 PM
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I ve been using a C-B 23.5 since Dec on My 05 . Works fine , the buffeting is cut way down unless doing super legal speeds (Arizona 90 +) I am 6 even and the top of screen is at eye level if i slouch, and I look over it when bolt up-right. The real answer for the buffeting is a proper sport touring fairing aka Duck ST3/4, kaw concours, but then this wouldn't be an A-T, it would be an ST.

What kind of airflow does a Copanord, GS, 950 Adveturer, Tiger and multistrada give? We need a Rag shoot-out with this included in the shoot out.
post #5 of 11 Old 03-09-2005, 04:09 PM
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good observation

Well put! If you want to motor around in a silent bubble of still air, ride a Gold Wing or buy a pickup truck and keep the windows closed. You've got to expect some turbulence on a proper motorbike. However, the drumming or thudding that you sometimes get with the stock screen is really too much to take for long. That's something that really needs to be resolved either eventually by Suzuki or a good aftermarket screen.

Ride well!

Jeff

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post #6 of 11 Old 03-09-2005, 07:37 PM
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I would rather have no protection than the buffeting. It feels like someone is hitting me n the head with a rubber mallet. I think I'm going to lower the stock one a couple inches and use that for summer.
post #7 of 11 Old 03-09-2005, 11:18 PM
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I have the tallest CB on my '02 1000 since Nov 2003. Got it at the same time as my Corbin seat. I'm 5'11" and the 1st time I rode it with the new parts I thought that the problem wasn't solved. I was getting buffetting and the screen was wiggling around. Then I looked at my speedo.........Oooops. 110 on the dial. I backed it off to near legal speeds and it was quiet enough to hear my STOCK exhaust, but still feel some light wind on my arms and shoulders. Since then I keep it clean (yes, I see through it unless I'm standing for off-road conditions) and I ride rain or shine. For me it's been worth it. The CB/Corbin setup feels right, keeps the bugs off my helmet, and lets me ride for hours without fatigue.

Yes, I'm a long-time lurker, and one of the early members from the yahoo group days. I came back to talk about this stuff since my brother just bought a '04 DL 650. He came from road racing and says this is the best bike he's ever owned. He didn't like mine because the front end wouldn't steer when he was.....playing......in the mountains (too much wheelie in her...haha). It scared him.

Have fun and ride safe! :lol:
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guys, the THUDDING has been cured on a number of bikes by lowering the stock screen and tilting a tad more upright. I think these posts are on this forum somewhere. if not here, Rapidforum. When I say lowered I don't mean stock/slider lowered, but drilling new holes in the stocker to let it go about one inch or more lower than the stock position. According to those who did it, the buffeting is completely gone [meaning the head-rattling ear-damaging kind]. The flipside is that its a chin spoiler for sure, so bugs and road grit are going to be your lot in life.

Supposedly the laminar lip also cures the thudding, though it doesn't do much else. at least its cheap.

I can say that the Givi, if you mess with its position enough, can get rid of the thudding, but you will still get blown about quite a bit. its windy. I am pretty tall, so I use the Givi in an un-supportedly-high setting: the top two holes of the Yoke are exposed above the fairing/dash/tupperware. I always say it ain't perfect by a long shot, but one good advantage is that it is no worse at top speed than at moderate speed, in fact it may be at its best between 80-90 mph

Zapp

p.s. there is also a very old post by roy b. [I think it was rb] about flipping the stock screen upside down and drilling something. The point was to not have that flip-lip on the topside, as it is there to induce turbulence, so that no one in their right mind would buy another Suzuki.... brilliant engineering. Anyway, according to the post, no buffeting, just smooth wind [and a lot of it]

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post #9 of 11 Old 03-10-2005, 10:11 AM
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cb screen

I just bought the 2nd highest CB screen for my 04 (I thing it’s the 26”). In center position, I look through the Plexiglas, which is what I wanted. Took the bike out in the cold and windy Sunday last week, and was amazed. Side wind got me, but nothing from head-on. I have read that most don't like looking through the screen, but this is my third bike that is set up this way and it works great for me. Have not ridden with it at night though, so I am still worried about reflections from dash lights (is there a way to dim the dash?). Doug.

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post #10 of 11 Old 03-13-2005, 08:26 PM
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I'm 6'2" with 34 inch inseam and I got the 28"(tallest) Cee Bailey for my 03 DL1000. It looks pretty weird on the bike, and I am looking through the screen. It does a great job of removing the noise and buffeting. The downside besides being ugly is that there is a slight reflection of the gas tank off the screen which is not bad and usually not noticeable but is almost always there. I have not tried it at night. Another HUGE downside I discovered by chance this morning. I got into some moderate fog and got heavy condensation right in the middle portion of the screen that ran from the top to the bottom of the screen. In other words I couldn't see well at all through the screen right where I naturally look through it! So I was having to look through the left or right side of the screen. There is probably something I can coat the screen with to prevent that from happening but at the time I was ready to stop and toss that screen. At the moment I put the shortest OEM screen back on. I am going to go back and forth for awhile and maybe to for another screen. But I find that I prefer to not look through the screen. If I was doing a long trip though I would probably go with the tall screen as it really does cut down on the noise and buffeting.The funny thing is that my 02 RC51 has great wind protection! Way better than the Strom and even better than my Hayabusa when I had it. The first time I got up to speed on the RC51 I was very surprised at how calm and quiet it was.
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