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post #1 of 7 Old 04-02-2005, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Side Turbulence

Found that almost all turbulence remaing after installing my Windstrom TS windshield was actually coming off the tops of the handguards. I had some Saeng TA Stealth Edging on the top of the windshield to my K100RT (which is going in somewone else's garage soon). I took it off, cut it in two, and mounted it on the top edge of both handguards. Each half was about 8" long, which turned out to be just right. It cut down the airflow enough to end almost all helmet noise at speed if the sidewinds are under 20 mph or so.

Another 5" per side would completly wrap around the top and side.

Go to They now cal it "Micro-Swirl Edging". Pricey at $12.90 a foot, but it works.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-03-2005, 05:05 AM
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I removed my handguards. Didn't see the need for them during the Aussie summer, and I reckon they're ugly. My hands are still amazingly protected by the fairing! If I move my hands to about 6 inches above (or below) the handgrips, I can really feel the wind. But on the handgrips, there's suprisingly little wind!

Can't comment on the helmet turbulance, as I don't seem to get any (never have) and I have the standard screen. I'm a 'standard' 5'10" tall, and have never found buffetting a problem. Bit of wind noise, but not excessive (nothing a couple of ear plugs wont stop, anyway).
post #3 of 7 Old 04-06-2005, 08:09 AM
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i remain unconvinced by any of the Windstrom reports I read... sounds like all the same issues are present, just toned down a bit.

the crazy thing is, in the last three cruisers I have owned, I never remember even THINKING about wind blast much, once I put on my proper windshield.... never thought about cross-blasts, never got to the end of a day cussing the "blasted buffeting". never had my skull bounced around like a Mister Bobblehead


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post #4 of 7 Old 04-08-2005, 10:00 PM
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As a former cruiser owner, let me testify.
1) On your cruiser, you were sitting much closer to a windscreen that was nearly vertical and was very wide, so that all wind was directed way over your head and way out around the sides. It can get hot in the summer.
2) On your cruiser, you were riding much lower to the ground on a bike with no fairing. Now you are riding high and as the top of a sail, you will feel the cross winds and you will notice the turbulent air as you close in behind other vehicles, particularly trucks.
Alas my friend, it is the nature of the beast.

On the other hand, the handling of this bike makes your cruiser feel like trying to turn the Titanic. It gives new meaning to the word "twisty".
Having never ridden a sportbike before (only cruisers and clunky standards), I had no idea that a motorcycle could handle turns like this.

I saw the light when I ran into this guy with a GS Adventure, and he told me to take it for a ride. After that, I knew I was done with cruisers (I also knew I wasn't dropping 15K on a new motorcycle).
You should know that this guy had mucho problems with the stock windscreen on his GS. He found an aftermarket screen that works, although I didn't like it because the top edge was really vibrating and I found that annoying.

Here's what it boils down to:
The dualsport ergodynamics mean sitting tall off the ground (I really like it up there) and way back from the windscreen. Your head will buffet unless you find the setup that directs clean air into your helmet (as if you had no windscreen). Clean air in your helmet means lots of wind noise.
Wind hitting the helmet and wind noise are two things that cruiser riders with windscreens are not used to experiencing.
Personally, I think the VStrom is a nice enough bike at a nice enough price to make it worthwhile to keep searching for a solution to your problems.
Good luck.

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-08-2005, 11:36 PM
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Windstrom works for me. I mounted lowerbars as well. In the mid position I can see over the screen and don't have any bobblehead. I little wind noise and I can get totally out but tucking down a bit. It's good enough that running to work at 85 indicated I have my helmet shield up and can listen to music through my ears plugs. Big side winds do get around the shield, not much one can do with that.
post #6 of 7 Old 05-11-2005, 09:20 AM
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i've found out that most of the buffeting comes from the air off the screen mixing with the air coming off the mirrors.

anyone try different mirrors with good results?

anyone with a Givi, Cee Baily or Windstrom still feel the turbulence off the mirrors?

BTW, just picked up my k5 DL1000 last week.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-11-2005, 01:00 PM
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simple enough to try: just take the mirrors off

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