MP Cycle Designs New "Sport Screen"
Late last year, Paul at MP Cycle design told me he was working on a new sport-style windscreen for the VStrom. I had been looking for something like the Zero Gravity windshield that was available for the earlier VStroms. When a prototype unit became available, Paul offered me a chance to try it out. Summer is here in South Florida, and with the heat, the more air you can get, the better, so the timing is good. I've been using MP's Touring screen, which is about 30% larger overall than the stock Suzuki screen. It does a great job of keeping the wind off, but like any large windshield, it hardly makes the bike look sexy.
The first thing I noticed about the new screen is it's very cool color. It's BLACK, about as black as it can be and still be translucent. Because the Strom has so many black parts (in particular the front fender) the screen really fits the color theme. And everybody wants a color-cooridinated motorcycle, don't you agree?
The next feature that stands out is the complexity of the shapes in the screen. It has a center "bubble" which then blends into the rest of the screen with several smooth bends. The top of the screen has a sporty curve to it; sort of a "swept back" look. Paul has cut this curve so the top of the screen maintains a flat horizontal plane across the curve. I'm emphasising these details because I don't think the photos convey just how trick this screen really is. Lastly, the screen follows the lines and angles of the Strom's front fairing perfectly. The provided mounting system puts the screen in very close to the bodywork, perhaps 1/4" or less.
On the road at speed, the screen produces a smooth, steady flow of air that is quite comfortable. I'm right at 6'. and for me, the airflow is such that there is no pressure on the chest, but there is some on the helmet. That's fine, because I can really feel the air now from the Nolan helmet's venting system. With the big screen, the helmet vents were pretty much useless. I also noticed a marked difference in the feel of the front end of the bike. The steering seems lighter now, especially at speed. I suspect the larger screens produce downforce in addition to their greater weight.
My understanding is that the screen will sell for under $150. I don't know when Paul will have them on the website, but if you're interested in a sporty, custom look for your VStrom, you might want to send Paul an email at: [email protected]
. I will post the photos later today.