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post #1 of 15 Old 07-02-2008, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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The $10 Wind Buffeting Fix

Made a $10 windscreen replacement for the DL650 with a "new" black 50 quart rubbermaid trash can, since I could not find a sheet of flat black plastic. Cut out several posterboard templates until I had the desired fairing shape. Cut out a large piece of the trash can, then used the template for the final cutout shape. Used Razor edged Fiskars to cut the plastic and used a dremel & sheet metal deburring tool to finish the edges.

The .080" thick plastic should be very durable and has a gloss finish on one side & matt finish on the other side. Placed the matt side facing away from the rider, and it matches perfectly with the Suzuki hand guard finish & mirrors. Tested so far up to 75MPH on the interstate, and the air flow is much smoother over the helmet than with the original windscreen, no difference in fuel burn. A few photos:




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Cool. I want to see the photos - I'm not seeing them?
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this is awesome!!

looks cool too

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Cool. I want to see the photos - I'm not seeing them?
I use photobucket. Let me know if you still have problems seeing the photos.

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nicely done!!!

I may do the same just to have some options for the summer

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Funny when I read your description of using a trash can I could not help but think KLR owner.

Then I see the KLR in your sig line.

Brilliant BTW. I am trying this.

I am an ex-KLR guy... I fully get the thought process
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Thanks for the comments!

The trunk looks great!

Made a telescoping prop to hold the rear wheel off of the ground for changing a rear tire tube out in the woods. Had to use it on a friends DR650 the other day, and it worked great. Made it out of a old broom handle and PVC pipe laying around the garage:


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You've done a very nice job. Looks Great!
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You've done a very nice job. Looks Great!
Thanks!

The neat thing about this method is you can make any shape fairing you desire.

Another rider gave me a template to make a prototype small trunk mount for his SV650. Made it out of aircraft aluminum and rivets. Looked good, but would not carry a heavy load on it. Thought about making the DL fairing out of aluminum, but preferred the black plastic look. Here are some SV trunk mount photos:




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The $0.10 Wind Buffeting Fix

I like Bill's idea and may try something similar. Looking for just enough to protect an IPass transponder and GPS. Disappointing that it looks like photobucket has dumped the photos linked from the OP.

In the meantime...

After fiddling with the windscreen a bit on a K5 Wee that I picked up a few weeks ago, and reading way too much about windscreen options, I tried an interim "Wind Bufetting Fix" that works so well it could become permanent: two strips of black electrical tape over the exposed metal "ramps" where the windscreen bracket used to sit - to keep the threaded holes clean should I ever want to use them again.

It's probably relevant that I'm coming from a naked bike so I already have a full-face helmet and good riding jacket. And a neck gator for when "with the flow of traffic" and a strong headwind add up to something approaching 100mph - in sub-50F & light rain... that day made me wish for handguards but not the windscreen.

I figure the tape minimizes turbulent airflow by fairing over the exposed bolt holes, and recommend black tape to match the thermal characteristics of the surrounding body cowl to minimize turbulence due to differential heating of the air coming over the cowl. I also sell bridges.

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