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post #1 of 24 Old 04-12-2006, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking about trying something with the stock windshield to help with buffeting before I spend money on a shield I may not like. Been reading about a lot of people putting spacers on the bottom mount bolts to decrease the vertical rake of the shield. Has anybody tried this on their stock shield yet?

My Wee came with the shield in the low setting, but I moved it to the middle position before I became aware of the buffeting issue. I was figuring that higher would mean better protection. Wrong! :?

I'm going to try the shield in the low and experiment with spacers and rake angle and see what happens. I'll post after my trials. :wink:

I love the Wee, but the highway buffeting is a real drag and tarnishing an otherwise great new bike experience. :roll:

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stromin'taylor,

I am really interested in your posts regarding your experience on that issue.
I have the same problem: had some turbulence around 130 Km/h right at the top of my helmet's visor with the windshield's lowest position. I then set it to the highest position and it was even worse! Next time I will try to set it in the middle ('cause I like to touch my Wee :wink: ), but to be honest I do not trust it will be ok.

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Well, I did some experimenting after work yesterday. First stop was Menard's to get some flat rubber faucet washers. Used a drill to ream out the holes to let them fit over the screen bolts easier.

I started by trying the bottom position first. Put 2 of the washers on each side of the bottom phillips bolts that hold the screen on. Changes the angle quite a bit, but doesn't look too wierd. One thing is that those bottom screws aren't quite long enough to get started, but once you have everything else back together and tightened good, seemed pretty solid. For some peace of mind I might find the same type screw that is about 1/4" longer (the same thickness as the washers) and replace them.

Testing conditions weren't the best yesterday, though. Gusting 30mph winds from the west. Took a short ride ( no helmet :roll: ) and got up to around 60 and did notice a slight improvement. I got up to speed and slipped my hand behind the screen and slowly raised it up and followed the airflow back and it hit right at the top of my head.

Headed back home and tried the same setup with screen next position up. BIG difference! Noticeable decrease in buffeting. Took my wife with me on that ride and we both wore a open face helmets. Usually wear fullface.
She said she didn't notice too much difference. Like I said, the wind made testing conditions unfavorable. I rode in all four directions to get a better idea of results. Gusting sidewinds still tossed me around, but head and tailwinds seemed much better!

It seems that with the extra opening at the bottom of the shield, it creates a smoother airflow over the helmet area.

I'll go for a short ride down the interstate today and hopefully it won't be so windy and will be able to get a better feel of the results. If all it takes is a 98 cent pack of washers to get some comfort, I'll take that over spending a couple hundred.

By the way, for reference, I am 5'9" tall, so take that into consideration when deciding what position to put your screen at.

Hope this helps some of you who want some relief without big money! 8)

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I have the screen at the top (legal) position with the bottom screws spaced out by about 1/4" with nylon washers.

This definately helped but a little more for me is needed to become buffet free. If I move my head ahead/forward by a few inches while keeping it at the same height I am in a total buffetless free pocket.

So I think I need to move it a bit further back with more rake or a laminar lip.

I am 5'11" with the tall Suzuki seat.

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I might try raking it one more washer's worth just to see what happens, but I'm fairly pleased with it for the time being. With the stock shield, though, no matter what you do, it will be a compromise. After taking a 100 mile ride Sat. and feeling the wind with my hand at various points around the fairing, I suspect the overall design of the lower fairing plays a major role in the turbulence. :wink:

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Windshield!

Ive also played extensively with the stock windshield trying to save me some money! No matter what i tried i still had the buffeting. Im 6.5 tall and it seemed the higher i set the windshield the worse it got. It worked better in the lowest position. Also tried the angle. Bought the Givi windshield and installed in lowest position. The 22.5 inch Givi is a lot better than the stock. Only drawback is that the Givi hits the grip protectors at locking position. So you have to bend the corners of the windshield a little foreward at lock position. But im really happy with the windshield.
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i also bought the givi, like it alot!! i have in the lowest posititon and i see over it good. the wind at speed is just over my helmet, i`m 6 foot even and a lot of wind presssure is off my chest too. my 2 cents, jeff
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post #9 of 24 Old 04-18-2006, 10:53 PM
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becman58,
You're a habitual liar.. :shock: First you're trying to tell me that Kenosha is an actual place, when I know it's make believe.. Now you're trying to tell me that the Givi screen actually works??

LIAR!!! :wink:

*(Hey, I've got to head over to Midwest Action Cycle in Lake Geneva this week to pick up parts. Can I meet you somewhere to test your shield?? I wanna try one before ponying up the $120.. I'll let you ride my 05 1K Strom with less than 1K miles.. )*

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post #10 of 24 Old 04-19-2006, 08:50 PM
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ya caught me! i`d sure let you try the shield if it was in my garage rite now, its in ill. getting the first service and i talked the service manager into calling suzuki, they are sending out a new ecm!!!i`m hoping for it to be in by friday, but you know how fast the mail is? becman p.s. what day are you gonna be up there?
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