Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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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