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post #1 of 15 Old 04-24-2019, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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I couldn't live with the buffeting (felt like being kicked in the head) of the original windscreen, so I got (based on reviews) the Givi Airflow screen.

Admittedly, it was pretty good at keeping me out of the wind completely (except I got buffeting again at higher speeds and certain 'wind vectors' (when the wind would be blowing strongly certain angles compared to the direction I was driving). However, I don't mind a bit of wind (adds to the speed sensation, as long as it's clean wind and not buffeting)

However, on my previous bike I had an MRA Vario Touring screen which dumped the air on my shoulders and head, but got rid of the buffeting pretty well.

While I would certainly have been able to live with the Givi screen, I bought an MRA to see if that would make me feel better, and it appears it does. i'm back to fairly clean wind on shoulders and head, and a good airstream into my ventilation holes (which was a bit of an issue with the givi screen).

I think this is going to be a keeper (and I can recommend the MRA screen to those who are looking for a windscreen which leaves you with a bit of an air stream, unlike the Givi screen which doesn't).
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So which MRA screen did you get for the Strom?

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As much as I like my Givi AF, I get what you're saying.

How does the MRA compare to the Madstad:

https://madstad.com/products/suzuki-vstrom-650-2012-up

I might consider replacing mine when my wallet gets back to normal.

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To be clear, most buy an aftermarket windshield to keep air off your shoulders and head. At speed on highways, air hitting you is rarely turbulence free and will be much more noisy than a properly sorted windshield setup. Now if you want to get away from the stock design to make air that does hit you be a bit less turbulent, a different brand can certainly effect that. Or, just take the windshield off completely or cut it off above the mounting area so it looks nice.

While I am not a fan of the Givi for all out touring, it is a very good screen for local commuting and lower speeds. One thing that comes to mind in this case is the fact that you can remove the upper part of the screen and leave it off if you need more air onto your body. Might be the best of both, having more protection when needed, less when you don't!
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I rode friends Airflow and it was head and schoulders better than OEM MRA. The trick with Airflow is to cut it down to your size so when it's all the way down you get clean air but it would protect you when all way up good luck.
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I've got the MRA Varios on my 04-05 Wee's. It's perfect, man!
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So which MRA screen did you get for the Strom?
I got this one. https://www.bike-design.com/nl-be/pr...dscherm-helder

I'm not saying the AF isn't good, it's a bit too good at what it does well (= I have too little airflow) and I still get turbulence (feeling that my head is banged about) if I ride too fast.

I prefer to have clean airflow on my shoulders - which is what the MRA gives me and what I was used to on my CB. If the original windscreen had felt like this instead of being banged about, I wouldn't have bothered with another screen.
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The only problem I have with my AF is the line of sight is interrupted by the screen rim when topping a hill (lots of them in PA).I normally have sight above screen, but it drops at crest of hill and is sometimes unnerving. As far as wind, no problems unless strong gusts from the side that get under my helmet and almost take my head off. But the screen has nothing to do with that. I also noticed, at night, the AF just pushes the bugs up and over my head. Sometimes can just see them whizzing up and over. Now that's a real advantage.
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The only problem I have with my AF is the line of sight is interrupted by the screen rim when topping a hill (lots of them in PA).I normally have sight above screen, but it drops at crest of hill and is sometimes unnerving. As far as wind, no problems unless strong gusts from the side that get under my helmet and almost take my head off. But the screen has nothing to do with that. I also noticed, at night, the AF just pushes the bugs up and over my head. Sometimes can just see them whizzing up and over. Now that's a real advantage.
Yup, bug wise the AF is a lot better than the MRA screen. I'm not getting rid of it yet.
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I dont have a problem with the AF blocking so much wind, because it allows me to crack or even fully open the shield without much turbulence. its nice being able to drive like that every once in a while. I would rather that on very hot days than using the venting in the helmet. Thats just me though. As far as the Givi line of sight, I change the angles a lot during riding to change the height with the top shield all the way down. (I find top shield towards the bottom gives a better air curtain). All the way back gives me a good line, depending on mounting position and rider height.
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