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View Poll Results: How bad is it really?
Great - No problems 5 7.04%
OK - Not great but it'll do 15 21.13%
Bearable - Less than OK but I'll keep it 18 25.35%
Terrible - Can't deal with it. Must change it. 33 46.48%
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post #1 of 19 Old 06-10-2006, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Windscreen: How bad is it really?

I have read so much about how bad the strom windscreen is and I confess, I just don't get it.

Coming from a naked standard, I think the wind protection with the stock screen is marvelous. I am 6'0"/32" and use the stock screen in the lowest position. I get clean air on my helmet and virtually none on my chest.

I wonder if this is case of the vocal minority making a big issue of what may not be a problem for most. Please cast your vote to shed some light on this for me.

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Re: Windscreen: How bad is it really?

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I have read so much about how bad the strom windscreen is and I confess, I just don't get it.

Coming from a naked standard, I think the wind protection with the stock screen is marvelous. I am 6'0"/32" and use the stock screen in the lowest position. I get clean air on my helmet and virtually none on my chest.

I wonder if this is case of the vocal minority making a big issue of what may not be a problem for most. Please cast your vote to shed some light on this for me.

Thanks
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I don't have a real problem with it, but then I've only had the bike a bit over a month. The vast bulk of my riding is at 55 or less and at those speeds I don't get any buffeting. It's noticeable at around 70 or so but nothing worth spending a bunch of money to get rid of. I can live with it.

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I voted for the 3rd. My setup is now below the highest position and its ok for cruising (up to 90 kph). At highway speed (130+ kph) I have to play with positioning my helmet but if there is no crosswind it's quite acceptable.

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post #5 of 19 Old 06-10-2006, 09:02 PM
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Buffeting.....? What buffeting....?
Seriously though, I only have butting issues when I ride behind semi trucks, large groups of traffic at interstate speeds, and in high crosswinds. The first two I can pretty much always avoid, and high crosswinds push most bikes around.

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I happen to think the stock screen is superb. I ride with a flip up helmet and I ride with my visor up 99%. I can even ride with the chinbar in the raised position and have no issues. Hell I find the air so clean I can wear the half lid I wear on my cruiser (I don't due to the agressive seating position)

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Re: Windscreen: How bad is it really?

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I have read so much about how bad the strom windscreen is and I confess, I just don't get it.
You don't notice and wind-buffeting at speed? For me the stock screen would produce wind-buffeting at around 50mph, and at 60mph or more, my head would be battered back and forth pretty strongly. Terrible.

A standard bike or bike with no screen would not have the same problem since there's no screen diverting the air blast directly into your helmet like the stock screen does. I never noticed wind-buffeting on my sport bike because the screen is so different on those bikes.

I've got a new taller screen now and it's a big improvement, although not perfect. I guess if you are taller you won't be as effected. I'm 5' 9". And I tried the screen in ALL positions with no help at all.

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I got tired of messing with it... It stinks. No happy place for me.

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The difference between no-screen on my XR and the Wee's stocker is dramatic... On the XR at highway speeds I get a smooth, comfortable stream of air whereas with the Wee's screen in any position, it's constant "bobble-head" syndrome. I'm 5'9".

I'd take the Wee's screen right off but it does greatly reduce tiresome wind pressure on the upper body and deflects a lot of bugs.

That buffeting has to be fixed though; it's hard to see very far ahead because my head's constantly moving around.

I'm still waffling between the CalSci, MP and Givi. It may come down to finances so the Givi will probably be my first attempt.


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I'm still waffling between the CalSci, MP and Givi. It may come down to finances so the Givi will probably be my first attempt.
You might want to try someone else's helmet (or a different one if you have one) as they do make a difference. I have two and get a good bit more buffeting with one than with the other. I also notice more with both of them when my visor is open than when it's closed.

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