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post #1 of 25 Old 04-21-2010, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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Best option for Wee, Laminar Lip, Madstad, or California Scientific windshield?

Hi there I'm a new Wee owner and going through the "how do I eliminate the buffetting" process.

I put the stock screen up to its highest position and it improved things by ~50%. So now I can ride at highway speeds without wanting to sell the bike!

When I raise my hand up my face to find out where the buffetting starts it seems to be just above my forehead. I'm 5' 9" tall with a 32" inseam. So I have just a wee bit higher to go and I'll be very happy.

So......given I live north of the Border and sending stuff back is a royal pain in the butt I figured I would ask for your folk's advice on what may be the best/effective way to move that air flow up and over my helmet.

I've read good things about all three products mentioned so will I be happy with any of the three or can I hedge my success bet with going with a specific item?

I've also read that folks purchase the CalSci screen and then use the MadStad bracket on it. Isn't the CalSci screen good enough on its own? Could I not get the same success with using the MadStad on my stock screen?

Can one adjust the CalSci screen up and down (like the stock screen) or are you limited to one height setting only?

Thanks in advance I'm very much looking forward to your input!

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For the sheer fun of it, first take your mirrors off and take a test run. Go from there if justified.

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Sorry did I mention I was a newb as well :0)

So I take my mirrors off and the buffetting is better what do I do then, run with no mirrors or....? (ie: what does it tell me if things are better with the mirrors off given I won't ride without them?)

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I hate to give you bad news, but no one here can answer your question. There is only one constant with the buffeting problem, it's different for everyone. For every solution that one person finds, that same set-up will be bad for another. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason, even people of the same height can't always use the same screen. We're all in the same boat, buying and trying screens, brackets, mirrors, etc in the hope that a fix is just around the corner.

I really like my V-Strom a lot. It's the best all-around bike I've owned, except for the buffeting. In the past two years I've run a Madstad, different mirrors, and 4 different screens. I'm still searching for something I'm happy with. I'm very close to giving up and just selling the thing.
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Can one adjust the CalSci screen up and down (like the stock screen) or are you limited to one height setting only?
It is best to ask this of Mark at California Scientific.

My CalSci screen is positioned right at the top of the headlight. Lowering it would partly cover the top of the headlight, look goofy, and maybe screw up the air flow. Raising it might put too much pressure on the screen & mounts when running at high speed.

I like my CalSci screen pretty well, and don't know if anything is better. I don't notice much buffeting, but it doesn't keep rain off my helmet shield (I'd hoped for smooth airflow to get the rain drops over the top*). The Cee Bailey Perfect Strom is a possibility; the V-Stream might be too tall for you.


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Thanks for the input so far folks. Yes I understand it is a very individualistic thing. I was just hoping to go with something that worked best for the majority of the folks given the difficulty I have with getting/returning stuff up here.

I am interested in the MadStad given on Murph's site he offer's a money back guarentee which is something. I have an email into Murph to get his opinion.

I've also sent one to the folks that sell the Lip, I'll send one to Cal Sci as well to bet their perspective. Asking for info is cheap!

That's pretty strong talk Wingspan, sorry to hear that. I could live with where it is now on my Wee, I guess being exposed to the screen buffetting at the lowest level was a blessing in descuise as I know how bad it could have been.
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I thought the Madstad would have helped more then it did, I am only 5'7 btw.
The fact that it is adjustable is awesome and worth it, so I dont think it was a waste of money.
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My experience with other bikes is a laminar lip attached to the stock screen did as much to improve laminar air flow as any aftermarket screen.
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Yes as expected different replies from different folks

I sent Cal Sci an email and they got back to me very quickly but his advice was not quite what I thought it would be (ie: not very scientific and or backed up with a miriad of technical detals and such like their web site).

My VStrom has 63,000 miles on it. No madstad. Just our shield. It's works just fine, hugely better than stock.

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Madstad and Givi. Best combo going.

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