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post #1 of 12 Old 05-08-2010, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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The No Windshield Mod

Has anyone removed the windshield altogether and gone with a homemade shield for aesthetic purposes only? Or maybe a small lip at the top of the fairing?

Over the past year I have slowly ended up with a madstad bracket with large Calsci shield. Until recently I have been very happy with it. The setup was warm with clean air, but I somehow failed to notice, gotten used to, how unstable it had made the bike until I rode a friends with the stock windshield. My bike now felt almost dangerous in crosswind/vehicle turbulence in comparison. Ignorance was bliss.......back to square one.

Over the past two days using a 100km route from my garage, I have tried every combination of madstad mounting and positioning with the stock windshield. This includes running without mirrors (a very unnerving feeling), and running the bracket low enough that it could only be held on by one screw per side.

Conclusion:
2009 DL650 / Forks raised 15mm / Murphs fork brace / No windshield or bracketing / Stock mirrors / OEM handguards / Jesse odyssee II panniers
Pros: 70mph behind a semi on a four lane highway with a small crosswind. Helmet is smooth, quiet, and I think I could of almost taken my hands off the bars. 10 fold improvement in bike stability; cornering and straight line.
Cons: Friggin cold (8C/46F). Additional wind pressure on the chest.

Searches haven't turned up any pictures or posts of people building their own small shields, but you guys must be out there. I'm thinking of building some plastic templates for testing and a final product made from carbon fiber, but don't have much of an imagination. Any help from past experiences, or better yet, some pictures would be great.

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-08-2010, 09:35 AM
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Many of us have found that either no windscreen or the smallest possible screen for cosmetic purposes is the solution to our buffeting problems. MP Cycle Designs made a cover similar to what you describe but I've recently read that they closed up shop. My own bike has one of their "Sport Screens" which I cut down even smaller. So far, this is the best arrangement I've found for both buffeting and noise. Most of my body is still in calm air and my helmet is is smooth wind.

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post #3 of 12 Old 05-08-2010, 09:53 AM
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I just cut a few inches (3"??, it's just over 12" tall now) off the top of the stock screen. Been very happy with it.

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I made this out of a National Cycles shield I had from another project.
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-08-2010, 11:12 AM
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Here's mine for summer: (the small black one.)

https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=49943

It's noise free apart from the usual naked bike wind noise and it does give just enough lift to the air to take pressure off your chest/head at 110kmh. I've found the standard screen and a Madstat on a low setting and sloping back a bit gives a pretty good noise-free and calm air setting for winter. I made up a range of different screens - wide ones, long ones, shorties etc and they all have different problems. The whole front end of the bike needs redesigning, not just the screen.
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-08-2010, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input guys. I knew that this topic would of been covered already, but sometimes even a site specific google search won't bring up anything useful unless you happen upon the right key word.

I'm leaning towards starting out with a slightly extended shield that is flush mounted to the fairing. The gap may give some pressure equalization, but any uplift seems to effect the front end. I know I'm getting too picky, but tinkering in the garage is part of the fun. That reminds me, I have to talk to some guy named Rich about shipping times on Sonic springs come Monday:mrgreen:

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...That reminds me, I have to talk to some guy named Rich about shipping times on Sonic springs come Monday:mrgreen:

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I hear he's kind of a jerk.

Usually it's 7-10 days to Canada. Sometimes a bit shorter, very rarely a lot longer. We've had a couple that took 3-4 weeks, although (knock wood) it's been a while since that happened.

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post #8 of 12 Old 05-08-2010, 09:12 PM
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This is what I did. I changed the whole front end of the bike. I really like how it has played out for me.


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post #9 of 12 Old 05-09-2010, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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I think it looks really good that way Black Lab. Did you notice a substantial change in the bikes handling?

Well...the new shield is mounted and tested. As stated many times in other posts, windshield design is very subject to each individual, but this is the best ride condition that I have gotten out of this bike by far. Quiet, stable and just a small amount of addition pressure on the top of my shoulders. If anyone else is looking at making a shield I would definitely recommend trying something small to start as the handling has really improved. I ended up with a straight shield extending about 3" above the gauges and mounted flush with the fairing. When time permits I may make something out of carbon fiber that forms to the wing tips on the side a little better, but this will do for now.



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I like that a lot...what material did you make it from?

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