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.
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.