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post #1 of 11 Old 02-09-2007, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Windstrom installed.... Buffeting still a problem

Well I couldn't take the buffeting from the stock shield anymore. It beat my head up so bad I had a horrible headache. So I read that the Windstrom was supposed to be the best so I broke down and spent the cash and got it.

First thing out of the box I was already disappointed, it says in there instructions that riders who are 5'8" may still have problems with the Windstrom because of where they sit. I was like friggin great I'm 5'8" I wish someone would have told me before I spent $200, the ad should say anyone that height need not apply. But I said what the heck and installed it anyway.

To start with the only way I can see over it is in the lowest position, position2 puts the top right in the middle of my sightline and 3 is just slightly better so 1 it is. I did the tilt method to see if that would help but everything buffets my head. It's like the turbulance is right at the top of my helmet no matter what I do (except shrink way down low or lean forward).

I did however discover something interesting with the shield in the lowest position and cruising at around 75mph if I move my head to the left about 2" I get clean air, no more buffeting and it quiets right down. Move back to center and my head feels like it's being used as a basketball. That got me thinking that if I could tilt the windshield down even more and get more clean air aimed at my helmet it would smooth out. So I'm going to order the Madstad tomorrow to see if I can make the pair work.

I also learned that if you set the cruise (I have a vista cruise) at 75mph and then take your hands off the bars (bike is super stable) then put your elbows up 90 degrees and put your right fist into the palm of your left hand (think of a karate stance with your fist in your palm and elbows out 90 degrees) the turbulance goes completely away as well. As soon as I pull my elbows back down and put my hands on the bars the buffeting is back. Kinda weird huh.

Seems like that's the only downside to a totally rightous bike, but man it's a killer for sure. If I could get this damn buffeting issue under control I'd be set. I just installed my Kimpex heated grips, hand guards come in tomorrow and a seat is on the way just gotta fix the buffeting now. Here's hoping the Madstad fixes it.
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-09-2007, 08:28 AM
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I'm 3" taller and had to lean the MadStad back a little for best results.

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If you can lean left/right and stop the buffet it sounds like it's air coming around the top (narrower) part of the shield, not over the top that's causing the problem. The elbow thing just strengthens that impression.

The MadStad should help though because of the greater range of adjustment available.

Good luck, I hope you find a solution that works for you.

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Your helmet may be making it worse too! Some seem to be worse than others, but I am really surprised you are still having issues with the Windstrom at your height.

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Your helmet may be making it worse too! Some seem to be worse than others, but I am really surprised you are still having issues with the Windstrom at your height.
Well the quote on there paper said riders 5'8" may still continue to have problems that the Windstrom can't fix and that they are working on more solutions. I'm going to try and get a madstad today and see if that fixes it. I really love this bike but I can't take it on the interstate because it just beats the daylights out of my head at speed. I have a CBR600RR that's more comfortable on the interstate and less violent. I've been thru the Helmet scenario before with all my sport bikes. I have a Shoei RF1000 that works great and is very aerodynamic compared to others I've had, HJC's for me have been aweful but the Shoei works great.
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-09-2007, 10:18 AM
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I would suggest you start out with the MadStad in the lowest mounting position and then some tilt. Taller is not always better for a shield.

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post #7 of 11 Old 02-09-2007, 03:51 PM
 
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Please keep us posted!!! I am the same height as you and haven't yet found a solution to this problem I also wear a Shoei RF1000. The bike is sitting until the snow melts so now would be a great time for me to replace the shield. Let us know what works for you. Thanks for posting.
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Hmmm, I agree if you're able to move right or left and get clean air, it must be the width of the shield. Maybe some laminar dog ears?

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post #9 of 11 Old 02-10-2007, 11:20 PM
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I also have the rf1000 and have had same problems. I am 5 11. I have tried Cee Bailey, 2 different MP shields, MRA Vario, stock, no screen and now the new givi shield. I must say the Givi works as good as as the MP and much cheaper. I still get some buffeting but not terrible. I sometimes wonder about the helmet choice. By the way I have madstad and it make a huge difference because of the angle. I always have it tilted all the way back and the givi works best all the way down for me in the low position, but I slide it up in cooler weather so I stay warmer. The best was no screen=no buffeting but of course lots of air and now it it too cold with the gear I have.

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post #10 of 11 Old 02-10-2007, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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I put the madstad on with the Windstrom and put it into position 2 with it lifted as high up and as far forward as possible. Now I sit totally behind the shield like you would on a cruiser or a wing. I look right thru it and I would say under 75mph there is NO buffeting above 75mph I think about 95% of the buffeting is gone that last 5% is totally liveable though.
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