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post #1 of 38 Old 02-28-2007, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Wind Protection Help

I need as MUCH protection from the cold wind as I can get.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~THE LOW DOWN~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have a 650 V strom and I ride year round
(so long as there isn't snow on the roads) in freezing Chicago.

Even if it's 10 degrees out side I ride at 70mph and feel a
negative wind chill cutting into me no matter what I were
(yes I end up with mild hypothermia but I ride).

I now have Hippo hands, a larger wind screen, I
am looking into heated grips and my tank bags are the sort that
hand over the sides of the tank. This all helps but I still feel like
I have to much wind on me.

I LOVE my v strom 650 but I am so tired of freezing
I am looking at other bikes with more fairing (VFR 800)
now witch is a shame because the ONLY thing I don't care
for with my bike is the wind bighting into me.
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What is the BIGGEST wind screen that can be
mounted on to a v strom?

Is there ANYTHING at all that can take a significant amount
of wind off of my lower body?

I have seen the lower fairing kits for the strom.
Do they take any significant amout of wind off?
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post #2 of 38 Old 02-28-2007, 06:32 PM
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The MP tall touring shield can be cut to whatever height you want and is so wide the mirror stalks touch it at both locks. I would want to be able to just look over any windshield to be able to see in the rain so I'd follow the height measurement instructions at http://mpcycledesign.com/ I have one and we are about the same height so you could take a look. The way to best keep warm is to keep your core temperature up. An electric vest makes a huge difference in comfort even for hands and feet. Heated grips under Hippo hands would do a great job. Overpants with full leg zippers do the job for legs and are easy and quick to get on and off for stowage in luggage. See the overpants thread at https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=9654

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Any big windshield will do, from the cheap GIVI to the MP Tall shield. Tall and wide will be good for keeping the wind off your chest. You might also look at the Dan vessel modifications page, and see if his new shift lever might be modified to add a large wind shield for your toes. You can also make some homemade wind guards from your toes to your knees that strap onto your crash bars, and fairing. I've only seen one other person who did this on the other forum. There are similar wind guards for gold wings and cruisers.

As Greywolf said, its absolutely imperative when riding at those temperatures that you keep your core warm. You need a heated vest, and probably a temp controller. I rode around today at 29deg @65mph for 1hr 45 minutes. Using a heated vest, gloves, and socks the temperature was never an issue. I was never cold, and did not have to worry about being cold. This is something coming from a cold skinny body like me. You also need a good windproof/waterproof balaclava to wear under your helmet. This will make a large difference as you lose a lot of heat out of your arteries in your neck, and your head.

Of course you need to be wearing a windproof layer all over the rest of your body, so that you don't have a inch of your skin exposed if you want to stay warm for long periods of time. Exposed skin will suffer frostbite in as little as 5 minutes at your speeds. Even just thinking that you'll put something on at the next stop can be too late. Once a spot is exposed to frostbite, its much more susceptible next time.

Make sure your lowers are covered with a windproof layer, and get a heated jacket/vest.

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Here's a shot of a few different screens in one picture. Not a great angle, but it shows the difference of a few. The bike in the rear(mine) has a modified Burgman 650 screen, in the middle position. In the front(Big B) has a Givi screen. I'm not sure what brand the screen is in the middle. I'm sure someone will chime in and say, but if not I'm sure Fourvalve wouldn't mind answering. Hope it helps.
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The MP tall touring
shield can be cut to whatever height you want
and is so wide the mirror stalks touch it at both locks.

I would want to be able to just look over
any windshield to be able to see in the rain so I'd
follow the height measurement instructions at
http://mpcycledesign.com/

I have one and we are about the same height
so you could take a look.
Gray wolf...
I would love to swing by and have a look
Have you got your new V strom yet?


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As Greywolf said, its absolutely imperative
when riding at those temperatures that you keep
your core warm. You need a heated vest, and probably
a temp controller. I rode around today at 29deg @65mph
for 1hr 45 minutes. Using a heated vest, gloves, and socks
the temperature was never an issue. I was never cold, and did
not have to worry about being cold. This is something coming
from a cold skinny body like me.

You also need a good windproof/waterproof balaclava
to wear under your helmet. This will make a large difference
as you lose a lot of heat out of your arteries in your neck,
and your head.
I just got a good balacava yesterday.
It dose help allot!

I don't know if the over pants or heated colthing would help or not.

When 15 or lower it feels like it's my hands that get cold
long before my body. My hands go numb and then my feet go cold.
A bit after that I start to feel sick and get sluggish in thought.

The thing is my core never
feels all that cold. It's just my legs and hands and feet.
It's as if my body temp is droping becase thos parts are
to exposed.

As it is I have worn all at the
same time 4 tops, a leather jacket, 3 coats,
2 pairs of sweat pants under 2 pairs of jeans, and 2 pairs of socks
under heavy winter boots. So now I am looking at more than clothing.

Would heated clothing still be better than all that?

Allso I neaver got around to finding a hot wier to tap into
or (getting a grounding block) for the fuss box thing gray wolf helped me with.
I still need to get that done with before I can start wirering in more stuff.
It's a pain trying to work on a bike when it's 15 dergress and you
don't have a grage lol.



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Any big windshield will do,
from the cheap GIVI to the MP Tall shield. Tall and wide
will be good for keeping the wind off your chest. You might
also look at the Dan vessel modifications page, and see if his
new shift lever might be modified to add a large wind shield for
your toes. You can also make some homemade wind guards from your
toes to your knees that strap onto your crash bars, and fairing.
I've only seen one other person who did this on the other forum.
There are similar wind guards for gold wings and cruisers.
Grrrr. I can't find the Dan vessel modification page.

Do you know were I can find that and the person


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Here's a shot of a
few different screens in one picture. Not a great angle,
but it shows the difference of a few. The bike in the rear
(mine) has a modified Burgman 650 screen, in the middle position.
In the front(Big B) has a Givi screen. I'm not sure what brand
the screen is in the middle. I'm sure someone will chime in and
say, but if not I'm sure Fourvalve wouldn't mind answering.
Hold on.
What is the one at the far left?

I need one taller and wider than the one I have.
This is what I am useing. I forgot the name of it.

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/7915/dsc0003jm1.jpg
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Wind Protection Help

Here is another pic of what I am using.

http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/9821/dsc0006vk6.jpg
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Here is another.

http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/5231/dsc0004wx8.jpg

I have a madstad bracket.
I can allways get a huge sheld
and adjust it.
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I'd recommend heated gloves and a heated vest in addition to the taller windshield and overclothes as well as a warm jacket, pants, and a couple layers of socks. At those temps, the windchill at 70MPH will cut through almost any amount of layers.

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post #10 of 38 Old 02-28-2007, 09:33 PM
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Here's a thought. See what the best dressed snowmobilers are wearing. They are out in the same conditions and running at similar speeds. Surely there is a shop that caters to snowmobiles in Chicago, I know they all used to come to Wisconsin to ride.
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