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Is it electric like the RT or Pan (ST1300) ones?
No. Unless you want to slide up/down, the tilt is adjustable with one hand while riding.
I even slide it up/down with one hand too, but it is way easier with both hands, which I will leave it to you to judge if this can be done while riding... (hint: not at low speeds...!)

It's just 2 star knobs holding the tension. They are on the "good" side of the windshield, not like the default one.
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...I suppose I am asking "what is it like riding in very hot temperatures and what can I do to make it as comfy as possible?"

Any advice from those that ride a 650 versys in hot climates will be most welcome!

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...To keep cool I have a mesh jacket, hydration pack that I fill with ice water, when ever I come to river I dunk my under shirt, and if there is no river I will blow air into my hydration pack then flex my shoulder while I hold the mouth piece open and spray my neck and chest with water :P.
THIS is what I do, but MINUS the mesh jacket when I've ridden to Alaska. Usually wear a Kilimanjaro 3/4 length, and have a 12v jacket-liner for cool mornings, w/ LOTS of vents for hotter times.

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I was stationed at an F-111 base, RAF Upper Heyford. From what I've heard, it closed in the early 90's.

Heyford was a great place to be stationed. Beautiful countryside and easy access to the Cotswolds and Wales. London was just a train ride away from nearby Bicester.


LOL... Wife and I were stationed at RAF Upper Heyford from 80-83.

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LOL... Wife and I were stationed at RAF Upper Heyford from 80-83.

Small world! What did you do? I was in munitions (461xx). Worked in the bomb dump.

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Small world! What did you do? I was in munitions (461xx). Worked in the bomb dump.
We were Flight Simulator Techs. Our shop was near the back gate.

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I hear a few people talking about the V-Stream. It looks like it has good protection, is wide and tall. I put a Puig 5999 on my V1k. It's also wider and taller. Its lowest setting is the factor windscreens tallest setting. It's 50cm by 50cm or 19" by 19". I got it in smoke. So far great protection. I ride around town with it in its lowest position and all the way up on the freeway. 75-85 mph on freeway with no wind and I'm 6-7/235.
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Small world! What did you do? I was in munitions (461xx). Worked in the bomb dump.
Small world indeed. I was a crew chief (431X1) on 111 F-models at Lakenheath '82-'85 and have a riding buddy who worked NDI at Heyford about the same time frame.
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Big difference between breeze and buffeting...
I felt the buffeting w/ the stock screen was unacceptable. A good screen won't *stop* a breeze, rather it'll simply smooth out the airflow, so you feel a breeze, but it's the difference between putting your hand under a hard stream of water, and an aerated stream... *big* difference.

My favorite screen, without exception, is the Madstad (Adventure). I currently have a Puig touring, which is better than stock but, doesn't compare to the Madstad (I had to go w/ the Puig for bracketing reasons, w/ a GPS mount -- Madstad requires swapping out the brackets, which wouldn't have worked for my setup).

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I have now had a bit of time on the bike and for my height (5ft 9in) I think the stock screen is pretty good. I get relatively clean air on my helmet and in hot weather I think it will suit. Not much protection in the rain and cold but otherwise happy with it. I have fitted a bigger screen to try out and although it made for a more comfortable ride at modest speeds it created a lot of noise/turbulence at higher speeds.

I have found that this "trade off" is common with screens and the only real solution is an electric adjustable one - like the ST1300 or BMW.
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...I suppose I am asking "what is it like riding in very hot temperatures and what can I do to make it as comfy as possible?"
Any advice from those that ride a 650 versys in hot climates will be most welcome!...John
When it's REALLY HOT (I've ridden in 110F) I get my tee-shirt WET, either by pouring water down the inside-front of my jacket or by stopping at a creek (or lake), removing my jacket, soaking the tee and then 'shrugging' my way into it (quite hard getting a SOAKING WET tee ON, but the rewards are IMMEDIATE). I found I can get relief for about 1.5 to 2 hours that way, then I just "do it again"....

My hydration pack holds 100oz (3 L), and I pretty much empty it each day on my long rides.

I would also suggest that you do NOT wear black. I KNOW that lighter colors get dirty-looking quicker, but they ARE way-y-y cooler...!

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