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2015-17 windscreen mod

Just read this modification to the stock windscreen on ADVRIDER.COM and was curious as to whether any of you have tried it? I've not gone out to look at the set-up, but these instructions are a little confusing. Any clarification would be appreciated.

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Some have tried, myself included, raising the stock screen so the top-most stop is actually above the windscreen bracket (you'll need to loosen the adjustment knobs almost all the way,
and be mindful to keep the shims/washers in place, you'll see em).
The screen is plenty stable in this position and quiets things considerably for me around my helmet. Not perfect, but better.
It also allows slightly more air under the screen to benefit venting in the heat but not enough to ruin the protection in colder weather.
I run mine this way now and it's free

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Just read this on ADVRIDER.COM and curious as to whether any of you have tried this? I've not gone out to look at the set-up, but these instructions are a little confusing. Any clarification would be appreciated.

JH in OH

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Has anyone tried any of the aftermarket replacement windshields available? I have a 2015 Versys 650 LT, and love the bike, but would like it better with a taller shield, and would like to keep the handguards, which seem to interfere with a larger (wider) shield. I found one that was made by a company called Piug, (http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/p...s-6501000-2015), and after reading the reviews one person said his hand guards bump into the larger fairing at full lock. I did some measuring and can see how this would happen. There are 2 other options I could find, one made by Givi, that says it is designed for the 650 LT, therefore I would hope they realize the problem with the wide fairing bumping into the handguards at full lock, and another one is the MRA VarioTouringScreen For Kawasaki Versys 650 LT & ABS '15-'16 & Versys 1000 LT '15-'16, it looks like it should work, but is more expensive. Sorry if this is already talked about in the thread, but it is getting really long, although I did try to search on the thread.

Some have tried, myself included, raising the stock screen so the top-most stop is actually above the windscreen bracket (you'll need to loosen the adjustment knobs almost all the way,
and be mindful to keep the shims/washers in place, you'll see em).
The screen is plenty stable in this position and quiets things considerably for me around my helmet. Not perfect, but better.
It also allows slightly more air under the screen to benefit venting in the heat but not enough to ruin the protection in colder weather.
I run mine this way now and it's free
I saw that comment on Revzilla. I can't speak for the 650, but I have a 2017 V1000 and installed that same screen, Puig 5999. No obstruction at any height adjustment at full lock.
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Thank you Lurch, but what I'm wanting to know about is the modification to a stock windscreen one respondent posted. Again, thanks for your responding.

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Okay people, I just went out to the building where I keep the bike and was able to perform the gentleman's modification in just about a minute - maybe less. Just loosen the knobs a fair amount, don't need to be all the way, leaves enough play in order to get the stop up & over the slot, align the guides & tighten the knobs. I'm guessing the top is now over 1 1/2" higher than "normal" high & can go even higher. It's pretty wintry here, so I'll not be able to evaluate the change for a few days - so I'm still curious as to if any you have done &, if so, how it affected wind noise.

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I read somewhere of someone doing this, but I've not tried it. I'd think that if you get the windshield too high, you'll have a huge gap a the bottom, and not sure if that would defeat the purpose of raising it. I'm interested to hear your results.
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I am the one who actually wrote that review of it not fitting on revzilla. I still have the windshield which is great, but when raised you really have to watch the hand-guards. I have tried adjusting the hand-guards with no such luck in every position. I heard Puig was going to shorten the width up but it does not appear that they have.

I would still recommend the screen but if you have a tight spot to park it in and need to make a lot of small turns like I do when parking in the garage, I would say be careful.
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Will do, but it may be a few days before the weather co-operates. The person who wrote about this modification stated that the gap at the bottom didn't seem to hurt things that much. My only concern is reducing wind noise w/ the stock windshield at this point.
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I am the one who actually wrote that review of it not fitting on revzilla. I still have the windshield which is great, but when raised you really have to watch the hand-guards. I have tried adjusting the hand-guards with no such luck in every position. I heard Puig was going to shorten the width up but it does not appear that they have.

I would still recommend the screen but if you have a tight spot to park it in and need to make a lot of small turns like I do when parking in the garage, I would say be careful.
Sorry to hear that. I actually had a friend that just installed the Puig 5999 on his 2016 V650 today and did not have the same problem or issues.
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Have you tried rotating the handlebar rearward slightly in its clamps to get the handguards further away?

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I am the one who actually wrote that review of it not fitting on revzilla. I still have the windshield which is great, but when raised you really have to watch the hand-guards. I have tried adjusting the hand-guards with no such luck in every position. I heard Puig was going to shorten the width up but it does not appear that they have.

I would still recommend the screen but if you have a tight spot to park it in and need to make a lot of small turns like I do when parking in the garage, I would say be careful.

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Yes and it did help slightly because it was horrific at first, but they still hit pretty good. I wonder if Puig did shorten the width because some people were saying it doesn't hit at all, unless they raised their whole windshield bracket.
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FWIW - I just checked my Gen 3 650LT which has 2" ROX Risers set so the bars are DIRECTLY ABOVE the stock location, and I have a PUIG 5999 'shield (early one, I believe).

FULL turn on the bars has the hand-guards JUST touching the PUIG in BOTH left and right turns, but NOT 'forcing' the 'shield to move, OR distort.

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...I heard Puig was going to shorten the width up but it does not appear that they have...
They did redesign it actually, I've had both shields in my hand and compared them. I think I even posted a pic a few months ago. Maybe you got an old-stock one, or maybe for your particular arrangement even the narrower shield is still too wide.
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FWIW for anyone who searches this later, the Puig screen and Givi hand guards play nice together. MK3 Puig windscreen and Givi handguards

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It's been a while, but I was able to test out the stock windshield w/ the top stop above the bracket - a good 1 1/2" higher than the highest stock position. It's been extremely windy here in NE OH & making it hard to evaluate properly, but there is a definite noise reduction. The 1st time I tried it at the lowest setting w/ the modification & noticed my face shield was pretty buggy when I got back. The next time I raised it as high as it could go, again w/ the modification which raised the screen another inch or so. Also very windy, but things seemed a little bit quieter & when I got back noticed bugs on my helmet from the top of my face, but none on the shield itself. It's forecast to be 84 here today, so I'll get a chance to evaluate warm weather riding w/ the mod. The increased gap at the bottom of the screen doesn't seem to be a problem, though I really don't care for the "look".

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