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Anybody out there use a Givi Windscreen? How well do you like it? Does it take the wind off your helmet completely or just part way up? Any bad turbulance issues?
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I do like mine for the winter time. Puts the wind right on top of my helmet, no buffeting though, and i am 5'11. I was hoping for better wind protection, especially the noise factor, but with reading everyone else s view of all windshields, i think the versys is just going to be a noisy/windy bike. The best i do is turn the factory shield upside down for the summer. Seems to make the air much cleaner hitting my helmet.


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Noisy is ok as I wear ear plugs anyway, but brain rattling turbulance would be bad, like the stock shield on a V-strom. If the givi takes the wind off enough to eliminate neck strain at prolonged highway speeds then I think it would do well for me. Thanks for the input.
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I have done thirteen hour days with a Givi and a Madstad bracket. No neck strain. A little bit of shoulder strain but that's a recurring thing from too much computer time. Stretches help to alleviate that. My worst problem is a thumb cramp so I'll install a Vista Cruise before my next big trip.

My last trip I forgot my ear plugs and didn't bother to pick any up along the way so the noise can't be that bad. You're always going to get blown around a bit on a Versys but that might be the case with any bike. I can only really compare it to a KLR and the Versys is a highway star compared to a KLR.
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I am not real happy with my givi.
wind stream hits me around eye level. I ride alot with my head leaned down.
Its better than the oem that came on it. I will eventually replace it with a
better wind screen,when I can finally make up my mind which one I want.

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I rode 5,000 miles with the OEM windscreen, October to May and now another 2,000 miles since May with the Givi. I can tell the Givi is working much better flowing the air as I only get bug splats on the very top of my helmet (I'm 5'9") and before they hit the helmet shield and my shoulders.

I'm running my Givi on the highest position right now.

It does block a lot of air which this time of year in South Carolina may be a downside, but I've ridden in lots of different kinds of rain since installing it and it does a much better job of keeping the rain off me during the ride.

I look forward to running it this winter as I bet it will be much better than the OEM screen.

Haven't noticed noise more or less either way, however the bug evidence would tend to show that less high speed air (thus noise) is hitting my head/helmet.

I recently changed from a modular helmet to a fixed full face and the noise level decrease considerable just from that change.


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I have a Givi and in the highest position it keeps most air off my body, but it sill gets some to my head. If the price is close to the same, why not try the V-Stream? Someone will always buy it here if it doesn't work out.
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I have a Givi and in the highest position it keeps most air off my body, but it sill gets some to my head. If the price is close to the same, why not try the V-Stream? Someone will always buy it here if it doesn't work out.
Good point. The Givi would probably work for me. I don't mind some air hitting my helmet, just not too much and I know that's subjective. In fact, I like a little air flow on the helmet for hot days, just not so much that I'm having to fight the wind all day.
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I just took the givi off today to try the original upside down shield theory. I'll stick with the givi...at the highest setting it works well for me, little noise but way quieter than any position rightside up or upside down with the original shield.
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givi

just put one up for sale here..........
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Anybody out there use a Givi Windscreen? How well do you like it? Does it take the wind off your helmet completely or just part way up? Any bad turbulance issues?
I've got the Givi with the Madstad bracket. It provides much more coverage that stock, but the trick is spending enough quality time making adjustments and seeing what works. I'm 6' even, and I've had the shield high enough that my face shield wouldn't de-fog, even at freeway speeds. And I've run it so low and flat that it the blast hit me straight in the face. Right now, close to the top of it's height, with some slight angle to it, the windstream hits enough of my visor to causse it to vibrate when it's not fully closed. More adjusting to come.

Interestingly, even at it's highest, I'm never looking through it, always over it.
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I have the Givi and have now ridden about 3,000 miles with it in place. I really like it. It gives a lot more wind protection and I don't notice any increased buffeting (I'm 5'8", so take that into account).

I have used Givi's on most of my bikes in the past. Excellent quality and they work real well. Highly recommended...

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I have tried many windshields and combinations in the past 3000 miles on my Versys. The best I've found so far (with the help of this forum) is the Givi, in the medium position, with rubber spacers under the bottom bolts (with the windshield tilted back). This has provided me with the best wind protection, and the least turbulence, and still allows me to see over it. I am 5'9", short torso, long legs, long arms, Corbin seat. I wear the blue foam ear plugs from Walmart for any trip longer than 30 minutes, full face helmet, & ride faster than most my riding buddies.

I have tried: the stock windshield in all positions; stock windscreen upsidedown, no windscreen at all, a home made small cafe racer windscreen mounted on home made brackets (tilted way down and back), CalSci Large wind screen in all positions, Givi in all positions with no additional spacers, Givi with bottom bolt spacers in the upper two positions.
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Well I ran the bike for a month with the original shield upside down. Very cool which is great for these temps, but above 110 km/h the airflow while clean, is noisy. At a 130 km/h its not comfortable at all.

Put the Givi back on and road all day yesterday. Night and day difference. Fatigue due to noise / wind pressure at speed is gone. I always use earplugs. (home depot, blue throw away specials) At least for me thie Givi shield has been the best fit.
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I've run the Givi for several months and find it's way better than the stock. I've tried it with the spacers (ala Trialsguy), at all the positions, including with some aluminum bars that lifted it up another 4 inches or so. Now I've got it at the top height w/o spacers. It gives great protection from the wind, but is louder than when it's higher and w/ spacers. I want the breeze in this hotter weather. As it gets cooler, or if I take any long rides, I'll pop it back up on the bars. That's one of the beauties of the set up, it takes all of 5 min to make a change.

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It seems those of the 5' 9'' stature or less like the Givi. I'm 6' and 205 lbs, in order to get "out of the wind" I'd need a screen that would be extremely unsightly and odd looking. I'm trying a Vario now and although I still get turbulence it is not nearly as bad as with the stock windshield. As one practical common sense member has said, and I paraphrase, "you are riding a motorcycle and therefore you must accept some wind in your face" I can't agree more. Those of us in the 6' and over range will not alliviate some wind regardless of the windshields unless we want an unsightly tall one.

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