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I removed the shield!

and lo and behold the buzzing is gone, and there is way less turbulence. Either I go with a Givi Shield or just remove the brackets and be done with it!

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Makes you wonder with that rubber bushing being so thin, is the windshield vibrating on the rest of the bracket.
I think we may have found another place for foam strip installation, good catch CANYONWLF7!!


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and lo and behold the buzzing is gone, and there is way less turbulence. Either I go with a Givi Shield or just remove the brackets and be done with it!
You mean you ride the V without a Windshield?
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and lo and behold the buzzing is gone, and there is way less turbulence. Either I go with a Givi Shield or just remove the brackets and be done with it!
I broke my windshield posts off over a month ago, the buzzing stopped immediately, I reinstalled the windshield tonight. I'll ride tomorrow and let you guys know if the buzz comes back.

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I have a 2007 which is second hand.The original owner took his back to Kawasaki due to a buzzing shield. They fitted felt down the front of the bike underneath the cowling and it stopped the buzz. Cost him about 80 euros. shield is still rubbish and although I do experience still a lot of buzzing from the bike cowling, its not coming from the shield .
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Yes I rode it yesterday without the shield, it is a much nicer experience for me.................
But my other bikes are Cruiser's and have no shield, I am used to there being no shield, maybe for colder months I'll add the Givi..................
plus my shield was the sole source of my buzzing...................

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I broke mine off a year ago and anything over 65 mph sucked! I could barely hang on. Very tiring on the highway. Nice in the twisties, but I have to "get" to them to have any fun. There has never been any buzzing from the shield on mine.

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I took the shield off my 2010 yesterday to see if that would help with the helmet buffeting. It was much better. Nothing but a clean stream of wind rushing past my head. It does become tiresome at speeds above 60mph or so. Not sure what I will do long term. I will look into the Givi though.
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Makes you wonder with that rubber bushing being so thin, is the windshield vibrating on the rest of the bracket.
I think we may have found another place for foam strip installation, good catch CANYONWLF7!!
On my 2008 I took all the foam I added off the other day and put piece of black duct tape on the front of the instrument pod by the head light molding and the buzzing is gone.
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I installed a Laminar Lip on to my stock screen and am happy w/ it.
I was debating adding the Madstad and if it would help much more.
Maybe w/ Gary's broken mount and possible buzzing elimination I might have another reason to spring for the $120 Madstad.
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I installed a Laminar Lip on to my stock screen and am happy w/ it.
I was debating adding the Madstad and if it would help much more.
Maybe w/ Gary's broken mount and possible buzzing elimination I might have another reason to spring for the $120 Madstad.
I rode my Versys today after reinstalling the Givi, the vibration/buzzing is back. There has to be a correlation between the windshield and the buzzing on my Versys. James mentioned the Madstad mounting system, I checked out their website, it looks a lot sturdier than the Kawasaki mount. I've seen some posts from Madstad owners but no reviews. Has anyone on this site written a review on the Madstad? Thanks.

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Hey Antman, where did you get your bungee net?

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I think 2 shields are better than one. No buzzing from either shield, wind flows great and no bugs getting caught on my motowerks gps holder. Love it.

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I rode mine around the block today sans windshield, and I swear there is less wind buffeting.

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With the factory shield on, I had buzzing from the instrument panel. I followed instructions found on our forum, and installed black foam around the cowlings & panel. No more buzzing. I then installed Givi windshield and buzzing returned. Buzzing definitely now coming from the shield. The buzzing occurs only during a small rpm range. Not really bothersome. The brackets must be too small to provide enough rigidity. When I have the time (insert laugh), I plan on installing some type of rubber dampers thru the shield itself.


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I re-installed the shield today upside down and in the second to lowest setting, I did not like the look of the bike without a shield. I must have installed the rubber grommets just right, because there is no buzzing this time...................
I think I will try the GIVI screen when it gets cooler

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With the factory shield on, I had buzzing from the instrument panel. I followed instructions found on our forum, and installed black foam around the cowlings & panel. No more buzzing. I then installed Givi windshield and buzzing returned. Buzzing definitely now coming from the shield. The buzzing occurs only during a small rpm range. Not really bothersome. The brackets must be too small to provide enough rigidity. When I have the time (insert laugh), I plan on installing some type of rubber dampers thru the shield itself.
I did the exact same thing. With factory shield on, buzzing between 3k-3500 rpm. I installed foam in the areas specified around the cowling, and the buzzing stopped. I then picked up a Givi windscreen, installed it, and now there's a new buzz around 4k-4500 rpm. I thought it was the cowling again so I redid all my foam and it's still there.

Just for kicks I slapped on my stock screen again and the buzzing was almost completely gone. Just a tad bit at the same rpm range. I test road it around my neighborhood and put slight upward pressure on my stock screen (left side) and bingo...no buzzing at any RPM range. I was able to make the buzzing come back on demand just by releasing that pressure on the screen. I'm planning on taking it a part tonight to see if I can't track it down.

This new buzz has to be with the windscreen mount. I'm also wondering if a Madstad would do the trick too, besides, at my height (6') the Givi screen on the highest setting shoots the air flow right at my eyes causing some crazy buffeting.
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