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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Let's talk tall windscreens.

With the coming fall/winter months I know I'm going to be needing to do something about all the wind hitting me on my V.

I'm 6'02" and have the Seat Concepts Seat which raises me up an additional 1 inch.

I frequently have a passenger, either my wife or one of my daughters.

Tonight with my wife riding along I noticed a significant amount of wind buffeting my head.

Rather than buy 5 different windscreens I'd rather take your recommendations.

So what do you guys suggest for a tall rider?

Thanks for your help!


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After searching around the tallest I found was the Givi. It could use to be a bit wider to be perfect.
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on your search. I am only 5'9" so any input will be a waste.


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Unfortunately, these's too many variables for anyone to really say what works for them will work for you. I'm not as tall as you (5'11") and I'm actually happy with the stock screen as the other ones I've tried haven't worked (for me). But then that also comes down to my helmet as well as the Powerbronze screen (4" taller) was ok with a normal helmet, but with my preferred Arai TourX, the buffeting it introduced to the peak wasn't nice. Same with the MRA Varioscreen, bad buffeting except if the aero foil was set to its lowest position. Therefore, there was no real point in spending my hard earned on that expensive piece of plastic (I had been lucky enough to borrow one from a work mate).

One thing you will have to remember is that the Versys isn't far off being a naked bike and you'll never get a totally wind free experience at all times.

Good luck exploring the infinite abyss
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I was thinking the Givi or adding the MRA X-creen Add-On (attached to stock screen) found here http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/6777/788/


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Some years back, Blipco started a thread about modding a Yamaha Majesty 400 scooter windshield to work on his V. I liked the idea, and since have bought and modded two of them, one for each V, which I use during the cooler/ wetter months. Just measured it and it's about 24" tall. Here are two pics - one showing the Majesty shield cut to fit, the other it mounted on the Green Hornet.
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Givi D410ST for 2010+ V

I am 6" 1" Long body. It is pretty effective but could do with a bit more width and maybe a touch taller.

Looks great on the bike!

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I'm 6'1".....I bought the Givi 410 for my 2012 V. HATED it. Made me feel like I was in the paint shaker.
I'm so close to buying the MRA touring+ X-Creen spoiler. It's just so hard for me to justify the price....especially since I don't even use the bike that much!
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I was thinking the Givi or adding the MRA X-creen Add-On (attached to stock screen) found here http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/6777/788/
Zat....please buy this thing and let me know what you think!!!!
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I ordered the Givi yesterday.

Figure I'll try that first. If it doesn't work out I might add the X-creen add-on. If that combo doesn't work out I'll sell the Givi and get the MRA touring and put the X-creen add-on on it.


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I tried the Laminar lip on my Givi windscreen. It didn't help. And the velcro "dots" kept drawing my eyes to them while I rode. When I get time I will try it at differing heights, etc. and try it on the stock shield (like the CycleWorld test bike), and on a V-Stream shield that I've got laying around.
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Got my Givi screen today.

Switched out the stock for it and took a ride. Here are my impressions as a 6'02" rider with the Seat Concept seat:

- Full upright position: Ugh.. this was awful. Buffeting all over the place.. head, shoulders, arms, hell even the front turn signals were flopping around.

- Two (well 4 if you count them all) bottom holes: Felt pretty good. Buffeting was gone. Could feel some air on chest, but not a lot of pressure. Darn near perfect.

- Two (well 4 if you count them all) top holes: This was the sweet spot for me. Buffeting non-existent. Some air on chest again but even less pressure than stock. This was a very noticeable change from the stock windscreen. This or the above setting will probably be my winter screen.

Thanks all for the advice and help.


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I have the Givi on my 2012 and noticed that mounting it in the top location leaves a large gap at the bottom. THIS is a good thing as it sets up a bit of a laminer flow and makes a bigger "Pocket" for me to hide in! BUT as there's still some air moving behind the shield It's NOT a hot box.

I don't mind CLEAN air on me, like it as a matter of fact when it's hot, but I hate long trips and buffeting. I do think the bikes a little more "Active" in traffic so I try and pass Semi as fast as I can...minivans as well.

BTW I have the SC with +1 foam so gained about 1-1.5" and I am 6'

Or was that look THEN leap?
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windscreen

I have a 2004 stock BMW r1150rt screen from my old bike. I drilled new holes and installed little carpet tabs between the screen and frame the get the best angle. Installed little black plactic plugs in the old BMW holes. Look around for any large screen and think about how it might fit.

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That is the MRA Vario. Apparently pretty good for shorter riders. However, now they have the X-Creen, which looks like the vario, but the blade is much bigger. Supposedly better for taller people.
http://www.bikehps.com/acatalog/Kawa...g_Screens.html Scroll down to the second one....
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Thats pretty cool! When I got the Givi they just came out with it for the 2010's. Two months later they came out with a taller one. I really like the one I got sorry no numbers about 20inches tall!

Before that I had a CS and man it was about 26inches to heavy and almost ripped off, would have riuned the plastic at 85mph. The Givi's are really light, and thats a good thing!





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That is the MRA Vario. Apparently pretty good for shorter riders.
I'm 6'-5" and the MRA Vario (caveat: on a Madstad Bracket) is the solution for me.
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Just completed a 3000 km trip from Calgary to Victoria and back on my '09 V with Paraballum tall windscreen set on highest mounting position. It worked very well. Away from large trucks there is very little buffeting.

At 6' 2" with 32" inseam I am looking over the top by 2 or 3 inches. The wind seems to be just going over the top of my helmet. I could open my face shield on my full face helmet and not get much wind in my face. Most of the trip I had my face shield open 1 notch which was nice in 30C+ heat.

I was very happy with it.

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