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Took the shield off my V, what a difference

Just as it says, I took the stock shield off of my '11 V and went for a ride. What a difference it made in the quietness of my RF1000. That helmet is dead quiet in clean air and that's what I had. I guess I'll either cut down the stock shield to make a dash cover out of it, or fab a cover out of acylic and paint it. This will work wonders in the warmer months when I do the bulk of my riding. I still have a Givi screen to put on for when the temps cool off.
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I haven't had any difficulties with the stock shield... and have no plans for an after market shield... but I've not tried it totally removed. I'll do that and see what I think. Thanks!!!

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It's surprising how much wind is deflected from just the bodywork itself. I remember how bad my SV650 was, it was a struggle compared to a screen less Versys. If you make a dash cover please post pics with instructions.
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im going opposite, givi touring screen on my versys....
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If you make a dash cover please post pics with instructions.
Definitely!
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Hey I stood up at 60 and the wind was smooth and
Mellow. Sat back down and loads of buffeting. Gonna do the same brother, hope it looks good too!


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im going opposite, givi touring screen on my versys....
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Well.. Looks like poo! Need something there in its place. Some of them aftermarket screens look big and dopey. I like the small sharp look of the stock screen. Do they make anything small that doesn't provide so much buffeting?


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Well.. Looks like poo! Need something there in its place. Some of them aftermarket screens look big and dopey. I like the small sharp look of the stock screen. Do they make anything small that doesn't provide so much buffeting?
Yeah it uglies up a pretty homely front end, but it lets you know just how poor the air quality is coming in.

I'm probably going to get a sheet of 1/4" acrylic, cut and bend around a piece of wood I'll use as a mold. I'll sand and burnish the edges with a propane torch then paint the backside black. I'll post further info and pic's when it happens.
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I might have to send you mine to do the same to


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I also have experienced that the stock and even my taller Givi make some turbulence that hits in the helmet, making a lot of noise (and turbulence). When I standup in the bike, it feels better, really. I think maybe would be a good idea to install one of those acrylic adds on the top of the windshield...

it is what it is...
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I took mine off to give it a shot and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Not sure if I'd enjoy it for a tour day (I might!), but for dayriding, it was pretty pleasant. I think I'm still going to go with a CalSci shield. My ideal setup on my old bike was a CalSci attached to a Madstad.

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How about the bugs?

They love the GIVI...and so far...stay away from my face shield.
If I took off the Givi, I think they would LOVE my faceshield!

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Still considering the zero gravity sport touring shield.
Sure would be nice is there were ANY comprehensive reviews..??

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Still considering the zero gravity sport touring shield.
Sure would be nice is there were ANY comprehensive reviews..??
I know, eh..... I'm really debating on it. Would you buy the touring one or the short one?
They aren't that much, compared to other brands..
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Just as it says, I took the stock shield off of my '11 V and went for a ride. What a difference it made in the quietness of my RF1000. That helmet is dead quiet in clean air and that's what I had. I guess I'll either cut down the stock shield to make a dash cover out of it, or fab a cover out of acylic and paint it. This will work wonders in the warmer months when I do the bulk of my riding. I still have a Givi screen to put on for when the temps cool off.
Like you, I removed the screen from my '11 when new. Again, like you, I want a small cowling fairing which has a shallow rake but there's nothing on the market. I can only find ones that are the same size or larger. My winter project in a few months time will be to design and fabricate one. At least there's a selection of anchoring points ready and waiting after removing the standard, so that must be a good start..! Thing is, on a descent and newish bike it has to look the part and not a crappy home made attempt. I did have some success with a smilar project for my DRZ when I fitted twin lights. Anyhows, if I get it together I'll post it on here. And Ec90t, if you have some success I'd be pleased to know too...
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How about replacing the factory shield with a home-fabbed sheet of perforated aluminum or steel that cuts off at the top of the bodywork & fits the opening just right. Would that diffuse the incoming air without pushing it up & into your helmet or chest?
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This is what I'd like to see for the V....
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My current after market shield has the wind off the top of my screen hitting the chin bar of my helmet. Yes it is more noisy but also no buffeting. I've also tried not using a shield. The problem is without a shield the wind pressure on the body makes highway travel unpleasant and tiring. I also don't like the buffeting my body takes from cross winds without a shield. It's a trade off.
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