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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Wind screen question..

When I picked up my new V, I was not happy with the air hitting me with the stock screen. So I picked up a Givi and have it at it's tallest setting. I do like it there, but as it's getting warmer (hotter), now I'm looking for more air. I'm going to lower the screen to it's lowest setting, but have heard on here about flipping the stock screen upside down. Any thoughts on how they would compare?

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I think it looks better upside down. As far as wind deflection, I'm not sure it's any better than the right way up, maybe different, but not better.



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I have mine upside down in the top hole and like it a lot.

Wearing my Arai XD helmet with the beak on the wind is smooth and doesn't feel like it is going to rip my head of at 85mph. That is the best wind management I have ever had on any bike.

Oh, I also radiused the old top, now bottom, to keep from reflecting my headlight back at me. It looks better than stock that way. In fact my wife (who was also a product designer for 15 years) looked at it and said she thought the engineers probably designed it that way first and then the stylists made them do the other.

On thing about the flipped windshield, the price is right and you can always go back if you resist cutting it up.

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Hi Mudmuck,

What you will realise later on is that the windshield topic is very subjective, everyone has different preferences. Only way is to experiment and find what you like.
I had the stock windsheild for a while, then tried the flip up method. Still too much wind for me. Then tried the Puig and now with the Givi. I like the Givi and it's quality.
By the way, I at 5'11" but like I mention all have different likes/dislikes.

Hi Spikeville,

You raised an interesting question. Have raised a thread to that effect. Like you said, "How about some more original ideas?"

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I have the cal sci tall windshield with the madstad adjustable kit. I like that combo but as soon as the weather gets above 80 the wind shield comes off. The oe gets mounted up side down on the lowest holes and thats what works for me. This weekend it was 101 degrees and we rode for 550 miles in 11 hours. Can you say hot?
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Windshield preferences

I have read so many thread infos on windshield options and agree with most opinions that it becomes very much a personal preference/riding style/position etc..
For the record and in my case I am 6ft 1", and after running with the standard screen in both Original and upside down positions (no differences for me), I have opted for the Kawasaki Vario option.
First ride today in pretty high winds - eureka - not even optimised baffle position - suddenly at 110-120km/h cruising, my head feels firmly fixed to my neck for a change !
Definitely - with optimised position this is going to stay.
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I tried it upsidedown once and found it noisier with more buffeting. (I'm 5'9") I put it back on right side up and put the earplugs back in. As you have already discovered though, it is a personal thing. Try it upsidedown and see if it works for you; it won't cost you a cent.

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......or you could check out my thread I started here for the antman microscreen. I am 6'4" and tried my screen upside down and although it looked better, wind was no better and very loud.
My previous bike was a V-Max and that bike was much quieter (wind only, not exhaust : ) at 120mph than my Versys at 45mph. Obviously, it was the lack of windsheild option, so when I saw antman's idea, I tried it and love it. If you want to see how much better wind noise is without the sheild, take it off and go for a spin.
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