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Lower leg shields


I need a bike for a long year-round commute so I want one with good weather protection. The v only has a half-fairing. Could I add a bottom half?
What do you think? Would it be worth it? If so, are there after-market parts available?
Thanks for your help.
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Hi Sotonian
The V "fairing " offers no real protection from the weather at all,they are mainly cosmetic covers that give the bike its distinctive look.I have fitted handguards on my V and wear weatherproof gear as needed.

Not aware of any parts that you could fit to achieve the protection you are looking for,nothing reported on UK forums that I've noticed.

Perhaps you need a "scoot"



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The V "fairing " offers no real protection from the weather at all,they are mainly cosmetic covers that give the bike its distinctive look.
I respectfully disagree. The Versys fairing does a remarkably good job for its size. It is not as effective as a Windjammer, to be sure, so if that is what "real protection" is, I would concur. I was surprised at how well the Versys front deflects most wind blast from me—not as well as the V-Strom, but the Versys seems to be aimed at general-purpose sporty use.

I agree that the Versys may not be the best all-weather ride, but it depends on what you expect. I am used to bikes with little or no fairing and am very pleased with the Versys' wind deflection.
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Hi Guys
Perhaps I could have worded my reply to sotonian a little better.Being a UK citizen,we generally take wind in our stride (i.e dont consider it to be weather) I was presuming (and how I understood the original post)that sotonian was looking for protection from rain!and I still say (having ridden mine in plenty of the stuff)that the fairing offers little real protection.
Otherwise danomar is spot on!

BTW, I have the "vario" windshield on mine,fitted from new and whilst I have no previous experience to measure it by it seems to do a very good job of keeping the wind at bay.

Sorry for any locally generated misunderstanding
from accross the pond

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Written as a true gentleman, indeed. I thought perhaps you might have implied all-weather protection but was unsure.

Now that I can spin the engine to a whopping 6000rpm, I took the Versys on the highway. In metro Atlanta, the actual—not posted—speed limit is close to 80mph. I was very happy with the Versys' wind protection, though upon reflection, taller folks might not enjoy to wind blast. I am used to it and found the stock fairing does a very effective job of dissipating high-speed wind blast. I have the Kawasaki large screen, too, and will see what that is like soon.

I do not know of any commercially available lowers for the Versys, but nice side crash guards are available which might lend themselves to mounting a generic lower shield.
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No wind - I'm okay at any speed up to 85.

Going in to a 35mph headwind last weekend, I got blown all over the highway at 65mph.

That's all I know thus far...
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No wind - I'm okay at any speed up to 85.

Going in to a 35mph headwind last weekend, I got blown all over the highway at 65mph.

That's all I know thus far...
Don't fight the wind - lean into it, like countersteering and you'll remain stable.
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Don't fight the wind - lean into it, like countersteering and you'll remain stable.
You'll have to visit Oregon sometime - the wind swirls and the roads are twisty!
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Gets really interesting when you leaning into the wind and an 18 wheeler comes past , suddenly no wind .
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We get some good wind here in the Niagara area as well. Like those gusts where one minute your sitting up straight and the next second your leaned over hard to avoid being pushed off the road.

I know must of us here understand this - but I've noticed this forum has several new riders out there and I'm hoping they'll pick this up.

Just lean that bike over like your going around a curve - it's keeps your tires planted and helps you brace for the gusts.

I remember doing this on the Parkway near my house - the wind was blowing hard and I had my bike leaned over into the wind and I passed this other rider and he was doing the same thing. I think the tourists taking the wine tour were thinking they had too much tasting.

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