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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-22-2015, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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My New Low-Profile Shield

I've been riding my 2013 without the stock or O.E.M. Vario windshields due to the "buffeting" and wind noise. The ride is much smoother but I didn't like the look without a windshield. I decided to design my own and then CNC cut it out of black ABS. I then painted it the same color as my side case panels (charcoal metallic). It does not offer any wind protection but the "buffeting" is gone with a slight increase in wind noise vs. no shield (I use custom earplugs anyways). I had also designed a version that was rounded in the front and printed a 3D model, but it looked like a duck bill when it was mounted on my bike. The version that I machined seems to match the sharp body lines on the Versys.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-23-2015, 04:59 AM
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While I admire the craftsmanship, I'm not a fan of the look and assume it offers no wind protection. That being said if we were all the same the world would be a boring place, ride safe !
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Really nice job designing and building the screen.

I use a stock screen that is cut down a few inches and painted black on the reverse side. It's flipped and set in the lowest position. I really like the low profile look and there is zero buffeting with the shorty screen.

I have a VStream screen which I used for my long tour this Summer and it was great to have for touring. But, for day rides and commuting, I much prefer the shorty and being out in the air.


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You get less wind noise and buffeting without the windshield?
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You get less wind noise and buffeting without the windshield?
I don't have any buffeting with my stock or O.E.M. Vario shield removed. I get wind noise , but nothing like when they are installed. Clean air without them. I just didn't like the look of the Gen 2 bikes without anything on the cowl. I made mine for cosmetic purposes only. I like the look of the Gen 1 cowl. It seems that there would be more options to customize a shield (like ATYC's) especially when it comes to mounting. Next year I'll probably spring for a taller windshield, but it just seems like it's too "hit or miss" for us taller riders.
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You get less wind noise and buffeting without the windshield?
On my 2012 the stock windscreen caused a lot of buffeting. I removed the windscreen and it was great no buffeting just smooth air, but I didn't like the looks so I bought the Kawasaki / MRA Vario windscreen. With it on the highest settings it's great.
Your experience may differ.
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so I bought the Kawasaki / MRA Vario windscreen. With it on the highest settings it's great.
Your experience may differ.
How tall are you? I have the Kawasaki MRA Vario (the one with the adjustable spoiler) and there is hardly any improvement over the stock shield at any position, but I'm around 6' 2" tall. I could experiment with some brackets to raise it higher. By the way, my Brother-In-Law is from Wagga Wagga, Australia.
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How tall are you? I have the Kawasaki MRA Vario (the one with the adjustable spoiler) and there is hardly any improvement over the stock shield at any position, but I'm around 6' 2" tall. I could experiment with some brackets to raise it higher. By the way, my Brother-In-Law is from Wagga Wagga, Australia.
I'm a short arse, 5'7". My son is taller and wants the screen changed, he gets buffeting. I'm going to change it around for him.
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without the shield, i would get full windblast on the freeway. not a fan of it.

now in the midst of getting someone to cut some acrylic to raise my shield even higher.

Current : Maroon 2011.
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