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Old 10-24-2012, 03:22 PM   #70426
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I have a Maier quick mount screen that's mounted to the handlebar with two wing nuts. Its probably about 14" tall by 8" wide at the top. It came with the bike. Not too much buffeting, but its loud as hell. At 40 MPH it requires earplugs to go any distance.

I may begin to cut it down incrementally, as I just remounted it for the first time in over a year this weekend.

The DR is the 2nd most quiet bike I've owned because the wind is so smooth around the helmet, but long freeway stints would be so much more comfortable without having to lean into the wind
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:39 PM   #70427
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I have the tombstone one that Procycle sells. I'm only 5'8" so it works well for me. I actually have mine down quite a bit. I don't know if you could raise it enough for someone 6'2", but I have about 4-5 inches down on the factory cowl so maybe.? I found if I raise it to try and keep the wind off my helmet it causes the wind to buff my helmet so bad I thought I was going to have shaken baby syndrom. Just keeping the wind and rain off my chest makes road riding so much better. Plus, it comes off quickly and I stuff it in a saddle bag when in the woods if I don't want it.
That is always the problem with windscreens. If you raise it a little to get some protection you direct the wind onto your chest. This causes abs and back fatigue. If you raise it enough to deflect the wind up off your chest you will get a lot of noise in your helmet. If you raise it further to reduce the noise you will get low frequency helmet buffeting - like being stooge-slapped constantly. If you rise if further to eliminate the buffeting you are either looking through the shield or it's screwing up the stability on the highway. If you have a serene cockpit without buffeting or noise then it's too hot at temps above 85F.

I'm using a Screens for Bikes shield on my DR. It is a nice compromise overall for my 5'11" height (tall torso). Not perfect, but OK. It directs about 1/4 of the blast on my upper torso / shoulders without dumping the blast on my helmet. I don't have to do ab crunches to ride, but my helmet is in somewhat clean air. I ride with a Shoei Neotech flip-front helmet and find it a nice acceptable compromise. When I tried riding with a 3/4 helmet that I use on my RT I found too much wind directed up off of my chest into my face. Too much wind circulating in my face at 70mph.

I like the Screens for Bikes shield. I do wish it were a little taller as-delivered in order to allow me to trim it to my choice, but otherwise it works fine. Ideally it would have some sort of rake angle adjustment as well.

YMMV. I do not want nor expect the DR to behave like my RT.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:41 PM   #70428
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That windscreen actually looks really nice. It's rare that I've seen a screen on the DR650 that actually looks better than not having one at all. Is it really an appreciable difference in the amount of wind that hits you?
Yes, it's a huge difference. The wind on my torso is blocked up to around neck ht. I had some Maier screen previous, & that blocked it better, but was a serious PIA to install and the wind noise around my helmet was much worse, & it couldn't be used off pave.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:14 PM   #70429
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been looking up wind screens. Im between the Cee-Bailys, Screens for bikes and the Laminar Lip. Im 6'2" and the weather is cooling down and thought it may be nice to have some added protection.
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I am 6'5" and the Laminar lip does a good job of getting the air up and off my chest but under my helmet. I also had a Slipstream Spitfire on my DRZ that I liked a lot for what it did but hated how it looked. On the upside, it was easy on and off so when I was going to ride on the streets/higway I would throw it on, and if I were going to go slower, it would come of.


not my bike, just an image I found of the screen. Mine is clear not smoke too...
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:58 PM   #70430
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[QUOTE=TinMan207;19892936] I also had a Slipstream Spitfire on my DRZ that I liked a lot for what it did but hated how it looked. On the upside, it was easy on and off so when I was going to ride on the streets/higway I would throw it on, and if I were going to go slower, it would come of.QUOTE]
Ditto on the Slipstreamer Spitfire. I have it on the DR650, like the way it looks, super simple easy on and off, and if it gets damaged it's $60 or so to replace. Don't know why, but I think it looks better on the DR than the the DRZ.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:15 PM   #70431
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My bike came with a Cee Bailey, and I wouldn't recommend them. I'm 6'2", and this thing caused me nothing but headaches. Their windscreens are very thick plexi, so even with it bolted in four places, it kept bending and flexing the headlight shroud. This caused a lot of buffeting on my helmet as the air flow was constantly changing. Also, this thing was massive. It looked sort of like the head of an alien from the Alien movies.
Had the Cee Bailey on a DRZ and didn't like it either. Didn't work until I fabricated brackets to raise it and hold it more rigidly.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:02 PM   #70432
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Had the Cee Bailey on a DRZ and didn't like it either. Didn't work until I fabricated brackets to raise it and hold it more rigidly.
And even if it worked perfectly, it's still ugly as sin. Warriors of ancient Rome used shields smaller than the Cee Bailey windscreen.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:05 PM   #70433
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And even if it worked perfectly, it's still ugly as sin. Warriors of ancient Rome used shields smaller than the Cee Bailey windscreen.
i have no experience w/cee-bailey, but i do know they make more than one size of screen (smaller) than what was pictured a few posts back...

smaller screen:

http://www.ceebaileys.com/suzuki/dr650z400ws.html

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doug s. screwed with this post 10-24-2012 at 09:10 PM Reason: pic of smaller screen
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:31 PM   #70434
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i have no experience w/cee-bailey, but i do know they make more than one size of screen (smaller) than what was pictured a few posts back...

smaller screen:

http://www.ceebaileys.com/suzuki/dr650z400ws.html

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True. I was just judging based on what I had experience with. I think the biggest problem was just how thick the plastic was. It made it extremely heavy, which exacerbated the flimsy mounting.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:33 PM   #70435
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:01 AM   #70436
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i have no experience w/cee-bailey, but i do know they make more than one size of screen (smaller) than what was pictured a few posts back...

smaller screen:

http://www.ceebaileys.com/suzuki/dr650z400ws.html

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Old 10-25-2012, 04:26 AM   #70437
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Lowering rear brake lever

I'm right at 6'3" and have a center stand. I can't put lower foot pegs on it but have a handy neighbor that took over an 1" out of my stock ones. I can adjust the shifter no biggie but as a nOOb how do you lower (adjust) the rear break lever?
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:32 AM   #70438
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I'm right at 6'3" and have a center stand. I can't put lower foot pegs on it but have a handy neighbor that took over an 1" out of my stock ones. I can adjust the shifter no biggie but as a nOOb how do you lower (adjust) the rear break lever?
If you rotate the shaft which goes into the master cylinder, you can raise or lower the brake pedal. Make sure you loosen the locknut, and free up the rubber dust cover before you try to turn the shaft. If it's stuck to the shaft, you might damage it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:44 AM   #70439
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thanks for all the windscreen replies gang,.

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Old 10-25-2012, 08:04 AM   #70440
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DR650 mileage

Mighty DR650 owners.... I'm in need of some pre-purchase advice or opinions!

I'm in the process of trading my fourwheeler for my first Thumper. I'm looking into a '08 DR650 with 8500 miles. I know that condition, care, and service are the important variables when assessing the mileage of a used bike... But what can you all tell me about 8500 miles on a '08 DR? What type of maintenance should have occurred at this point? Anything I should be concerned about? All I know thus far is that the bike looks clean and the owner says most mileage has been road/commuter... Not trail.

The price seems fair... $2700... All stock... No upgrades/mods/farkles... this is ok as I would enjoy setting it up to my preference anyway. It would be an almost even trade for what I'm asking out of my fourwheeler. I have my fourwheeler listed on the flea market in the "other" section (Yamaha Wolverine) if you care to check it.

Thanks folks... I'm hoping to go check out the DR this weekend.
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