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Old 01-03-2013, 06:52 AM   #3526
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Yes there is a lot of wind noise for someone my height, especially at higher speeds. I have the Cee Bailley's 23" and it is extremelyu quiet if I lean forward and down a couple of inches. When I sit up right, it is very loud/dirty air. Not sure my next step, but I need something a little taller.
Check out: http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/sc.7/category.5969/.f

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Old 01-03-2013, 08:59 AM   #3527
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Not sure my next step, but I need something a little taller.
I doubt that this will help. You need more rake back and/or laminar flow. Just a big windshield will always feel like a phone booth in the wind ...
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:17 PM   #3528
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Yes there is a lot of wind noise for someone my height, especially at higher speeds. I have the Cee Bailley's 23" and it is extremelyu quiet if I lean forward and down a couple of inches. When I sit up right, it is very loud/dirty air. Not sure my next step, but I need something a little taller.
I did add the touratech additional top spoiler. Helped a lot, but i think at this point my helmet is the problem. I ordered thicker cheek pads, will see what it does.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:20 PM   #3529
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Check out: http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/sc.7/category.5969/.f

The Madstad is adjustable. I love mine!
The tall touring oem windshield is adjustable (tilt) as well, but i still needed more. How tall are you?
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:27 PM   #3530
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I don't like it and only use it for long trips. I also cannot stand on pegs with it on. I use handlebar bag from Wunderlich (made for GS) on daily commute


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I do the same. Funny thing is thou, Its the long trips where i would love to stand up on my pegs to rest. The daily commute is no problem.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:58 PM   #3531
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The tall touring oem windshield is adjustable (tilt) as well, but i still needed more. How tall are you?
The issue is very likely that'll you will probably never get into a fully calm pocket of air - what you need is turbulence control. That is normally done with laminar air flow, de-pressurizing the back of the screen and so on. A larger shield might just create a bigger vacuum and worse turbulence.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:06 PM   #3532
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The issue is very likely that'll you will probably never get into a fully calm pocket of air - what you need is turbulence control. That is normally done with laminar air flow, de-pressurizing the back of the screen and so on. A larger shield might just create a bigger vacuum and worse turbulence.
I think this is correct. I've long since given up chasing perfection where turbulence is concerned. I'm 6'5" and I decided to stop wasting money and time on this issue. Hard to get touring bike wind dynamics on ADV grand-tourers. If it's truly bothersome, experiment with the little things first. Spin your mirrors off, for example, and go for a quick ride to see how much they contribute. If they are part of the problem, get some SW-Motech "wideners" to reposition them. The Explorer, with the screen all the way down/back gives me the cleanest, quietest ride I've had on a bike in the last several years.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:56 PM   #3533
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The tall touring oem windshield is adjustable (tilt) as well, but i still needed more. How tall are you?
I'm 6'0" and use a 20", set at about 1/3rd of it's potential. (the Madstad brackets allow for up/down adjustment).The OEM tilt is set midway, seat at high position. The shield is set at my mouth level and airflow just kisses top of my helmet for ventilation.I could easily set it so I'm looking through the shield (using the madstad brackets and/or the tilt), but not necessary because the laminar flow built into the design carries the flow higher than it would be otherwise..

I also have a 18" narrow shield that I set a tad higher for summer and that too clears my helmet so anything taller than 20" for me would be overkill. I would judge that the 20" would work for those up to 6-1,maybe 6-2, those over should consider the 22".

Other thing I like is it's rock solid,even on rough roads and you can bolt a RAM mount to be base plate to position your GPS directly over the instrument pod.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:12 PM   #3534
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I'm 6'0" and use a 20", set at about 1/3rd of it's potential. (the Madstad brackets allow for up/down adjustment).The OEM tilt is set midway, seat at high position. The shield is set at my mouth level and airflow just kisses top of my helmet for ventilation.I could easily set it so I'm looking through the shield (using the madstad brackets and/or the tilt), but not necessary because the laminar flow built into the design carries the flow higher than it would be otherwise..

I also have a 18" narrow shield that I set a tad higher for summer and that too clears my helmet so anything taller than 20" for me would be overkill. I would judge that the 20" would work for those up to 6-1,maybe 6-2, those over should consider the 22".

Other thing I like is it's rock solid,even on rough roads and you can bolt a RAM mount to be base plate to position your GPS directly over the instrument pod.
Hey tampajim. Thanks so much for replying.
how much did madstad cost? And are you based in Tampa I suppose?
It would be awesome to test rude one of these.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:31 AM   #3535
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Hey tampajim. Thanks so much for replying.
how much did madstad cost? And are you based in Tampa I suppose?
It would be awesome to test rude one of these.

The Madstad shield costs around $280 with slight variations depending on size, tint, etc. It is a little expensive but you are getting complete adjustability, a very good laminar flow system (no vacuum) and I must say it is of the highest quality, base is black power coated aluminum, stainless brackets and the shield itself is thick aircraft acrylic with no distortion. I have the light gray tint which cuts down the road glare but allows full vision at night.

Mark is a very friendly guy. Call or email him and he might can put you in contact with somebody in your area so you can see his system in person.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:30 PM   #3536
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Question for you guys, I'm getting a set of Heidenau K60 for my TEX and was wondering if I needed risers on my front fender . Also I'm looking for something to protect my rear shock, what is there on the market that you would consider relevant ?

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Old 01-04-2013, 01:30 PM   #3537
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Question for you guys, I'm getting a set of Heidenau K60 for my TEX and was wondering if I needed risers on my front fender . Also I'm looking for something to protect my rear shock, what is there on the market that you would consider relevant ?

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I've been thinking about the K60s, as I liked them a lot on my 800XC. Let us know what think of them. I don't believe you'll need to raise the front fender. There are huggers on the market to help protect the shock, but you won't want one of those if you're taking it off road. I have ordered a rear splash guard from Palmer Products. Still waiting for the Christmas log-jam to let it through in the mail.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:31 PM   #3538
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Question for you guys, I'm getting a set of Heidenau K60 for my TEX and was wondering if I needed risers on my front fender . Also I'm looking for something to protect my rear shock, what is there on the market that you would consider relevant ?

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I would definately put the fender riser on. In fact, I'm going to but would like one twice as high as the one I've seen. As far as a shock protector, a homemade one is the only thing I've seen that I would consider for my TEX. Here's a pic of mine. PM me if you want any details on it.

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Old 01-04-2013, 03:49 PM   #3539
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Maybe a TEX for me?

I found a lightly used TEX with about 7k miles on it sitting down at my favorite dealer. Said he'd give me a figure I'd be happy with for my '08 Sprint so the price is right. But I have a few questions for those of you that have been riding these bikes for a while now.

How much of the 10k service can I do myself without special tools? I have pretty much done all maintenance on my KLR but so far have shied away from doing anything on the Sprint. I think it is time to change my perspective.

How many miles do you get out of the stock tires and what did you change to if you did change them? I will definitely be including plenty of dirt roads in my rides. The K60's sound interesting but I hear they suck in mud and sand.

As is the bike has a few of the farkles I would add if I purchased a new one (fog lights, heated grips, crash bars) but oddly it is missing a skid plate. Which model skid plate do you all prefer and why?

Anyone experiment with different fork springs yet? Early reviews of this bike seemed to imply that the front end was too soft for off-road use. In my limited experience on a generous test ride, which included some bumpy rutted non-flat dirt roads, I felt that the bike handled just fine and was sure footed in the dirt even going down steep downhills with tight turns.

I was waiting for the XC but I am not sure I can wait another 4 months and since the only real difference is the wheels and a few farkles at a reduced package price I don't see the point, especially with the deal I am looking at. According to my dealer the spoked wheels won't be all that expensive if one wanted to replace them after they are available. He quoted me $400-something for the front and $800-something for the rear.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:59 PM   #3540
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triumph explorer coolant

The HD4X Hybrid OAT is the reccomended coolant for the Triumph Explorer. What do you guys use that you can get from some place like AutoZone and not the "stealer ship". Any thoughts?
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