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Old 12-14-2014, 03:34 PM   #1
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Question Givi Airflow alternative?....Homemade?

Since I mostly use my bike to commute, riding comfort is a priority. It's mostly highway and the buffeting is getting old. I'm tired of crouching to get out of the flow. I installed a Givi tall windsheild and it helped a ton, but I need a little more. I heard the Givi Airflow would work, but I don't have any more funds available for the bike. Just a thought, why can't I mount the factory windsheild onto the front of the givi to act as the airflow? Sure it's not adjustable unless I drill multiple holes, but wouldn't it work? Has anyone had success doing that or can you suggest an alternative(cheap)?

Crap, I should've posted this elsewhere.

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Old 12-14-2014, 03:51 PM   #2
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Get an MRA Vario winglet and install it on the top of your windshield. It's adjustable and will flip the air up over your head. Twisted Throttle sells MRA stuff.
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:38 AM   #3
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Touratech (and doubtless others too), sell screen spoilers that clamp to windscreens, might be worth a look to see if there is one for your bike.

I use one designed for a BMW F800GS on my KTM 690E touring screen, works fine, so you don't necessarily need one that is designed for your specific bike.
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:26 AM   #4
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I looked at the MRA Winglet and Tourtech spoilers. Theyd be great, but they are way too expensive for me right now.

Im more interested in what peoples thoughts are on my idea of using my stock screen as a home made version of the GIVI Airflow by making my own brackets and mounting it in front of my GIVI tall screen. I know its not very scientific, but Im thinking of setting my leaf blower in front of the bike with a smoke bomb and seeing which position will direct the air the way I need it.
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:38 AM   #5
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I think I've seen on here somewhere, someone who stuck a plastic box lid on the front of his bike as a screen - free, very ugly but quite effective.

What is your bike by the way?
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:42 AM   #6
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I think I've seen on here somewhere, someone who stuck a plastic box lid on the front of his bike as a screen - free, very ugly but quite effective.

What is your bike by the way?
Hahaha, Im not that redneck. I think the stock screen will look fairly decent on the front of the Givi.

Its a Honda CB500X.
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:34 AM   #7
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do they make a mastad for that model.
i just checked twisted throttle and didn't see one

as stated earlier the mra is great i have one on my vstrom
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/mra-x...onda-cb500x-13

also you can change your mirrors i know that the stock suzuki mirrors cause turbulence
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:42 PM   #8
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givi, puig, etc. etc.

just about every one makes them.

I use a puig. they some in three widths. got rid of the buffeting on my head. this is a common complaint on the KTM smt 990
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:20 PM   #9
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http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/CB500prod.html

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Old 12-15-2014, 05:55 PM   #10
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Stop wasting money on palliatives and save for the Airflow, it's a whole another ball game. That venturi thing really works. Suddenly, all other windscreen designs perform like prehistoric things in comparison.

Here's my German pig with the next generation Italian screen:







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Old 12-16-2014, 08:19 AM   #11
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Stop wasting money on palliatives and save for the Airflow, it's a whole another ball game. That venturi thing really works. Suddenly, all other windscreen designs perform like prehistoric things in comparison.

Here's my German pig with the next generation Italian screen:


What have you on the left handlebar- it looks like an antenna, but maybe an extendable light of some sort?
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:53 AM   #12
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That's an "antena corta-pipa" ("kite-cutter antenna"):



Kites are epidemic here in this f@cking country during school break months, and the f@cking kids (mainly the poor ones; the rich ones stay at home playing videogames) like to fly their kites near streets and highways. The issue is compounded by "cerol" - glass powder that the kids marinate their lines with, so they can cut the lines of other kids' kites more easily. Sometimes, those cerol-enhanced kite lines cross streets/highways at low altitude - say, at chest or neck height. What you have then is a f@cking home-made motorcyclist neck shredder. If you like gore, google "cerol pescoço" and enjoy the f@cking carnage.

The antenna has a sharpened edge at the top end (just below its head), so it cuts the f@cking line before it reaches and mangles the rider (that's the theory, anyway).

There's a f@cking federal law that prohibits the selling and the using of cerol, but what good is that law, after the fact, for a mangled motorcyclist, right? Better safe than sorry.

Long story short: if you like your neck (literally), don't ride in f@cking Brazil without an "antena corta-pipa" installed on your bike.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:28 AM   #13
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google "cerol pescoço"
I had to...

nasty looking results. I think I'd look into a kevlar weave balaclava.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:36 AM   #14
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nasty looking results
Yep, it's almost like hitting the neck on barbed wire, at speed. Bye bye jugular, blood everywhere.
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:27 PM   #15
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+1 for the AirFlow.

Look at this MRA windscreen: http://www.twistedthrottle.com/mra-v...onda-cb500x-13

You can make one yourself. Try just a piece of 1/4" plexiglass heated gently and bent to fit. Try mocking it up with cardboard, find the spots for the holes, drill properly for the plastic to avoid cracking (or have a plastic fab shop do it), then make your own laminar lip. You can smooth the edges of the plexiglass with sand paper or gently with a heat gun.

Try a short run without mirrors (not safe nor legal, so just a test run.) If that helps the buffeting, look at either mirror extenders to get the mirrors farther away from the air coming off the sides of the windscreen, or look at some more aerodynamic mirrors from eBay. You'll need to know the thread diameter and pitch (how many millimeters per thread) and if the left side is a left handed thread (lefty-tighty).
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