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Old 09-15-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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Anyone else nearly been beheaded by their windscreen?

Rode over a 10" log today on my KLR, and found a downside to the +6" windscreen I recently installed. The front end came up and caught me right in the throat - luckily it was off to the side and didn't hit me square in the windpipe, but it was a scary thought.

I'm not quite sure what to do differently next time other than reinstall my stock screen for heavy duty trail rides. It seems like I could always just make sure I'm hanging way off the back, but when that front end jumps up (on whoops too) it seems like a guillotine. Anyone have any advice on keeping my head on its shoulders?
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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take off the windshield when riding dirt. You are going to hit things and drop the bike much more often than you would on the road.

The KLR is a huge tank, so it's hard to keep from having back-and-forth motions as much. On a real dirt bike you can control the bike's pich much better.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:29 AM   #3
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Did the same thing on my XRL, punched it to get air over a culvert-bridge that, unbeknown to me, had been washed out on the other side. Felt awesome until I landed and chopped my throat on my high windscreen.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:09 AM   #4
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When I was riding an F650GS, I put a taller screen on it for highway use. The I was riding a rough state forest dirt road that had some whoop-de-do type bumps in it. I was up on the pegs keeping my head & body still as the bike bucked beneath me. The top of the new windshield hit me in the faceshield. Three times.

Good thing I had the flip-up shield all the way down. On slower speed dirt I often tip it up for more air (I also have glasses on) if there is nobody "roosting" in front of me. I didn't have this happen with the stock height windshield, which I switched back to soon after.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:51 AM   #5
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Go to a turbo city with a madstad mount. Allows you to raise or lower it but even better it moves it about 8 or 10" farther forward. Also comes off with 4 thumb screws
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:02 PM   #6
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I think getting a different windshield mount is definitely the right idea here. I heard it only takes 8 pounds of pressure to crush your windpipe, which would be easy for a KLR jumping a log to do. It's just hard to know when I'm going to be riding off road, what the obstacles are, and how far I'll have to ride on the highway to reach said trails.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:49 PM   #7
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I think getting a different windshield mount is definitely the right idea here. I heard it only takes 8 pounds of pressure to crush your windpipe, which would be easy for a KLR jumping a log to do. It's just hard to know when I'm going to be riding off road, what the obstacles are, and how far I'll have to ride on the highway to reach said trails.

Kinda hard to see but the turbo city on the madstad bracket will go down to close to the same height as the stock shield up to eye level and you can lean it back to the same distance as the stock or move it flush with the front of the headlight.
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