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Old 06-18-2014, 06:21 PM   #1
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650 V-Strom and wind buffeting issue.

Hello all, about five years ago I bought a second hand 650 V-Strom now to say these bikes are fantastic would be a understatement they are just that good, BUT they do have a issue which caused me to sell mine and I know many others have done the same THE HEAD BUFFETING ISSUE.

Ok I tried everything to fix mine different screens, different screen position, I tried everything to stop it but in the end it beat me and the bike was sold.

Move forward to today I found a second hand late model 650 V-Strom 2012/2013 model at a good price with a few added extra's, I am yet to test ride it hopefully early next week.

Now the latest model has the new and suppose to be better standard screen from Suzuki, my question is do the 650 V-Strom still have the head buffeting issue on the late model bikes, has this issue been fixed or is Suzuki just laying down a smoke screen saying there is no head buffeting anymore on there newer models cheers.
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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I'm 6'2" and get small buffering when a larger car/SUV gets in from of me on the highway. But other wise with the windshield all the way up, I don't really get any. When sitting upright it seems the air hits the top of my helmet. I have done a few 500 miles days on the slab and havnt noticed anything bad.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:12 PM   #3
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Yes they do, I changed out the stock screen on my 13 for a Givi air flow and it took care most of the head shake.

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Old 06-18-2014, 09:02 PM   #4
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Yes they do, I changed out the stock screen on my 13 for a Givi air flow and it took care most of the head shake.

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Yep I got the 22" givi. Works great on stock mounts.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:13 PM   #5
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Whether or not you have buffeting depends on the mods on your bike. If you have stock handlebars in the stock location then you should be fine with an aftermarket screen. However, if you get risers or taller handlebars because u want to sit more upright, you will get buffeting even with an aftermarket screen. I think the footpeg lowering kit might also have an impact, because it puts your knee lower and allows more updraft wind to come up. Im pretty sure with pegs in the stock location I noticed less buffeting, but also less comfort.

With atv high bars, 2in footpeg lowering kit and givi af3101 I get tons of buffetting on my '12 dl650. Im gonna go back to stock bars, as that seemed to have the least buffetting. The af 3101 screen is great with the stock bars.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:57 PM   #6
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got the af3101 givi and buffeted was reduced 85%, when it's hot it's on the lowest setting and raise it up when chillier. Last thing to do to remove the last 15% is mirror risers, they are the worst. I've heard to switch sides, move the right to the left, etc., but haven't tried yet.

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Old 06-19-2014, 01:26 AM   #7
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Yep it's sad to see from the replies here and I also on a couple of V-Strom forums I visited today that wind buffeting is still a issue even on the new models, so I can't see another 650 V-Strom in my future, I couldn't get it fixed the first time and I am not willing to chance it a second time it just costs me to much money, shame really great bike but just bad engineering from Suzuki with these screen issue's.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:36 AM   #8
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I reduced 85% of buffeting (stock windshield) by placing 2x2 rubber rings under the two LOWER screws holding the screen. This did nothing but changed the ANGLE of the shield. The buffeting is still there but very, very much reduced. It saved me money since I planned to put the Givi windshield, but now I don't need to.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:51 AM   #9
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Hello all, about five years ago I bought a second hand 650 V-Strom now to say these bikes are fantastic would be a understatement they are just that good, BUT they do have a issue which caused me to sell mine and I know many others have done the same THE HEAD BUFFETING ISSUE.

Ok I tried everything to fix mine different screens, different screen position, I tried everything to stop it but in the end it beat me and the bike was sold.

Move forward to today I found a second hand late model 650 V-Strom 2012/2013 model at a good price with a few added extra's, I am yet to test ride it hopefully early next week.

Now the latest model has the new and suppose to be better standard screen from Suzuki, my question is do the 650 V-Strom still have the head buffeting issue on the late model bikes, has this issue been fixed or is Suzuki just laying down a smoke screen saying there is no head buffeting anymore on there newer models cheers.
Not buffeting, though I cured that on my K6 anyway. Wind noise I can live without , the Givi screen largely eliminated wind noise as well for me.


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Old 06-19-2014, 02:12 AM   #10
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Keep in mind, that two riders could be exactly the same height, but the other has a longer back, and shorter legs, or v.v., means they may have their helmets 1 or 2 inches higher or lower than the other, so the aerodynamics, where their heads are, is not the same. They could also have different helmets, and it will affect things. They could ride different types of roads, at very different average speeds, they may have modified their bikes aerodynamics, ergonomics & seating position in many ways, and finally, they may also just simply experience the whole thing very differently. It΄s not an exact science.

So there are a huge number of factors at play, and as with anything involving aerodynamics, just tiny changes can affect everything. If you can find out from an internet forum, how YOU will experience buffeting on a certain bike model, without actually riding that bike yourself, then you must really be an expert.
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:29 AM   #11
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Very well said, Pecha.
The only way to know for sure is to ride one yourself. I'm in the market for a 2012+ Strom myself, but if there's buffeting when I test ride one, it's gonna get marked off my list. Wind noise and full-on wind blast is one thing.....but buffeting is intolerable to me.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:43 AM   #12
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concensus is the OEM w/s is crap ....

my solution is the Givi w/s in 2nd lowest setting, a 90% solution.

on longer trips, be sure to wear ear plugs
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:11 AM   #13
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I have a 2004 dl650.

I purchased the madstad bracket, but ultimately I got rid of the buffeting with a different helmet.

I started out with a cheap fulmer helmet.....bad buffeting
Then a shoei tz-1......bad buffeting
Bell Sprint......buffeting gone
Now a Bell Apex....no buffeting.
I'm about due for a new helmet now and don't know what to get....

the only time it is an issue now is with a REALLY strong crosswind.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:33 PM   #14
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better mirrors (ktm) that are lower, out of the way and more aero. wind hit stock wide mirrors and deflects some back to rider. mirror extender would also help if you want to keep stock mirrors. i hated the look of the stock mirrors too. http://www.adventuretech.biz/mirror-extenders.html
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givi shield (tilted back with bracket till it was smooth air)

made my strom smooth sailing as far as wind up at the top.

there is still air that comes up from the sides of the fairing and can blow up into your jacket & helmet. some make homemade side shields. surprised no one to this day has not produced anything commercial.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:41 PM   #15
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I had eliminated all buffeting by using madstad and Givi. Good up to 75mph. Recently sold the wee and have a stock shield with laminar touring lip which I will be listing for sale.
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