1200 Adv winglets on 12GS

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  1. mrmaico

    mrmaico Long timer

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    I installed a set of Adv winglets on my 12GS today and the difference is amazing! I would say the wind noise is less than half of what it was. :clap
    They also eliminated the buffeting/vibration that I used to get from my helmet (HJC Symax).

    Mounting was easy....just marked the holes and drilled. I used about 1 inch fender washers (just a large washer with a small hole) underneath to help distribute the forces on the fairing piece. Seems to be working fine, I can't notice any major flexing of the bodywork.

    Has to be some of the best $45 I've ever spent. I can actually hear my motor now.:lol3 OK, it wasn't that loud before but it is ALOT quieter now.

    Barry
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  2. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Good show Barry!:clap
    Dang, for $45 its worth a try.:D
    Do you have a part number?
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  3. GELSTRA

    GELSTRA Been here awhile

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    +1 on part number. That is the Givi screen, right? Same as me. Do you end up with too little airflow ala RT or just less noise and buffeting?
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  4. mrmaico

    mrmaico Long timer

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    Thanks Karl.

    06327657966 screw .80 x 4
    46612308594 washer .80 x 4
    46637664846 bushing $1.60 x 4
    46637694399 left wing $17.20
    46637694400 right wing $17.20

    Those are Chicago BMW prices. Took a few weeks for them to get them in.

    You definitely want to get the hardware so they are spaced to sit off your bodywork a bit.

    I figured if I didn't like them for whatever reason and took them off I will just find some small black rubber plugs to fill the holes but I don't see that happening now.

    Barry
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  5. mrmaico

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    Yup...Givi. I didn't get a chance to ride very long today but it feels like there will be enough of a breeze coming past the inner sides of the winglets to keep from being too hot behind them.

    Barry
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  6. Chacifer

    Chacifer sui generis

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    Neato. What I wonder is, will my Aux plug outlet that I have on the left side work with the wings? Hmmm.
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  7. mrmaico

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    Sure will, they have cutouts for plugs on both sides. The Adv. has the plugs in the same spot as the GS lite.

    Barry
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  8. GSButter

    GSButter Adventurer

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    I have the same Givi on my gs and was about to try a new windscreen due to frustration with wind noise. This is a much more cost effective option. Many thanks for the tip.

    Steve.....
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  9. GB

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    Excellent Barry! Thanks for posting.. It makes me want to reinstall my Givi screen just to get the winglets!
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  10. mrmaico

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    I rode to work today so I got a chance to try it again minus the 30 mph wind we had yesterday and I was even more impressed today. AMAZING! It's hard to believe that these could make such a big difference in helmet noise but they sure do. I used to get a roar/crackling sound around the sides of my helmet and that is almost completely gone now. I always wear either earplugs or Etymotic earphones with my XM radio, haven't tried the earphones yet but they normally work better than earplugs so that should really be nice.:clap

    Barry
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    Beauty! :thumb

    thanks for the update
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  12. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    This makes perfect sense to me. I put 600 miles on a new GS Adventure (dealer needed one broken in) and there was very little wind noise. but much more buffeting compared to my GIVI equipped R12GS. The adventure had more buffeting but less noise. The noise is not a big deal to me because I wear custom molded ear phones but it can hurt to knock the wind noise down a fee DB. I think the combination of the GIVI with the winglets will be the hot ticket!:clap
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  13. Hedge36

    Hedge36 My e-penis is huge.

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    Works on a regular ol' GS, too:

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  14. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Nice job! :thumb You even have one of the ultra-fast and offroad capable blue ones like I have, so you are a man of keen intellect and sophisticated tastes. :lol3

    Anyhow, my question is how did you determine exactly where to locate the holes?
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  15. drdata

    drdata R1200GS

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    Thanks, I was just about to ask if the Givi screen was needed to use these.

    Is that a tobenator that you have in addition to the wings?

    Cheers
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  16. Hedge36

    Hedge36 My e-penis is huge.

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    Ayuh. I tried EVERYTHING on the standard GS, up to and including a tobinated Adventure screen.

    I realized I was trying to turn the GS into an RT, so I got the RT.

    I realized riding an RT was girly, so I traded it in yesterday on a new 12 Adventure. Mo beddah :thumb
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  17. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    If anyone calls their BMW dealer to order these parts, having them split up like this will match the pattern the dealer expects:

    06 32 7 657 966 screw .80 x 4
    46 61 2 308 594 washer .80 x 4
    46 63 7 664 846 bushing $1.60 x 4
    46 63 7 694 399 left wing $17.20
    46 63 7 694 400 right wing $17.20
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  18. Willi-P

    Willi-P Just a man.

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    Hi Barry. Good for you; I think you're gonna be real happy with that set-up. Well, duh, it sounds like you're already thrilled! I'm running the exact same combo of Givi screen and GSA winglets and it's working like a champ for me to! I'm happy and don't feel the need to do anything else windscreen-wise.
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  19. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Man, this is good news! I rode my 1150GS back from Colorado a few weeks ago, 600+ mile day, the last 300 miles was through 30 to 35 mph crosswinds. I was beat to a pulp, was actually holding my helmet with one hand to steady it while I held the bars with the other hand. My head was getting kicked around like one of those "bobblehead" dolls, neck and jaws hurt all the next day from straining and clenching my teeth. The bike was rock-solid, but I was getting whipped bad. I have the smallish MRA "Varioscreen" on the GS, so these windlets should work well with that.

    This is why I love the GS regardless of how much buffeting I get.... Took a little ride up the "hills" above my house after work last night for some "cycletherapy". I just love that bike for it's versatility......

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    I've ridden my RT in some hellish crosswinds (like last Monday riding up to Lander from Cheyenne, WY, 40+ mph winds for 250 miles :puke1 ), there is always a little quiet spot in the slipstream you can tuck into even in the strongest wind, but not on the GS! I definitely agree that for $45 or so this is worth a try!

    Thanks!

    Doug in WINDY Wyoming.
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  20. Hedge36

    Hedge36 My e-penis is huge.

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    Don't get too excited. The point of this thread is that the winglets for the 1200GS Adventure can be fitted to the standard 1200GS, not your 1150.

    You can buy some acrylic and a heat gun and experiment like I did, though. The difference on an 1150 isn't nearly as remarkable as the difference between the 1200s.
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