Desierto 3 Fairing for F800GS, whose got one?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by AKTroy, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. kirbyc

    kirbyc n00b

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    Looking for solutions at highway speeds. Whistling (most likely the helmet), plus the wind hits me at the top of helmet.

    I'm thinking a shoei rf1100 or shoei hornet could be the answer to all my problems.
  2. TAMPAJIM

    TAMPAJIM Been here awhile

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    At your height, that visor on the XD just might be the problem. Do you have a conventional road helmet you could try first and do you use ear plugs? Can you take the visor off?? Duct tape everything ???
    Spending $350 on a new lid is an expensive experiment.
  3. DonHS

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    At 6'4", I take the visor off my Shoei Hornet when on pavement for a long length of time - which, unfortunately, ends up being most of the time.

    Works for me.
  4. TAMPAJIM

    TAMPAJIM Been here awhile

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    There you go !!!! :freaky Another Advrider problem solved.
  5. kirbyc

    kirbyc n00b

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    good call on the experimenting before dropping $300. I do use earplugs. I removed the visor today, road 300 miles today, and had a loud whistle the whole time. I'm convinced it's the helmet - I'm gonna try and test a few old helmets out in order to find the right one.

    I used the same XD3 on my previous 1200gsa and had no problems given the car-sized windshield I was relaxing behind. The 800 is a different story.

    Sounds like the Hornet may be better/quieter for 60+ speeds???
  6. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    I have a Hornet and the RF1000....and a D3. Only 5-9, and it all works great for me in any position.

    But, my point is, the Hornet is quieter than my RF1000. And I have tight fitting helmets (that's an important factor). Same results in straight on wind (no fairing) on my Yamaha WR250R. In fact, the RF is even noisier.

    I like my RF1000, bit you asked for a comparison. I'm told the Hornet is quieter than the Arai XD. But I've not tried one of those. At least that was the claim with earlier models. I do like the looks of that newest XD version!

    HF

    Ps....I found my Hornet to be quieter with the visor on, than off (in straight on wind....again, on my WRR).
  7. kirbyc

    kirbyc n00b

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    I'll give it a shot!
  8. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    If you are going for a new helmet you might look at the Shoei Qwest.
    Similar to the RF1100 but designed for more up-right riding postion (vs. sport bike), and also less expensive.

    I have one and like it very much. I bought from CycleGear because they will take it back (within 7 days I think) if you are not satisfied. I hesitated because I didn't want the store stuck with a "used" helmet, but the store manager insisted I order one ... he said "Heck, we want to see it too" we don't care!!! Thumbs up for CycleGear! :clap

    As an aside CycleGear (like REI) has a big "garage sale" where they sell all the returns a couple times a year - CycleGear has theirs at their home base in CA.... wish I was closer.
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  11. runnr548

    runnr548 BMW Pilot

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    I am not happy with the short stock windshield which came with my bike. I really like the look of the Desierto, but I find the cost a bit much. I found the VStream Touring, by ZTechnik to look nice, have a variety of heights available, and a lot more cash friendly. Thoughts on the matter will be appreciated!
    Thanks! :D
  12. eddyturn

    eddyturn Wannabe

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    Neither the medium or large VStream worked for me. Your results could be different.
  13. runnr548

    runnr548 BMW Pilot

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    After too many hours of deliberation, I ordered the Desierto! It is very pricey, but it looks awesome and, according to three owners of them, will make me very happy. :clap Now, if 5 business days would be tomorrow...
  14. TAMPAJIM

    TAMPAJIM Been here awhile

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    Hard to believe that anybody would spend that much money on a windscreen.

    Let us know how it works out.
  15. Kitedans

    Kitedans In love with my AT !!

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    I'm very happy with it, I love the look of the bike and the wind protection !!!

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  16. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Really? What's so hard to believe about it? And BTW, how much money did you spent on that BMW? :huh

    I wanted a screen that would cut way back on the wind noise on long days on the slab, but could also be configured for plenty of air flow when riding off-pavement. When I bought it, there were only two choices, the Desierto and the Britannia Composite. I know it's a subjective thing, but I just couldn't stand the looks of the Britannia Composite, so there was only one choice for me, and I have never regretted my decision for a second. It does exactly what I wanted it to do, and if, like me, you intend to keep the bike for several years to come, is worth every penny. I have no hesitation recommending it to anyone who is after the same solution to the wind noise problem.

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  17. OZZY-DUCK

    OZZY-DUCK Been here awhile

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    I still love mine.
    I only regret I waited 8 months before I bought it.
    Done some great trips and I have no complaints at all.:clap

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  18. OnkelPopanz

    OnkelPopanz Adventurer

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    Well I had the chance to test the Desierto.
    I bought it, I tested it. And I sold it again.

    It didn't work for me. The wind-protection is not bad it looks good and it is possible to find a setting without too much buffeting.

    But it was always noisy and in most settings I wasn't able to ride with the visor open. There was wind directly on my eyes. In some settings I wasn't able to breath because of the low pressure.

    When I ducked a little down it worked better and there even were settings without buffeting and noise going up to 120 km/h.

    So IMHO it works good for smaller persons.

    I am 181, 32 inseam, Schuberth C3 helmet in size 60.



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  19. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    :huh Seriously? How did you keep from passing out? :ear

    I've heard a lot of descriptions regarding windshields, but never this one before. That's funny. :poser

    Anyway, you've described all but the most important thing about yourself: your height. You're "inseam" has little to do with your helmet height while sitting. Unless you meant you were standing on the pegs.

    So, how tall are you? What seat are you sitting on....stock high or low, or something custom? I have similar weight and inseam, but am 5'9" tall, on a Renazco modified seat that is actually 1/2" taller than stock high.

    I have experienced none of the problems with the D3 which you have described. At least not, while wearing either of my Shoei helmets (RF1000 & Hornet). The D3 has been absolutely fantastic for me in any of the elevated positions beyond half way up.....whether tilted forward or aft.

    Maybe its that Schuberth helmet that is causing the suffocation. Think I'll steer clear of those based on your description.

    HF :lurk
  20. speed_racer

    speed_racer Been here awhile

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    I so want one of these screens.. As far as looks, I havent seen any other screen anywhere near as cool, adjustable or as many good reviews from it.

    Its surprising someone hasn't bought one, moulded it and are now selling reproduction versions for like $250 to $300. You could even fix the light issue coming into the cockpit with little modification..

    Are they are made out of ABS plastic or fibreglass?