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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by HighTechCoonass, Nov 13, 2008.
And people call the V-Strom ugly, that thing's been hit with the stick.
I don't have much to compare it to. The last street bike I owned was a 1989 Transalp that I sold in 1993.
I will say that the protection is better than stock on the road, and that I can still ride on the pegs in the dirt. The 18" would have been better for noise, but would probably be hitting my helmet off road.
I'm sure after a couple of get offs I'll need another and will try a different manufacturer.
As far as upgrades are concerned a windscreen could be considered inexpensive. The windscreen I'm considering goes for about $100 and anythings got to be better than stock.
WOW. The centerstand bolts on in about 5 minutes. Easier than changing the oil. Bike doesn't need to be in the shop waiting for that part! Bust 'er out and ride!
The centerstand was ordered the beginning of November and is still on order. The temp here hasn't climbed above freezing since so I'm really not in a huge hurry to get it right now. That said if I had it I'd probably ride it.
I'll be jailbreaking it next week if BMW still hasn't delivered. You'd think they'd be able to fill orders faster than that. I've had better luck with Touratech.
Dunno about the time frame from TT either. I ordered a center stand last week from TwistedThrottle who sells the same one as TT but $40 less for whatever reason, and was told to expect 2-4 weeks. The BarkBusters are expected to be at 6 weeks or more from the same order date. I guess that is evidence of how much we GSers are adding to the bikes.
But I did get all the Wunderlich stuff (of what was available) from Santa Cruz BMW that I ordered. Check out these crash guards:
Now that is first set that looks good to me. They don't rely on the engine for all the support, and protects the rad. How much$$$$$
Can you show a front 3/4 view of them???? also, can you post them in the 'Crash Bar' thread too??? cheers!
Has anyone upgraded the stock windscreen that shipped with these bikes? Overall, for a stock shield, it's solid but for longer rides it would be nice to farkle up my new baby with something functional that keeps the head buffering down.
Touring options from BMW is pretty pricey...TT has a nice one at half the price; http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/media2/01-048-0370-01-lg.jpg?-session=touratech:47E382B31d7841D667uTs32CD3BB which I'm leaning towards.
I put on the TT Windscreen. Love it.
I will try to post a pic later...something is not letting any pics through right now...
Another option is the California Scientific. I have no opinion of the GS version, but the Buell and RT version work great.
I installed the California Scientific on my F800GS two week ago and so far have been very pleased. The stock windshield seemed to deflect the wind directly to my helment, creating lots of buffeting and wind noise. Both of these problems have been eliminated. So far, it's all good!
Cool, appreciate the feedback. The vent in the California Scientific looks like a good idea - does the airflow hit your chest from that? I'm ~ 6' 190lbs.
Does the TT work well (prevent buffeting hitting my head)?
Generally, it's nice to see 2 solutions that are HALF the BMW option.
I kinda thought the hole in the California Scientific windshield would/might tunnel air directly into my chest. Then I thought about the Aeroflow windshield on my R1150GS and realizied that it too had a hole in the windshield where the two halves (top and bottom) met. Bottom line is that the air passing throught the hole is flowing from the front side (ie. high pressure side) to the rider side (low pressure side). Shortly after passing through the hole, the air is dissipated into the low pressure air directly behind the windshield. Doing so, the vortex that the windshield creates is lessoned. So the bottom line is that you feel less turbulant air on your chest and body and no, you dont feel cold air on your chest.
Price was good and so far, I'm pleased.
Which size CalSci screen did you get?
Aeroflow makes the ugliest but best working shields.
This thread is worthless without pictures!
poor man's solution (easy, unobtrusive, doesn't make it an RT but helps a lot)
I'm 5'10" with a 32" inseam, and the stock screen's turbulent air hits me just below the chin at freeway speeds. So my head is up in the clear air. At freeway speeds it's still noisy, but I always wear ear plugs, and at least my head isn't getting whacked around.
I plan on staying with the stock screen for several reasons: I like to ride off-pavement, mostly out in eastern Oregon and Nevada, where it can get plenty hot in the summer, and the flow of air over the short screen will be welcome. My experience with a larger screen on my Wee taught me that it's a real negative in that type of riding, and I almost got guillotined once riding through Titus Canyon in Death Valley when I hit a rut hard which threw me forward into the screen. Only the low chin bar on my helmet literally saved my neck. And large screens tend to flop around violently in that type of riding as well, putting a lot of stress on the plastic mounting points.
Now if most of your riding is at high speeds on slab, especially in colder weather, I can see how a larger screen would fit the bill. But for me the negatives outweigh the positives.
Have any TALL persons tried an aftermarket windscreen?
I sit as tall as a typical 6'4" rider and need more protection.
I've been impressed by the stock screen on my F800GS regarding the lack of buffeting and turbulance, by the blast hits me in the chest.
Any experience, good or bad?