F800gs...Touring screens? you got one ? Lets us see um!

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by HighTechCoonass, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. Mach Z

    Mach Z Budding ADV Addict!

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    My poor mans laminar flow high screen mod to the stock w/s. Used a bit of screen from a previously crashed GS.

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  2. Loutre

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    looks great!:eek1
  3. JRWooden

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    I agree .. that's clever!

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  4. drcjj

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    Great Forum...

    Just installed, on my 2013 F800GS, the PowerBronze windscreen and can say that at 6' tall and a long torso it has dramatically increased the helmet noise and buffeting above 45mph while offering some body protection from the elements unlike the stock screen... It was quite reasonable in pricing ($140) and made in England as near as I can tell by the packaging.... as yes it looks good to me on the bike.

    The lack of structural support allows for a lot of flex and vibrations up top at higher speed (60mph and above) so I can see why some other brands have the metal support bracket on the taller screens. I appears that the aero dynamic ridges that the C Baily and stock BMW screens have add to the rigidity.

    I may have to continue my search and give another brand a go but would rather stick with this unless I find something obviously better... If I crouch down behind it for a few miles it seems fine, so a shorter rider might find it perfect... but I don't plan to ride in that position for long periods even with a tank bag to rest on... I like a more upright position.

    I do plan to have my seat rebuilt by a local shop here in Denver (Bitchen Stitchin) which specializes in MC seat repairs/ customizing and plan to have them lower the stock seat an inch which may make a difference... on the highway I like to sit back further on the seat than what the normal BMW lower seat seems to be designed for... it pushes me to far forward to be comfortable... of course the stock seat is as hard as German stone so I hope to improve on that... also I want be able to get a foot on the ground quicker without having to move too far forward on the seat... not possible with the stock seat from my favorite riding position.

    This bike is new to me having put only about 400 mies on it so far... My previous '08 650 X Country was much easier to ride with a lower seat and with more compliant suspension but thought I'd go with something more highway friendly and yet enjoyed off road riding. I love the smoother 6 speed of the F800gs , the tech features and the engine sounds this thing makes... I am not used to this bike yet so I am taking one step at a time with the mods I am making.

    The stock Michelin Anekee II tires are going to have to change, at least on the front end before I go off read and I'll need a bash plate too so any suggestions from others on for these would help. Thx

    PS... 4.27.13... Just Mounted the Wunderlich Wind deflector screen extension on the PowerBronze screen and rode it today... OMG what a difference! Not a perfect fit on the powerBronze screen but usable, and functions perfectly, very well made and highly adjustable, finally a solution that works for me!!! Looks ok, not perfect but a huge improvement in buffeting once I got it dialed in.
  5. ebrabaek

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  6. eddyturn

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  7. shashankmittal

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    I am 5'5", 30" inseam and wear a Schuberth S2 helmet. I bought the Moose racing windscreen (+4") primarily due to its price $71 shipped from Revzilla. The build quality of the screen is good, its 4.1mm thick (compared to 3.9mm stock).

    In terms of performance, the windscreen reduced buffeting for me at upto 40mph significantly. Over 40mph, specially at highway speeds, it was only slightly better. This is a cheap solution for anyone looking to reduce buffeting at low speeds. At highway speeds, you'll need to look for something else. I think I'll try the Mirage 2.

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  8. terraunbound

    terraunbound Been here awhile

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    You are happy that the windscreen increased the noise and buffeting?

    Welcome to the club!
  9. Mollygrubber

    Mollygrubber Eschew obfuscation

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  10. ManWow

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    This threads huge and I may have over looked it, but has anyone used a vstream? I'm looking for something while I save for the mirage 2 hah
  11. Mtl_Biker

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    Even with the optional BMW Touring screen, I was very unhappy on the highway with the noise I was getting in my helmet (Schuberth C3) and had to wear earplugs starting at about 110 kph (say 60 mph). With my K1300GT with Ztechnic V-Stream screen, I never have to wear earplugs at ANY speed.

    I sent an email to Cee Bailey asking if their screen would fit a 2013 F800GS with BarkBuster Storm handguards and they never replied to me. I phoned them after more than a week and was told simply that, "No, it won't work."

    So after looking around, I decided to try (as an interim measure) a Laminar Lip and I must say that so far I'm quite pleased with it. Not as good as the setup on my K1300GT, but good enough that I think I won't be looking for any other screen options.

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  12. Mavman

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    Almost shelled out $1000+ for a Touratech Desierto 3 fairing at the BMW motorcycle dealer here in Montreal. They had the guts to ask me for an extra $75-150 to install the damn thing. Needless to say I was unimpressed.

    Going to order an MRA X-creen online instead.
  13. Mollygrubber

    Mollygrubber Eschew obfuscation

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    Look at the Mirage II, if it's not as effective as the Desierto I'd be surprised, and 1/2 the cost.
  14. Mavman

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    Does the mirage require surgery to the instrument panel? If so how difficult is it to install and what tools are needed?
  15. eddyturn

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    It is easy to install with minimal fuss with the dash. Quite a good system and the install went very quick even for a n00b at it. I am taking mine off after some time now and it's not working for me. I'll put it in FM maybe after I get home in one week and remove it. Piece of cake to install and quality material and support. Just never worked for me very well but a lot of others say it works for them. That's good.
  16. H2R

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    My wife and I have both had MadStad adjustable windshields on our F650 GS's for a year now and I thought I would report back on our experience. Windshields were by far the hardest farkle for us to to choose and this thread was a big help in the selection.

    We have ridden 8,000 and 10,000 miles with the MadStads and couldn't be happier. Mark (the owner) was very helpful in determining which height windshield was appropriate for each of us. He even volunteered to cut down a windshield to better fit with my wife's low seat bike. The units are well constructed. The winglets add protection for cold weather riding but are very easy to remove when the weather gets hot. (We just rode to Nelson BC on a 35 degree F morning and appreciated the winglets.)

    I like knowing that the windshield can be adjusted if needed to accommodate a different riding style or new seat. So far though, we have left the windshields adjusted the way we set them up after trial runs on the first few days. I think that the RoboBrackets aren't really optimal for raising and lowering the screen frequently. If I wanted to lower the screen to ride in the wilds, I might simply remove it from the metal fairing and then reattach it, rather than fooling with readjusting the brackets.

    Before purchasing, we were concerned about the size and dark color of the fairing. From photos it seemed like the windshield and fairing might overwhelm the bike. We even considered painting the fairings to match the bikes. Once the windshields arrived and were installed however this was no longer a concern. The fairing and windshield seem to be a natural part of the bike and blend with the other black elements on the bike.

    Given the price and versatility I am surprised I haven't seen more about the Madstad in this thread recently. We think they are great.

    I'm not affiliated with MadStad; I'm just a happy customer.

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  17. JRWooden

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    Thanks glad you are enjoying them, and they are attractively priced!
    How'd you end up in terms of adjustment?
    Picture? :wink:
  18. drcjj

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    I just installed a Wunderlich Screen extender ($129) on my PowerBronze screen for that extra 2-3"... not a perfect fit due to the center molded shape of the screen, however... OMG it works fantastic to stop the buffeting and is very well made and adjustable. I rode it up over 80mph and the powerBronze screen flexes quite a bit but it makes a huge improvement in airflow.. I would give it a go... I imagine you could return it if you didn't like it. Good luck!
  19. shashankmittal

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    I received the Mirage II last week and finally put it to test today over a short 2 mile ride on the highway. Adjusted the windscreen starting from the highest position and lowering it by half an inch after every quarter mile doing 70-80mph. I couldn't find a sweet spot that would minimize the wind buffeting. I am 5'5" and wear a Schuberth S2. I guess the Mirage is going back to Britannia and I have to keep looking for more options. :cry
  20. ManWow

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    I'm running a short sport touring dark ton vstream with the wunderlich deflector and over a few miles it seems to be working great. I'll be tweaking the angles to see but so far so good! I am 6'2" and just the vstream was nice up to 75. It created nice smooth air around the helmet. Pics to come