New Aeroflow Off-Road Windscreens for the F800GS and F650GS

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  1. levity

    levity nano-Adventurer

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    I’ve had a chance to spend some time testing new, smaller "off-road" windshields designed and made by Aeroflow.
    Mrs levity and I both have the full Aeroflow screens on our F650GS bikes, and like the protection they offer.
    Aeroflow asked if I&#8217;d like to test smaller enduro-type screens intended for off-road and/or warmer weather use.<o:p></o:p>

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    Three sizes (Low, Medium, Tall) are available
    (heights shown are from the upper mounting screws to the top of the screen):

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    The Low screen (2.2&#8221;) is about the height of the OEM 650GS screen.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Tall screen (6.75&#8221;) is about the height of the OEM 800GS screen at its center, but lacks the &#8220;ears&#8221; that stick up on the stock shield.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Medium screen (4.2&#8221;) is, well, medium height.<o:p></o:p>
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    All screens mount with the four factory screws to the bike&#8217;s front support bracket.<o:p></o:p>
    They do not have the &#8220;side wings&#8221; or use their attachment points on the side fairing.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here are some pics of the Tall version in smoke tint (clear also available):<o:p></o:p>
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    My impressions (YMMV)...<o:p></o:p>
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    Bike: F650GS, OEM handguards, 20 mm bar risers. Rider: 6&#8217; tall, std seat, earplugs<o:p></o:p>
    Conditions &#8211; about 800 miles in So. Calif., June/July, including freeways, coastal clouds and fog, head/cross/tail winds, clear mountains, dry desert<o:p></o:p>
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    OEM F650GS windscreen &#8211; very little protection, wind blast everywhere<o:p></o:p>
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    OEM F800GS windscreen &#8211; more protection than the 650GS screen, air hits about upper shoulder and neck level, but considerable turbulence and buffeting<o:p></o:p>
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    Low Aeroflow screen &#8211; too much wind on the torso for me<o:p></o:p>
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    Medium Aeroflow screen &#8211; wind hits arms, upper shoulders and neck but no buffeting; still not enough protection for me<o:p></o:p>
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    Tall Aeroflow screen &#8211; wind hits at very top of shoulders and neck (similar to OEM 800GS screen), but air flow is cleaner with no buffeting or turbulence.
    VERY NICE! :clap :clap :clap
    There seems to be a &#8220;transition zone&#8221; several inches high where there is reduced air flow (torso area) changing to unobstructed clean air flow (above the helmet).
    The tall screen puts my helmet midway in this zone. There is some noise, but Hey, it&#8217;s a motorcycle.<o:p></o:p>

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    I also tried the Tall screen using Ms levity&#8217;s low seat in an effort to mimic a shorter rider with a helmet positioned lower in the airflow &#8220;transition zone&#8221;.
    This seemed to give similar or slightly more protection with no significant increase in noise level.<o:p></o:p>

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    Pluses<o:p></o:p>

    unobstructed view and open feeling is nice compared to a full screen<o:p></o:p>

    additional airflow is cooling when it&#8217;s warm<o:p></o:p>
    no buffeting and not too noisy at legal speeds<o:p></o:p>
    stable at triple digit speeds (on a track of course :wink:)<o:p></o:p>
    may provide a small (~5%) increase in gas mileage and range over a full screen<o:p></o:p>
    less than 10 min to swap with full Aeroflow screen (6 screws)<o:p></o:p>
    excellent fit and finish<o:p></o:p>
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    Minuses (compared to the full size Aeroflow screen)<o:p></o:p>

    not as protective in cold or wet weather (need more gear at temps <60 deg)<o:p></o:p>

    windblast can become tiring at sustained higher speeds or in headwind<o:p></o:p>
    bugs on your visor instead of your windscreen<o:p></o:p>
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    Summary<o:p></o:p> :thumb :thumb

    I find the Tall Off-Road screen much better all-around than either of the OEM screens<o:p></o:p>

    Quick &#8216;n easy installation and removal <o:p></o:p>

    The smaller screen is great for warm weather rides that do not require sustained high speeds (e.g., city, country side, mountains, off-road)<o:p></o:p>

    The full Aeroflow screen provides better weather protection and more comfort on rides having extended high-speed freeway sections<o:p></o:p>

    I'll probably use it half of the year here in So. Calif. for rides that don&#8217;t include extended freeway time (<1hr at a stretch, or 2 hr total)<o:p></o:p>
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    :ricky<o:p></o:p>
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  2. replicant

    replicant consummate n00b

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    Thanks for the review. The regular Aeroflow was too much protection for me, so I'm back to getting blasted by the OEM 650 screen right now. Cleaner air would be nice, though.

    So did they mention any kind of time frame for when these will be available? Summer's half over already.
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  3. levity

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    I was told the first production batch would be available at the end of this week.

    Summer's half left here in So Cal.
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  4. ride2little

    ride2little Riding Like the Wind

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    That's the "Tall Version"? Looks awfully small to me. But smaller = better in my book anyway.
    I'd like to see pictures of the three versions.

    If that is the tall version, I may just be interested. Or the smaller ones, etc.
    Thanks for any additional info.
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  5. levity

    levity nano-Adventurer

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    Here are some prototypes I tested.
    The "tall" screen shown on top of the F800GS screen is actually 0.5' shorter than the final Tall screen shown on my bike in the original post.
    You can see that the Tall screen is a bit wider at the top and taller in the middle than the OEM 8GS screen.
    The Tall may look small, but it's larger than the OEM 8GS screeen except for the "bat ears" on the stocker.

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  6. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Finally a windscreen that I'm interested in. I don't complain about "buffeting" like most of the girls on this forum and I'm not interested in a larger windscreen that will chop my face in half if I'm doing a hill climb. This looks like something that may help with mileage on long rides and wont get in the way... Thanks! :freaky
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  7. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Off the grid

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    I agree, its good to see some lower screens.
    On my F650GS with stock screen, if I slouch there is more noise and buffeting than if I stretch up and 'get tall', where there is less buffeting and less noise.
    This tells me a taller screen may not be the answer for me.
    I come from a sportbike background where wind balancing the body is good. Too straight up and getting blown backwards is not good, IMO.
    For me, I do not buy into the barn door, visor up at 70 theory of windscreens...
    It is a motorcycle after all, and a day 'in the wind' is what its about.
    I recently rode with a couple of KLR's with tall screens. Once their screens got dirty, their off-road view was obscured. Can't stand everywhere!

    With that said I am about to try the ZTechnik sport screen. If thats not working for me I will try the Wunderlich Flow Jet next.
    Plus to me, a larger screen hurts top speeds and gas mileage...

    The windscreen and seat are my two gripes with the 650/800 series.
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  8. Gangplank

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    looks like crap in my opinion. Sorry but its sort of martian looking.
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  9. AlanI

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    +1
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  10. markymcd

    markymcd Been here awhile

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    Careful Gangplank. They don't like insults here :)
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  11. ride2little

    ride2little Riding Like the Wind

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    I must admit. I have always wanted to tint my stock screen as I think it would compliment the black/yellow scheme of my bike. But with one of these, I'd definitely want it in clear...hides the (effective) lines.
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  12. Gangplank

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    Personally, all I am going to do to change the stock screen is to add a spacer to the two top bolts to move the airflow up a bit. Steeper angle windshield = different flow.

    Actually I don't have a problem with it, but that is because I had my seat fixed and it dropped the seat by about an 1" or 1.25. :clap
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  13. OnkelPopanz

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  14. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    I have the Z-Technik tinted VStreamĀ® Short Sport Screen Z2432 on my F650GS twin and think it is a vast improvement over the OEM. Better protection from wind to just below shoulders; helmet in clean air -- no buffeting at all.

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  15. JGoody

    JGoody Been here awhile

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    How tall are you and do you have the stock seat? -- I like the look of that screen! I have a 650GS and am looking for an improvement over stock that's not a barn door. The Z Technik is cleaner looking than the Aeroflow but I'll go with whatever works best.
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  16. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    I'm 5' 8", 170 pounds, 29' inseam. Seat is a Sargent and is OEM height.
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  17. Maxacceleration

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    I have the same Z-Tech screen on my 650.
    Works good all day and you can see over it off road also.
    Give the beemer a sporty look vs the utilitarian look IMO.

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  18. OnkelPopanz

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    Well the ZTechnik in fact looks good.

    But on the other hand it looks as if it might be quite noisy.

    At last there are four different ZTechnik screens.
    Can anybody report if the ZTechnik screens work with handguards?



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  19. malloy

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    Onkel - Thanks for the link to here. I don't want to hijack this thread to talk about the ZTechnik screens, but . . . Maxacceleration's picture here is the Short Sport with OEM hand guards that clamp to the bars close to the levers. ZTechnik claims their other screens work with hand guards. They use pictures of the OEM hand guard to illustrate this:http://shop.ztechnik.com/cgi-bin/ztech/Z2432.html?search_model=bm-042

    Im trying to get information about the Short Sport and other hand guards, particularly TT's. But no love yet:lol3. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=779334
    The old style BarkBuster would pose similar problems. Both sets clamp to the handle bar much further toward the center, near the upward sweep :ear.
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  20. OnkelPopanz

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    Hi!

    What about the air-noise? Better than stock screen?
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