Review; XT1200Z modded Motorradgarage bracket + MRA

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Too_Tall, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. Too_Tall

    Too_Tall The Belgian

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    I used to have a DL650 V-Strom. I graduated to a XT1200Z 3 months ago. On the V-Strom I suffered from buffeting, alot. my 6ft6 long body didn't help much. It was cured with a Schuberth C3, MRA windshield with spoiler and the famous Madstad bracket. This bracket allows for the windshield to be angled at your preference, enabling everybody to find their pocket of calm smooth air.

    The Waspworks engineered Motorradworks available windshield bracket for the XT1200Z does just that. Price is right, shipping is ridiculously fast. Get this if you plan on getting a Super Ten, trust me.

    The bracket has 2 rods, 2 ratchets (I prefer the ratchet over the turning knob system of the Madstad) and 4 brackets; all powdercoated, all precisely engineered and cut.

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    Mounting it is pretty easy.

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    GPS install is also an option, you can either purchase a bracket made especially from motorradgarage I believe, or DIY.

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    I tried the stock windshield, but no matter what angle I set it at, no use. It's just too tiny. I have no intrest in running the bike naked, so another windscreen was ordered. Found the MRA spoiler equipped windscreen at off-the-road.de Review HERE

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    Sadly even with this combo, the windscreen is just too small. The bracket + spoiler create a huge area of calm air, but my big head sticks just above it. Crouching down just 5cm eliminating the buffeting. But I do like to sit normally when I ride. So I could either buy another windscreen, or fabricate a bracket to move it heigher. I opted for the latter.

    2 brackets of alu, holes drilled, screws added. Painting + neater screws will come later.

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    GPS still fits

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    The windscreen now sits 10-3.5cm more heigher up then without modding the bracket.

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    Does look a bit...awfull...

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    Result?

    Yes!

    Finally no more buffeting. Just as with the Madstad, angling the windscreen/moving it upwards creates a gap between the dash and the windscreen; It seems that would allow air to pass through and ruin the windprotection; in reality, I don't even notice the air passing though the opening. My tank bag holds back most of it.

    Riding with my visor open up to 90km/hr was tested, not a problem.

    Stability OEM; rock solid

    Stability with bracket; rock solid

    Stability with modded bracket; Slight vibration, no worse then having a large windscreen mounted. GPS readable just fine.

    Conclusion; The Waspworks/motorradgarage bracket is the first farkle everybody should get when they own the XT1200Z. It will improve your riding comfort hugely. If you are a tall rider like myself, get the bracket and a large windscreen (NO, not the awfull OEM Yamaha Tall Touring Screen, think the GIVI or something...) and it will work. If you're stuck with a 'medium' tall screen like myself, modding the bracket is an option.
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  2. Bundu

    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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    wow, quite a lot of work you've had to do, but great effort, thanks!

    Are you not concerned that the increased leverage of the screen on the original Yamaha mounts could be a problem? You mention that there is some vibration. Could be quite dangerous if they were to break...
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  3. Too_Tall

    Too_Tall The Belgian

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    Not too much work, about 2 hours including mounting the Crash Bars.

    I'm not too worried about the mounting, the Motorrad garage bracket is very very solid. The weak point would be the 2 alu strips but they are not budging really. The vibrations are more likely induced by the way the GPS is mounted. Might need a new solution for it, we'll see...
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  4. SpeedStar

    SpeedStar XT1200Z and DL650

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    Nice review Too Tall. I have the WW bracket in the garage, I just need the bike now.
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  5. Too_Tall

    Too_Tall The Belgian

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    You won't regret either purchase :clap
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  6. Old Git Ray

    Old Git Ray Now retired...YeeHaa

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    So, how tall are you ?
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  7. Bundu

    Bundu KTM 1290SA

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  8. Too_Tall

    Too_Tall The Belgian

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    What he said.
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  9. RogerJ

    RogerJ Waypoint Wanderer

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    Thanks Too Tall for your reviews. I have the TT windshield adapter bracket. However, the crossing bar for mounting the GPS is similarly high up in a great viewing position. The GPS takes a LOTof vibration up there. My Zumo 550 has frozen once or twice. Recently on a 20 day ride one of the buttons (the ON/OFF) fell off the GPS. It just disappeared.
    I see you have a Tom Tom so your results may vary. My unit was mounted to the crossing bar with a TT handlebar GPS mount which has anti-shock rubber isolators. Not good enough! But I will be replacing it with the TT full MV highest spec anti-shock mount they make and remount it again. Love the GPS in this position but wanted to flag the vibration issue so folks can plan accordingly. Cheers!:ear
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  10. Too_Tall

    Too_Tall The Belgian

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    :huh

    Whoa...That's bad! Did 580km's yesterday in the Eifel Forest, on not so good roads sometimes. No issues!
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  11. kalho13

    kalho13 Adventurer

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    Too Tall have you made any changes to the seat. I am the same height and find the high position of the seat a little too low and do not like the slope. I am hoping to find a solution that does not require replacing the seat.
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  12. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    This mod will alleviate the sliding forward issue.

    http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=2306.0

    Also note the date of this original thread.
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  13. Too_Tall

    Too_Tall The Belgian

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    I'm still here! :-)

    Did the exact same mod GB suggested - not for the extra height, but to eliminate the forward slope. My nadses were taking a pummeling! Still happy!
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