Windscreen FAQ

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by JimO, Apr 11, 2002.

  1. Red Bull

    Red Bull Been here awhile

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    Regarding handlebar interference: Since the GS has a full swing steering column with “wide handlebars” you will find that “some” handlebar protectors (BMW, Acerbee, Touratech) extend out far enough so the actually hit the screen when at the extreme position. In reality one would rarely ride with the handlebars moving this much… however also in reality… the inevitable CRASH :waysad will move to this point, (and hopefully you already installed a fork stop like Toutatech or your steering lock will be busted! :(: ), the handlebar will be shoved (with great force) into to one side. Yes, I know from experience! :(: Fortunately, I had steering fork stops and it kept my protectors from hitting my windscreen too! :smile6
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  2. Mario

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    Great site dude, wish I would have seen it sooner.
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  3. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    JimO,

    Good point. It would be tough to keep up with the ever-changing prices out there. Perhaps then, a list of all known places that sell each product?

    Hmm, then we get into international issues too, don't we? Can't be selfish and only list USA retailers. Plus, I'm not sure how that list could be organic, so that it doesn't take a lot of maintenance.

    Maybe you can include a link to a site that does list retailers? I've sent an e-mail to Rick Korchak of the excellent Web Bike World site http://www.webbikeworld.com/ explaining all of this. I copied you. I also put in a plug for him to link to ADVRider!
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  4. Pinarretta

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    I had the same problems as stevekat (similar build). The noise and buffeting from the stock Adventure screen is worse than just not having the screen on at all so I took it off. When the budget allows I'll look into the Aeroflow.
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  5. fish

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    sooner than what?
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  6. Mario

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    I picked up the tall Parabellum over the Winter and noticed that when I first took it out this spring that at high speeds, above 70MPH, the wind would slap the top of my helmet. I can best describe it as someone taking a stick and hitting you on the top of the helmet as fast as they can. I think I would have gone with the 2 piece after seeing his site.
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  7. fish

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    :rofl


    sorry man...I'm laughin' with ya :D
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  8. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    A quick follow-up on trying to recruit Rick Korchak's webBikeWorld site to list retailers for windscreens.

    Rick sent a very nice response. And he's very kindly added links to ADVrider, to Jimo's page (and also the Micapeak list... thought I'd ask for the world and he gave it!)

    Scroll to the bottom of this page.



    http://www.webbikeworld.com/BMW-motorcycles/BMWLinks.htm
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  9. JimO

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    Thanks you, John. There is nothing like experience, eh? I've added your comments to our FAQ.

    Jim
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  10. JimO

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    wxwax, we could perhaps include official distributors as we learn of them. Not sure how many countries we have represented but this may be managable.

    I've see "rate the dealer" sites before (something like a glorified version of the polls we have). Perhaps we can develop something like this in the future.

    Thank you for your efforts with Rick Korchak. I've added a reference to Rick's site to our FAQ.


    Jim
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  11. JimO

    JimO Adventurer

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    Thanks, Mario. I've added your comments to our FAQ.

    Jim
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  12. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    Thanks for taking on creating and updating the windscreen website, very good work!

    Two questions:

    has anyone cut the flip off of the factory 11500gs screen to reduce turbulence?

    had a look at at the Cee Bailley's web site <http://www.ceebaileys.com/bmw.html> ? Looks like great info on windscreen design (their primary business is making aircraft windscreens), and they are making 1150GS headlight protectors and looking at designing windscreens for various BMW models. They will customize screens and their prices are very resonable. I don't own one of their products but I would sure give them a shot as soon as they start making GS screens.



    mark
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  13. Richard Ray

    Richard Ray Musical Motard

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    I'm new here. How do I post "comments" on the windshields?
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  14. Mario

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    Go out to his site and send him an email. When he gets to it he will update the website. Welcome to the asylum.
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  15. hutchman

    hutchman Been here awhile

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    I have just attempted to install an Aeroflow on my Adventure! For those of you considering one, STOP - DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS UNTIL AEROFLOW HAS ACTUALLY TRIED IT THEMSELVES!

    1. The Aeroflow mounting brackets (the tubular side brackets) will not fit the stock Adv windscreen mounting brackets. You have to use Stock GS mounting brackets.

    2. After installing the new BMW GS brackets, you will note, with keen interest, that the back mounting hole on the Aeroflow brackets miss the mounting hole on the GS bracket by about 1/2 inch.

    What's a person to do you might ask, Suicide is out of the question, so I'll re-install the stock wind screen and wait until Monday for a call to Aeroflow.

    This Adventure is slowly becoming the bike from HELL. If it did not ride so nice, I'd trade it for a stock GS!!!!!
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  16. moon

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  17. wxwax

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    Now that I've ridden a few freeway miles with the two-piece MRA, here are a few impressions.

    As with another poster, so far I find the middle settings for tilt and extension to be the most effective. Thinking that if a little is good, a lot is better, I tried moving the upper piece to its fullest extension. But I found that this position actually made things worse - it seemed to direct the airflow more directly to my head. I haven't yet tried changing the tilt - that's next.

    In the medium x2 position, the MRA is much better than the Givi, in my opinion. It's not without noise or turbulence, but they are greatly reduced. If I duck my head just a little, I'm in a pocket. Can't ride that way, though. BTW, I'm 6' with a 32" inseam.

    Dislikes: I don't like the tint... if they ever make a clear one, I'll get it. When the top shield is fully extended, it moves around a bit. If I were to keep it in this position, I think I'd use some washers to brace the bottom end of the slide a bit - that would stop the shake. Finally, it's big. At least, compared to the stock.

    The MRA is my third windshield. I like the stock shield laid fully back, with the rear screws removed. Its diminutive size makes the bike feel sportier. The wind noise and turbulence aren't bad, although the wind does tug at my sleeves and push against my chest a little. This set-up would be tiring on long trips.

    I had high hopes for the Givi, but ended up disappointed. I couldn't find a truly quiet setting. And when I had it in its most upright position, I found the bike to be a little squirrelly on the freeway. I have system cases and top box, and I imagine the air flow wasn't good.

    The MRA is good, the quietest and the least windy of the bunch so far. It's a decent compromise between size and effectiveness. After switching from the laid back stock shield, I suddenly feel like I'm riding a big old cruiser instead of a sportier machine. Overall I like it, and I'll keep it. If I find a better position than the medium x2, I'll post it.
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  18. hutchman

    hutchman Been here awhile

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    The saga of the Aeroflow on the Adventure continues. I talked to my dealer today - they contacted Aeroflow about the problems I had with fitting the uprights to the bike. Aeroflow now says they have not really had the time to put a GS windscreen on an Adventure. They thought it would fit. It sure did not fit on mine!

    My solution - send the Aeroflow back. The problem I had with the stock windscreen was too much air in the chest and face. I'm 6' 8" and long waisted. Anyway, I loosened the back bolts on the stock windscreen and pulled the top as far forward as it would go and marked the location for new mounting holes. After removing the windscreen, I drilled new holes below the factory ones to support the screen at the new upright angle. I also had to radius the from of the screen in the area just over both head lights. After re-installation, the result is an almost verticle windscreen that deflects the air over the top of my head up to about 75 mph. At that point it's back in my face but still much better than stock. There is some turbulance behind the screen now, but the overall effect is much better than in the stock location. One other advantage - MUCH CHEAPER THAN AEROFLOW'S SOLUTION

    Ride Safe!!
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  19. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Muther Fokker

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    Yesterday I received and installed the new R1150GS Wunderlich screen that I ordered from their site about 2 weeks ago. Here are some pics:

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  20. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Muther Fokker

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    Here a picture with the screen in the lowest setting, it looks a lot like the Adventure screen in that position:

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