Windscreen FAQ

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

  1. Zephyr20

    Zephyr20 n00b

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    Just installed my MRA Vario Max windshield. The difference for me from the stock is remarkably positive. I am playing with the angle a bit yet, mainly to see the difference in airflow and minimize the chance for the hand guards hitting the windshield, but I am finding a great improvement over stock at every angle.
    I was not real thrilled with the 6-7 week wait for it to arrive, but I am thrilled with the performance. For what it's worth, I am 6"2 with 34" inseam and have the seat in the low position.
    Rick
  2. bbb_12

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    just went for my first ride with an MRA Vario Touring screen (the one with a little spoiler) on my nearly new GS, after waiting nearly a month for the screen to arrive. I love this bike, but not so much in love with the stock screen. On the lowest setting the wind blast on my neck and chin is bad. If I raise it to the highest setting, the wind blast and noise isn't too bad but there's more buffeting because the screen moves further away. A couple of notches off the top is kinda OK, but not brilliant. So anyway, I did some reading and asked some questions, and I ended up buying the MRA screen.

    The MRA screen looks brilliant on the Triple Black, with the black bottom fading to clear. My hopes weren't too high - a small improvement over the stock screen would have been OK, but sadly, there wasn't.

    I'm about average height - about 5'11''. I tried every combination of screen and spoiler angle. With the screen two or three notches off the top, and spoiler all the way up and at the steepest angle, it was OK - but worse than the stock screen. The thing with the spoiler is that about 5 of its 7 adjustments don't seem to do much, and the gap between screen and spoiler is too big. As for the screen, it doesn't have those v-shaped bulges at the bottom, so you get more air hitting your chest, which I guess might be OK in summer. It's a shame because the MRA looks so good.

    The Givi D330ST looks like it might be OK but I'm a bit gun shy now. Can't keep spending money on screens.
  3. manx928

    manx928 n00b

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    Where did you get your ZTechnik, direct through their UK-based website? I was a bit frustrated by their ordering system, because it wouldn't seem to let me choose the x-tall height, just the regular height for my 2007 bike. (I'm 6'8" with a 38" inseam; which means tall seat position and sitting pretty tall; so I'm hoping to have a similarly good experience as you with windshield upgrade.)

  4. tallguy-09

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  5. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV Long timer

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    Ztechnik ZTZ2241 - 2001 GS 1150, 6ft, inseam no idea.

    Wow what a difference over stock!
    Just did a four day trip over windy flat land. The lack of buffeting, noise etc was brilliant as I can suffer arthritis in the neck. I can actually hear the note of the a/m muffler now while cruising. :evil
    The bike is fitted with a GSA tank and Touratech tank bag/panniers.

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  6. rattis

    rattis Long timer

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    I don't want to be cheeky but how tall are you Tall guy or rather gimme inseam, the transparency of my Aeroflow leaves somwhat to be desired so I'd like to try something new.
    But at least the size of the screen has to be in the same ballpark my stubby legs are 38" inseam:clap
  7. qman8

    qman8 2015 GSA

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    I have the DT330 as well...and the winglets. VERY nice improvement over stock. I'm pretty pleased and it looks TONS better than the AF two-piece. The price is right too! I'm curious how much the Tobinators help with noise and flow. I'm 5'10". The bigger screen does make things pretty hot back there at times...(I was fortunate enough to be in record-setting temps in western Kansas this summer), but standing up will help to cool you down in a hurry!:lol3
  8. Izzy3

    Izzy3 Freak of Unnature

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    What he said. 6'6" tall and love the Z-tech tall windscreen.:clap
  9. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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  10. bbb_12

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    hey guys,
    I've done about 1500km (1000miles) on my 2012 GS. Love the bike, but I think I'm going to go deaf. I simply cannot believe that any screen could be so bad! Well, sorry, the MRA Vario Touring was worse, so that's bs. Yeah, OK, why did I buy the bike without test riding it first? Well, I rode a friend's bike for at least 30 minutes at speeds up to 90mph. There was some buffeting but it was bearable. Maybe it was a perfectly still day, because the slightest cross wind induces a deafening low frequency boom. My two 5'9" friends think the screen is fine, but after a 2 hour ride my ears are ringing for a whole day like after a really loud rock concert - this is with custom made ear plugs. I've already got some tinnitus and this isn't helping. Apart from trying a new screen, I bought a new helmet - a Shoei XR1100 (I think that might be RF in the States). Boy, what a disaster that turned out to be!!!! It's worse than my old cheap helmet. Way worse.
    So, I thought I was going to keep this bike for 10 years, and now I might have to sell it. Before you think I'm a pussy, I have been riding a CBR600 and I'm 53 years old. After an 800km day, my wrists, hips, knees, and backside ache intensely, but I put up with it. Ears are different.
    The thing is, I'm just under 6' tall, so about average height. You'd think they'd make a screen for average guys. Not so. I've spent a lot of money already trying to solve the problem, and I can't keep throwing good money after bad. There's 100 pages of comments here, and I've read most of them. Clearly the screen is rubbish, but it's hard to find 2 people who agree on the effectiveness of any after market screen.
    The Aeroflow gets some pretty good comments, but not 100% positive. I don't want the full Aeroflow touring screen, so is there a 6' tall guy out there who's got the Aeroflow sport fairing on a GS and thinks it's good? If so, what size screen have you got? I don't want an excessively tall screen as I don't want to look through the screen, but I don't want to buy the shortest one and find it doesn't work.
    Your help will be sincerely appreciated. This is the bike's last chance.
  11. brainfreeze

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    bbb12- I know exactly what you are talking about. I too am sensitive to the low freq boom and have bad tinnitus from previous bikes and mild hyperacusis sometimes. Almost had to give up riding. Have a 1200gsa now. Currently wear custom musicians earplugs with 25db etymotic filters., have a Aeroflow touring XL, and a strip a Saeng micro edge on the top edge of the windshield. Also have an Aria Signet Q helmet. Could not ride without these. No ear issues after riding, even very long distance. I am 6'3. Here is my write up on another forum about this. http://www.r1200gs.info/forum/15-accessories/4828-just-installed-aeroflow-windscreen.html

    There may be other windshield out there, but I am completely satisfied now.
  12. Mayfallover

    Mayfallover Buy, ride, repeat.

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    I bought an Adventure sized Z-Technic (Z2423) for my GS and the buffeting was so bad I was going to sell it, send it back or whatever because I couldn't ride behind it. After trying it for several miles on several different days and wondering why I was stupid enough to spend so much on a windshield that sucked, I found the answer by accident.

    I reached across my chest to unzip a sleeve and the buffeting just stopped. Unbelievable!

    The touring W/S in combination with PIAA 520's was causing wind buffeting to come UP off the lights and under my helmet. After moving my hands around to see where the air was mostly coming from I took off the PIAA's and the RCU mount and that WAS the problem.

    Wanting to keep my lights, I decided to try some add on deflectors and they worked really well. After a year and a half behind the Z-Technic I'm still completely happy.....it's a quiet ride even without ear plugs. I can ride with my helmet shield open at 50 MPH with very little noise. The windshield itself is a pretty expensive solution but it absolutely changed my GS in terms of being quiet at road speeds. It's warmer in the summer but quiet all year long and really good in the winter.

    The photos aren't great but they show the simple fix I used. I cut some some black 1/8" plastic to pieces about the size of a playing card and used insulated cable clamps and a couple of small screws to attach to the 5/8 tubing Z-Technic uses for the W/S support frame. After the test ride I never even took them back off even to remove a sticker that was on the plastic I cut. The Velcro on the left is just to route the cable for the GPS.

    I'm 5'11 riding on a Russell saddle in the low adjustment slot with barbacks on the handlebar. The PIAA's are 520's on an RCU mount bar.

    Hope this helps someone else who might have spent money on the Z-Technic and been disappointed.

    I like mine all year long now. It's almost as quiet as the marketing video they use to try and sell 'em!
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  13. BADAK

    BADAK Adventurer

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    Hello, greetings from Singapore.

    I was browsing thru the net one day quite awhile back and came across an R1100GS using a R1200GSA windscreen. It looked really good actually. However, I can't seem to find it again after searching countless times,

    So was wondering if anyone here has seen, or done this mod themselves?

    Thanks in advance peeps..
  14. BADAK

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    I found the pics in reference to my post above. Just thought I share it with you guys here.

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    **NOTE THAT I DONT OWN THESE PHOTOS NOR AM I ASSOCIATED WITH THE BIKE OWNER OR WHERE THE PICS WERE OBTAINED FROM.** please let me know if anyone wants it taken down.

    It just looks really wicked that I had to share. Hopefully someone has done it as well and could kindly share how it was done. Or perhaps the owner of this bike is here in this forum too..

    Thank you.
  15. tgrichards

    tgrichards n00b

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    OK, so in town and in the dirt, the factory screen is just fine. But get 'er up to 70+ on an Interstate and it's like being beaten to death with an endless flock of pigeons. Really, the buffeting is BAD!

    So, I've heard, "put a GSA windshield on it." And, somebody talked about "winglets."

    I'd like not to pay an arm and a leg for a second windshield.

    Any suggestions?

    I'm 5'10" on a standard chassis with the seat at normal (not lowered) height.

    What do ya think?:clap
  16. cug

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    What's your inseam and what helmet do you use?

    I use a MRA Vario Touring Screen (the one with the adjustable lip) and it's the best windshield I ever had on a bike. The only windshield where I enjoy riding with my Arai XD3 helmet.
  17. tgrichards

    tgrichards n00b

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    Inseam is 30"-31"; no problem getting my feet flat on the standard chassis with standard seat in the un-lowered position.

    Two helmuts really: A Shuberth and a Nolan. They're both modular, but I always have the face shield closed at highway speeds.

    Thanks for asking...:puke1
  18. cug

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    I was asking mainly to gauge your sitting height. You sit a little higher than me due to shorter legs, The GSA shield is okay in calm air and as long as I'm not going much faster than 65mph. It was not the solution for me.

    As said, I'm using the MRA with the additional lip:

    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/mra-variotouringscreen-windshield-for-bmw-r1200gs-lc-13

    It is by far the best working windshield on any motorcycle I have experienced so far. And I have tried quite a few. I use it together with CyMarc screen brackets to stop the flopping of the mount. The windshield itself is actually a piece of crap. It's cheaply made, clarity is pretty bad, it scratches easily, but I accept all that just because it works so well.
  19. KnuckleDown

    KnuckleDown Been here awhile

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    This is an interesting set-up, would love to know how they fit a 1200GS Windscreen and light on a 1150GS. Cool fabrication none-the-less.

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    **NOTE THAT I DONT OWN THESE PHOTOS NOR AM I ASSOCIATED WITH THE BIKE OWNER OR WHERE THE PICS WERE OBTAINED FROM.** please let me know if anyone wants it taken down.

    It just looks really wicked that I had to share. Hopefully someone has done it as well and could kindly share how it was done. Or perhaps the owner of this bike is here in this forum too..

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  20. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Nicely done. Looks like not much more than a custom bracket to hold the R1200GS/GSA headlight/screen mount. I would love to see more on how it was done.