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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by AKTroy, Dec 10, 2009.
Looks really good Frank. I was wondering if it would look too big but it doesn't at all.
No, your right Scott, it doesn't. I was real sensitive to that too. But, it's not. Blends with the bike nicely. If the adjustable screen actually does something, it'll be good. Not $800 good, but good.
My feelings too. I *really* need to stop checking this thread. For financial reasons I was hoping the Desierto will/does suck big-time, however it appears to actually work. And it does look nice. I do not need to be tempted.
Unfortunately for me at that price point, however nice it looks and however well it performs it just isn't doable for me. Even at $400 I just can't see the cost/benefit. Sigh. Looks like I'll stick with my stock screen and the Laminar Lip for now.
I got my setup finished late last night (after Santa had gone to bed :). I generally had a good experience mounting it up like Frank, though I think there is going to be some issues where the "beak" of the lower visor touches the headlight visor thingy ... need to check it out when the bike is moving to see if it's really an issue.
I have the Zumo mounted up adequately on it without doing any bracket modifications, using the RAM mounts. I used one of these http://www.expressmounts.com/ram-mount-mini-motorcycle-mount-base-9mm-hole-ram-b-272u.html and attached it to one of the central bolts, then attached the Zumo's OEM RAM arm and cradle. Because the ball mount rests against the top of cluster it doesn't have enough clearance to allow for full adjustment of the arm, but you still can get quite a good location, without any drilling required. I'm going to keep playing with alternatives, though - this still partially obscures some instruments, which I would like to avoid.
Some (bad) shots of what I have so far ...
And wow, I gotta hurry up and get that fairing DIRTY ... :)
hopefully you can today, because it's pouring here. And forget the dirty ride, stock shield works there, take her out and bring her up to speed to see how it does deflecting slab style wind. Although your experience will be unique.
Ill be out on mine tomorrow. Also Jeff, I am not having a cleance issue with the headlight. Its sorta close but no contact.
Jeff, how tall are you and what kind of helmet are you using ?
We can give 2 opinions on it's wind deflecting ability.
I'm 5'9" using an Arai XD, standard seat.
6'1", also with Arai XD(1). We're heading out on the Husky's for most of today (frosty), but if it doesn't re-frost early, I'll try to ride this evening ...
Frank, Does it interfere with the mirrors at all when turning lock-to-lock? Were mirror extenders necessary? I've installed a Ztechnik with mirror extenders and it doesn't hit the mirrors but it does hit the mirror extender brackets. I'm working with Ztechnik...they can't figure it out why it's hitting. Have you been able to test the wind protection yet?
It looks great and price seems high but not if it provides great wind protection.
Nope, full swing, right to left and it does not hit mirrors.
No test yet. Tomorrow though, Ill be out with it.
I'd be interested in where the wind hits you when fully down and fully up positions. So no mirror extenders?
No, stock mirror setup.
Thanks, looking forward to the ride report.
I got to ride for about 30mins this evening, bombing back and forth up and down the interstate. I didn't wear earplugs, so that I could have a good sense of the impact of adjustments. My experience is that it's definitely better than both the stocker and the Adventure screen, which I've lived with until this point. The positions with the upper screen raked forward (pointed more towards vertical) were far better than those that had the upper screen matching the angle of the lower bit of fairing. All heights worked well enough, with the middle height probably being the best. Oddly, the tallest introduced some thrumming that wasn't entirely pleasant in the visor, perhaps due to some air coming in between the fairing and screen at the high position.
Hard to know exactly how "good" you can reasonably expect a visor-d dualsport helmet to behave at 70mph, but this sure seems like it's getting close to as good as it gets. At any rate, it was definitely nice to have windblast taken off of my torso, I could turn my head side to side and get no wind pressure blast that torqued on my neck, etc. Time will tell if some of the other vibrations I was sensing would start to drive me crazy. Plus, btw ... it looks bad-a$$ ... :)
I definitely have a problem with the fit, as it runs into the anti-glare guard (http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/show.lasso?SKU=048-0425&-session=touratech:62E867491def12FD69LUvO3F9050) and prevents the headlight from being adjusted high enough. Franke, do you have one of those fitted? I've pinged the guys at Touratech to see if this is a known issue.
Thanks for posting the review Jeffchri. It was an expensive bet on your part but it sounds like it worked out. I have wanted this thing for quite some time but only now just pushed the "purchase" button at Touratech after reading your review.
Jeff, no, I do not actually. Is you headlight now out of position ?
Nice test Jeff. I will be out on mine today testing. Again. I'm 5'9"-5"10 with an XD , standard seat (soon to be a Renazco). And Drumming sensation or lack thereof, is what I'll be focused on.
I owned the king of the XD drummer's, the 950 Adventure !
I used to use an Arai XD and I have had the Shoei hornet for 2 years now and it is superior to the XD in air flow design at 70 mph in open wind on my Husky TE610. Don't be afraid to toss a new helmet into the test mix.
Being friends with you is proving to be more expensive than having kids !
I wish us development gurus would live closer so as to share and compare set ups and accessories more easily and cost effectively. Oh well. You know what they say about us pioneers, we always end up taking the arrows! The Touratech arrows hit the deepest when they don't work out. That stuff is pricey!:eek1
I'll try removing mine - it should be fine without it.
There might still be some of that, I'm really not sure. I prefer what it is now to what I had before, though. Though again, $800 better? Umm ...
Oh, FWIW, I was playing with speeds around 60-70mph.
Again, Im 5'9" with an Arai XD.
"It's a keeper" for me.
Lets face it, it's not the low position that needed evaluation. Summer, off pavement, you want air, almost any shield will do including the stock one. No, it's the higher speeds that needed something else for me. The stock shield was best too for me. Air, and it was clean, but it was tireing after a while holding on with that wind blast.
All the aftermarket shields I've tried did take the blast off my chest and arms but threw turbelant air at my helmet creating a lot of noise.
For me, this shield in the upper/foward position cured all of this.
I rode fast county roads and then took it out on Rt. 80 and throttled up to 90mph. Here's what I noticed:
I can ride with my helmet shield up with no tearing. Sun glasses on.
I can turn my head left and right with it wanting to twist right around. No wind resistence at all.
I can actually hear my bike if you know what I mean.
No pressure on arms and chest.
Now, I wasn't in a vacume either. So don't get the wrong picture, it was not like riding a RT, but this bike is not an RT. But the air I was in was pretty calm. No drumming in the top/foward position. Once off the high speed roads, it takes all of 15 seconds to lower it.
One thing I want to keep an eye on is wether the wind resistence on the shield will push it back with the force and vibration. There are no notches like the 1200's have on the oem shield bracket. This is just two smooth surfaces with a knurled nut creating the sticktion.
So, at last I found a shield I am happy with. Cost me a rude amout of $$, they really have nerve , but it does the job and looks pretty cool to boot.
Now I just have to keep telling myself to keep this bike for a while with all the $$ I've got in it. My friends circle me like vultures waiting for my well farkled bikes.