Aeroflow or Ztechnic

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Bill-66, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Bill-66

    Bill-66 I din't even know...

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    I'm 5'10" 32-33" inseam...

    Will want a taller set up on my new Rallye.

    Running an Aeroflow on my old GSA now and, while ugly...very effective.

    The design for the waterheads is totally different though.

    Prefer the looks of the Ztech...

    Thoughts? Opinions?
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  2. KDXRC51

    KDXRC51 Been here awhile

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    The aeroflow works good, easy to adjust
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  3. krussell

    krussell Long timer

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    I'm 6'4", similar inseam. I had the aeroflow fairing setup on my 09 GSA, yep ugly. The transformation in terms of airflow however was nothing short of spectacular. When I bought my 15 GSA I was pretty happy with stock, but had a bit of buffeting that I knew could be improved. I tried the Puig, but it didn't make much difference. I put a Aeroflow X-Tall screen on last week, and have covered about 1000 miles since. It's the improvement I was looking for, no buffeting, nice pocket. Sidewinds are still problematic, but short of an RT or Wing, that's always going to be an issue. From a look perspective, it's not the prettiest, but far better than the 09 GSA fairing I had.

    Here's the 09 Aeroflow...

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    And the 15 with it's new Aeroflow... It's all the way up in this photo, and that's where it works best for me.

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  4. Reisen57

    Reisen57 Been here awhile

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    I'm 5'9", 30" inseam with a 2015 GSW. I love my ZTech touring windscreen which I keep in the lowest setting. Very smooth with no buffeting for me. For off-road, more technical riding, I put the stock screen back on, which takes just a couple minutes
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  5. mtbenson

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  6. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

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    Been happy with the Ztechnic on the 1150, haven't used the other one though. :dunno

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  7. TallerRider

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    I'm 6-5 with a 36" inseam, Bar risers and the Touratech tall seat. I'm trying to decide between the Aeroflow and the VStream for my 2015 GSA LC.
    What about the summer time ? I like to drop the stock screen to get some air flow through my cooling vest, I'm wondering which one will give me that option.
    Yes the impossible dream, smooth air, and a summer breeze when i want it.
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  8. elcabong

    elcabong Been here awhile

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    I have been using the standard AeroFlow for my GSW for the past two months and prefer it much better than stock. I also tried the V-Stream but didn't like how thin the windshield was compared to the AeroFlow. It doesn't shake (or vibrate) as much as the Vstream and it is more robust. Coverage is about the same.

    If I were to do it all over again I'd go with Madstad. About the same price as Aeroflow except you get new brackets and the ability to adjust the angle of deflection of the windshield in addition to raising and lowering it. If you are thinking about purchasing the "Tall" windscreen, both companies recommend installing reinforcement brackets (like Cymarc or Ztech's ) to stabilize the windshield at speed. That's an added cost on top of the windshield. I've not read any negative feedback for those that didn't install the extra brackets to qualify my statement - just relaying what the MFG's said.

    Madstad's shields are also robust and (to me) thicker than AeroFlow. I had a Madstad on my F700GS and I should have (and may) go replace it in the future.

    Food for thought.
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  9. Oilhed

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    Got the same one on my 2001 1150. I really like it BUT it buffets badly over 60-65 mph.
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  10. picard

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    Had the Ztechnik first, did not work for me at all.
    Then Puig, somewhat better, but not great.
    Then full Aeroflow setup. Fantastic.

    Aeroflow is it. They do the research and you can "feel" it.
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  11. Bill-66

    Bill-66 I din't even know...

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    I put the ZTechnic on..about 12,000 on it now..

    It's..ok..nothing special. The looks fit the bike well and I haven't been on a multi day trip yet..we'll see..

    I see an Aeroflow in my future, they just have their shit together when it comes to this stuff..
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  12. elcabong

    elcabong Been here awhile

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    I agree. Paige Ortiz rides a R1200GSW and a Honda ST1300 and has a large following. I had some buffeting around 70 mph but I solved the problem by installing some extensions that changes the angle of deflection so the air flows higher over my head.
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  13. 2tallnwide

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    It was just a second play bike for me that I sold Dec 23rd. Don't ever remember the buffeting being bad enough to think of changing the windshield though. :dunno
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  14. cug

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    I had the Aeroflow for testing and it left a tiny bit of buffeting. HFX and Aeroguards might have solved that but I didn't try it at the time. I would still recommend the Aeroflow as you are shorter than I am.
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  15. Oilhed

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    Like I said I'm happy with it and wouldn't replace it but for droning along at 80-85 on the highway it is noisy. I can deal with it but some users might find it unacceptable.
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  16. TallerRider

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    Thank you all for the advice! I like some wind on me as we ride in hot weather and the cooling vests work great with some air flow. I'd really like less turbulence, but total protection is not as important to me. I'm thinking I may go with the Aeroflow Tall Offroad aero screen. It sounds like it works better than the stock screen while being about the same height but a little wider. Christine at Aeroflow gave me the following measurements.
    R1200GSW measurements - across back (inside with hard ruler)

    Std.: 9" tall & 15" wide

    Med. 11 1/4" tall & 16 1/2" wide

    Tall, 14 1/4" tall & 16 1/2" wide
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  17. leafman60

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    I'm 6-2 and the Puig has worked fine for me on my 1200GSLC and I have a Russell seat that boosts me up a wee bit.

    Any larger shield will work better with a aftermarket reinforcement bracket.

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  18. Hammerdown77

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    I'm the same size as you, and riding a 2016 GSW (not GSA). I have the tallest Aeroflow screen they make (X-Tall), along with the handflare extensions and Aeroguards.


    I rode it a while with just the screen. I had a low frequency front to back buffeting in all positions. It was least offensive with the screen in its lowest position.

    I then put on the handflare extensions and Aeroguards. That eliminated the buffeting and gave a good pocket of still air.

    HOWEVER, if the temp is above 70, it blocks too much air and it's harder to regulate temp of my body and head. Even lowering the screen all the way.

    Yes, you can pop the Aeroguards off easily enough, but then the buffeting is back (on the GSW, the GSAW has winglets so that alleviates the issue on those bikes)

    Once it warms up a bit here the whole package is coming off. Might even sell it all.

    The best thing that has worked for me so far is a screen (any screen) with an MRA X-Creen deflector clamped to the top of it. Once you find the magical position, you get very clean airflow over the top of the screen and can direct it toward the vents of your helmet if so desired. I should have saved my money and just stayed with that setup (the X-Creen I had is now doing time on my V-Strom).
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  19. cug

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    The trick is to get air in somewhere along the sleeves. My BMW Rally Pro does that with a long zipper to open the outer shell for a mesh layer, with my GoreTex jacket I open up the cuffs and put my glove gauntlet inside or use short gauntlet gloves. Works perfect for me. Chest vents don't work well though with the setup, I agree.
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  20. picard

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    ^^^ agree.
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