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post #1 of 15 Old 05-08-2014, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Taller windshield which one?

I need a taller windshield guys which one would you all reccomend?
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-09-2014, 12:17 AM
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Buy a sheet of 1/8" Lexan and play around with shape and size. The Lexan can be bent by use of a heat gun or a couple of creases bend into the Lexan as one would bend sheet metal. Snip away until you have the size you prefer. After that you can decide whether to go with a home made Lexan or buy one of the size you've determined.

Very hard to know what will work best without actually trying. Riding other bikes which have various wind shields is another method. Comparing seated height (seat to top of helmet) can be of some value but since tastes vary so much, trying is the only reliable way I've found.
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also something to think about, instead of taller go for a different design? check out the bajaworx.

http://bajaworx.com/klr-650-windshield.html

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I just know the one I have now is horrible
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I pretty much scoured this forum looking for answers to this question. I am presently running the stock windshield and to he honest with you it works O.K. I am slow to buy bolt on products because I have shot myself in the foot way to many times in the past. I have a slew of products hanging from nails and under the bench in my garage that I thought would be neat to have and then was disappointed. You would think that in this day and age that the manufactures could come up with something like " fits 6' to 6'7" riders best. too tall for off road use though ". But from what I can see and have learned from others on this forum it is really just a best calculated guess. And an expensive best calculated guess at that.
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I pretty much scoured this forum looking for answers to this question. I am presently running the stock windshield and to he honest with you it works O.K. I am slow to buy bolt on products because I have shot myself in the foot way to many times in the past. I have a slew of products hanging from nails and under the bench in my garage that I thought would be neat to have and then was disappointed. You would think that in this day and age that the manufactures could come up with something like " fits 6' to 6'7" riders best. too tall for off road use though ". But from what I can see and have learned from others on this forum it is really just a best calculated guess. And an expensive best calculated guess at that.
That's pretty much why I haven't "explored more options" when it comes to the windscreen. Right off the bat I purchased the Kawasaki tall windscreen for the KLR - and overall, I like it...

...but I've been intrigued by the "Zero Gravity" windscreens as well as the Cee Baileys adjustable windscreen...however I haven't been "intrigued enough" to throw down the cash it would take to try 'em out - especially when the Kawasaki tall windscreen seems to do an adequate job.

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post #7 of 15 Old 05-11-2014, 11:45 AM
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Mine has a moose racing screen....it would be perfect if it was 3" taller
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I've messed with windscreens quite a lot and, like everyone else, can only offer vague suggestions. Some things I have learned:

How tall one is, is unimportant in comparing windscreen heights. Go by how high your helmet is above the seat. I'm 5'7" but taller seated than many of my 6' friends.

Windscreens for most people seem to work better if one looks over top of the windscreen.

It is important to qualify what windscreen feature is the most important. Is removing wind loading from the chest most important? Does the windscreen need to deflect bugs and rain from the helmet? Do you require that the helmet be in a dead air zone or is it better for the helmet to be in non-turbulent moving air?

Placing the helmet behind a windscreen will often result in much more noise which can be a larger issue than other effects. I used to have to wear ear plugs with a taller windshield but they were not needed with a lower one.

Wind onto the chest can be very tiring over hours of riding and some cannot tolerate steady pressure against the helmet.

I'm hoping that someone will offer a formula to better assess windscreens but over 50 years of using windscreens and fairings have left me with the conviction that one needs to ride the same model bike with the windscreen in question.

I made a 14" (above fairing) one for my bike from a piece of 1/8" Lexan for a few dollars. If it seems to offer some improvement by modifying, I can snip away or buy another piece.

Laminar lips add another dimension and there are legion home made versions which might be worth the experiment.

Try clamping a piece of heavy cardboard or plastic to your present screen to see what are the effects and whether they seem to benefit.

Suggesting that is a bit selfish on my part as am hoping to hear of results. I'd like to think that 1/2 the people here are smarter than I but think it's much more than 1/2 so likely someone will have some valuable observations.
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I'm 6'2" and put on a bajaworx windscreen last year. That was a significant improvement over the tall Kawasaki screen, but still things sound too noisy. I recently got Schuberth C3 Pro helmet (NICE!!!!) and now that has significantly reduced noise another notch. What it did was remove noise coming from down below. Now I am totally aware that the most of the nasty noise is coming from the slipstream hitting the top of my helmet (over 70 km/h). If I crouch down a couple inches then noise and wind buffeting are fine.

So I am going to play with adding a couple inches of lexan to the top of my screen. I'm tempted to try the tall Cee Bailey windscreen, but I really like the small presence of the bajaworx. Too bad someone just doesn't sell simple mounting extensions to raise our existing windscreens.
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Maybe we crossed paths as we lived in Yukon from 1979-1990?

I think it was Fast Eddie Copeman who made a sliding adjustment to extend or lower the top of his windscreen. The screen had slots in either the screen or slide with wing nuts to adjust. That sounds like a project with which I should play one day. If you happen to find a link, I'd be grateful.
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