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post #1 of 14 Old 10-20-2012, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Wind screen advice needed

I just sold my 09 KLR with the Kaw Tall Windshield. I didn't find that the tall windshield helped much. I just bought a new 12 KLR and am thinking about the Lamar Lip on the standard windshield. I'd like to get the wind blast above my eyeballs. Will the Lamar Lip do that? Tks Folks.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-21-2012, 06:41 AM
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I tried stock screen, Kawi tall screen, no screen. Now I ride with a Madstad adjustable system.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-21-2012, 09:21 AM
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Depends on your budget, i do not have one so I opted for the givi for mine. I find it helps a lot on my commuting. Will not go back to stock

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I have an '09 and do more hard road riding than gravel or dirt. I put an adjustable Cee Baily screen on my bike an love it. I am 6'1" and the 23" screen worked well. Might just get the non-adjustable next time to save $.
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-21-2012, 10:32 AM
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I just sold my 09 KLR with the Kaw Tall Windshield. I didn't find that the tall windshield helped much. I just bought a new 12 KLR and am thinking about the Lamar Lip on the standard windshield. I'd like to get the wind blast above my eyeballs. Will the Lamar Lip do that? Tks Folks.
I bought a 2011 with stock shorty windshield just a couple of weeks ago and bought the Laminar Lip for it after a lot of reading and thought. It came in last week just as I was getting ready to go on a trip, but took time to install it and go for a short ride.

I'm 6'0" and have a tall torso and at 40 mph it moved the center of wind blast from high on my chest/throat to about middle of my forehead.......and no turbulence behind it. With the helmet on I won't notice it.

While I was away, UPS brought my new Seat Concepts kit and it looks really great. You can bet it'll be going on today - it'll drop me 2" and that should end the wind problems.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-21-2012, 10:42 AM
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Cool--Good news about the laminar lip --$? When I mentioned a bit pricy the Cee Baily was about 220 and I don't want to pay that much again if I can help it.
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-21-2012, 10:56 AM
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I am also looking for a taller windshield to reduce buffeting on the road. I have been searching the forums on this and can't find any reference to Clearview Windshields. I installed one on another one of my bikes and am very happy with the quality and design. Has anyone here installed one on their KLR?
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-21-2012, 11:06 AM
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I have had a Laminar lip on my 2011 for 5000 miles now and am very happy. I once even rode through a rain/hail storm and didn't get wet! My helmet is very stable and I can turn my head at highway speed without the wind trying to tear it off!!
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-21-2012, 11:07 AM
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Windshields/lip selections are hard to make because not everybody is the same size and, even if they are, their perception of what is "clear air" may not be the same as yours. Of course, the worst part is, you'll never truly know until you buy and try.

That being said, the KLR is the first DS I've owned that had a "windshield" and I hated it on the first ride. I'm 6'4. I looked around and chose the Madstad Adventure shield. I had it on the KLR for a couple of years and was relatively happy with it.

Then, one hot day, I took it off for a ride to try to stay cooler. I couldn't believe it. The ride was vastly superior without the windshield as opposed to it being there. No more wind buffeting coming around the edges of it; nothing but a smooth flow of air passing my chest and helmet.

It's been off ever since and I doubt I'll ever put it back on. I think the key is that I retained the Madstad metal mounting plate that slid in where the stock windshield was. It's shorter than the stock windshield and just a flat, curved, piece of metal. No turbulence or "blast" comes off it at all.

I'm so pleased with the "short windshield" that I encourage all looking for smooth air to try it. Take the stock windshield all the way off and go for a ride without it and see what you think.








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post #10 of 14 Old 10-25-2012, 05:01 PM
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I'm set up with KLR Dash riser / Stock windscreen (seated in the middle slot) with a Lamiar Lip. I have also replaced my handguards with Cyra Pro Rally Handguards and the front fender with a 2009 DRZ400. Very little wind buffeting to the top of my helmet (XD-4) and I'm able to run 70-75mph one handed on the HWY with trucks and cars creating wash all around me. No more of that death grip with my thighs on the tank when any type of vehicle would get near me.. Hope this helps ya some.
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