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post #1 of 6 Old 05-19-2014, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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windscreen question

Okay, I have the bike, now the fun stuff begins. I think based on the very short riding time I have on it, one of my first mods will be the progressive forks springs to keep the nose from diving. Wow it sure does dip even just letting off the throttle.

The first question I have for all the gen 2 riders is this: What have you done (or not done) about the stock windscreen and all the buffeting it produces? Does anyone make a blank or delete plate that fits in place of the windscreen should I decide to take it off. I would rather get all the wind than have it whipping around my head sounding like I am in a helicopter every time I ride. I never rode with the windscreen in place on the cruiser I just sold because of the buffeting and on the KLR it is twice as bad. What does everyone do?
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-19-2014, 10:15 AM
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Hi Delvis!
I put a Laminar Lip on my 2011 and am very happy with it. It has gotten rid of 90% of the buffeting. In hotter weather I can ride with my visor up for ventilation at highway speed with no pulling on the helmet. One of the best farkles I have done.
I have no windshield on my 2003 and much prefer the protection of the 2011 on the highway.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-19-2014, 11:26 AM
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I dont need no stinking windscreen !!!!
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-19-2014, 11:29 AM
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I dont need no stinking windscreen !!!!
Ahhh! So you're a "Bugs in the Teeth" kinda guy!!
jj

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-19-2014, 05:26 PM
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After pissing away $250 on the included windshield I finally decided I didn't like, I now just use the mounting plate from my Madstad Adventure windshield and get a nice, smooth flow of air. I don't know if you can just buy the plate or if it would be worth it, but you might try getting some sheet metal or something and experimenting with different configurations you can slip down into the windshield mount slot.

The world of aftermarket windshields is fraught with peril as most of them are quite expensive and you don't know if you're going to like it until you try it.

I miss the big windshield when it's cold or raining out, but I've never bothered to put it back on since I took it off.

The aluminum mounting plate pretty much follows the same countour of the fairings. It gives me a nice, smooth flow of air with no buffeting, even at interstate speeds.





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post #6 of 6 Old 05-19-2014, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Once the weather cooperates again, I will take the bike out of the garage and get some pictures of what I did with the windscreen.

I took a string and stretched it across the windshield when it was in place and drew a marker line across it. Then I used my dremel tool with a mini saw blade attached and slowly cut along the line I made. After doing this I fit the shield back on the bike and took note of any high spots and then gently filed the screen down so it is nice and level all the way across. Then I sanded with course and fine sandpaper so the edge was smooth and finished looking.

I put the screen back in place and took it for a ride and am very happy with the much lower lever of buffeting and noise. I did find that wearing some ear plugs made for a much better ride too. I am still using my modular full face helmet until I have enough coin to buy a nice dual sport lid.

After I got home I took the screen back off and sprayed the inside gloss black so the whole thing matched the gloss black that was on the bottom of the screen to start with. The result is similar looking to what planalp posted, and I think it looks pretty good. I was a bit worried about cutting the stock screen like that because it means I don't have the original one any longer but I wasn't going to ride it the way it was and if I decide to sell the bike down the road I can always spring for another one or adjust the selling price if the buyer pushes the issue.

I put the bike on the ATV lift and oiled the chain, checked the brake pads, and adjusted the rear brake light switch to come on just a little sooner.

Overall the bike was barely ridden and is in great shape. It's registered and insured and as soon as I can get it to the garage to get an inspection sticker I'll be set to go cruising.

I think the very next thing I will do is start saving for the progressive fork springs.

Thanks all.
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