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post #1 of 8 Old 09-14-2013, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
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Had my 2012 klr for a month now and finding riding on the bitumen over 85kph very uncomfortable at 110Kph it is proberbly dangerous. I have a factory fitted tall screen I am 6ft 3 and find the bufferting and assocaiated noise terrible. I have looked at a few sites now I am confused and not sure what to do so I am relying on your experience to answer these questions
Does the stock sceen generate less buferting?
Would the KLR Dash mod with the tall screen currently fitted reduce the?
What screen do all the tall klr riders use
Is it worth biting the bullet and buying a Cee Bailey 24"Touring screen?
If so is there a supplier in Australia ($100 postage from America)?
Thank in advance
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-14-2013, 09:42 AM
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Hi old57!
I went with a LaminarLip on my 2011 and am very happy. It goes on over your existing windshield and redirects the air upward, over the rider. My buffeting nearly disappeared.

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-14-2013, 09:48 AM
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I feel your pain, old57. I'm 6'4". While experience and opinions abound, unfortunately you won't know if you like what you just ordered and installed until you go for that first ride, even if the person who recommended it is your exact height. They're not cheap so I would advocate finding a place with a liberal return policy in case you don't like what you try.

I tried a Madstad Adventure adjustable windshield, which I believe is about as large as any available windshield. I will admit I liked it in the rain and it did keep the bugs off my helmet visor, but other than that I found it cumbersome and annoying so I took it off. It was never truly effective until I kind of hunched down behind it, which I rarely did.

I currently run with no windshield at all and that's what I prefer. I get a nice, smooth flow of air that doesn't bother me even at higher speeds. I also get more rain and bugs in the face, but I can live with the tradeoff. All the buffeting coming off the factory and aftermarket windshields used to annoy me: now I don't think about the wind at all. Plus, it's actually quieter without the big windshield.

It might be worth temporarily removing your factory tall windshield and riding without it and seeing what you think before you delve into the world of tall aftermarkets.

This is my current setup: it's the mounting plate for the Madstad windshield installed in place of the original windshield. It looks taller in the photo, but it's actually just about the same height as the surrounding fairings.

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-14-2013, 01:06 PM
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I'm 6'2" and bought a BajaWorx windshield a couple months ago. A big improvement over the Kawasaki tall screen - but not great. It greatly reduced wind buffeting and noise, but is a few inches too short. I think the wind stream is now hitting the top of my helmet. If I crouch down a few inches it is perfect! But I hate crouching. Overall it is a great screen for local riding, but I'm keeping a lookout for a screen that would be better for a long ride. So I'll gladly let you figure it out! I figure if your 6' 3" then at 6' 2" your solution should be perfect for me!!
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-14-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses I will try running with no screen for a while i have ordered the dash kit from So now I got an excuse to buy a gps. I will give some feedback when I fit the dash Until then the search for the perfect KLR goes on
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I have the 'sport touring'. Search on here and you can find all about it. Can't remember the manufacturer name. I dig it though.

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I'm 6'3 and use the laminar lip which is a huge improvement over stock, but I have nothing else to compare it to. I like that I can hunch down when blasting down the highway, when its cold, or when laying back with feet on highway pegs, or I can set up straight and tall and get plenty of airflow when its hot and humid.

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post #8 of 8 Old 09-28-2013, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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Well the new risers and dash from KLRdash were delivered yesterday and duly fitted. I went for a ride this morning but there was a 20knt side wind. There was some improvement but it was too windy to really tell. This evening there was no wind so in the interest of science I went for a ride up the highway. I sat on 110kph for a total of 190 kilometers and am very pleased with the change. The risers were set on the lowest position so there might be scope for further improvement. Previously the wind would start at around chin level and be quite violent. Now I was able to open the visor on my helmet at 110kph to the first notch or move my head around. Very I will post photos once I have finished adding the other goodies to the dash.
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