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post #1 of 10 Old 01-29-2014, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I'm new on here. I've got a 2012 and I plan on riding the wheels off the thing. Oklahoma to Canada is the goal! I need windscreen advice. I know there are a ton of posts on here, but I'd really like to hear from anyone riding with an open face helmet. I've got to feel the wind on my face! Not sure if this is the place to post it, so maybe I will look around and post elsewhere as well.

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-29-2014, 06:02 PM
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Windscreens are very intimate and personal; their effectiveness depends upon riders', well, ergonomic configuration (height, posture, etc.).

Thus, I can't give any recommendation. I bought my TPI windscreen from a 6'-4" previous owner, who couldn't stand it; said wind buffeted him right in the face when he rode.

Fit me FINE (I'm 5'-11"; at least, I USED to be!).

Best bet: Try one out before you commit to it. A bad-fitting windscreen may be worse than none at all, and . . . I really like the transparent face shield on my helmet, regardless!


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post #3 of 10 Old 01-29-2014, 06:18 PM
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Two, I cannot recommend the Madstad highly enough. IMHO it's the best solution because of its adjustability in that you can raise it, lower it, tilt in or tilt out. It's also nice bc even though it eliminates virtually all buffeting, there is still a nice amount of air that circulates due to the design so really it's the best of both worlds. I'm 6' and I got the 20" Adventure in light gray smoke. The 20" was a bit too tall for me but I just redrilled the bracket mount holes a bit lower on the mounting plate and it's perfect. The 18" will probably work for those 6' & under but check with Madstad on this. It costs a bit more but I would have likely spent more buying a couple if other products trying to get to the perfect solution I think the Madstad presents.
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-29-2014, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for taking the time to reply. Yes I would guess the windshield is as personal a preference as helmets...

I was looking at the Madstad quite seriously, but then I began to think it was a bit big for much off road trail riding. I've now been considering the bajaworx dakar. I don't know though...have you had your madstad on many trails? Standing up?
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-29-2014, 08:24 PM
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I agree with Damocles. It seems that if 2 people of exactly the same size buy the same windshield, one will love it and one will hate it. The worst part is, there's no way to know if it will work for you until you buy it, install it and try it out. I would recommend checking out any vendor's return policy to see if there's any chance you could return it if you don't like it.

At 6'4" I had the big Madstad and over time grew to dislike it. I removed it and it's never been back on since.

Also, a windshield is not a fail-safe facial protective device. A couple of years ago, while sporting said huge Madstad, I had a bird come up off the shoulder of the road, make it past the side of the windshield and hit me in the eye because I had my visor flipped up. If you've ever had somebody punch you right in the eye socket with their bare fist, that's what it felt like.

To each their own, but since that occurrence, I've never ridden with my visor up at highway speeds.

Anyway, good luck with your search. Hope you find something that works for you.



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Thanks again. I guess good news is these KLR's are about the least expensive bike you can buy, so I shouldn't moan about the possibility of needing to try a couple windscreens. Good call.
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Thanks again. I guess good news is these KLR's are about the least expensive bike you can buy, so I shouldn't moan about the possibility of needing to try a couple windscreens. Good call.
You never know about return policies, but it's worth checking out. I know these always come with some kind of peel-off protective coating. I think the stuff on mine was clear, so it would have been possible to put it on and try it without peeling the stuff off.

You could probably do it with some kind of solid, paper-type coating because most people look slightly over the top of their windshields, not actually through them.

As long as they'll accept returns, if you were careful during the installation process and test ride, you should be able to take it back off and put it back in the box as if it were new.

Even if you did have to pay to send it back, it's better than being stuck with a windshield you don't like and trying to sell it for an even bigger loss online.

I would move any suggestions from riders of your same height to the top of your list. They're probably going to be more accurate than those from folks who are taller or shorter, no matter how much somebody of a different size likes their chosen windshield. That might help you narrow down your prospective choices. Again, good luck.



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post #8 of 10 Old 01-30-2014, 05:47 AM
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Yes, a lot of personal preference with windshields however that's why I think the Madstad works so well because of it's flexibility. As far as off road, it might not be the best but it is fairly easy to take off if you're heading off road. I haven't been offroad much with it so I would not be a good judge of that.
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Yes, a lot of personal preference with windshields however that's why I think the Madstad works so well because of it's flexibility. As far as off road, it might not be the best but it is fairly easy to take off if you're heading off road. I haven't been offroad much with it so I would not be a good judge of that.
I would agree it offers the most flexibility with the adjustable height/angles, etc. and you can take it off with no tools in about a minute if you want to. As far as I know, no other windshield offers these advantages.

An issue I had with mine (the biggest one they make, "Adventure" I think is what it's called) was that my stock handguards would contact the sides of it when I turned the bars all the way to the left or right. In order to lock my forks, I had to push the bars hard enough to bend the right side of the windshield in a little. Fortunately, that was something I rarely do. It also made close-quarters turns while backing up a little more difficult.

That issue might depend on how you have the shield oriented, though. Mine was as high as it would go and not angled back a lot. Other configurations might have resulted in it clearing the handguards.

When I took mine off, I just left the metal mounting plate there instead of putting the stock windshield back on and I now have a smooth, buffet-free ride. The windshield was nice when it rained, but other than that I find my ride much more comfortable with just the mounting plate.



This is definitely a "YMMV" scenario. Your thread title says it all.




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post #10 of 10 Old 01-30-2014, 08:40 AM
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As previously stated, the personal nature of windshield preferences precludes an endorsement. Here's my TPI model on my '07:



The previous owner kept the shield in its protective wrapper; temporarily installed it on his bike; then concluded it did not satisfy his requirements.

He sold it to me on approval; I mounted the shield, tried it out, and decided to make it my own.

That said, YMMV!

Some bar scrape at full lock, perhaps intensified by my handlebar risers, but . . . fully manageable.

Other farkles visible: Madstad fairing bracket, TPI 5-1/4"-wide rectangular mirrors w/dampers, Hippo Hands w/reflective fabric, and . . . ride-along "Louisiana Guard Dog" mascot (on seat).

(Hey, it's HARD to get a worthwhile image of a fully-transparent clear windscreen!)
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