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post #1 of 7 Old 01-24-2013, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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New to this forum. Be kind! I've an '06 KLR, 24,000 miles, commute mostly but have done some week+ trips and plan to do more. I have been looking at the Britannia Phoenix faring mod, mostly to improve airflow around me for warmth but more for noise and buffeting. Tried a tall windshield but made things worse. Seems to be the airflow between the sides of the windshield and the mirros/handlebars causing most of it. I can live with what I have if I stay below 60mph but if I have a long passage (say Minnesota to British Columbia) an additional 10mph would help but it's exhausting (yeah, it's a motocycle and not supposed to be easy, but I'm getting old and soft) Any experience out there with these fairings? or others that may be an option? The Cee Baileys and other windshields seem to just add additional height to what may be a poor air flow fairing to begin with. Thoughs...
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-24-2013, 01:29 PM
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If you are going from Minnesota to BC on a KLR the first thing I would look for is a new seat, LOL.

I haven't got the Britannia myself, considered it at one time but funds are short, but from what I've read the folks using them are happy with it.

There is a very lengthy thread on ADV Rider on these.

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-24-2013, 08:51 PM
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Welcome Swaneez2!
You don't have to worry about getting roasted on this forum.("be kind"). This is the most non confrontational forum I belong to!!. The members are here to share information and their passion for biking, not get into pissing matches and ego contests. Feel free to ask any question! Someone will be sure to jump in and try to help out. The guys here are the best.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-25-2013, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the link, goes back to '08 but interesting to see the development of a KLR fairing they have now. seems like people really like it. I did get the Spencer seat modifcation that really helped. $130 vs a $300+ for a Corbin. Of course I cant comment on whether the Corbin is better, but I did an 9 Hr transit from Buffalo NY to Jackon MI on the superslab that went well. On the OEM seat it would have put me in the hospital, diagnosis = "surgical removal of 4-stroke water cooled from my rectum". Not sure if my insurance would cover that. I'm going to keep researching the air-flow issue.
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-25-2013, 12:56 PM
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Welcome to the best KLR related forum where you will get the respect you want! A great bunch of guys!

I have the Brittania Composites Fairing and have had it for 5 years it! Hated the look to start with, not a big fan of the beak!
I bought it for two reasons.....HID lighting for both low and high beams and airflow! The lighting can't be beat with anything out there IMHO! It works so well I regret spending the money on the highbeam as I never use it!!! The low is all I need for seeing. If I turn the highbeam on I can see as far as possible. If there is anything in the distance that has any reflective characteristics I can see it! Cars a mile away flash me with it on! I just never use if you do get the fairing buy just the HID low and halogen high.
Now for the airflow.....the fairing comes with an adjustable windscreen. It is very precise as to where the air hits you when adjusting it. You get much better protection over the stock crap for sure! I have an 04 and ride across Canada regularly from Toronto to Inuvik twice and out to the East Coast twice.....just to give you some idea of my riding style. It will protect you somewhat in the rain also. I have one of the first versions and it was EXPENSIVE!!! But IMHO worth it, even now I still say so. You won't get a complete bubble to hide behind so don't think you will. There is nothing out there that will give you that comfort. The smaller you sit in the saddle the better it will be for you. IF, I sit 2" short in the saddle I can hear the engine without any wind noise, so there is a bubble there. It greatly depends upon your size. I'm 6' 1" 220lbs and sit upright.

Hope this helps......

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-29-2013, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Willys, great reply, this is the info I've been looking for. I know that a true bubble is not possible without just getting in the car, but long distance at higher speed can make a trip on a bike just a way to save gas rather than a pleasure ride. The "beak" is now gone off the present Britannia KLR model, you just use the stock front fender. I like the idea of blazing lighting though I don't ride at night much anyway (deer, drunks, zombies and vampires, etc.), and I like the dashboard idea as well for all the electric toys. I did find a windscreen at TCI products that looks to go several steps better than the "tall" windshield, including adjustment,a wider profile and a wind-slot. Price is about $300usd, but doesn't have the lighting or dash. Decisions,decisions. Thanks for the info, see you on the Trans-Canada some day!
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-29-2013, 10:11 AM
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Think about all the pro's compared to costs here.....not looking to push the fairing, but it is the cat's ass! As you already have a good idea of.
Lighting(I don't ride at night much at all either), dash capabilities and wind protection. None can be equalled from what I have researched by using any other product.
And yes hope to meet up one day......

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