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06-12-2015 08:05 PM
Drifter. Moose +4 inch 65 bucks on ebay. Wind now goes over my helmet instead of in my face.
06-08-2015 05:20 PM
YukonPete
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Originally Posted by K650 View Post
I'm considering the 24" Bailey too. How expensive is it?
$240
Cee Baileys | Kawasaki KLR 650 2008-UP Adjustable Windshield
06-05-2015 11:17 PM
K650 I'm considering the 24" Bailey too. How expensive is it?
06-05-2015 07:50 PM
KLRinDixie
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Originally Posted by YukonPete View Post
I'm 6' 2" and have not been happy with my wind screens for the last couple years. A couple weeks ago I got a Cee Bailey 24" Touring setup. My initial test was great disappointment as my setup (most straight-up configuration) had me looking thru the plexiglass to see the road! I realized their was no way I was going to ride looking thru plexiglass as it just ruined my riding experience.

I ended up finding a good solution by setting the windscreen to its lowest angle for riding around town and put it up one notch higher for longer rides. At both settings I get good wind flow over my helmet that has significantly reduced noise and buffeting, while still giving me a good view over the screen (not as good as stock or my BajaWorx screen). I wear a good helmet (Schuberth C3 Pro) which I think helps.

What I like best is that I can ride with face shield shield open an inch or two for really good ventilation. I think this means that my setup is giving me a pretty good laminar flow over my screen and helmet. It is not perfect , but pretty darn good. So far I like it, although I have yet to do a long ride (next week!).

What I don't like:
-Screen is big, so it ends up vibrating. Not a big deal, but a stiffer setup would be nice.
-Changing screen angle is a bit of a hassle as you need to insert these little plastic washers between metal surfaces, which a keep dropping and loosing!!
-COST!! Sucks...

What I like:
-Great quality and easy to install
-Looks good (IMO)
-Big improvement for quietness and wind buffeting, while maintaining an acceptable view of the road over the top of the screen.

What I wonder about:
-How would the 22" screen function vs the 24"?? Would a shorter screen at a slightly higher angle be better??

Yukon Pete
I'm the same height as you, and bought exactly the same windshield. It's the best accessory I've bought yet. I ride a lot of interstate, and this one works great. I tried the Kawasaki tall windshield, and the air hit he right in the eyes, which led me to research the Cee Bailey. It's expensive, but it WORKS, and therefore worth every cent!
05-31-2015 02:23 AM
YukonPete I'm 6' 2" and have not been happy with my wind screens for the last couple years. A couple weeks ago I got a Cee Bailey 24" Touring setup. My initial test was great disappointment as my setup (most straight-up configuration) had me looking thru the plexiglass to see the road! I realized their was no way I was going to ride looking thru plexiglass as it just ruined my riding experience.

I ended up finding a good solution by setting the windscreen to its lowest angle for riding around town and put it up one notch higher for longer rides. At both settings I get good wind flow over my helmet that has significantly reduced noise and buffeting, while still giving me a good view over the screen (not as good as stock or my BajaWorx screen). I wear a good helmet (Schuberth C3 Pro) which I think helps.

What I like best is that I can ride with face shield shield open an inch or two for really good ventilation. I think this means that my setup is giving me a pretty good laminar flow over my screen and helmet. It is not perfect , but pretty darn good. So far I like it, although I have yet to do a long ride (next week!).

What I don't like:
-Screen is big, so it ends up vibrating. Not a big deal, but a stiffer setup would be nice.
-Changing screen angle is a bit of a hassle as you need to insert these little plastic washers between metal surfaces, which a keep dropping and loosing!!
-COST!! Sucks...

What I like:
-Great quality and easy to install
-Looks good (IMO)
-Big improvement for quietness and wind buffeting, while maintaining an acceptable view of the road over the top of the screen.

What I wonder about:
-How would the 22" screen function vs the 24"?? Would a shorter screen at a slightly higher angle be better??

Yukon Pete
05-30-2015 02:13 PM
VRBOB I use the Rifle on my bike and have no need for anything else. You must trim it or bend your mirrors down some. Kind of invites creativity I felt like I was building my own stream liner.
Must get pics.
05-29-2015 10:04 PM
pdwestman A very, very old rule of thumb about motorcycle windshields, Never install a windshield which is TOO Tall to see OVER in the RAIN!
You have no windshield wiper.

It is safer/better to be looking thru one layer of raindrops on your face shield, than 2 layers of raindrops. (windshield and face-shield). Turning your head, side to side, will usually 'BLOW' the raindrops OFF, If you are looking over the windshield!
05-29-2015 02:46 PM
K650 OP here. I just measured my windshield as 16" tall, between the yellow arrows shown in the pic below. Does anyone know if that is the correct place to measure from? Or all the way down to the light.

So it looks like the tallest Baily is 24". That would give me 8 more, assuming I don't lose any on the mounting technique.

That could be a big help. I'm 6'2", and the 16" screen on mine seems to deflect the wind right into my face. I have to crouch way down close to the tank to find the bubble of wind free silence. I'd be better off without it.

05-29-2015 10:16 AM
jaymckenney this appears to be the genuine kawasaki "tall" windshield....mine came with the short stock version, that had the kawasaki logo on it. within a few days I ordered the tall version from amazon...for me (being just under 5'10") it works great...the wind hits me about at the hairline...I just need to bend slightly to have it go right over my touk.
05-29-2015 03:57 AM
planalp
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Originally Posted by K650 View Post
Does anyone run without a wind screen?

I stood up on the pegs earlier today, as someone suggested, and it definitely was way quieter. I looked at my bike to consider removing it, and it looks like it would leave two black plastic spikes sticking up. Not good. It doesn't appear that it could be easily removed, the way everything is molded in.
I prefer no windshield at all. I just use the mounting plate that came with my Madstad windshield. It's a piece of metal that slides into the original windshield slot and is the same height as the rest of the dash fairing.

If you want to remove the windshield entirely, it wouldn't be too hard to use the bottom part of the windshield to make a template to cut a piece of sheet metal that would fit into the windshield mounting slot to cover up and protect dash components.





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