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Here is mine. I guess it is stock ... it doesn't seem to keep much wind out of one's face. Does anyone know if there is a good taller shield that will reduce wind noise? One that works?

 

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That's not stock. I use a laminar lip. I like it, but have no other aftermarket ones to compare to.
 

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There was a fellow over this afternoon looking at buying my old Wing and he had a KLR with a neat windshield setup on it. Wish I had taken a pic, but I'll try to describe it as best as I can.

He left the stock shorty windshield in place and then made brackets out of his original skid plate triangle shaped gussets and rear reflector brackets to mount the Kawasaki tall windshield slightly above and over the factory shorty. So he ended up with kind of a Madstad looking windshield for no real outlay. You could say he had to buy the factory tall shield, but he actually already had it, but didn't like the way his helmet got buffeted with it. He told me that he can cruise down the highway at 110 or 115 kmh and gets no buffeting on his helmet at all. Huge difference from the stock or factory tall windshield!

Again, I wish I had taken pics, the install looked pretty good as well. I think his main fabbing was having to bend the triangular original skidplate gussets into a shape to bolt the windshield on to them. So, he basically made a madstad or laminar lip type shield. Ingenious!
 

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Lots of windscreen options exist, but . . . ergonomics and preferences vary so much between individuals, wouldn't make any "value judgment," that is, suggest anything as "better than" anything else.

Have a TPI on my Generation 1; suits me, but definitely didn't suit the very tall man who sold it to me.

As to wind noise; some riders (not I) use ear plugs for noise abatement.
 

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I agree with Damocles. Do a Search on this site for windshields and read through the threads to get an idea where to start, but don't take any reviews or opinions as gospel as the effectiveness of a windshield is very subjective.

If you're going to try one out, try to find a vendor with a liberal return policy. If the shield comes with a protective film, leave the film on until you can figure out whether you like the shield or not so everything's in like-new condition if you decide to return it. If it doesn't have a film, put some Saran Wrap or something on it to keep it clean and scratch-free during testing.

Even if you have to pay to return it, you'll come out better than keeping it and trying to sell it if you don't like it and want to get rid of it.

It shouldn't take too many miles down the highway to figure out if it's going to work for you or not.
 

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I am using a Cee Baily shield that I have really liked. It's adjustable as well as being sized for you, but they offer a number of choices for KLR's.
 

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Windshield

Here's one I made from an old after market shield, and some plexiglass from Home Depot.






Bent the brackets from aluminum stock. About 3/32" thk I think. Used existing holes to mount it. Just required slightly longer screws than original.

It works great for me.​
 
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Here's one I made from an old after market shield, and some plexiglass from Home Depot.






Bent the brackets from aluminum stock. About 3/32" thk I think. Used existing holes to mount it. Just required slightly longer screws than original.

It works great for me.​
Nice work. That looks awesome. :doublethumb:
 

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I literally did a triple-take look at that pic.

I totally thought that was the batcycle down to the fender, identical trunk,
and blacked out w/ decals removed.

About the only differences are my Dakar windshield which actually goes vertical
then is tilted forward at the top (built in lip). and I did the forks and swingarm in
black too on my '09. Then, in 2012, go figure, they started coming that way from
the showroom. The wind hits my forehead with the Dakar and I'm 6 ft tall.
A slight slouch and I'm completely protected from the wind blast and rain.
Sit up a bit and catch a breeze to the whole face. I love the thing. Can't post pics
but they have a good website. Cash is 120-140 depending on height and tint.
Fitment was perfect and good optics (with a few small waves) thru the 'glass.

Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeap
 

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Nice work. That looks awesome. :doublethumb:
Thanks. And it works?? (Not many of my hair brain'd creations I can say that about.)
 

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Good news and bad news

To answer the OM's question, yes there is a better windshield out there for you. That's the good news. The bad news is that the "right windscreen" is different for almost everybody.

My personal experience after trying a lot of windscreens is that they all have annoying wind buffeting and noise characteristics. Eventually I found a combination that I could live with most of the time. As soon as it warms up enough, I remove it.

Try this cheap and easy experiment. The next time you're on the road with your wind screen of the day doing say 50mph more or less, stand up. When I did that I was amazed at how quiet the wind noise became and that the helmet buffeting went to zero.
 

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I use a Rally Windscreen bracket, (Happy Trails) with the Kawasaki tall tinted screen. works great and also a perfect GPS mount area on the rally bracket dash above the stock gauges.
 

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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.
 

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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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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.
 

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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.

 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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
 
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