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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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A couple of weeks ago I took a 200 mile day trip, most of it on the Interstate at speeds of 75 to 80 MPH. I had absolutely no complaints with the performance of the bike, but I will say that by the end of the day the wind pressure on my body got to be a bit tiring. Sure, a very slight lean-forward tuck kept things bearable, but then that lean started to wear on my back by the time I got home.


So I did a bit of internet shopping. Givi and Puig both have small windscreens available, but the prices struck me as a little unreasonable -- $120 to $150. I found a Chinese version identical to the Puig for $27.99 on eBay, so what the heck. I ordered one, and it came in today. A little cartoon instruction sheet would have made installation less time-consuming, but in the end my old brain figured it out and once it did things went smoothly.


It was well worth the small investment. Although there's still plenty of airflow for comfort on these hot days the pressure on my chest was greatly reduced, with no added buffeting on the helmet in evidence. At 80 MPH a bolt-upright riding position feels fine now. The mounting arrangement is solid, no vibration or negative effect on handling, and it looks good. Unless you look with a critical eye from the side or front you can't tell it's not stock -- only the view from the rear makes the addition obvious.


If you're tempted to give one a try, I can recommend it, and will offer a bit of installation advice if anyone needs it.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Windscreen-...LE5cS1bQ0N1dLA


The listing says for 2017-18 models, but it fits my '19 perfectly.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 03:49 AM
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I'm debating doing the same thing! Do you have a pic of it installed on your bike? The Ebay pic is too zoomed in to see how it changes the overall look of the bike.
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Here are some pictures.
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Install as follows:


First, assemble the brackets to the windscreen. Place one of the supplied nylon washers on to one of the supplied screws; insert the screw through one of the holes in the screen. Screw one of the supplied rubber grommets with threaded brass insert on to the screw, so that the broad end of the rubber is against the inside of the windscreen. Screw the grommet on snugly but do not tighten the screw at this point. Insert the second screw and grommet and snug them down in the same fashion. The upper holes in the appropriate bracket can now be slipped over the grommets on the inside of the windscreen. Holding the bracket in place, tighten the Allen-head screws. As the screws are tightened the grommets will expand and secure the bracket to the windscreen. Repeat the process with the bracket on the other side.


Now, remove the two Allen-head screws from each side of the stock speedo shroud. Leave the shroud in place. Carefully position the windscreen assembly so that the lower bracket holes line up with the holes in the speedo shroud, and replace the speedo shroud screws. Snug everything down and you're done.
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Nice, that looks good! Thanks for posting the pics! I like that it's more subtle and goes better with the shape of the bike than the Givi and Puig options do. I'll likely do the same!
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