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Title: low profile windshield options?
Post by: Torstein on April 01, 2017, 12:08:54 AM
First, I searched quite a bit, lots of old threads, and since riding season is getting going decided to throw my hat into the mix here... Looking for a low profile windshield to help take the edge off. I have been looking at a couple different options and am wondering if anyone has experience with any of these. Pictures would be a bonus, I really want to see how these ones look mounted to a GS.I really want to keep the minimalist look and don't want full coverage. These are the 3 I have been considering, but am not quite ready to pull the trigger. This would be going on a 99 500E (naked).

Puig 0869H Light Smoke Naked Universal Windshield for 8" Round Headlight
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CN6SOE/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CN6SOE/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

Puig 1480F Dark Smoke Cockpit Universal Windshield
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GA3CS88/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GA3CS88/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

National Cycle F-16 Sport Windshield - Dark Tint N2526
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GRQNSK/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1P4Q6WVP7QBZ3 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GRQNSK/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1P4Q6WVP7QBZ3)
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: ShowBizWolf on April 01, 2017, 12:57:45 AM
ooooooOOOOOOooooo I like all of those!!! I think the second one is my favorite though.

I know you said you did some searching (and man I hate it when old threads come up and the OP leaves ya hangin'... like come on where's the closure? Where's the finished product?? I'm dying here seriously lol) but did you check the wiki? Lots of pictures and different windshields in there. http://wiki.gstwins.com/index.php?n=Upgrades.Windshields
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: Torstein on April 01, 2017, 12:59:16 AM
didn't check the wiki, thanks for the link!!
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: ShowBizWolf on April 01, 2017, 01:08:43 AM
You got it :thumb:
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: Watcher on April 01, 2017, 01:47:49 AM
I like the last one you linked.


Something to consider about the low profile ones, is that they may raise the wind off of your chest but they may also direct it all into your FACE.
So the little tiny bikini fairings usually aren't the greatest when it comes to performance.  So I'd rule out #2 (I think it's ugly anyway).

#1 looks tall, dimensions are 20"x15"x6" about, and I don't really like the look of tall screens.  You said you wanted something low profile and while it's still not a full on fairing it still seems like it's a rather large screen.  It'll be the most effective, but you'll be in touring mode at that point.

So that leaves #3.  It says it's 15" tall, that's about the same height as the Zero-G I have on my Buell, and it works well.  If I sit up I do catch wind to the face, but if I sit relaxed or even back in the seat it's comfortable.  That'd be the one I go for.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: user11235813 on April 01, 2017, 03:21:51 AM
The top one looks very similar to the GIVI A210 which I have. The other two won't do anything other than affect the look of the bike, in fact may make it worse.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: gsJack on April 01, 2017, 04:38:39 AM
The first one would be best for year around all weather riding, the 2nd and 3rd look more decorative than functional.  Like already mentioned you don't want the line of turbulence from the top of the shield to hit you right in the face.  I used a smaller Spitfire shield spring thru fall and put on a bigger Plexi 2 for the winter.  The line of turbulence hit me about neck high with the Spitfire and passed over my head with the big Plexi 2.  And you'll need the wings on the Plexi 2 for your hands, even snowmobile gloves won't do it for any distance when it's below freezing at biking speeds.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v443/jcp8832/summer-winterGS_zps6cfc207d.jpg)
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: Torstein on April 01, 2017, 11:35:16 AM
thanks for the insight everyone. I appreciate your input on functionality versus looks. I think #1 is probably my best bet at this point.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: gregjet on April 01, 2017, 08:07:14 PM
Be careful taking someone's recommendation of screens. The effect of a screen on two people can be dissimilar. The angle the screen is mounted and the positioning have an effect on the flow. The riders crossectional profile, the distance from the screen, the shape of the helmet, the angle of the rider's body ALL have an effect on the flow around the screen and subsequent turbulance. That doesn't mean that a recommended screen won't work but you may have to play with angle and position to reduce unwanted effects ( eg such as vortex sheding or up blast).
A small fairing or shaped screen that moves the air around, rather than up, is usually preferable but not a guarantee of goodness.
Sometimes adding a spaced upper screen/fairing can mitigate unwanted flow or turbulence.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: Watcher on April 01, 2017, 11:37:51 PM
^ This ^

Not to mention just simple height differences.  A 5'8" person on a GS will naturally catch less wind or duck under a screens deflection while a 6'0" tall rider might catch it square in the face.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: Torstein on April 02, 2017, 12:42:07 AM
Thanks Gregjet/Watcher, good points you make. Thankfully I'm 5'7" and don't catch a ton of wind as it is, I just want a small screen that I can duck behind on the few times I go onto the highway, and also, I just think I'll like how it looks. I made a couple highway runs today and was laying on my tank and still getting blasted, would be nice to have a small bit of relief to tuck behind. Having airflow directed at my face isn't a huge concern during my daily riding which is 90% commuting < 35mph. Plus I wear a full face helmet. Either way, I am not ready to pull the trigger quite yet, going to do some more research but I appreciate your feedback so far. Love this site.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: gregjet on April 02, 2017, 08:41:59 PM
Just a little aside.
If you know where ther is a Cagiva Raptor which still has the little flyscreen divider over the headlight that doesn't want it/it is on a wrecked bike/ or you can take a mold of it get it. The look like nothing and work well up to 120kph. Unbelievable piece of aerodynamic design. You may need to fiddle with the positioning to get max effect.
Only picture I have of it. . Made a mould and used it and an extended version on almost every bike I have owned that isn't full faired.
(http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p248/gregjet/20081004_0302-Copy.jpg) (http://s130.photobucket.com/user/gregjet/media/20081004_0302-Copy.jpg.html)
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: lefty1615 on April 03, 2017, 04:42:48 PM
Quote
If you know where ther is a Cagiva Raptor which still has the little flyscreen divider over the headlight that doesn't want it/it is on a wrecked bike/ or you can take a mold of it get it. The look like nothing and work well up to 120kph. Unbelievable piece of aerodynamic design. You may need to fiddle with the positioning to get max effect.

Holy crap is that windscreen cool. I generally find most/all windscreens to really ruin the lines of naked bikes in particular but that is sexy! One more thing to add to my list haha
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: gregjet on April 03, 2017, 08:05:59 PM
By the way, That motor is a Cagiva modded SV650 Suzuki motor. Possibly one of the great combinations in a motorcycle...The torque power and reliability of a SV650 motor in a chassis designed and built by Ducati/Cagiva. Just think about that for a minute
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: k.rollin on April 04, 2017, 05:47:28 AM
I'll post a picture in a bit, but I have a Dart Classic flyscreen on my GS500. I haven't noticed much difference riding with it or without it, but it does do a nice job of hiding the gaps between the aftermarket headlight bucket and the gauges. The old light seemed to fit closer the the rest of the bike.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: user11235813 on April 04, 2017, 10:28:27 AM
I'm 5 '61/2" and if you want to be able to get out of the wind laying down on the tank then the GIVI A210 will probably work. It doesn't direct any blast at my face either and I wear an open face helmet with a windshield. And it has a slight upward curve on the top as well as being adjustable for the angle.

(https://s29.postimg.org/hy0sm3n0n/pine_bike.jpg)

Thanks Gregjet/Watcher, good points you make. Thankfully I'm 5'7" and don't catch a ton of wind as it is, I just want a small screen that I can duck behind on the few times I go onto the highway, and also, I just think I'll like how it looks. I made a couple highway runs today and was laying on my tank and still getting blasted, would be nice to have a small bit of relief to tuck behind. Having airflow directed at my face isn't a huge concern during my daily riding which is 90% commuting < 35mph. Plus I wear a full face helmet. Either way, I am not ready to pull the trigger quite yet, going to do some more research but I appreciate your feedback so far. Love this site.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: Torstein on April 04, 2017, 12:27:47 PM
I'm 5 '61/2" and if you want to be able to get out of the wind laying down on the tank then the GIVI A210 will probably work. It doesn't direct any blast at my face either and I wear an open face helmet with a windshield. And it has a slight upward curve on the top as well as being adjustable for the angle.

(https://s29.postimg.org/hy0sm3n0n/pine_bike.jpg)

Thanks Gregjet/Watcher, good points you make. Thankfully I'm 5'7" and don't catch a ton of wind as it is, I just want a small screen that I can duck behind on the few times I go onto the highway, and also, I just think I'll like how it looks. I made a couple highway runs today and was laying on my tank and still getting blasted, would be nice to have a small bit of relief to tuck behind. Having airflow directed at my face isn't a huge concern during my daily riding which is 90% commuting < 35mph. Plus I wear a full face helmet. Either way, I am not ready to pull the trigger quite yet, going to do some more research but I appreciate your feedback so far. Love this site.

ohhh, i like that one! very minimal, a little tint, looks niiiiice! thanks for sharing  :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: k.rollin on April 05, 2017, 01:48:10 AM
Dart Classic Flyscreen in the midnight black tint. There's a light tint, dark tint, and opaque gray available as well, if the midnight black isn't your thing. As I said earlier, I haven't noticed much difference with it versus without it when riding in an upright position. There's enough to hide behind if I ride with my chin on the tank, but I generally don't care enough to do so. I'm 5'7" too, for reference.
 (http://i.imgur.com/lwggRgnh.jpg)

Dart also has the Piranha which is a shorter version of the Classic, as well as the Marlin, which is larger and has a more aggressive looking curvature from the side profile. To mount the Marlin on a GS500, it looks like a different setup for the gauges will be required.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: honline on July 13, 2018, 07:11:12 AM
Dart Classic Flyscreen in the midnight black tint. There's a light tint, dark tint, and opaque gray available as well, if the midnight black isn't your thing. As I said earlier, I haven't noticed much difference with it versus without it when riding in an upright position. There's enough to hide behind if I ride with my chin on the tank, but I generally don't care enough to do so. I'm 5'7" too, for reference.
 (http://i.imgur.com/lwggRgnh.jpg)

Dart also has the Piranha which is a shorter version of the Classic, as well as the Marlin, which is larger and has a more aggressive looking curvature from the side profile. To mount the Marlin on a GS500, it looks like a different setup for the gauges will be required.

Hey K Rollin, which bracket did you get? Iíve been playing with the idea of this and seeing your pic pretty much sold me. They have a variety of brackets and trying to figure out which fits the GS.


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Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: user11235813 on July 13, 2018, 10:17:21 AM
I like the GIVI A210, it seems similar to the PUIG. It's about the minimum height to be useful any lower and it's just for show.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/givi-a210-airstar-universal-windscreen

(https://s33.postimg.cc/4015q35mz/IMG_0191.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/4015q35mz/)

(https://s33.postimg.cc/5ru4l1eq3/IMG_1823.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/5ru4l1eq3/)
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: Watcher on July 13, 2018, 05:16:12 PM
Eek!  Zombies!   :2guns:



Guys, this topic is over a year old.  Please be more mindful of dates and relevancy, no one likes a necromancer (except maybe other necromancers.  Or perhaps maybe necrophiles?  :dunno_black: )
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: ShowBizWolf on July 13, 2018, 07:19:08 PM
I don't mind old threads. Especially around here. I enjoy seeing what some of the forum members from years ago were talking about and posting. There isn't enough volume of new posts here to make digging up old ones a nuisance... IMO of course :dunno_black:

It does suck that k.rollin hasn't been active on the forum for about a year though :icon_sad: ...so honline, you probably won't get an answer. It'd be nice if you did though!!
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: Watcher on July 14, 2018, 05:15:38 AM
I don't mind old threads.

Well...  When in Rome...

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/922/GfqKEM.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pmGfqKEMj)

National Cycle "Flyscreen".

Attaches with a clamp on the fork tubes.  There are multiple versions for different diameter forks or for "upside down" vs traditional forks.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: ShowBizWolf on July 14, 2018, 06:49:55 AM
Woot! There's that awesome Desert Duck !! 8)
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: Torstein on July 18, 2018, 01:07:57 PM
Eek!  Zombies!   :2guns:



Guys, this topic is over a year old.  Please be more mindful of dates and relevancy, no one likes a necromancer (except maybe other necromancers.  Or perhaps maybe necrophiles?  :dunno_black: )

 :D

All good with me as I didn't buy anything last year. I actually found this thread again this year when I was shopping again and ended up pulling the trigger on something. :)
(https://i.imgur.com/omPKVAe.jpg)
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: ShowBizWolf on July 18, 2018, 06:14:45 PM
Very nice Torstein! That looks good :thumb:

I like how you've got that tail bag mounted too. I remember I had one last year like that and someone on here liked the straps I made for it so much they bought it offa me. It makes so much more sense to strap it under the seat (like you've done and I did too) than around the whole tail of the bike.
Title: Re: low profile windshield options?
Post by: user11235813 on July 19, 2018, 04:06:47 AM
@Torstein, that appears to be virtually identical to the GIVI A210 but without the ability to adjust the angle of attack.