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Offline Grizzly

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« on: August 05, 2009, 12:32:00 am »
I see that most people recommend the Rifle Windscreen. I notice that it doesn't have that lip that the original one has and wonder how it could be better? None the less I'm thinking of buying one and would like advice for the hight of one. I am 5'7" with a 30" inseam and would like to just see over the top of it at regular riding position. Also I am buying a 1" bar riser.     As well, does anyone know how well the Givi Windscreen performs?  Thanks,    Grizzly
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 09:32:00 am »
Grizzly,    The Rifle's are popular because you can easily get different height upper parts easily at somewhat lower cost than one piece shields. Also the Rifle system has a center vent that helps balance the pressures in front and behind the windshield, which some feel reduces some of the buffeting. If using one of my shelves, the Rifle base hides the gap between the shelf and the instrument cowling.    We are of similar height & I always liked the flip on the stock shield, and did not have any issues looking through the curvature of the flip - this bothers many riders and is one of the reasons they go to aftermarket shields. The flip has one big advantage, it can deflect rain and air over the rider's head. Using an aftermarket shield, you will need a shield height that will let you look over it a few inches.    Whatever shield you decide on, look for a company that offers different heights - some aftermarket shields are the same height as stock, with no options as to height.    Hope this helps.  If you ever plan to have tunes (MP3 or XM)on the bike, you have to make a decision; look over - not as quiet, look through - much quieter. If you are looking over, your helmet will have to provide the noise reduction. If you are looking through (about 3" below the lip) the windshield is reducing the noise the most, with the helmet 2nd-ary.    Larry Buck  COG 3451,SE-AD (Retired)Concourier C-10 Tech Editor ROK,MTF,IBA,MSF-RC  Buck Sport Touring-"Ride Far" www.bucksporttouring.com
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 11:21:00 am »
I've never ridden with the stock screen, my Connie had a Cee Bailey when I got her. A lot of people use the Rifle and keep two sizes of screens for seasonal riding. Connie's got great weather protection but it gets hot in the summer with all the wind being pushed around you.  
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2009, 12:52:00 pm »
An adjustable windscreen would be nice. On a rifle base since that is what I currently have. I have been on long rides where its rained and been hot both. I would like to switch.     I have seen the one post a long time abo about the guy with the electrical operated shield on a Connie. That was sweet but more than I want to get into and probably cost too much for Murph to make into a kit.     A static, manually adjustable shield for a Rifle base, so that if I needed to I could stop and using a screwdriver or tool, loosen 3-4 screws adjust and tighten. I probably would not bother for a small rain squall. But like back on Memorial weekend where day 1 was hot, day 2 was cold and had 400mi of rain, and then day 3 was hot again I could have adjusted to each days ride.      Given the Rifle does not have the lip to condend with it would seem that an inner / outer shield where one can slide on top the other might work. The outer one can lower down over the inner one to provide a shorter shield for hot days. And then can be raised up ( less overlap ) for the rainy days.  2003 Concours, 54K  COG #6953  IBA 28004  http://home.comcast.net/~slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm  
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2009, 07:53:00 pm »
Grizzly,  You, Larry and I are about the same build. I got a Rifle base from a fellow COGger and made my own shield. Mine is about 16" tall (plus the base) and I could easily go another couple of inches higher. The big advantage to the Rifle system is the ease of making new shields yourself. It makes it relatively easy and inexpensive to experiment. Good luck.    Eddie  Sanford, FL  2005 Concours  1969 Triumph Bonneville  AMA# 686667 COG# 7073 CDA#   0136     http://picasaweb.google.com/Eddie753
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009, 11:33:00 pm »
Ok, So i'm anxious to by a windscreen and am thinking either the Givi (similar to OEM) or the Cee Bailey's would provide the best protection for my wife on the back. I want to see over but keep my head out of the rain and wind. Does anyone recommend one over the other for protection for my wife and I? And what length of these would you recommend for me?    I notice that the OEM lip is bigger than the Cee Bailey's but the Cee Bailey's is wider and has the vent.     What do you think?  Thanks!  Grizzly
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2009, 01:44:00 am »
Well I've gotten my new Givi windscreen on my Connie. Compared to the cut down windscreen it came with it's magnificent. It provides the quiet, bug free and warm ride I've been wanting but me wife says it makes no differance at all to her sitting on the back. Although after 4hours of highway from sunny to completely dark, I did notice a very significant difference in the amount of bugs on her visor. In the end I told her if it wasn't good enough for her she'll need to get her own bike and sit on the front. I'm still wondering what the Cee-baily's would be like but am happy with the price of the Givi.    On the down side It only came in smoke and I wanted clear. But as my bike is black and grey with a hint of blue the smoked Givi looks like it was made for my bike. Pretty! The distortion is irritating when pulling tight slow manouvers like going around the corner on the sidewalk. However there is no problem at all with regular use and I appreciate the lip.  Grizzly
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2009, 12:19:00 pm »
I am also soon to be in the market for a new windscreen and wanted to ask, what if any is the point/benefit of a tinted windscreen?  Other than appearance, is there a benefit?  I would think at dust and low light situations it would be problematic.  All input is greatly apprecieated.  John Ashton  Ft. Worth, TX  COG 6513  AMA 1078826  05 Concours
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2009, 04:29:00 pm »
I have one clear 'screen and one tinted.  My 2003 Connie came (used) with a Givi replacement screen that was dark gray tinted.  It was same size and shape as stock, so I changed to a Rifle and love it.  Downside to tint is if your screen is tall enough that you look THROUGH it, there's a lack of visibility to the road especially at night, and I ride a LOT at night.  The tint washes out small road details you need to see, right up close just when you need to see them.  It does nothing for sunlight protection for rider because it is below you rather then above.  Having said that, I cut down that old screen and put it on my Wee Strom and the dark tint matches the (black and gray) bike great, and it looks perfect, but it is low enough it does not intrude in my field of vision at all, I look over it rather than through.  And, yes, dust on a tinted 'screen is worse than dust on a clear 'screen, in my opinion.  It gets more back-scatter if that is the correct term.  Harder to see through.  
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2009, 08:52:00 pm »
Well, I'm much happier with my givi than I was with the cut down one that came with the bike. However although I like the look of the Givi more than Cee Bailey's, I wonder if Cee baily's windscreen gives as much head protection from the wind. I like that you can have it made wider so that it would be more effective on the shoulders, and it's supposed to cause less buffetting than the givi because of the air scoop. I wonder if it might have less of a lip causing more wind noise and bug splatters than the givi. Does anyone have any advice on this matter?    FYI - the Givi is supposed to be similar to the stock windscreen.       Thanks,    Grizzly  
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