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Offline DanZX14

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C14 windshield options
« on: September 05, 2017, 02:04:14 pm »
I just bought a C14 2012.
It was suppose to come with the V-Stream installed as per the pics in the dealer's ad but when I finally closed the deal I noticed that the V-Stream has been sold and they replaced it with a stock screen but the Gen 1.
My salesman was not aware that one of his co-worker swapped screens.

So now I ended up with a Gen 1 windshield on my 2012 and it's VERY, VERY not a useful screen.
I simply don't even understand why the Gen 1 came with those on???

Anyway, So I would like your opinions on the following options that I found.

- Stock Gen 2
- V-Stream
- Cee Bailey Ultra Tour
- Givi DS Profile

I'm 6'1 and live in Montreal, Qc, Canada so we do get warm weather but cold too :)
Even tho swapping screen is not hard, I would probably prefer sticking with just one.

Yes I did read a lot on the V-Stream and the Ultra Tour but didn't find much on the stock Gen 2 and nada on the Givi DS Profile for the C14.
I did try a 2017 C14 for a short ride and found that the top of the screen seemed to move a lot at highway speed but never had bikes with tall or taller windshield.  Had 2x ZX11 and 1x ZX14.  So no movement from the screen at all even at high speed :)
So I am guessing some movements are normal with the screen on a C14 ??

Thanks for sharing your experience

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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 03:11:10 pm »
I can only speak to what I have, a stock screen.  In 2015 the C-14 screen changed and has an adjustable vent in it to relieve back pressure.  It works fine for me but many folks prefer aftermarket windscreens, especially those with the earlier windscreens.

FYI - I don't always stick with stock windscreens - changed to a Zero Gravity Corsa on my ZX-14R and a lower one on my Corbin batwing fairing on my Rocket 3.
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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 04:38:11 pm »
I went to a MRA Vario.
It's a short shield,, but the wind protection is amazing.
Far better than a stock shield...

I understand your need for a tall/warmer shield in Canada though.

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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 10:41:53 pm »
Not sure if will work for you, maybe take a look.
http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=914.0

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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 04:35:13 pm »
Thanks a lot Deepsea

Even tho a lot of these guys opinions were similar there was always at least one person that felt the complete opposite about the tested windshield.  Seems a lot like a personal feeling even when comparing two person with the same height ;)

The only thing I am dead sure is that the 2008 - 2009 stock windshield is not working for me.
I could probably live with it for solo ride but with a passenger it's not a good option.
And I am pretty sure that I wont like a tall windshield that I must look thru it while riding.

So I guess I will need to find one that doesn't give the protection but the noise is lowered and least back pressure minimized and that should do the trick for me.
May try to find a stock 2010+ as 2015+ won't fit on my 2012 as I recall ?

Anyone tried a Givi DS Profile?
And thank you VERY much to the people that post picture with screen on top of each other while one is mounted on the bike.
It really give a GOOD idea of the difference on the size and the look.

Any more comments are welcome :)

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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 04:58:05 pm »
I use the VStream and like it. I'm 6'2". The idea behind the link I sent was you get to try several different ones for just the cost of sending them on the the next person.
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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2017, 05:45:07 pm »
Ya I got the idea but me living in canada and I had the "pleasure" to deal with customs before and trying to order within canada since then :)

Lots of C14 for sale around here so hopefully will see one that has an aftermarket windshield and just test drive it for free !!!

I may just get an Original 2012 from Kawi as they go for about $120 US and got a $80 gift card from the dealer.
Will probably be an upgrade from the Gen 1 that I have on the bike and it will be cheap.

Then I will get some driving experience in the cold (this year) and some more next summer in the heat.
That way I will know if I need a BIG shield for cold condition and go back to the original for warmer days or maybe the gen 2 will be a good overall choice that I will keep on all the time.

Thanks a lot

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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2017, 06:43:05 pm »
I am about 6'1". In my younger days, I was 6'2". I have a 2012 stock windscreen. For me it is ok. Protects me well enough, however, it puts a lot of down force on the front forks. I will be looking for a shorter screen (and hopefully a quieter one as well). A lot of wind noise/buffeting. If you raise the screen it does go away, however, I do not like looking through the screen when driving. Holding a line when turning (hard and fast with some wind) is challenging.

Hope this helps.

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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2017, 01:03:48 am »
I don't mind switching windshields around. For the really hot season, I like the stock shield the 09 came with. I do feel a little back pressure and it blows the back of my T shirt up if staying local. When I first got the bike I didn't like the small shield putting bugs right smack dab in the middle of my face shield. I won a fair amount of a percentage off on ant Kawasaki product at a semi local dealer. I thought hmm the gen 2 windshield is 4 inches taller and should move the bugs over the top of my helmet. That didn't pan out and the gen 2 shield moved the bug impacts about a 1/4 to 1/2 an inch to the top of my face shield. Noted back pressure stopped or at least not so noticeable. I got a Cee Bailey from another member which is another 4 inches or so taller than the Gen 2 stock shield. Works great in cold weather but does move the mounts around a bit more than I personally like. When full up the Cee Bailey has a spot with clean air and no noise in the helmet if I duck down a little. No good cooling air on a hot day even full down.  If I where to have to stick with one shield it would be something similar to the Gen 2 windshield. Fair protection, puts the rain over the top of the helmet, goes low enough to get some air on the hot days. 

Right now I'm running the stock short wind shield because it's been warm. But using it also reminds my why I like the Gen 2 shield.
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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2017, 11:46:47 am »
Dan, maybe consider a medium Cal-Sci for cool weather. It's pretty quiet for me if I duck just a bit.  In warm weather I run a gen 1 shield with a Vario-style airfoil.

If you'd like to try a tall CB I have one for sale in the emporium for the price of a stock gen 2. It's real tall though so your looking through it.

Also, I'd be interested in your gen 1 shield to experiment with for a fair price. I'd like to try a very short summer screen with the Vario airfoil.

Good luck

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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2017, 05:06:40 pm »
I have the Vstream and love it. It is very quiet and doesn't catch as much wind as some of the larger shields. I think a few had trouble with the Cee Bailey ultra domes breaking the support brackets but can't remember for sure.

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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2017, 07:03:10 pm »
I have had a 2" taller than stock Cee Bailey Euro Tour for 3 years and love it. It has a flat cut top instead of the dome. I am 5'-10" and keep it about 1/2 to 2/3 up on auto rise so I am looking just over the top. It drastically cut down on the turbulence over the stock, although it is shaped virtually the same. When it's hot, I put her down and get a good blast of air. When it rains, I raise it all the way and look through it. On the interstate running......fast....I raise it all the way and it blocks the wind and I don't notice very much back-pressure.

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Re: C14 windshield options
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2017, 07:10:40 pm »
Same as Vader, great protection on the highway, don't really use it in town.