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MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« on: December 11, 2013, 12:47:11 am »
Any members out there have any experience on this wind screen? It comes smoked with a laminar lip built in with a 7 step adjustment. Ordered one for after xmas. Coming from the UK and a decent price shipped of $188 CAD. Overall height 19".
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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2013, 12:06:56 pm »
Have been using  the same screen this last season.  Can not say enough about how good it is.  Smaller than my 2012 original screen and flows more air but it is very clean air with a  less turbulent air.  Has been better in all situations for me.  I don't do a lot of cold weather riding but it does create a nice pocket in the extreme up position.

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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013, 12:18:24 pm »
I've had my MRA Vario on my 2011 for about two years, and I won't put anything else on. I do get some air on me when the lip is all of the way up, but there is absolutely zero buffeting, and I ride year round (the coldest I've ridden for my 50 mile commute (one way) is 18 degree F.) In my opinion, this screen is much better than the OEM one, and even better than the Cee Bailey Euro Tour that I tried for awhile.
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2013, 12:36:45 pm »

I have used the MRA Vario on several of my bikes and have nothing but good reviews for it. I have one for my '12 connie and LOVE it in the spring, summer and fall, for all the smooth airflow. I switched to a Cal Sci large for the colder temps though.
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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013, 03:40:19 pm »
I had one on my '09 and would not have any other screen on a C14 (sodl my C14)  If you want one from the US twisted throttle sells them

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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2013, 05:32:59 pm »
Nice garage, Blackhawkgeo!  :great:

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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2013, 06:38:27 pm »
Thanks! We built an addition to our house about 6 years ago, and I told my wife that I wanted a nice garage. She said "Make it as nice as you want." So I did! :great:
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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2013, 02:03:23 am »
I have the same one.It's my summer windscreen. :beerchug:

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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2013, 02:02:57 pm »
I have the VStream from National. I'm not tall (6') but ride high on the bike and I'm very wide (icon highlights my shape)  :o


The National gives me some turbulence that I can't seem to adjust out.  This shield really looks interesting so I placed an order yesterday.  I didn't get the Vario Tour model, I ordered the X-Creen as it had a bit more height to the little deflector.  I played with PhotoShop and made a little animation to show the difference in the two screens (below). 


Once I get it on and test it out, I'll repost....

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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2013, 05:22:11 pm »
Very good idea! :great:

I have used the MRA Vario on several of my bikes and have nothing but good reviews for it. I have one for my '12 connie and LOVE it in the spring, summer and fall, for all the smooth airflow. I switched to a Cal Sci large for the colder temps though.
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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2013, 06:07:37 pm »
I have the smoked one on my 2012 and love it! I have found less buffering than the stock and alot cooler in the summer. Just put my stock one back on for the winter months in Georgia. YOU WILL LIKE IT   ;D

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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2013, 08:34:29 pm »
I have an MRA visor on top of a CalSci large- it works well and is quite quiet behind the combination. I must sit up pretty tall from the saddle 'cause even with this combo. which is about 9 1/2" taller than stock, I still look over the top of the visor.

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I have used the MRA Vario on several of my bikes and have nothing but good reviews for it. I have one for my '12 connie and LOVE it in the spring, summer and fall, for all the smooth airflow. I switched to a Cal Sci large for the colder temps though.
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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2014, 05:46:10 pm »
Received my shield yesterday.  Took a little time to get here as it ordered direct but not too bad (ordered on 12/11 and received 1/3).

The main shield is small.  Seemed to be a couple of inches shorter than the stock 2013 shield.  That surprised me.  Based on that, I would suspect an X-Creen add-on to a stock shield might be another way to go.

Initial reaction is very good.  I'm large, so I feel breeze, but no harsh wind.  There was very little buffering.  I also like the looks.  I only had a few min to test it this morning as I'm out for a family event (better half is already fussing to get ready).  I'll re-post if additional rides provide more info.  Pics below:

In the down position:


In the riding position that worked best for me (this is about 3/4s up):

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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2014, 02:16:50 am »
Ya the shield looks awesome! Have mine mounted and it is shorter than what I am normally used to. But a lot of guys here have good reviews on it. Too bad its been -25C here, not good riding weather lol. I'll report my likes and dislikes once the snow disappears. I'm hoping for smoother airflow and perhaps a little less noise and hey some better fuel mileage at 80+ mph would be good too!  ;D

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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2014, 03:32:01 am »
Another follow-up...  My search for the perfect windshield has come to one conclusion, there really isn't one perfect shield.  I do like the MRA, no doubt.  I think the way it handles air for a shorter shield is great.  I still wanted a second shield that was taller and clear.  So I bought the X-Creen Tour add-on shield on a new Cee Bailey Euro Tour shield.  It's a nice combo.  A shorter tinted shield with a X-hot-up for summer and feeling sporty and a Cee Bailey Euro with a X-Creen flip-up for day to day rides and cooler weather. 

NOTE:  MRA shield in this shot is in the driving position (up about 2/3rds or 3/4ths). 




 
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« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2014, 03:38:25 am »
Another follow-up...  My search for the perfect windshield has come to one conclusion, there really isn't one perfect shield. 

I agree 100% Kap, I run 2 shields, CB euro mini in the summer and CB euro tour in the winter!  :great:


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« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2014, 04:56:12 am »
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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2014, 05:10:13 am »
:popcorn:


I made a short video of the shields that I tried.  Stock, VStream, MRA X-Creen, Cee Bailey, and the Cee Bailey with X-Creen add-on.  Honestly, they were all good and seem to have their good points.

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« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2014, 06:24:37 am »
Which of them feel the most like a car Kap?

I like quiet and no turbulence--at all...in fact, I have a Mustang and was thinking about a bracket that may be able to take the Ford shield off and put it on the Connie see how that works... :great: :motonoises:
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« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2014, 01:49:56 pm »
Nando,
Quietest windscreen of all the ones I have tried is the V Stream. NO noise from air whatsoever in the up position. If you are shorter of stature it should be a solid winner for you. I am 6'4 and it was exceptionally quiet but has some back pressure  issues for me.
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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2014, 02:05:41 pm »
Which of them feel the most like a car Kap?

I like quiet and no turbulence--at all...in fact, I have a Mustang and was thinking about a bracket that may be able to take the Ford shield off and put it on the Connie see how that works... :great: :motonoises:

To be honest, the only Connie shield that ever gave me that feeling was the 19" Rifle shield system on my previous 2006 C10.  You could almost smoke a cigar without dropping the ashes behind that one. 

Just my humble opinion, but I don't think the C14 was designed to ride like that or to handle a shield that totally blocks the air.  I sit way back in the seat and I'm build like an gorilla.  I'm round (way overweight) and to avoid sitting on the tank I had a Corbin seat moved back 1/2 to 3/4 inch, there are risers on my bars, and my position is back even more as my arms are very long (wear 38" shirt sleeves when I can find them).  I can't imagine that there is a windless C14 shield for this situation.   

Also, doesn't the ability to raise and lower the shield reduce the strength of the mounting between the two? 

I kinda see windshields on a C14 more as wind management, rather than wind removal.  In that regard, all the shields I tested worked good and it would be personal preference, based on the rider's goal, their seating position, and their height.  The quality on all of these seemed very good and for most, I would think they all would be great.  The MRA wasn't a perfect fit on the bike (had to hold it inward to get the slots to align), but even that wasn't a big deal.       

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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2014, 12:50:12 am »
It's an awesome  screen, gets rid of the buffeting and you can get fresh air when it's hot. I rode to deals gap last July, and it was great that I had it. :great:

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« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2014, 02:09:18 am »
I wish I could remember the name of my shield...I think is "world something" the tip of it is turned forwad like an Elvis collar ... It works really well and I think it is for the same reason stated above: the lean of the shield on our Kawi is too far back so shield do not sit straight enough to cut the buffering...thats why this one with the tip bent forward works well
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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2014, 11:59:44 pm »
I just ordered my MRA touring screen tinted...I can wait should be in by the end of the week  :)  i chose this because i love the way it looks.  It doesnt get cold where i live very much.  Year round riding round deez here parts  :great:  :nananana: So i just need a shield that is better than stock.  Im hoping this MRA is quieter and have less buffetting. I want to jam and be able to hear my music when im cruising at 100 *looks around checks to see if any popo in here*  i, i meant 75MPH  sorry typo  ;)

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Re: MRA-Vario Touring Screen / Tinted
« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2014, 02:17:19 am »
Another follow-up...  My search for the perfect windshield has come to one conclusion, there really isn't one perfect shield.  I do like the MRA, no doubt.  I think the way it handles air for a shorter shield is great.  I still wanted a second shield that was taller and clear.  So I bought the X-Creen Tour add-on shield on a new Cee Bailey Euro Tour shield.  It's a nice combo.  A shorter tinted shield with a X-hot-up for summer and feeling sporty and a Cee Bailey Euro with a X-Creen flip-up for day to day rides and cooler weather. 

NOTE:  MRA shield in this shot is in the driving position (up about 2/3rds or 3/4ths). 




 


I like the idea of installing the x-creen on the touring windshield. I've seen a clamp on model as well. Any one better than the other??